Chinese GP - Free Practice

17th April 2009
First Session K. Raikkonen: 11th 1.38.223 23 laps Second Session K. Raikkonen: 14th 1.37.054 33 laps Chassis: K. Raikkonen 276 Weather First session: air 18/20 °C, track 27/33 °C, sunny. Second session: air 21 °C, track 35/34 °C, sunny. “Abruzzo nel cuore” (Abruzzo in our hearts.) This message of solidarity with the people of the area hit by an earthquake on 6th April, appeared this morning on the Ferrari F60s of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, here at the Chinese Grand Prix. “President Montezemolo was keen to give a sign of support for everyone who lived through this tragedy and we are proud for our cars to carry the name of a region of Italy which is very close to our hearts, especially at a time like this,” commented Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali. “As for today’s track activity, I can say it turned out much as we had expected. We will have to run a few races on the defensive and try and do the best we can. Clearly, without KERS, we lose a bit of performance and initial indications are that we are not seeing any improvement in the balance of a car that, let’s not forget, was designed to carry this system. We are in a difficult situation and we must try and stay calm and work hard on all fronts.” Kimi Raikkonen: “The balance of the car isn’t bad and one doesn’t feel the lack of KERS. The point is that we are too slow compared to the teams currently at the top of the order. We must try and improve the car: at the moment, we are not able to fight for the title. We must not give up the fight because, with the whole team working hard, we can get back into a winning position. It’s not an easy time, but our group is strong and we know what needs to be done to get out of this situation. The softer tyre seems to work better than it did in Australia.” Chris Dyer: “We worked mainly on evaluating the two types of tyre made available to us here by Bridgestone, in terms of Sunday’s race. Here, the softer tyre seems to work better to what we saw in Australia, while the harder one has performed as we had expected. We had no technical problems during the three hours of practice and we were able to evaluate new aerodynamic solutions, that, today, were fitted to Felipe’s car. Tomorrow, they will be used on both cars.”