The rain was the main protagonist on the first day of test sessions at the “Circuito Permanente de Velocidad" in Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia. Just before 10am the rain started and didn’t stop until the end of the day.
The ten drivers on the track had to be satisfied with the first minutes on the dry to verify the new cars’ set ups without water on the track. Naturally it was extremely busy on the track, considering that there are just 15 days of testing before the races start. There was also the F10 amongst the cars with the most kilometres on the clock. The Ferrari single-seater, today driven by Fernando Alonso, made 88 laps, only the Williams with Hulkenberg drove more (118). "We worked on the new single-seater’s reliability and we can confirm that we are very satisfied as far as this front is concerned,” Chris Dyer, Head of race engineering, said at the end of the day. "Just like in Valencia we drove with different fuel loads and the results, even under these track conditions, were positive regarding the car’s behaviour, driveability and ease. The performance level, compared to our competitors, remains a question mark, because we don’t know under what conditions the other cars are testing. We haven’t made any steps ahead as far as performance is concerned, but we did in terms of reliability. We collected lots of data regarding the rain tyres, because the track conditions remained pretty vague today as far as intermediates or super wets were concerned."
Dyer was asked what he thinks about the Spanish driver in his new team: "Fernando has great experience, in the races and in terms of the car’s development. His feedbacks are very helpful and really precise. His indications now won’t have effects on the car’s project, but he’s extremely important now and in the near future. He’s not a surprise for us: we knew that he’s a great driver and his relation with the technicians is growing very well, day after day.”Source Ferrari