Brazilian GP - Qualifying
Interlagos, 1st November 2008
K. Raikkonen: 3rd 1.12.825 6 laps chassis 271
Weather: air temperature 24/25 °C, track temperature 36 °C, sunny.
Eighth pole position of the season for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the sixth courtesy of Felipe Massa. For the third year in a row, the Brazilian will start his home race from the top slot, bringing his career total to fifteen poles. For Ferrari, this is pole number 203, the seventh in the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Scuderia's qualifying result is rounded off with a third place for Kimi Raikkonen. "This is definitely a great result, which puts us in a good position for tomorrow's race," commented Stefano Domenicali, Team Principal of the Gestione Sportiva. "However, we are well aware it's the race that counts and so there is still a long way to go. I am very happy for Felipe, who put in very strong qualifying performance. This result, along with the incredible enthusiasm of the Brazilian crowd will give him even more motivation for tomorrow, if indeed any more is needed. It will be a tough race with a further unknown hanging on the weather. Our aim is very simple: get both our cars ahead of the rest and then do the maths in both championships. It will be very tough, but we will give it our best shot."
Kimi Raikkonen: "It wasn't a perfect qualifying but I am satisfied with my grid position, which puts me in a good position for the race. Starting from third is better than being second on this track. I am very confident for the race: we have a great car and the understeer that I suffered with today in Q3 should not be a problem tomorrow. We are well aware of what we have to do so that the team can reach its goals. We will try and get away in the lead and then run our race, as we did in 2007 and then we'll see where we are. Of course, we will need a bit of luck. The tyres are on the limit here in Interlagos and it will be important to manage them well: from this aspect we are in good shape."
Luca Baldisserri: "A great qualifying with a fantastic performance from Felipe. We have taken a step in the right direction but the most important part of the job comes tomorrow and we know how this track can produce a difficult and incident packed race. On top of that, there's the threat of a sudden worsening of the weather, which would introduce another variable in terms of managing such a crucial race. Today, the F2008 showed itself to be very competitive, even in decidedly higher temperatures compared to yesterday's free practice."