Ferrari and Fernando Alonso have fired a warning shot to the rest of their championship rivals, with the Spanish driver warning that there was potentially more to come from the F10 after he topped the timesheets in both practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The double Monaco winner and World Champion stressed that a combination of a good setup and backing yourself to deliver a good performance were the key criteria to performing well on the street circuit.
“the main aim was to understand how the tyres work and get confident with the circuit," he said. "On this track a major setup change might give you half a tenth, but trusting your driving can see you gain half a second.
"We therefore worked on finding the right feeling with the car and on making it easy to drive – there is still a lot of work to do and quite a margin for improvement."
The Spaniard also added that he was confident the team would close the gap to the dominant Red Bull team this weekend.
"I can understand that there could be a level of pessimism after the show of strength from Red Bull in Barcelona qualifying," he added.
"But we know that having the right setup here can make more of a difference than pure aerodynamic downforce and we already have a good baseline given that, last year, Kimi [Räikkönen] nearly took pole with a car that was far off the F10 in terms of its potential."
Even Felipe Massa had more reasons to be confident after a tough weekend in Spain, where he was consistently off Alonso’s pace, amid rumours that his contract at the Scuderia will not be renewed next year.
"The situation is definitely very different to Barcelona," the Brazilian said. “[After Spain] I have found a much more stable car which is easy to drive and has much more grip. I have to say I can only be happy with the F10 and the way things went today; having said that, there is still a lot to do to be done to be as well-prepared as possible for the rest of the weekend."
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