Japanese GP - A difficult qualifying: Alonso 5th, Massa 12th Domenicali: "Total concentration is the key" Suzuka, 10 October -- It was a rather difficult qualifying session for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, which ended with Fernando Alonso in fifth...
Japanese GP - A difficult qualifying: Alonso 5th, Massa 12th
Domenicali: "Total concentration is the key"
Suzuka, 10 October -- It was a rather difficult qualifying session for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, which ended with Fernando Alonso in fifth place and Felipe Massa in twelfth. Predictably, Red Bull made a clean sweep of the front row with Sebastian Vettel ahead of Mark Webber.
"It was a case of damage limitation," said Fernando after the session. "At this track, the Red Bulls seem unbeatable and McLaren are also very competitive. Others are also very close, given that there are seven cars all within four tenths. Maybe if I'd had one more lap I could have found the tenth or a bit more that I needed to get ahead of Kubica, but this is not bad, especially with Hamilton's penalty." The aim in the race remains the same: "I think a podium is still possible. I will try and attack at the start and then maybe with a good strategy we can put the Red Bulls under a bit of pressure. Now we are focussing on the race and it will be important not to make any mistakes."
Felipe was rather unlucky in Q2, especially on his second run with soft tyres. Fernando also struggled a bit in Q2 on the softs, but was more competitive in Q3, securing a position that, thanks to Hamilton's penalty, will see him start from the second row.
"I had traffic, especially on my first lap on soft tyres and specifically at the Spoon corner," explained Felipe. "I am disappointed but we have to stay totally focussed on the race, trying to do the best job possible. Anything can always happen in a race."
"We expected a complicated session and that's how it turned out," commented Stefano Domenicali. "Now, the most important thing is to concentrate and prepare as well as possible for a race that gets underway in just a few hours and which could be long and stressful."