From Bahrain to Australia. Second and third in the qualifying in the desert of Sakhir, third and fifth in the qualifying session for the Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park. Worried about the race? Stefano Domenicali, Head of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, says that they’re satisfied with the result.
Thus Fernando will start from the same position as he did in Bahrain, from the third, aka from the clean side of the track. Felipe, who admitted having problems with bringing the tyres up to the right temperature after the track had cooled down, will start from fifth position, also on the clean side of the track. This situation could turn into a potential advantage for the drivers in red during the start of a race, which is, as usual, extremely unpredictable. Traditionally the races at Albert Park are always good for a surprise: 58 laps are long and anything can happen. And here in Australia the Safety Car is a regular: the slightest accident, which could be resolved in a second by the race stewards on any other track of the World Championship, requires the Safety Car, due to the track’s layout. But then there is also the rain to consider, which might fall during the race, which will be started at 5pm local time, to enable TV spectators in Europe to get up a little later; the low standing sun at that time of day may create problems for the drivers and obstruct their vision. Although in case the rain might come, the clouds will help to solve this problem.
This will be a difficult race, where we have to be ready to take decisions at any moment and act as fast as possible. But this is our work. The F10’s behaviour during Friday’s free practice session with the race in sight made us really optimistic. Important is to bring home some points with both cars.
Everything is in place for an exciting race. Who know if this will be enough to calm those, who thought that the Bahrain race was really boring. Maybe we shouldn’t comment in the heat of the moment – let’s wait for some race and then we’ll see.