After the early laps, when I thought to be at the end of my rear tires, the wall informed me that the DRS was stuck: the first stop was not sufficient and the persistence of the problem forced me to make a new stop. Therefore, the prohibition to use the DRS has affected my race. I tried to recover it but it was really hard to find places where exceed and when you are at the back of the race, the tires degradation is even more difficult to manage.
I'm sure that without any problems Felipe and me would have finished at the front because the car was very well, this is the best of the last four years, but we know that to have a good race, it is a combination of several factors, including the chance. I hope that we can count with very soon, already in Barcelona, my home race.
Felipe Massa: "it was a miserable race and although anything can happen in this sport, I do not find the reasons so many negative events. Initially I had a contact with Sutil which made me lose ground, then I lost some time to return to the pits to change tyres, it has compromised my chances to make a good race.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Usually, the Sunday is much better for us with a good race pace. The observed data of the long relay on Friday lead us to believe that we can be optimistic for the race on our main opponents who are Vettel and Red Bull and Lotus.
Raikkonen is behind us on the grid, but they will certainly be present in the race. Because the penalties for Hamilton and Webber, Massa will start 4th and it's quite good to not have Hamilton beside me tomorrow !
We do not know what will be the best strategy for tomorrow, it is impossible to make predictions but I think that we will have to manage the tires, this parameter might play in our favor because we were more uncomfortable with this weekend."
Felipe Massa: "I am very pleased with the outcome of this qualification because we made the decision to take a risk in Q3 and change our strategy and I think it is a good solution.
With medium tires I didn't feel able to fight with the first places because the car had very little grip especially on the back.
The choice of hard tires could immerse myself further in the rankings but I preferred to roll with tires or I felt more comfortable knowing that thanks to penalties of Webber and Hamilton I would leave 4th and therefore from the second line, I am alongside the leaders.
From there is an advantage, but to see a good race it will be vital to find the best strategy and make sure everything works perfectly."
Saturday, April 20, 2013
We have not yet decided if we were going to use the aerodynamic innovations we have tried in the morning. Their effectiveness is not yet quite clear and in the afternoon, we focused on the comparison between the two tyre compounds we have for this race. In front of us, it's another long evening where we study the data to choose the best strategy and set-up for qualifying and the race."
Felipe Massa: "everything went well today even though it is not easy to know what our level of performance for Sunday. However, the balance of the car was good and it well behaved in all conditions and that even if we have a little suffered wear and tear of tires with high temperatures and therefore we have a lot of work to do on this area to prepare for the race.
Tire mediums worked very well and even in the long relay, but the key will be to manage the two types of tires, we still have work to do to decide if we will use tested developments today."
Friday, April 19, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I won here and in Australia I do second what shows that the car is competitive and that we are working in the right direction to be in the fight for the podium and it is for this that I have to thank the team for the efforts that have been deployed on-site and at the factory.
They have all worked very hard to put me in this position and allow me to fight with others on an equal footing. We had a good feeling throughout the weekend and the 3rd place in qualifying round gave us the possibility to fight for the top places.
We maybe had a bit of luck and in addition to this all important parameters are well place settings, the strategy, the pit stops, this victory was not easy in which we had a good pace and we had well managed the tires, which is without doubt the most important element.
The absence of Vettel on the podium makes the interesting result, even if we are aware that it is only the third race. We must continue and focus to our further improve."
Felipe Massa: "it is difficult to understand what happened today because the start and the start of the race went very well, I was quick and the car was working perfectly.
At the first stop, I put medium tires and after a few laps I suffered from graining on the front, that my fact wasting time on other car and it was probably a problem related to the track conditions and my riding style.
I do not feel comfortable on these tires since the start of the weekend and all my attempts to preserve were unnecessary because without this problem I would have definitely been in the fight for the podium but I am confident because I was able to score major points in a season that is just starting ."
Monday, April 15, 2013
Some developments have worked well, as expected, but others need more work. To return to the race, we have established our strategy in the context of the race but we know that the night will be long for us as for everyone, given that half of our rivals will begin in soft tyres.
I must say that I am not worried about the choice of McLaren and Red Bull for medium tires because generally they were stronger than our degradation but I know that the race will be interesting and the greatest threat may come from Raikkonen because Lotus has already shown that their tire management was excellent."
Felipe Massa: "it was a good qualifying, with a car that works well and is fast. Frankly, after my performance during free practice 2 and 3, I was expecting from the first three but it is likely that our competitors were running with more fuel and it is also true that the strategy has more than two or three positions on the grid.
Today, the qualification presented several different choices: we prefer to use the tender as early as Q1 as spend in Q2 would have been difficult with the hard. This enabled us to save them for tomorrow in a race that should be tightened where three pit stops may be necessary.
Today, our main competitors were better than us but the race is long and anything can happen. Tire management and strategic choices will be certainly key factors."
Fernando Alonso: "the sensations are good at the end of the day because we did a good job and I have to say that I always take pleasure to drive here in Shanghai, which is a circuit with very specific characteristics as for example the first corner.
Between the first and the second practice session, the track conditions have improved significantly, the track is clean and temperatures have risen, allowing us to see what is going to be tomorrow.
Once more, the tyres will be one of the keys for this race especially for the degradation observed on the long relay. We must seek the best strategy for Sunday so to better understand the car, as always, we will have a long night of work ahead of us."
Felipe Massa: "today, I had a great feeling with the car as soon as the early laps even if I was not completely satisfied with the behavior of tires mediums as we were not as fast as our opponents, but times were good enough.
When I put the soft tyres, the car has improved markedly, which allowed me to achieve the fastest time of the day and it was awesome to drive, the car was different we have an excellent race pace and degradation with both types of gums was manageable."
However, the soft tyres will be a big factor in the race for the choice of the strategy but I am confident and I hope that the weekend will continue."