Brazilian GP: Ferrari Friday practice report

First Session K. Raikkonen: 10th, 1.13.321, 24 Laps, Chassis 279 G. Fisichella: 15th, 1.13.619, 23 Laps, Chassis 280 Second Session K. Raikkonen: 18th 1.13.026, 42 Laps, Chassis 279 G. Fisichella: 20th 1.13.275, 38 Laps Chassis ...

First Session
K. Raikkonen: 10th, 1.13.321, 24 Laps, Chassis 279
G. Fisichella: 15th, 1.13.619, 23 Laps, Chassis 280

Second Session
K. Raikkonen: 18th 1.13.026, 42 Laps, Chassis 279
G. Fisichella: 20th 1.13.275, 38 Laps Chassis 280


First session: air 19/21 C, track 21/25 C; covered skies, intermittent rain.

Second session: air 22 C, track 23 C; covered skies.

It was a rather difficult day for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, tackling the first two free practice sessions for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Watched by Felipe Massa, making his return to a race meeting, even if only as a spectator in the pits, rather than wearing a race suit, the two F60s ended up towards the back end of the FP2 classification, while not managing anything better than tenth place for Kimi Raikkonen in FP1. "Clearly, we cannot be satisfied with the way things went today," said Stefano Domenicali. "We definitely have a lot of work to do to try and improve the set-up of the car within the limitations of what we have to work with. However, we should also take into account how close the times are, with all twenty drivers out on track this afternoon setting times within the same second. It takes almost nothing to make the difference between being at the front or at the back of the pack. This means that everyone, drivers and team, will have to carry out their work perfectly if we aspire to getting a good result this weekend, starting with tomorrow afternoon's qualifying."

Giancarlo Fisichella: "Eighteenth and twentieth places in FP2 is not a result we can be happy about but, to use a footballing expression, it's all looking very tight, as it has been in fact for much of the year. On top of that, we are also working a lot for 2010 which makes it even harder to understand precisely where we stand compared to the others. We are really struggling in the second sector, where what counts the most is aerodynamic downforce, an area in which the F60 does not really excel. Tomorrow, it will be vital not to make the slightest mistake to try and get a good qualifying result: here it will only take a tenth or even less to fail to make it past Q1."

Kimi Raikkonen: "I'd say this Friday was not too different to others we have experienced this season, especially in recent races. It's all very close so it will only take a small step forward to climb back up the order, but we are definitely facing a difficult weekend. The tyres suffered with a bit of graining, which made itself felt especially in the second sector, but I believe that, as often happens here, once the track rubbers in, the situation will improve."

Chris Dyer: "It was a pretty difficult Friday, with very changeable weather, which prevented us from getting through all our planned programme. Furthermore, we had a problem with Fisichella that prevented him from doing his final planned run in FP2. There's a lot of work to do to try and improve the car, which lacks grip, which is particularly noticeable in the second sector, where we are not really competitive. We were also experimenting with some mechanical elements aimed at next season: without any winter testing available before the new car makes its debut, we have to exploit every opportunity, especially given the situation in the championship."

Brazilian GP - Less than one second

Interlagos, 16 October 2009 -- While seeing a fit looking Felipe Massa in Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team kit watching practice from the pit wall put a smile on everyone's face, the same cannot be said for the performance of our two F60s today. Kimi Raikkonen ended the day in eighteenth place, while Giancarlo Fisichella was twentieth.

Why? A combination of circumstances: a problem on the Italian's car, a lack of aerodynamic grip and the fact that with the Scuderia's focus centering on the 2010 season, the three hours of free practice was also used to try out some components for next year's car. However, as expected here, more than at any other track this season, the lap times are very close indeed, mainly down to the fact the lap is a very short one -- the best time today was a 1m 12.314, set by Fernando Alonso in the Renault. So, although Giancarlo was last, he was only 0.961 seconds slower than the Spaniard. Therefore, it is to be hoped that any slight improvement for tomorrow, could see the Ferrari duo return to a more respectable position by the end of qualifying.

After Alonso came Sebastien Buemi in the Ferrari-powered Toro Rosso, with local hero Rubens Barrichello third for Brawn. Next was Mark Webber in the Red Bull, followed by series leader Jenson Button, who can win the Drivers' title on Sunday if he finishes third, whatever any of his rivals may do. Rounding off the top six is the Toyota of Jarno Trulli.

This tight pack should make for a fascinating qualifying session, where the slightest slip up could see front runners suddenly finding themselves stranded in Q1 and, as always in Brazil at this time of year, the weather could play a significant role. It was supposed to rain today, but in the end there were just a few light showers.

-credit: ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Rubens Barrichello , Mark Webber , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Felipe Massa , Sébastien Buemi
Teams Ferrari , Toro Rosso