Ferrari have promised a significant upgrade package for the European Grand Prix after a dismal showing in their 800th Grand Prix.
What has happened to the team that started the year with a one-two?
|Felipe Massa||Fernando Alonso|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’27.200 (-0.412)||1’27.612|
|Average race lap||1’32.487 (-0.171)||1’32.658|
Beat Alonso in qualifying for the first time since Bahrain – a badly-needed result.
Couldn’t make any further progress on race day, gaining one position thanks to Sebastian Vettel’s retirement. He declared his frustration afterwards:
It was a very boring race for me, from start to finish, but it was also very difficult. I was always stuck behind Kubica and the two Mercedes, who were running at a similar pace to me. Very often I managed to get close, but I never had a real chance of overtaking Robert. I knew that, starting from eighth, it would be tough and so it proved.
Admitted he couldn’t have done better after being dumped out of qualifying in Q2. In a closely-fought session Alonso was slower than his team mate by four tenths of a second.
He started 12th and was sill there at the end of lap one, but his pit stop got him ahead of Kamui Kobayashi and Adrian Sutil.
Spent 36 laps battling Vitaly Petrov, finally getting alongside and banging wheels with the Renault driver to take eighth behind Massa.
At the end, I attacked Petrov and I hope the two points this brought me could turn out to be useful come the end of the year: I am sorry he got a puncture that stopped him finishing in the points, because he drove a good race. Despite everything, we are still in a good position to fight for the title. However, now is the time to react.
Photographs of the damage to his wheel afterwards showed Alonso had been fortunate to make it to the end of the race.