Ferrari's worrying start to the 2012 pre-season got a boost on Friday when Fernando Alonso topped the times in the famous team's new car. Earlier, when Red Bull's Dietrich Mateschitz was in the padd...

Ferrari's worrying start to the 2012 pre-season got a boost on Friday when Fernando Alonso topped the times in the famous team's new car.

Earlier, when Red Bull's Dietrich Mateschitz was in the paddock, he wondered to Blick newspaper: "What's up with Ferrari?"

Former Ferrari driver Mika Salo answered: "They're having problems at every corner."

But although not as quick as the impressive Lotus earlier this week, Spaniard Alonso was faster than all comers on the last of the four-day session at Jerez, including Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel who had technical problems.

Typically, Alonso was giving nothing away.

"This time is worth nothing as is the one I set yesterday and those of the previous days," he said.

He was also not getting excited about Lotus' potential title challenge.

"I don't know as even for them it's a bit early and I would rather just say I am very happy to see Kimi (Raikkonen) back.

"He's a great driver and a great person," said Alonso.

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