Most circuits have their traditions if you like and at Spa-Francorchamps, it’s all about the weather. Because the Ardennes region which is home to the track is renowned for throwing up unpredictable weather: we saw that on Friday and it was the same old story for qualifying, with rain and sun vying for our attention.
There’s no point denying it, we are not pleased with how the grid-deciding session worked out for us. Sixth place for Felipe and tenth for Fernando are well below what the Scuderia was hoping for, nor did it live up to the potential of the F10 on this track. Unfortunately, the drops of rain that fell in the final part washed out the efforts of our drivers on their final runs. For Fernando it was particularly tough, as with only one set of new soft tyres left, he had to make his first run on used tyres which resulted in a less than competitive time compared to the other nine drivers on track for Q3.
We can therefore expect a difficult race, especially as our main rivals will start further up the grid than us, so we will have to try and make the most of every opportunity.
However, one should always look on the bright side and that would include considering that, of all the tracks on the calendar, a less than brilliant qualifying at Spa is not such a hardship. The Belgian circuit offers genuine overtaking opportunities and then there’s that “tradition” we mentioned earlier, given that its not beyond the bounds of probability that the weather will play its part in the race. Whatever the weather throws up, the key will be the ability to react as quickly as possible.