Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying
K.Raikkonen: 4th 1.33.418 6 laps chassis 268
Weather: air temperature 32/31 °C, track temperature 42/37 °C, cloudy.
Two Ferraris on the two front rows: this was the outcome of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Felipe Massa will start from second place, with his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen right behind him in fourth spot. "Obviously, we had hoped for a better result, but it's definitely not a case of bandaging your head before you've broken it!" declared Stefano Domenicali. "We have two cars on the front two rows and we have seen these past two days what potential we can rely on. Tomorrow, we will have to get a good start, try to manage our race as best as possible and, above all, to be reliable."
Kimi Raikkonen: "I'm not very happy with the way today went, but fourth place is still a good starting position for the race, given the potential we have. The balance of the car was not perfect right from this morning and I struggled a bit to be as quick as I would have liked to be and could have been. Now we have to look at the data to try and find out why. I think that tomorrow in the race, when points are up for grabs, I will be very strong. I think we might have made different choices in terms of strategy, but let's wait and see in the race if that's really the case."
Luca Baldisserri: "Today we weren't at the top of our game at the key moment, which means the final qualifying session. A shame, because up until them, it was clear we had everything in place to do well. All the same, it is as always the race that matters over a Grand Prix weekend, so better to wait until tomorrow before drawing conclusions. We know our car is very good over a long run and we must try and get the most out of it if we want to be ahead of our rivals."