In all walks of life, actions speak louder than words. That’s especially true in Formula 1 where only results picked up on track show the true merit of the performance that your package can deliver. And yet… and yet we at Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, have often stressed how much the F10 had really progressed in performance terms over the last few races thanks to intensive and incessant development work. Needless to say this did not always sit well with the more sceptical of Formula 1 pundits and we had no argument to counter with, given the unusual events in recent Grands Prix.
However, today’s qualifying proved that our belief was not just a load of hot air: Fernando was second fastest to secure his first front row start of the season, just two thousandths behind Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull and Felipe was third. All in all, it means we are in a situation where we can really show our true colours and fight for the win, or at least bring home a big bag of points.
There are two factors that could influence the outcome of what promises to be a tough German Grand Prix all the same: the weather and then the strategy choice, which means to say finding the right moment to switch from the super soft tyres to the hard compound. The focus within the Scuderia is on red alert, with race preparation going into the most minute detail. Because, as Stefano Domenicali pointed out today after qualifying, “the time has come to reap the rewards of all the work we have done to date.”
That is something everyone within Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro is in absolute agreement with.