A result that reflects our actual potential
April 16, 2011
From the immense heat in Sepang to the slightly lower temperatures in Shanghai where, maybe caused by the smog, it’s difficult so see the sun through the grey sky, covering the biggest facility on the Formula 1 World Championship calendar. Like the weather the track’s feedback wasn’t too enthusiastic for the Scuderia Ferrari.
The Chinese GP will see Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa start from fifth and sixth position respectively. There’s nothing to hide: this is our potential at the moment, considering that the Ferrari 150° Italia, which will be raced here in China, is practically the same as on the tracks in Melbourne and Sepang. This is certainly nothing to be proud of, but it is something that makes us work even harder here in China. The Team is working non-stop to close the gap to the extremely fast Red Bulls and to the equally competitive McLarens. Let’s not forget that right here in Shanghai even Mercedes seems to be in form – with Nico Rosberg on fourth position on the grid, right in front of our cars.
While waiting for a step forward regarding performance and the start of the European season with the next race, the Turkish Grand Prix, now all eyes are focused on tomorrow’s race. n Malaysia the Ferrari 150° Italia had to demonstrate that it had the right pace for the race, able to fight for a place on the podium with both cars. Some incidents prevented us from turning this into reality, although we really got close: we’re going to retry tomorrow in a very intense GP, where there will be some fierce fights at the top and in the centre of the pack.
The entire Scuderia Ferrari is with our mechanic Paolo Santarsiero, who, on Thursday evening, had a cerebral aneurism. He has been operated at Shanghai’s Rui Jin hospital and his condition has already improved. That Santarsiero will completely recover might be the most important result of this weekend in China and not so much the outcome of tomorrow’s race.