Felipe Massa

Indian GP – Different strategies: Massa 5th and Alonso 8th

Greater Noida, 26 October – At times, qualifying seemed as cerebral as a game of chess and come the end of it, Felipe Massa was fifth, while his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate, Fernando Alonso was eighth. The two F138s will tackle tomorrow’s race starting on different strategies, as Massa set his time on the Soft tyre, while Alonso ran the Medium and so that’s what they will start the race with.

In Q1, Massa went out for a 7 lap run on the Medium, but the time didn’t look good enough to get him into Q2, so with two minutes remaining he went out again, this time on the Soft, to go fourth fastest in 1.25.793. Alonso opted to go with the Softs from the start doing a first run in 1.25.934.

The two F138s went out right at the start of the second session, using the same tyres with which they ended the previous one. With three minutes remaining, everyone went out on new Softs. Alonso was second fastest in 1.24.885, while Massa was ninth to go into the top ten with a lap in 1.25.389.

In the final session, Alonso went out on Medium tyres to post a 1.25.826. The Spaniard kept the same compound for his second run but didn’t go faster. Massa went out just once, using a new set of Soft tyres, to set the fifth fastest time in 1.25.201. Sebastian Vettel took pole for Red Bull Racing in a time of 1.24.119.

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.943 1:24.568 1:24.119 12
2 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.833 1:25.304 1:24.871 21
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.802 1:25.259 1:24.941 20
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.665 1:25.097 1:25.047 17
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:25.793 1:25.389 1:25.201 19
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:25.819 1:25.191 1:25.248 18
7 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.883 1:25.339 1:25.334 19
8 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:25.934 1:24.885 1:25.826 15
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.107 1:25.365 1:26.153 21
10 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.574 1:25.458 1:26.487 23
11 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:25.673 1:25.519 14
12 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:25.908 1:25.711 15
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:26.164 1:25.740 16
14 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:26.155 1:25.798 14
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:26.178 1:26.134 15
16 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.057 1:26.336 11
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.577 7
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:26.842 9
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:26.970 8
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:27.105 6
21 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:27.487 7
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:28.138 8
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