Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
*Fernando Alonso: "we have tried to take advantage, but we could not fight against Red Bull and McLaren. Fifth place is not so bad because it is easy to be further on the grid and that something goes wrong. It is clear that to finish before Red Bull is our goal, but today
, it is impossible to fight against them, at least in qualifying: when we had a similar pace to their car it was possible to fight with Vettel, but now we are fighting against Newey and for the moment, we cannot fight. Here, we have brought new things that have worked as planned, but others have improved over the past two weeks. It is up to us to bring something more meaningful in the final three races. I'm not worried or unmotivated because I know that things can change quickly and the joy of Saturday can quickly turn into sadness on Sunday. We must try to win positions in the first round and put pressure on our rivals, without allowing them to make an easy race. It is clear I hope to have a more competitive car soon to be able to fight with them, even on Saturdays, not only on Sundays. I do not let go, this is my real benefit."
*Felipe Massa: "I am really satisfied with this sixth place, but without my error in turn 6 in Q3, I could have started better positioned on the grid. In qualifying, the Red Bull was
the faster, McLaren was in our time for a while but things in the race are different because we hope to be able to beat with four cars for the top positions. The key points of the racetomorrow
will be many: departure, strategy and tyre degradation, of course it won't be making any mistakes. We have to be perfect because it will be a very long race. Today
, it was not easy to make a perfect lap because the track was very slippery. Here, we have made some changes that seem to work, but maybe not enough to close the delay on our rivals."
*Fernando Alonso: "it is an interesting circuit: after a long straight line, there is a combination of high-speed turns that are fun to drive. Today , the track was still very dirty, which is usually the case on new tracks which are not used often. Tomorrow , when there will be more grip, it will be even more fun. Track conditions change quickly over the laps and it is therefore even more complicated to understand the hierarchy from the pitlane. We need to study the data carefully to make the right choices for the rest of the weekend. There is not anything to say about the performance of the tyres: based on what we have seen today , we can hope that it will not be a problem ."
*Felipe Massa:"It was a difficult day, especially in the afternoon . The first session went well and we were able to do what we had anticipated, but in the second, when we passed the tender tires , the balance of the car was not the best and it was very difficult to steer, so much so that I ended up a head to tail. Unfortunately, it has damaged a tire and I was unable to do the work on a long term, which was one of our priorities.In the last half hour I therefore was focused on training to the judgments in the stands, the only possible thing with the tires in that state."