European GP - Kimi takes pole
Sixth pole from ten qualifying sessions to date this season for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the second one courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen. This is the third time that a Ferrari driver will start the European Grand Prix from pole position, the 192nd in the history of the Prancing Horse in Formula 1. For Kimi, it was his thirteenth career pole.
"Finally! In qualifying at the last race I made a mistake in the final part of my lap, but today everything went well and I've managed to get back on pole," Kimi said. "In Q1 and Q2, I had some problems with grip, but once the car was carrying the fuel load for the first part of the race it was very good again. The wait after Hamilton's accident made the third session more complicated but the biggest problem was that it was all going to be down to one flying lap. Now I am in the best possible position on the grid, but I am well aware that we can expect a very tough race. All weekend the car has been very good but are rivals are still very strong. Lewis' accident? The important thing is that, as far as we know, he is not badly hurt."
Jean Todt also said, "A lot of drama in this qualifying! We got a real fright when we saw Hamilton end up in the crash barriers and it was a real relief to see him give the thumbs up to show he was okay. Then, it was all played out over one lap with both our drivers doing a great job, to finish first and third with Kimi and Felipe respectively, thus confirming the potential of the F2007. Clearly the race is the most important thing and as usual it will be very tough: reliability, tyre wear, performance and strategy will be the key factors. So far, we have been very competitive on this track and we will try and maintain that form tomorrow."
Luca Baldisserri commented, "A good qualifying with one driver on pole and one in third place, overtaken at the very end by Alonso by just a few hundredths. We are very competitive and have been since the start of the weekend and we have managed to find a good balance on the cars, even on soft tyres. This means we can be confident for the race, while still aware that we are up against some very strong opponents and that when looking at today's results we have to take into account as always the unknown factor regarding the amount of fuel taken on for the first part of the race."