A couple of days after the Australian Grand Prix, the opening race of the season, here we are back in Malaysia, ready for a new race: a long and exhausting journey for the first back-to-back races of the season.
Once again we were welcomed by the typical, not especially pleasant Malaysian climate: hot and extremely humid. This will translate into another test on a weekend with an extremely demanding task and it’s definitely not the ideal weather to carry out the exhausting work on the agenda, while we decided to try out some new solutions. The desire to restart and get our pace up to our rivals’ level is huge. This is why we worked as much as possible on our F2012.
Let’s be clear: today’s session wasn’t satisfying. For the second time we had problems to qualify for Q3. Alonso - due to a penalty for Raikkonen - will start from ninth position, while Massa gained 12th position for tomorrow’s grid. We can already see the improvements of the car and we’re working hard on the new chassis we brought to Kuala Lumpur. We’re convinced that we can have some say in tomorrow’s race, despite the unknown factor of the tyres. And then there are also the weather conditions, which are uncertain for tomorrow and it might even rain. The ingredients for an exciting race are all there also because this year the balance of power on the track is shifting and we could gain our position back.