A long race in prospect
July 31, 2010
Less than seven days, or just enough time to get the wheels back on at the Hungaroring track and listen to the general hypocrisy which followed Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro’s one-two finish at Hockenheim to lower the tone.
The Hungarian Grand Prix weekend got off to a special start for both our drivers: on Thursday, at a very emotional meeting, Felipe thanked the track marshals and the medical staff who had looked after him following his terrible accident here a year ago. Fernando on the other hand, celebrated his 29th birthday with the Scuderia, who presented him with a giant cake: two of the team engineers, Sergio and Francesco, blew the candles out alongside the driver, as it was their birthday too. It’s not by chance that it is said that for all the team members, Ferrari is one big family.
Even here at the Magyar track, the F10 demonstrated it was in good form, although the Red Bulls definitely seem to be on another planet. Their performance in qualifying can only be described as incredible, given the gap they had over the rest of the pack. It is equally clear that Ferrari is the best of the rest here in Budapest, although its habit of usually demonstrating excellent race pace might not be enough to battle with the Red Bulls. But anything can happen like the long race we can expect tomorrow, with 70 laps in prospect before seeing the chequered flag.
With Fernando third and Felipe fourth, the start will more than ever be crucial if the team is to aim for a good result, which means bringing home as many points as possible. Given that McLaren and Hamilton, who respectively head the Constructors’ and Drivers’ classifications, start behind us, we have a good hand to play, which could see us reduce still further the gap to the leaders. Because, and it needs to be said, there is still everything to play for.