• Bahrain Grand Prix - FP2

Alonso warns Ferrari against overreacting

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Fernando Alonso has urged Ferrari not to overreact to the gap to Mercedes after Friday practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Alonso was third fastest in FP2 but still over a second off the pace of Lewis Hamilton at the top of the timesheets. With the first practice session being held in daylight and the second practice session being held in much cooler conditions, Alonso said Ferrari had to be wary of factoring in the changing conditions while trying to chase Mercedes.

"Even if we did a lot of running here in winter testing, now it's like starting from scratch and one has to adapt to the new indications coming from the differing track conditions," he said. "We know our strong points and the areas we must focus on to improve, but we must not overreact in trying to close the performance gap. At the moment we must make steady progress while still keeping an eye on reliability, which has brought us a good points haul in the first couple of races, which is always very important."

Ferrari engineering director Pat Fry believes the gaps between teams should close up over the course of the weekend.

"Tonight, we did a long run test and now we must look closely at tyre performance, which is a key factor this weekend along with fuel consumption. It will be interesting to see how the hierarchy will change between tomorrow and Sunday, because the technical characteristics of this track mean the gaps between some of the teams could close up."

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