March 13, 2010
Sakhir - After a long winter break finally we’re back on the track for the first race of the season, which is held this year at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. And let us tell you that after the first impressions we’ve given on the track, we’re back at the top of the classification, where the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro belongs. We knew that we’ve done some good work during the winter, that abandoning the F60’s development early last season would have us allowed to concentrate all our energy on the upcoming F10.
We were convinced about the competitiveness of the new car. Although we didn’t exactly see how competitive it was during the winter tests compared to our competitors. And we can see that they are extremely strong. But now we’ve got an answer: we’re back. And we’re back for you, who believe in us. But: this is only the beginning. As of now we’ll work even harder to confirm this level.
Felipe will start from the second position on the grid and those who had doubts about his competitiveness after last year’s accident can now keep quiet. Fernando is completely at home at the Scuderia as if he had been with us forever. He’ll start from the second row, after having driven the third fastest lap time in the qualifying on Saturday. Well, everything is there to come back home with a good result, considering also the good work on Friday on the F10 with a race set up with a huge fuel load. Because you know that this year we can refuel anymore during the race. So it will be even more important to understand how the car will behave to decide how much petrol we need, also regarding the different tyres supplied by Bridgestone; and let’s not forget that we’ve got really high temperatures here this weekend, not like the temperatures we had during the winter sessions in Europe.
We’re optimistic for the 49 race laps thanks to the data we’ve collected, but we’re aware that it won’t be a walk in the park. Who knows, maybe thanks to you cheering for us we can even be faster!