Alonso not worried about skipping first pre-season test days at Jerez
By Berthold Bouman
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is not at all worried about missing the first pre-season test days at Jerez next week. Felipe Massa and new test driver Pedro de la Rosa will be at the wheel of the new Ferrari F138, but Alonso is adamant he made the right decision.
“I will follow the tests with great interest and all the information that comes back from Jerez of course I will be looking at,” said the Spanish driver who was runner-up in the race for the 2012 Formula One World Championship.
Alonso not worried about skipping first pre-season test days at Jerez – Photo: Ferrari
But he won’t stay home either, amongst other things he will intensify his physical training, “In these last few weeks and in the next few weeks I will certainly be concentrating on preparing for the championship.”
“We were very busy in December and I was very much involved with the car in January up until a week ago, so I think it’s right to step back and prepare a bit so that I’m 100% from Australia right through to Brazil.”
He’s also confident Massa and de la Rosa will properly test the new F138, “Also, we are very lucky in this team because we trust each other implicitly, and within the extended team Pedro and Felipe are the same because we are just one person.”
Alonso will get behind the wheel of the F138 for the first time during the second pre-season testing days at Barcelona, which will start on February 19 at de Circuit de Catalunya.