Fernando Alonso prepares to get on track in Belgium. (Photo: Getty Images)

prepares to get on track in Belgium. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso was in a positive mood after free practice in Friday, despite ending the day a modest seventh.

However, headline times don’t always tell the full story, and the Spaniard insisted that made progress.

“This was a good day, even if in the morning we, and in fact everyone, lost time because of the rain, and so in the afternoon we found ourselves facing double the workload,” he said. “Before drawing any conclusions, we need to wait for the analysis of the data acquired this afternoon from both cars. Felipe (Massa, teammate) and I tried different aero configurations, with more and less downforce, which will be the real key to this race, along with the weather.

“In terms of today’s times, we have got closer to the favorites, but I’m not sure which weather forecast I would prefer. It’s true that in the rain, the cards on the table can be shuffled up, but in the wet there are as many chances to benefit as there are to lose.”

Meanwhile, Massa, who finished FP2 in fourth place, said: “Today, the changeable weather had a big effect on the way free practice was run, with minimal running in the first session. But if we want to look at things in terms of a glass half full, then at least the few laps we managed in the morning were important, to give us an idea of the behavior of the car in the wet, which is always useful here in Spa.

“In the afternoon, in the dry, we managed to get through our program, testing some new parts and both types of Pirelli tire. The outcome of the race simulation tells us that we have what we need to be on the pace, and we will definitely do all we can to fight with the leaders of the classification.”

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