The factor luck
October 6, 2012
There's no point in hiding the facts: this was not the qualifying we expected. We knew how competitive our adversaries are here on this challenging track in Japan, but a seventh and an eleventh position on the grid for Fernando and Felipe respectively doesn't show the real potential of the Scuderia here in Suzuka after all the work done over the last two days to find the best possible set up for our cars' package.
Let's start with Felipe: he was in great form all day, but at the most important moment in Q2, with a set of new Option tyres, he could't go faster than the time he had done before on used Softs. It's important now to understand why this set of tyres didn't work as expected.
As far as Fernando is concerned a starting position in the second row was his objective. On the fast lap in Q3, after good times in the sections, he had to slow down at corner 14 due to the yellow flags. That was when his attempt went up in smoke. If we had gained a better starting position, we would have been able to try out a different approach in the race. Now it's important to concentrate on the preparations for tomorrow's 53 laps.
Fernando and Felipe will gain positions on the grid, because Button and Hulkenberg changed the gearboxes on their cars and have to move further back. Therefore the Spanish driver will start from sixth position and the Brazilian from tenth.
Tomorrow will be a very difficult race, where the tyre wear will be extremely high and will play a decisive role. The right strategy, when and how often to stop at the box, will probably decide the race. And who knows if the 15th race of this exciting Championship will not hold a surprise for us? Maybe even one in our favour: because we already paid with misfortune today.