F1 News: 2014 Japanese GP Qualifying – Ferrari

Ferrari LogoJapanese Grand Prix – The track never lies

Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka, 4th October 2014

Fernando Alonso: “I’ve often ended up fifth in qualifying, but I think that today’s result can be seen in a
different light as I enjoyed myself a lot out on track, both in the quick parts and the slower ones. So far, this
weekend has been very positive as I had a good feeling from the car right from the first lap of free practice.
Unfortunately, the typhoon expected tomorrow is creating a bit of tension, because over the past two days, we
haven’t done any wet running and having to do the opening lap of the race itself in the rain always complicates
matters. Currently, we don’t know how much rain we can expect, so all we can do is prepare for a difficult race,
because Suzuka is a circuit where, even in the dry, incidents can occur and it’s easy to make mistakes. I think
that later today, the race director might take a decision regarding this, with the possibility of bringing the race
forward.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today’s performance was in line with the whole weekend so far and even if I’ve had a good
feeling from the car, I was unable to resolve a few problems already encountered on Friday. In the morning’s
free practice, a technical problem meant I had to stop running earlier than planned and that prevented us from
testing some new components, which would have been useful for the set-up choice. The team did a great job to
get my car ready for qualifying in record time. In the first sector, I had a few balance problems and that stopped
me pushing as hard as I wanted. I did my best today and tomorrow we will try and make up some places and
have a good race.”

Pat Fry: “Today was particularly tough, starting with the third free practice session, when we had to pit Kimi,
having spotted an anomaly on his power unit. Qualifying was reasonably straightforward, especially for
Fernando, who finished fifth in all three sessions. The Williams proved to have both good power and
aerodynamic downforce, but that won’t stop us trying to attack them. The Red Bull performance was surprising
but one cannot discount them at this track. Unfortunately, the problem on Kimi’s car meant we couldn’t
optimise the balance on his car, which is so important at this track, but the mechanics did a really amazing job.
In just two hours they managed to dismantle and reassemble the car, configuring a new power unit, so that he
could take part in qualifying. Tomorrow, a typhoon is forecast and so we will need to adapt to whatever
conditions arise, because the result of the race is not a foregone conclusion.”

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