Raikkonen Third Quick Chassis: F. Massa 267, K. Raikkonen 270 Weather: air temperature 29/31 C, track temperature 42/41 C, sunny then covered skies. A third and a sixth place for Kimi and Felipe respectively was the story of Scuderia Ferrari...
Raikkonen Third Quick
Chassis: F. Massa 267, K. Raikkonen 270
Weather: air temperature 29/31 C, track temperature 42/41 C, sunny then covered skies.
A third and a sixth place for Kimi and Felipe respectively was the story of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix. Two key problems were encountered this afternoon: a slight difficulty in getting the tyres up to temperature, which necessitated running a different programme to usual and the deterioration of the track surface at Turn 10 which caused our drivers to constantly lose a lot of time.
"We definitely can't claim to be happy with the result of qualifying, especially as it is not a true reflection of the potential we had," commented the Team Principal of the Gestione Sportiva, Stefano Domenicali. "However, there is no point in making a meal of it as the race is tomorrow and that's when the points are assigned. We are well aware that, especially at this circuit, seventy laps can be very long and anything can happen. We have a car we believe is at least at the same level as our main competitors and if we do everything perfectly, then we can show what we can do."
Kimi Raikkonen: "It's unbelievable how much time I lost at turn 10, lap after lap. The track was already beginning to break up in Q1 and I had no drive: it was like driving on ice and I never managed to find the right line at this point. It's a real shame because the car was going very well and I could have fought for pole position. I can't understand how things like this can happen: maybe it's down to the higher temperatures, or a repair job at this point not done properly but one thing's certain, in the race tomorrow, it will be very difficult to get through here. But the situation is not that bad. We are quick, as could be seen all weekend long up to qualifying and starting on the clean side of the track is definitely a good thing. Let's wait and see what happens tomorrow."
Felipe Massa: "This is definitely not the result we were expecting and it's a real shame, as we had everything in place to do well. The car was very quick, both yesterday and this morning and, but for the problem which occurred at turn 10, I could definitely have fought for a place at the front. As for the rest, you just have to look at the times: the first and second sectors were very good, while I was losing all the time in the final one. Clearly, if these track conditions at that corner continue in the race, there will be a further element of uncertainty in a race which already traditionally, can be influenced by chance events. While in normal circumstances I'd have said that starting from sixth meant I had abandoned any chance of fighting for a top place finish, today, I don't think I can say that, especially as we have been so strong all weekend."
Luca Baldisserri: "We had to tackle the three parts of qualifying differently to usual, because we realised right from yesterday that it would be very difficult for us to get the tyres up to the right temperature for the first timed lap. Then we had the problem at turn 10, where the asphalt began to degrade in Q1. Neither of our drivers ever managed to get through this point cleanly, losing precious tenths on the final lap times: both Kimi and Felipe were on a par with the best up to the end of the second sector and then found themselves left behind at the finish line. We are very unhappy as we thought that we had a package that could deal with the situation. Now we have to concentrate on the race which will be very tough. In Montreal, chance, in the shape of the safety car, often puts in an appearance, which makes the outcome of the seventy laps even more unpredictable."