It was three weeks ago when Fernando Alonso won the race in Malaysia taking over the lead in the Driver’s Championship. An enormous satisfaction, although we might have to file it soon, because we’re aware of the enormous work waiting for us every single week to improve our F2012’s performance, which is still not where we want it to be.
We came extremely motivated to China, conscious of the difficulties of this race and the fact that the competition is fierce. We came with some new solutions for our single-seater in this GP. More will follow for the upcoming races, improving our car’s performance and the feeling for the tyres.
The weather is always extremely variable here and we managed to test in the rain and on a dry track running on all of the different compounds, while testing some new components.
We know that we still lack some pace, although the start of the Championship showed that the teams are more or less on the same level and the lap times on the sheet don’t show big gaps.
In today’s qualifying we could see a slight improvement of our Ferrari: Alonso will start from ninth position - while Massa, who unfortunately didn’t participate in Q3, with three tenths of a second behind his teammate - will start from 12th position on the grid.
Tomorrow’s goal is to gain as many points as possible, while we’re also hoping for some luck for a calm race…and it might be even rainy, because the weather forecast is still not precise. On a wet track, as we could see in Malaysia, we’d definitely have a chance to fight for a good position.