Five days after the Chinese Grand Prix the cars participating in the Formula 1 World Championship started their engines here at the Bahrain International Circuit. Not enough time to bring some substantial improvements with us for our F2012: traction and top speed are the things our car lacks at the moment. But they are necessary characteristics to get out on this track here in the desert.
We know about our potential. That’s why we’ve decided to have a certain approach to today’s qualifying with tomorrow’s race in mind. We tried to save as many fresh tyre-sets as possible – considering the high wear here on the long run – while trying to gain a good position on the grid.
The qualifying’s result: Fernando in ninth and Felipe in 14th position on the grid. Probably both drivers could have gained a better position for the start into the race, but we took the risk to save one set of Mediums for Alonso and one set of Softs for Massa. Let’s see what happens tomorrow and if our choice will pay off.
The tyre management will be one of the key elements in tomorrow’s race, where the heat will test drivers and material. Our goal? To come back to Maranello with both cars in the points, so we can take another step forward in terms of performance with the updates we’ve got for the Spanish GP.