Fernando Alonso

Malaysian GP – Massa and Alonso in top three

Sepang, 23 March –Qualifying was affected by rain arriving at the mid-point, complicating matters for everyone, but come the end, Scuderia Ferrari had got Felipe Massa into second place and Fernando Alonso into third.

It was dry and very hot for the start of Q1 when both Ferrari men did just one run using the P Zero Orange hard tyres. A single run was also the strategy for Q2, this time using the Mediums. After 8 minutes of this part of qualifying, light rain began to fall, so that no one went out for the final moments. Tyre choice was now problematic for the final part.

As Q3 began the ten cars went out on Intermediates, the drivers testing the conditions during the ten minute session. Massa and Alonso did two runs each, the last one on new Intermediates.

It was very close in the final stages, with each successive car going quicker at the flag, so that Fernando was briefly on pole, before being overtaken by Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull, fastest at the end and Felipe. It was a good team effort for Scuderia Ferrari, following on from the positive showing in Melbourne and the first and second rows look promising for tomorrow.

 

ALONSO – Chassis 299

MASSA – Chassis 300

Q1

P4

1:37.314

Hard – 5 laps

P12

1:37.712

Hard – 6 laps

Q2

P7

1:36.877

Medium – 3 laps

P6

1:36.874

Medium – 3 laps

Q3

P3

1:50.727

Inter – 3 lapsInter – 3 laps

P2

1:50.587

Inter – 3 laps

Inter – 3 laps

Weather: air 32 °C, track 39/44 °C. Sunny at the beginning, rain

 

 

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