Qualifying at Shanghai: a base to build on
April 18, 2009
Shanghai, April 18 – It is not a whole new F60 racing at Shanghai, but the new aerodynamic solutions changed the Ferrari single-seater quite a bit. Well, the results aren't too bright, Kimi eighth and Felipe 13th, while the Brazilian made a mistake in Q2 and there was not enough time left to send him back out on the track. Otherwise he would have played for a position in the top ten during Q3, as we could already see in Q1. Patience: what's important now is to continue the F60's development according to the new indications, which came out indirectly by the FIA Court of Appeals's verdict as far as the diffusers are concerned.
As you know the Scuderia will not use the KERS at the Chinese GP. It's not definitely abandoned, but it's a decision to not making the car heavier or conditioning its set up before the system's reliability isn't assured. It broke twice durnig the first two GPs of the season in Kimi's F60. The first three spots on the grid for tomorrow's race are taken by Vettel, Alonso and Webber with Red Bull and Renault. This means that the single-seaters' perfomances don't exclusively depend on the diffusers. The Team is working hard - at Maranello and on the track - on the set up, the downforce with the front wing and the modified covers, the air vent system and the tyres' performances, important for the outcome of the race in China. The 'super soft' compound wears off quickly and the intermediates are having problems reaching the right temperature (it's cooler in Shanghai than in Malaysia and Australia).
There are some reasons for being optimistic here at Shanghai, where Ferrari has the best score amongst the teams. Next week in Bahrain and in May, at the first European GP at Barcelona, the F60 could have its debut with a new diffuser. An important part is - as Stefano Domenicali said several times during the weekend - to work on the Team's mood, the “Ferrari pride”, to get back to the top.