The world championship got underway back in March, in Bahrain, with Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro securing an important one-two finish. Eighteen races later, here we are in Abu Dhabi for the grand finale of a hectic season with Fernando Alonso absolutely in the fight for the Drivers’ title.
Considering the sort of form shown by the Red Bulls at this track, third place for Fernando Alonso come the end of qualifying is definitely a great result. Even more so because even if Vettel put his signature down on the pole position placing, the other Red Bull, in the hands of Mark Webber, the biggest threat to the championship aspirations of Fernando and the Scuderia, is only in fifth place. Felipe is actually sixth, having run into so much traffic on his last attempt.
There is no such thing as an easy race and for obvious reasons that really applies to tomorrow’s grand prix. That is not just because of what is at stake, but also because of the unique situations encountered in this race. Much of the race takes place in the day-for-night conditions provided by the host of floodlights, but the Abu Dhabi GP starts at dawn, so the ambient temperature does not really drop much throughout the race, therefore in the early stages of the race, the soft tyres could develop higher levels of degradation than we see at other tracks.
As Stefano Domenicali pointed out after qualifying, “ tomorrow afternoon more than ever, it will be vital to keep a cool head. We have to focus on our own work: if we can put together another perfect day, then we are in with a chance of reaching the target we have fixed for ourselves.”
Alonso is confident and so are we in the team. Every member of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro is ready for the grand finale.