Ferrari set to unleash Fernando Alonso with the promising F138
Many tipped Fernando Alonso to be the one who will get crowned and break Sebastian Vettel’s dominance in the Formula One world, but the Spaniard lost the Championship in the final race of the season.
The 31-year-old Ferrari driver is set to have another go at the Championship title this year, although he missed pre-season testing sessions. Fernando Alonso, who took a break in the pre-season training to concentrate on his fitness, will return to the cockpit on Tuesday.
Fernando Alonso was absent from the first Test at Jerez a fortnight ago. A statement on Ferrari’s official website confirmed that the Spaniard preferred to get himself physically ready for the new Formula One season.
Well, the intense Championship battle he had with the Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel would have certainly exhausted him. In Fernando Alonso’s absence, Felipe Massa and test driver Pedro de la Rosa fired up the F138 at Jerez.
The F138 paced throughout the circuit smoothly, yet all eyes will be on it once again as Fernando Alonso gears up for the second test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Tuesday.
After winning the 2005 and 2006 Formula One title, Fernando Alonso missed out on his third title by just three points. Sebastian Vettel, who won his third-consecutive Championship last year, has thrown himself in the preparation for the new season.
“Fernando has maximised the time available and tackled the task with great dedication, performing a focused physical preparation worthy of the best Olympic athlete by alternating between gym sessions, running and biking,” a statement on Ferrari’s official website said.
“Now Fernando is ready to slip into the cockpit of the F138 and benefit from all the work of Felipe and Pedro in Andalusia. This week it will be the Brazilian to sit out for the first three days, with the handover from his team-mate scheduled on Friday.”
With Felipe Mass at the wheel, Ferrari outstripped everyone at Jerez. Ferrari have been quick to play down the superb performance of their car. Ferrari claim the F138 is still a work in progress that will be assessed at Barcelona on Tuesday.
“After driving in Jerez, Massa was optimistic but cautious,” a statement on Ferrari’s official website read. “The fact Felipe set the quickest time of the four days was seized on by observers as a sign the Prancing Horse will gallop away with the title.
“However, in Maranello, the culture of not paying attention to speculation, focusing on one’s own tasks and working hard means that preparing for another week of testing has been occupying everyone’s time to the full, without any distractions. A positive start in Jerez is just that, a positive start and nothing more.”