Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were both happy following qualifying for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix, the Brazilian describing his return to racing and subsequent performance as “good” and “positive”. In the sister car, Alonso fared slightly less well, qualifying one place behind his team mate. However, the Spaniard was pleased that the pace of the Ferrari F10 has been confirmed at the opening race.
It is nice to be back racing and competitive in the right direction. I feel happy to be back after such a difficult time.
I was watching races on TV but it’s more exciting to be in the car. I am in a good direction, testing, driving go-karts, so it’s great to be back for racing.
If you look what happened to us, it is a good start for us. I feel very positive to start in second and third, it feels great. For sure Red Bull and some teams are strong, so the race will be difficult but I am happy here to be fighting for top.
I think we did a good job yesterday to prepare for a long distance. We used both tyres and swapped tyres on the long runs. I think we are in the right direction so let’s see how we are going to be in the race tomorrow.
There are many things that will happen in the race, let’s wait and see but I am really optimistic. Felipe Massa.
I am very happy obviously. At is the first race, there are many things to answer in the first race with a long winter with a big difference in fuel loads, in all the tests and yesterday in practice, you never know what the competitors are running.
We were excited about the first qualifying of the season, so now to have both drivers in the top three means we have a very competitive car. We thought so, but you need to confirm and it has been great, a great day and I think it is some kind of nice feeling to realise that we are in the fight because you never know until qualifying.
You never now how you will start the new championship with a big change in the regulations this, and for me also changing teams. For me everything has been great and it is a very good start. Now we were in equal conditions, qualifying with no fuel showed the potential of the cars, so it showed we have a good car.
It is very important to start scoring points from the first race. Fernando Alonso.
Alonso went on to state that his strategy for tomorrow will be open and flexible, believing that the best way to win races this year will be to quickly respond to situations as they arise on the track and adjust his plan as the race unfolds. Felipe Massa will start the Bahrain Grand Prix in second while Fernando Alonso will line up on the grid directly behind pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel in third.