Sakhir – On the day of Felipe Massa’s birthday the two Ferrari single-seaters are back on the track during the qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, with the Brazilian on eighth and Kimi Raikkonen on tenth position on the grid, due to some excessive tyre wear during the last part of the qualifying, while the Finnish driver even had to use two sets of used tyres. But over the last two days, Friday’s and Saturday’s free practice sessions and today’s qualifying, the F60s went definitely better than during the first outings of the season. Both F60s are using the KERS at Bahrain, which means they can use 80 bhp more for several seconds, which will obviously lead to better lap times. Meanwhile the best lap times in the qualifying were driven by Toyota, with Jarno Trulli on the pole position and Timo Glock right next to his teammate, ahead of Vettel’s Red Bull and Button’s Brawn GP. Hamilton will start from the fifth position, next the second Brawn, the one driven by Barrichello, ahead of Alonso, and Rosberg between the two Ferrari single-seaters.
Today is also Felipe’s 28th birthday and he will celebrate with his parents and his friends from the Scuderia; but there will be also some very special guests, such as Jean Alesi and Gianni Morbidelli and two of the most famous rock musicians of our times: Eric “Slowhand” Clapton and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason (collector of historical cars and especially Ferraris), who are visiting the Team of the Prancing Horse in Bahrain. Amongst the other attractions of this GP, held on one of the most modern tracks in the world, there is the exceptional Bernie Ecclestone Grand Prix Heritage Collection with some of the most significant models, such as the Ferrari, driven by Jose-Froilan Gonzales to win the first GP for the Prancing Horse in July 1951. Meanwhile the Team is waiting for Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo arriving at Bahrain in the evening. Montezemolo attending the race is an exception as he usually prefers watching the races alone on TV.
As far as the weather is concerned it has to be said that it will be very different from Malaysia and China. The temperatures at Bahrain are around 40 degrees with a track temperature above 50C and the weather forecast for the race tomorrow confirms the temperatures.