F1 News: 2014 Italian GP Qualifying – Ferrari

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Monza, 6th September 2014

Fernando Alonso: “We knew that, as usual in qualifying, it would be tough and that the encouraging signs we
saw in free practice should not create false expectations. Unfortunately today, we could not have done better,
because even though I was trying my hardest, we set very similar times with all four sets of tyres. Now, we must
look ahead to the race, which will be a tough one and, given how small the gaps are, it could also be very
interesting. Usually here, at the first chicane, there’s a lot of action and you need to be very careful if you want
to be in the game. On top of that, it will be very important to manage the tyre degradation, given that the best
strategy would seem to be a one-stop. Because of that it means doing a lot of laps on both compounds.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “After a definitely positive start to the weekend, today in qualifying, I was expecting a better
result. I experienced some difficulties in the afternoon, as the car was harder to drive, I was struggling to find
the right grip level and I was locking the fronts. That’s why, on my last run on the Medium tyres, I made a few
small mistakes which prevented me getting further than Q2. Starting eleventh is not ideal but all the same, I will
give it my best shot tomorrow. We know we are up against some very strong opponents, but the long run went
well and even if the race is another matter, this factor means we can be confident. It will be very important to
get off the line well and choose the best strategy. It would be very nice to produce a good result for all our fans
who have come to support us here in Monza.”

Pat Fry: “Compared to the morning session, we experienced a few more difficulties in qualifying, in terms of the
balance of the car, especially in the fast corners and under braking, areas that are more complicated to manage
on a track where you run low downforce. I don’t think Fernando could have done any more with his car. With
the race pace we saw in Friday’s practice, let’s hope that tomorrow he can make up a few places and manage
the Red Bulls behind him. Unfortunately, with Kimi, we didn’t make it to Q3, which is a real shame after what
had been his first trouble-free free practice sessions of the season. Today he suffered a lot with locking the front
wheels and at the vital moment in Q2, he lost time going into Roggia. With both compounds we experienced
reasonably linear degradation, so even with the high temperatures expected tomorrow, it should not influence
our strategy. If we want to score as many points as possible with both cars in the race, it will be important to
manage the reliability parameter and try and get a good start.”

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