After a good race in Barcelona we came extremely determined and aware of our potential to Monte Carlo. The two weeks, between the two races, helped to recharge our batteries and to work hard on our F2012. An intense period where we tested new updates to understand what to do to become even more competitive and to defend our position in the classification we gained with an enormous effort after a quite difficult start of the season.
This Grand Prix here in Monaco is always very special. Not just for the drivers, but for the entire team: the street circuit, the spectators, the sea and the atmosphere in Monaco are always a special frame, turning this GP into a unique event on the F1 race calendar. This is another stimulus to work even harder, to gain as many points as possible and to lift Ferrari onto the level where it belongs.
On a street circuit, where overtaking is as good as impossible the qualifying session plays a fundamental role. Today - with a fifth and a seventh place on the grid - we can’t really be satisfied, because we know how difficult the GP on this track will be. There is also some disappointment, because until Q2 the hopes were quite different. At least we’ll have a car in the third row, while this time Massa qualified in the top ten. Let’s hope that these are positive signs
Fernando as well as Felipe are extremely determined and they trust their cars. They know how to take their chances right until the chequered flag, trying to add as many points as possible.
After the tests in Mugello, followed by yesterday’s test sessions here at the Catalunya circuit, the Team eagerly awaited the F2012’s updates introduced for this weekend’s race. The results were very promising. It seemed that it was less problematic to get into Q3. Today’s third position conquered by Fernando was unexpected. In the end the Spaniard will start from second position after the stewards’ decision that Lewis Hamilton will have to move to the back of the grid.
Meanwhile Felipe wasn’t lucky today. He couldn’t get beyond Q2, mainly because of the heavy traffic. On his fast lap with a new set of softs the Brazilian got stuck behind the drivers who were warming up their tyres before launching their own fast laps.
So the F2012 made a step forward in terms of performance, but we know that we still have lots of work to do to prepare a single-seater able to constantly fight for the top positions.
And again the key to this GP is the tyres: how they will be managed and how they will perform. The teams made different decisions regarding the tyres and tomorrow’s lower temperatures could make the difference on the track. After the Spanish GP’s 66 laps we’ll know who took the right decision.