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F1 NEWS 

Alonso feels Ferrari is well prepared for the changing conditions of the German GP

Fernando Alonso, FerrariFernando Alonso is confident that Ferrari is well prepared for the expected changeable conditions of German Grand Prix qualifying, but admitted that the team did not get any real chance to evaluate its latest upgrades as rain hit practice at Hockenheim on Friday.

The opening day of track action in Germany was hit by repeated rain showers and limited dry running. Similar weather is forecast for Saturday, although Sunday is tipped to be dry.

"All in all, I am reasonably pleased with how things went," said Alonso, who was third in the morning behind the two McLarens.

"We ran in various conditions, going from the dry to a damp track and then a completely wet one and tomorrow, at least according to the weather forecast at the moment, we could have a very similar scenario to today when it comes to qualifying.

"The car behaved well in all conditions, which is always a good thing and we were also able to see how the various types of tyre worked and when was the right moment to switch from one to another."

Alonso said Ferrari now had to hope that it had chance to put more miles on its latest parts on Saturday.

"We did not have enough time to evaluate them in depth," he said. "Let's hope we can do that tomorrow."

Technical chief Pat Fry agreed with Alonso's assessment.

"Unfortunately, we were only able to do a few laps on the dry tyres this morning, however, not many of these were useful, because the rain kept making an appearance," said Fry. "From what we could see, the car seems to be more or less alright in terms of balance, both in the dry and the wet.

"Some of the updates we have here proved to be OK right from the start, while in order to evaluate the others fully, we need to analyse carefully what little data we were able to gather today.

"Tomorrow, the possibility of having another wet qualifying seems quite high, while for the race, it is meant to be dry. At Silverstone, we were competitive in both conditions - let's hope the same applies here too."

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