ANOTHER 9th PLACE FOR ALONSO AS RACE TAKES PRIORITY OVER GRID POSITION

ANOTHER 9th PLACE FOR ALONSO AS RACE TAKES PRIORITY OVER GRID POSITION

One car on the fifth row and the other on the seventh: that is where the two Ferrari F2012s will line up on the starting grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place tomorrow afternoon at 15h00 local time. Fernando Alonso posted the ninth fastest time in Q3 after having been fifteenth in Q1 and fifth in Q2. The Spaniard used three sets of Pirelli Soft tyres during the session. Felipe Massa got into Q2 with the seventh fastest time and ended up fourteenth. The Brazilian used two sets of Soft and one of Medium.

Fernando Alonso: “Today, we were worth a place somewhere between eighth and twelfth, so ninth on the grid fits in with our current level. Honestly, given the characteristics of this track, which are definitely not suited to our current car, so far the weekend has not in fact gone that badly. To be in with a chance of making it to Q3, we had to use all three sets of Soft tyres available, so we didn’t have any left for the final part of the session. Doing a time on used tyres would have made no sense and would have forced us to start with a set of tyres that already had a few laps on them”.

“Now we are free to choose either the Medium or the Soft for the start of a race that looks like being very hard, especially on tyres. To date, we have always gone a bit better on Sunday than Saturday: let’s hope it’s the same situation in Bahrain. Tomorrow, we must try and manage the tyres as well as possible, making the most of having three sets of new Mediums. The start will also be important, because it would be useful to make up some places right away, given that, for us, overtaking is certainly not straightforward. The aim? To finish in the points, around sixth or seventh place. I know, it’s not brilliant, but that’s what we can do with the car we have today.”