Intense weeks in Maranello with the entire team giving it all to bring the necessary improvements to the track of Montmelò to enhance the Ferrari 150° Italia’s performance. But also the other teams did they homework, inventing novelties. The result? A small step forward, but we still have to improve to close the gap to Red Bull, the team, which even on this track in the qualifying, drove the fastest lap time.
That Fernando Alonso is a great driver is no secret. That’s why his contract has been extended a couple of days ago and the Spanish driver will stay with the Scuderia until the end of 2016. But today he showed again how strong he is, with an excellent lap time in Q3, which enabled him to start from the second row into tomorrow’s race. A third place on the grid, for the first time this season. At the end of the qualifying Fernando was without words to explain the feelings he had after an almost perfect lap.
Meanwhile Felipe had some minor problems while looking for the right set up over the last days. Therefore the driver from Sao Paulo will start from eighth position into tomorrow’s race.
Tyres and overtaking: these are the dominating issues regarding tomorrow’s race. We’re expecting extreme wear with a huge difference in performance levels regarding soft and hard compound. It will be fundamental to make the right choice when to let the cars come back to the box to change the tyres. We’ve always seen challenging races here on this track with hardly any overtaking: and with the new rules it won’t be the case that we’ll see a boring procession here tomorrow.