Fernando Alonso is confident that his Ferrari team will have a better weekend at Monza than it did at Spa, having identified the issues that held it back in the Belgian Grand Prix. In the latest blog for Ferrari's website, Alonso suggests that the team has ironed out "what did not work" at Spa.
Ferrari reserve driver Giancarlo Fisichella ran aero tests on a straight-line run earlier this week as the team tried to work out where it had lost performance in Belgium.
"[The test] produced indications which led us to understand what did not work as it should have done and we have put those elements right for the next event," Alonso wrote. "I am therefore confident about our chances of getting back to fighting for a place on the podium."
The Spaniard described the preparations for Monza as "getting ready for a special event," adding that "everyone in Maranello really wants to do well in front of our fans...many of our people will have their family and friends watching [in the grandstands]."
Alonso had a dreadful weekend at Spa, where he was caught out by the weather in qualifying and broadsided by an out-of-control Rubens Barrichello on lap one of the race. Running the older-spec Ferrari rear wing, Alonso's downforce settings were suited for the rain – but, having been slower than teammate Felipe Massa in the dry, Alonso ran wide at Malmedy in the damp and pirouetted into the wall.