Ferrari’s decision to remove its FRIC suspension system has had significant effect on Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard said after finishing third- and ninth-fastest in Friday’s two respective practice sessions at the German Grand Prix.

The double world champion suffered minor telemetry issues with his Ferrari F14T in the early half of the second session.

“I don’t think going away with FRIC changed much in terms of driving style,” Alonso told reporters after Friday’s on-track action.

“In order to have a clear picture you’d have to do a comparison with and without it. But running without it, we just have to adapt and be as well as prepared as possible with what we have.”

Having won the last two Grands Prix held at the Hockenheim circuit, the Spaniard is happy being back at the 4.5-kilometre circuit, where he has stood atop the podium on three separate occasions.

“It’s nice to be back racing at Hockenheim. I’ve got fantastic memories of the last race here and I like the track a lot.”

Alonso and the Scuderia focused on car set-up in the practice sessions due to the very high temperatures and hopes to understand how both compounds of soft tyres will act and what role the weather could play in the 67-lap race on Sunday.

“We concentrated on set-up to try and adapt to the temperatures, which are going to be extremely high all weekend.

“I had no problems with either the Soft or Supersoft compounds and we just need to understand how they will behave in the race and what the weather could be like on Sunday,” he concluded.

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8