The last two weeks have been packed with hard work on our Ferrari 150° Italia. We’ve also been studying the race in Singapore, where we gained less than we had expected and maybe even not enough, considering how it actually went on the track.
Now we’re here in Japan at the Suzuka circuit, highly concentrated on our season’s objectives: first of all we’re trying to win at least one out of the five races left this season, trying to pass McLaren in the fight for second place in the Constructor’s Championship. The Drivers’ Championship is already in the hands of Sebastian Vettel, but our goal remains to conquer as many points as possible in every GP – with Alonso, who is just one point behind Button, and Massa, who is still waiting for his first place on the podium this year. We’re convinced that we do have the means and the possibility. We just hope for a little bit of luck and the right weather conditions for Sunday’s race.
The Suzuka circuit is a tough track, where it is difficult to overtake, but many drivers love this track, because thanks to its particular layout, there is a series of fast corners, where the drivers can really show their skills.
The Team is extremely determined and pays attention to every single detail, while the performance of our two drivers in the qualifying is a good start.
Felipe will start from fourth position - thanks to a lap time, which was only four tenths of a second slower than the one driven by the pole sitter – while Alonso will start from fifth position, close to his teammate.
The performance of our Ferrari 150° Italia lets us be optimistic: there are some positive signals, confirming our expectations for a good result here at the 15th race of the World Championship. Let’s see what tomorrow’s race will bring.