Alonso suffers technical problems on day 1

Fernando Alonso had a technical problem early in Day 1 of the final pre-season test in Barcelona, but went on to complete 74 laps in the new Ferrari.

The Spaniard stopped out on track during his first run, thanks to an electronics problem, which cost several hours of track time. However, Alonso managed to stay out on track all afternoon, which enabled the team to test some new aerodynamic equipment, including a long fin on the bonnet, similar to the one used on the F2008 a couple of seasons ago.

Despite the interrupted day, the double world champion was positive about the progress his new team had made. “It wasn't a perfect day, but it was very helpful nevertheless. We had several new things in the car and we collected some data to see how they work. Now we've got to understand how to exploit them.

The track wasn't great today. A little dirty and wind[y]. It's always interesting to drive on a circuit, where you'll also have a Grand Prix, because you start seeing some aspects you'll have to deal with later on. All in all I'd say it was a good day.”