Alonso: not bothered

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso insists he is not concerned despite suffering another engine failure today in practice for Sunday’s Chinese GP.

Although the Spaniard failed to set a time in FP1 as a result – and missed the final third of the session – he bounced back in FP2, completing 33 tours in total and finishing proceedings in tenth place overall, on 1m 36.604secs.

“Clearly I’m not happy to have had an engine failure, but I’m not the slightest bit worried by it,” said Alonso. “The engine I had this morning was the one we had changed after qualifying in Bahrain and we knew that, sooner or later, it could break. It happened today, but it won’t have much effect on our original engine management plan.

“It is pointless looking at today’s time sheets too, because each team follows its own work programme and that makes it impossible to compare the times. We stuck to our plan and we are pretty happy with what we achieved. I think we will be competitive at this track.”

Team-mate Felipe Massa had no such problems in the sister car and he ended FP1 in tenth and FP2 in 11th, three tenths off Alonso on a 1m 36.944s. In total he did 19 laps in the first session and 36 in the second.

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