Fernando Alonso is confident that Ferrari will have no problem adapting to the new-for-2011 Pirelli rubber after trying the tires for the first time in today's test in Abu Dhabi. The Spaniard completed 105 laps of the Yas Marina circuit, and does not expect Ferrari to have to make major changes to its new car to suit the tire characteristics.
"Overall, I am quite happy with the behavior of the tires," he said. "They are not too different to the previous manufacturer [Bridgestone] so, in a way, I think it will be a very smooth transition with no big drama."
The two-time World Champion added that he did not find it difficult to tweak the car's setup to get the best out of the Pirellis, declaring himself happy with progress.
"For us, it was not a big change," he said. "There were a few setup changes to the car to accommodate the tires and try to understand the two types of tires that Pirelli brought here. It was OK."