A hard race
October 3, 2009
The Japanese GP hasn't even started, but it will be remembered as a very important moment for Ferrari. The announcement from last Wednesday that Fernando Alonso will arrive behind the wheel of a Red as of the next season concentrated the fans' and staffs' attention for the whole week. The Spaniard will be in the team with Felipe Massa. The fans expect a lot from Fernando, nothing less than a World Title. While Fernando himself said that he's happy to be part of the history of Ferrari, a desire he said he had for his whole career. Meanwhile the team thanked Kimi Raikkonen for the two seasons together and the Finn now has to decide what he wants to do in the future, without excluding the possibility to move to the world of rally, but without shutting the doors to Formula 1.
The return to the Suzuka circuit wasn't a walk in the park for the drivers. Today's qualifying was extremely exciting with several accidents. Three interruptions during Q2 caused by accidents of Toro Rosso with Jaime Alguersuari and the Toyota with Timo Glock, who drove into the barriers. At the end of the second session the Toro Rosso with Sebastién Buemi ran off the track. Also Q3 was interrupted due to Heikki Kovalainen loosing control of his McLaren. It seems that tomorrow's race will be extremely exciting, especially as far as the Safety Car is concerned, which could condition the GP's outcome. And then there is the weather, playing a fundamental role. After the heavy rain during Friday's difficult free practice sessions a beautiful sun could be seen over the Japanese circuit today, although rain is foreseen for tomorrow, while the race should be held in the dry. But we know that quick changes are quite possible in this area.
It's going to be a hard race for the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro. Kimi's and Giancarlo's F60 will start from the eighth position and sixteenth position on the starting grid respectively. The pole-position went to Sebastian Vettel on Red-Bull, while Jarno Trulli for Toyota will be alongside him on the front row. Ferrari's main competitors for the third place in the Constructors' Championship, Lewis Hamilton's McLaren-Mercedes, will start from the third position on the grid. Once again, the pit-stop strategy will be a key point for the race, but also KERS will play an important role, expecially on the start, where it can be useful for both Ferrari's drivers to gain positions. The goal is always to bring home the third place in Costructors' Championship, even if this season finale appears unforeseeable.