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Q&A with Ferrari’s Massa and Raikkonen 10 Jul 2009

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 10 July 2009 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 10 July 2009 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 10 July 2009 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 10 July 2009

Fridays are always a little bit of mystery and teams can only try and guess what set-ups and fuel loads their competitors are running. However, with Felipe Massa finishing the day in 12th, and team mate Kimi Raikkonen in 16th, both Ferrari drivers admit that they will have to work hard to improve in time for Saturday’s qualifying…

Q: Kimi, after Friday practice, what are your expectations for the race?
Kimi Raikkonen:
We are in a similar position as we were in Silverstone. The car was quite difficult to handle today but I am pretty sure that we will be able to find a solution for that. Friday is always hard to judge as you never know what the other guys are running on. We will see what we can do tomorrow, but I think we are more or less where we were at the last race.

Q: Yesterday you were hopeful for the car in Germany. Was the reality better or worse than you expected?
KR:
Well, I wasn’t really thinking too much. In reality I expected the car to be more or less the same. Hopefully we can make it a little bit better in terms of both downforce and speed.

Q: Can you tell us something about the times in Sector One and Two. There have been some quite big differences…
KR:
As I said the car was quite difficult today so it’s no surprise that the lap times were not so good, but I am very confident that we can find a solution for Sector Two. But overall there is a lot of time to lose, including in the first sector. In my opinion in Sector One there is the biggest potential to lose time.

Q: How difficult was it switching the tyres in these cool temperatures?
KR:
I only had the softs on because we had some issues with the harder tyres and the soft seem to be working well. In the morning we tried the hard but when we realized that we would have an issue, we switched entirely to the soft and that felt okay.

Q: Felipe it seems you had a lot of new parts on the car. How did that work out?
Felipe Massa:
Well, not really a lot of new parts, more like some new parts. It was reasonable. It was a reasonable day for us even if we’ve been behind regarding the times. I am convinced that we can be much more in front. I hope we can fight in the top five. That should be possible. It was a reasonably good day for us. But my guess is that we could have done better and for different reasons didn’t.

Q: Was it a case of tyres or temperature?
FM:
Neither really. One of the reasons why we didn’t do our best time on the first lap was probably due to the temperature, but then my guess is that many people have been lighter than us. Red Bull for example, Brawn maybe.

Q: Another tunnel has been built under Turn One. Does that influence the car at all?
FM:
Maybe a little bit, but I wouldn’t call it a problem.

Q: Are there any parts of the track where you feel the car misbehaves?
FM:
Sure we have to work on many areas because if you haven’t got the best car you need to work extra hard. In fact there is a lot that we can do. Working is what we have to do.