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Alonso: No problems with moveable wing

Wednesday 23rd March 2011

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Alonso: No problems with moveable wing

Alonso: No problems with moveable wing

Fernando Alonso has downplayed suggestions that the moveable rear wing will turn into a safety hazard, saying drivers have to be capable of "adapting to any situation".

The Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have been very outspoken about the return of KERS and the introduction of adjustable rear wings warning that it could become a safety issue due to the increase in the number of buttons on the steering wheel. Both have even suggested that drivers could strike.

However, Ferrari driver Alonso insists it shouldn't be a problem.

"These past weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the possible difficulty of managing all the controls we have in the car, especially on the steering wheel," he told the Ferrari website. "Quite frankly, I don't think there will be any problems, at least on the safety front. When all is said and done, we are professional drivers and we have to be capable of adapting to any situation.

"Even when it comes to running the moveable rear wing, I don't think there will be problems. It seems like a good idea to me, but obviously it is too early to say if it will really make overtaking easier and lead to more excitement. We will start to get an idea this Sunday afternoon.

Alonso also reiterated Ferrari team principal Stefano Dominicali's prediction that qualifying will be less important this year due to the degradation of Pirelli tyres.

"From what we saw in testing, degradation is much higher than compared to the Bridgestones: therefore we will see more pit stops and the strategy will be the key to the final result," he said. "Qualifying will now be less important, given that an increase in pit stops will add uncertainty to the way the races turn out: our pit stop guys will definitely have more work to do!"

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