German GP - Race
K. Raikkonen: 6th 1:31.35.357 + 14.483 67laps chassis 270
Weather: air temperature 23/24 �C, track temperature 29 C, partially cloudy.
Nine the number of points picked up by Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro in the German Grand Prix, thanks to a third place finish for Felipe Massa and a sixth with Kimi Raikkonen. After the first ten races of the season, Felipe finds himself second in the Drivers' classification, with Kimi third, four and six points respectively off the leader. The Scuderia continues to head the Constructors' Championship. Next week, the F2008 will be on track at Jerez de la Frontera, for four days of testing: on the first of these, Luca Badoer will be at the wheel, followed by Kimi (two days) and finally Felipe.
Stefano Domenicali: "This was not a good day and there's no point denying it. Our rivals were stronger than us and we have to work out why, without however getting caught up in nebulous and superficial analysis. For the first time this season in a race, we did not have the pace we had expected to run at, with both Kimi and Felipe. We suffered constantly from a lack of grip and, in the final stages, Felipe's brakes were also overheating which complicated still further the management of his car. The Safety Car offered us the opportunity to give it another go and all things considered, I think we made the right choice in terms of strategy, but when your pace is inadequate, it is therefore difficult to get a good result. We have to work well over the coming days to react in the right manner to return to the level we were at just two races ago."
Kimi Raikkonen: "This was definitely not the kind of race we had been hoping for. We have struggled all weekend and we have to try and understand why. Usually, our race pace is always good, but today that was not the case, because I almost always suffered with a lack of grip: only in the final stages did the situation improve a little bit, but it was never enough to be competitive. We have a test in Jerez, where we will try and improve the car so as to arrive in Budapest in better shape. This is definitely not a crisis, but we have to study carefully the handling of the car to understand if we have taken the right road in terms of development."
Luca Baldisserri: "This weekend, to be honest, we were not competitive enough to fight for the win. Again today, we did not have the speed to go up against our main rivals. When the Safety Car came out, we opted for a double pit stop and I think that was the right decisions. Then in the final stages of the race, Felipe did not have the right grip level and furthermore, he had problems with his brakes which first prevented him from attacking Piquet and then from adequately fighting off a closing Hamilton. We have to carefully study our situation to try and understand how to return to being as quick as we had been up to a short time ago."