Fernando Alonso had his running cut short in Abu Dhabi today after careering off the track during FP2 in Abu Dhabi.
The Ferrari driver almost replicated a prior incident for Sebastian Vettel, who slid off at the same corner earlier in the session.
“Just as was the case in India a fortnight ago, again here in Abu Dhabi, I lost a bit of time: there it was the engine that left me standing at the side of the track and here it was an off-track excursion,” said Alonso, who finished the day as the third fastest driver. “It's not that there's a particular problem with grip at Turn 1, but if you touch the kerb when braking then you do lose some grip. As for me and Vettel both going off the track at the same point, I saw a lot of similarities: maybe tomorrow, we will try and stay a bit more towards the middle of the track without going so near the limit at this corner!
“I am annoyed about losing some time, but above all, I am sorry for the mechanics who now have extra work to do to put the car together again. I will try and repay them with a nice lap tomorrow evening in qualifying.”
Team-mate Felipe Massa had a comparatively trouble-free day. He finished it fourth on the timesheets, just 0.009 seconds off the pace of Alonso.
“They were two good sessions for me, but that does not mean much in terms of qualifying,” said the Brazilian, who this weekend is wearing a helmet with livery to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Ayrton Senna taking his third title.
“Two weeks ago in India, I was fastest on Friday afternoon and then things went the way they did. Having said that, I am reasonably happy with how the last two races panned out in terms of speed and pace. Obviously, I can't say the same about the final results, because something always happened to me in the races: let's hope it will be different this time. I am sure it will: the important thing is to continue doing a good job, always being quick and then things will sort themselves out.”