F1 News: 2014 Belgian GP Qualifying – Ferrari

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Spa-Francorchamps, 23rd August 2014

Fernando Alonso: “I think today’s qualifying went well, even if it wasn’t easy, because every time you went out
on track, you didn’t know what conditions to expect and exactly how much grip you would find from the track
surface. Fourth position is a great result and now I think we can expect a very interesting race. We tried various
aerodynamic configurations and, if we seemed more competitive, maybe it’s because we managed to adapt
better than some other teams. The rain certainly helped, but we also had good pace on the long run in the dry
yesterday. Tomorrow, whatever the conditions, we must simply try to run a perfect race and above all make the
right tyre choices. We have all new sets available and, of the two compounds, I think the Soft will be the one to
use at the start and in the early part of the race. The Medium is a bit slower, but similar to the Soft in terms of
degradation, so it will be a case of running it for as little time as possible in the race and to make the change at the right moment.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “After lots of unforeseen incidents on Friday, this morning I was reasonably happy with the
handling of my car. In the afternoon, the arrival of the rain made everything more unpredictable, the car was
sliding all over the place and putting together a good lap wasn’t easy. On my last run in Q3, I tried my best, but
some mistakes cost me a few places. Even if I’m a bit disappointed, now I want to just think about tomorrow’s
race, which will be a long one, with the chance of very variable weather. I will try and make up as many places as
possible and in order to do that, it will be very important to make the right decisions at the right time.”

Pat Fry: “We are reasonably pleased with the outcome, even if we cannot ignore Mercedes’ performance, given
that we want to get back to being in the top positions. Fernando only just missed out on third place, having
produced a fantastic lap. I hope he can have a good race from fourth on the grid. Kimi lost out a bit in all three
sectors, but I believe he drove as hard as he could, even though he wound up eighth. Certainly, we can’t forget
all the difficulties he experienced yesterday, because I’m sure that with a bit more track time, he could have been
a bit higher up the order. Tomorrow’s race will be long and difficult: the forecast is for less chance of rain than
today, but here at Spa, it’s impossible to be sure. The important thing is to be ready to adapt our strategy to
whatever conditions we encounter.”

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