The night didn’t bring any luck for the Scuderia, at least as far as today’s qualifying is concerned. Giancarlo was out after Q1 and will start from the 18th position on tomorrow’s starting grid. On this city circuit the F60 is very difficult to handle and the Roman, who worked a lot on the car and with the simulator after Monza, still doesn’t feel completely at ease behind the wheel of the Ferrari single-seater. Meanwhile it went slightly better for Kimi Raikkonen, who nevertheless couldn’t make it into Q3 and will start from the 13th position in tomorrow’s race.
The pole position went to Lewis Hamilton ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg with Williams. The qualifying session was pretty exciting, when Barrichello took a corner slightly too wide and hit a wall. The race stewards brought out the red flags and the qualifying ended 26 seconds ahead of schedule.
The problems Ferrari has here on this city circuit are of a different nature. First of all the Marina Circuit in Singapore is a city circuit with many unknown factors such as a slippery and rough tarmac; although it has to be said that this year the situation is slightly better compared to 2008. Another question everybody is asking here in the paddock is that there are no improvements on the F60. Ferrari decided to concentrate on next year’s car, while the other teams are still developing the single-seaters of this season. This decision doesn’t mean that the Scuderia gave up fighting for the third place in the Constructors’ Championship, where the team is shoulder to shoulder with McLaren.
Even if the race will be no walk in the park for the car from Maranello one thing is for sure: a great show of a night race for the spectators at the track and the millions of fans in Europe in front of their TVs. A golden thread will unite these two continents and their Ferrari fans under the sign of love for the Prancing Horse.
Monza - Everything is possible in racing, nothing is for sure. Especially this year, where every race is different and every race track writes its own story.
Monza has always been an unknown factor, maybe even more than other tracks. Here, a good strategy is not enough. Some slight rain is enough to change the finish completely and to mix up the field. But what is sure is: only the fastest ones can win in Monza. In a season where the teams’ positions have been changing a lot, Monza might be a return to the origins.
We’ve seen the first signals in today’s qualifying. The pole position went to Lewis Hamilton with McLaren Mercedes, a surprising second position was gained by Adrian Sutil with Force India, while six Mercedes-powered cars are amongst the first seven on the starting grid. With one exception: Kimi Raikkonen on third. After the victory in Spa the Finn from Ferrari can build another success here in Northern Italy with the help of the KERS, which the Scuderia has optimised and improved during the season and which will be, especially in these remaining races of the season, some precious help at the start.
But there is more from Ferrari, because behind the wheel of the other F60, there’s Giancarlo Fisichella, who has seen a dream come true: racing with the Reds in front of his home crowd. The start wasn’t easy, although he had a ninth position on the timesheet on Friday morning in the first free practice session. Giancarlo couldn’t pass Q2 and will therefore start from position 14 on the starting grid into tomorrow’s race, due to an error made by the Roman in the practice session in the morning, when he lost the control of the F60 and crashed into the barriers coming out of corner no. 11, damaging the car’s suspension and the left front wheel. Therefore he couldn’t use all the car’s potential; but let’s not forget that “Fisico” drove the F60 for the first time yesterday!
Immediately after the session there was a heavy downpour, which didn’t discourage the numerous fans of the Prancing Horse from all over Europe. There are countless red flags on the grandstands, which tomorrow will embrace the members of the Team. Victory or not, Ferrari’s heart will always beat in Monza. In a race with so many unknown factors and surprises, the fans’ cordiality and faithfulness is always a certainty.