A difficult weekend
September 26, 2009
The night didn’t bring any luck for the Scuderia, at least as far as today’s qualifying is concerned. Giancarlo was out after Q1 and will start from the 18th position on tomorrow’s starting grid. On this city circuit the F60 is very difficult to handle and the Roman, who worked a lot on the car and with the simulator after Monza, still doesn’t feel completely at ease behind the wheel of the Ferrari single-seater. Meanwhile it went slightly better for Kimi Raikkonen, who nevertheless couldn’t make it into Q3 and will start from the 13th position in tomorrow’s race.
The pole position went to Lewis Hamilton ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg with Williams. The qualifying session was pretty exciting, when Barrichello took a corner slightly too wide and hit a wall. The race stewards brought out the red flags and the qualifying ended 26 seconds ahead of schedule.
The problems Ferrari has here on this city circuit are of a different nature. First of all the Marina Circuit in Singapore is a city circuit with many unknown factors such as a slippery and rough tarmac; although it has to be said that this year the situation is slightly better compared to 2008. Another question everybody is asking here in the paddock is that there are no improvements on the F60. Ferrari decided to concentrate on next year’s car, while the other teams are still developing the single-seaters of this season. This decision doesn’t mean that the Scuderia gave up fighting for the third place in the Constructors’ Championship, where the team is shoulder to shoulder with McLaren.
Even if the race will be no walk in the park for the car from Maranello one thing is for sure: a great show of a night race for the spectators at the track and the millions of fans in Europe in front of their TVs. A golden thread will unite these two continents and their Ferrari fans under the sign of love for the Prancing Horse.