Turkish GP - Better to be third than second
Seventh pole for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro out of twelve qualifying sessions held to date in this championship and for the fifth time, courtesy of Felipe Massa. This is the second time that a Ferrari driver will start the Turkish Grand Prix from pole position, the first one also set by Felipe for whom this is the eighth pole of his career. The Scuderia has thus taken its total number of poles to 193.
"Of course I would have preferred to have started from pole position, but it is better to be third and start on the clean side of the track, than to be second," Kimi said after qualifying. "In Q1 and Q2, the car was well balanced, but that was not the case in Q3, when I took on my fuel load for the first part of the race. I made a few small mistakes in the final two corners, which probably cost me pole. We have a very strong car in race trim, so there is every chance of getting a good result."
Jean Todt said, "This was a really closely contested qualifying, with Felipe delivering us our seventh pole of the season, while Kimi took third place. It's true that this is only the first small step in the evolution of the race weekend, but from what we have seen this year, its value should not be underestimated. Tomorrow we can expect a very tough race on a circuit that is particularly demanding on the driver from a physical point of view: reliability, team work, strategy and tyre performance will, as usual, be the vital parameters to take into consideration."
Luca Baldisserri also commented, "A very exciting qualifying! We missed out on an all-red front row by a whisker, but both our drivers are in very good positions on the starting grid. It will be a very tough race in which strategy, reliability and consistency in performance from both types of tyre will be crucial, as is always the case in fact. Yesterday, we showed we were competitive over a distance, but that also appeared to be the case for our main rivals. We will have to do everything perfectly if we want our result to match our expectations, which are to bring home the best result possible."