An uncertain final
October 17, 2009
Interlagos - We all know that keeping the third place isn't an easy task, especially now that Ferrari is concentrating it's energy on next year's car, but today the weather didn't really help the cause, surprising Giancarlo Fisichella, who, four minutes into Q1, spun his car setting an end to his hopes for a good position on tomorrow's starting grid: the Italian will start from the 20th position. It went better for the other F60, with Kimi Raikkonen, who managed to gain the fifth position. The Finnish driver, excluding any surprises in tomorrow's race, will be the only one of the two Ferrari drivers with the possibility to be able to collect points.
Meanwhile over the last days the eyes were set on Felipe Massa's return, two months after his heavy accident during the Hungarian GP's qualifying. He was all smiles and in great form, confirmed by the positive outcome of the latest tests in Fiorano last Monday, where Felipe drove around 100 kilometres with a F2007 with GP2 tyres. The Brazilian fans on the grandstands were enthusiastic for Felipe, who was invited to wave the chequered flag tomorrow. Even the FIA, due to the enormous enthusiasm for the Ferrarista, allowed Felipe to participate in the official press conference, an event usually reserved to the GP participants.
Another event raising interest was the meeting between Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, who yesterday met at the Scuderia Ferrari pitwall. The two drivers, who will be teammates as of 2010, shook hands and had a chat about the ongoing Championship, a demonstration of - if there even was the need - the good relationship between the two drivers for the next season.