The two weeks since the last Grand Prix - where Fernando gained a place on the podium on the brand-new circuit in New Delhi - were extremely intense. We worked very hard and tried to improve the performance of our Ferrari 150° Italia, also testing some new components with the next season already in sight.
The moment we arrived in Abu Dhabi we were immediately fascinated by this very special atmosphere of this place. It’s the third time we’re racing here on this circuit, but it’s still not easy to get used to the feelings this futuristic track prompts.
And then there’s also the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which opened last year. We had the possibility to visit the theme park and spend a couple of hours away from the track. A track, which doesn’t really give us the satisfaction we’d hoped for: this is already the 18th and penultimate race of the season and for us from the Scuderia there are not many more presents left this year.
Everybody in the team is still extremely concentrated and we want to conclude the season as good as possible, gaining some good positions and points to encourage us all for the development of the single-seater for 2012. Unfortunately today’s qualifying confirmed the negative trend with us third, behind Red Bull and McLaren, two fierce competitors, who don’t make any presents whatsoever. Our two drivers did very well and they gave it their all, despite a not really encouraging result. Fernando had a respectable Q3, where he tried to use the entire potential of his car, but he couldn’t get beyond fifth position on tomorrow’s grid. Felipe, after a good qualifying, gained sixth position, without being able to use the new front wing.
We know that tomorrow won’t be easy to gain a place on the podium, but we’re going to try, because we’re convinced that we still can have our say, trying to satisfy the fans of the Prancing Horse, who always following us with great enthusiasm.