Fernando Alonso sampled Ferrari's 2014 for the first time on a simulator in Maranello

Spaniard keen to start learning process as quickly as possible

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 16/12/13 12:52pm

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Fernando Alonso experienced his first taste of Ferrari's 2014 car on Friday when he drove it on their simulator in Maranello.

With major rule changes being introduced next season, the Scuderia were keen to get the Spaniard at the wheel as soon as possible so that he could sample "all the new procedures in which the driver will be involved in managing the 2014 car."

Following the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix, Alonso revealed he would be working right up until Christmas in an effort to topple Red Bull's supremacy and he was satisfied with his work in the simulator.

"I'm pleased with the way the day on the simulator went," Alonso told Ferrari's official website. "We managed to get through everything on the programme that we had in the pipeline. It was nice to be driving again, even if only in a virtual way.

"We went through a lot of ideas with the engineers: we are only at the start of a learning process which is moving forward all the time and it's nice to be able to contribute to it."

Alonso will drive Ferrari's 2014 car on track for the first time at the end of January when pre-season testing starts in Jerez.

In the meantime, Ferrari will test next season's Pirelli tyres in Bahrain this week using the F138 with Jules Bianchi and Pedro de la Rosa at the wheel.

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