United States GP - Qualifying leaves a bitter taste in Austin

From one continent to another, the outcome of qualifying remains a bitter one for Scuderia Ferrari. On Saturday afternoon in Abu Dhabi, the two F2012s were seventh and ninth and the numbers were the same on the new Austin track, this time with Felipe Massa ahead of Fernando Alonso. The way qualifying evolved definitely did not follow the usual pattern, with just a single run for both drivers in each of the three sessions: in Q1 using the Prime, while switching to the Option for Q2 and Q3. The reason for this strategy resides with the difficulty in finding the right operating temperature for the tyres at this track, a problem that affected the whole session.

Qualifying session

Q1 MAS 8th 1.37.667 9 ALO 11th 1.37.968 9
Q2 MAS 3rd 1.36.549 8 ALO 9th 1.37.123 8
Q3 MAS 7th 1.36.937 7 ALO 9th 1.37.300 7

Weather: air 18/20°C, track 28/30°C. Sunny.
Chassis: Alonso 295, Massa 294

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