Alonso confident of wet weather pace
Fernando Alonso says he is confident that Ferrari are well prepared for the wet weather conditions predicted for Saturday's qualifying ahead of Sunday's German Grand Prix.
Rain affected both of Friday's opening practice sessions and the 30-year-old Spaniard was third-quickest behind McLaren duo Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton in the morning, but wound up 20th fastest in the afternoon session.
In spite of this, Alonso said he was pleased with the performance of his car in all conditions and believes Ferrari will perform well whatever the weather.
"All in all, I am reasonably pleased with how things went," said Alonso.
"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 did admit, however, that he had not had the chance to fully test his car's latest upgrades.
"We did not have enough time to evaluate them in depth," he said. "Let's hope we can do that tomorrow."
His Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa was also confident about his pace in the wet conditions but said it was impossible to predict how well his car might perform on Sunday, which is expected to be dry.
"We concentrated on understanding the behaviour of the car in the wet," he said.
"It's always difficult to give a judgement when you run in conditions like this, but I have to say the car was going pretty well, so we are reasonably pleased.
"It is even more complicated to say where we are in the dry, because we did not run enough. Let's see if tomorrow (Saturday) we manage to do a few more laps, but at the moment, the forecast is not very encouraging."