Alonso admits ninth exceeded expectations
21 April 2012 – Although the ‘Tifosi’ has been left disappointed by Ferrari’s Bahrain qualifying positions of ninth and 14th, Fernando Alonso has revealed that he expected less. The Malaysia winner had already feared a tough weekend at Sakhir, a circuit which demands good traction and top speeds which the current Ferrari does not have.
“To be in with a chance of making it to Q3, we had to use all three sets of Soft tyres available, so we didn’t have any left for the final part of the session. Doing a time on used tyres would have made no sense and would have forced us to start with a set of tyres that already had a few laps on them. Now we are free to choose either the Medium or the Soft for the start of a race that looks like being very hard, especially on tyres.
“The aim? To finish in the points, around sixth or seventh place. I know, it’s not brilliant, but that’s what we can do with the car we have today.”
Team-mate Felipe Massa has said that he will be watching his mirrors more than looking ahead, in what is Bahrain’s first Formula 1 race for two years.
Ferrari is yet to win in Bahrain since Massa took the chequered flag in 2008.