All eyes on tyres and the pit lane
July 30, 2011
The timesheet after the qualifying for the German Grand Prix had one Ferrari in fourth and one in fifth position. Seven days later today’s qualifying session – for the Hungarian Grand Prix – was an exact photocopy. Well, at least almost: this time Massa and Alonso just changed positions. Although it has to be said that the mood is slightly different: after the lap times in the free practice sessions – with the fastest driven by Fernando at the end of Q1 and Q2 – it seemed as if we could fight for the pole position. Unfortunately this was not the case.
We couldn’t express all of our potential. It’s as simple as that. But on another note: we did close that gap our competitors had opened during the first stage of the season, but on the fast lap in qualifying we’re still not there yet. We still have to work on that one.
In the race our Ferrari 150° Italia always shows more competitiveness on a Sunday compared to Saturday. But on this track here in Hungary it’s not really easy to overtake, although this year the drivers can use DRS and KERS. Tomorrow the tyre wear will play an important role and probably also decide the outcome of the race. There might be three or even four pit stops before arriving at the end of the 70 laps on the Hungaroring.
This will definitely be an intense Sunday for our men at the pit stops and for those at the pitwall: considering the difficulties in overtaking on this track, it will be fundamental to call the cars in at the right moment, allowing our drivers to get back onto the track with less traffic, therefore avoiding seeing the benefits of the new tyres going up in flames. One thing you can be sure of: tomorrow’s atmosphere in the pit lane will be very tense for every single team.