In Q3, we have seen that the track quickly dried up, we therefore hesitated a moment because in the dry, intermediaries last only one or two laps before starting to degrade. But in the end, it seems that it was the most reasonable choice and it worked well. Over the last three years, it seems everything worked for the better: performance, strategy and pit stops.
Now we have to see how this is going to happen tomorrow, it will be a lottery if it rains. Even if thé start is not the most important thing, we will try to start in order to maintain our position or even overtaking Vettel at the first corner, then we will see.
Our pace of race in Australia and our long relay here Friday are that we can be reasonably optimistic."
*Felipe Massa: "it was a good qualifying session in which I managed to take advantage of all the opportunities which are shown.
In Q3 we decided to make a stop at the end of session to pass a new set of intermediate tyres and it allowed me to make a good time, enough to be second on the grid.
I'm very happy for the team with this result, it is a great reward for all the work done this winter. The car has been competitive in all conditions, also on dry or wet track but we had to deal with really strong rivals and perhaps only in condition of track dry we would have not done as good result.
Now we can expect a long and difficult race in which anything can happen and especially with key strategies and the management of tires, weather level is uncertain, it should not help everyone."
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Malaysia GP : Alonso & Massa Saturday quotes
*Fernando Alonso: 'I'm very happy with this position, it was a long time that I was not qualified in the top three ! Maybe that rain helped us a little bit because we were not the fastest in the dry but to start in the top 3 gives us a realistic chance to finish on the podium and we can even dream of victory.