German GP - Ferrari - Preview
After a troubled start to the season, the fortunes of Ferrari pairing Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen
have taken an upturn in recent Grand Prix with the former securing points on each of the last four races and the latter recording the Italian
team’s first podium position ahead of another points finish at Silverstone.
Massa was particularly strong in race trim at the British Grand Prix after a poor qualifying run and made best use of a good strategy to move from 11th position on the grid to fourth position at the chequered flag. Both he and Raikkonen avoiding making too many predictions for the German Grand Prix weekend.
“On Thursday I will arrive at the Nurburgring and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the F60 again," Massa said after taking a long break with friends and family in Brazil. "The layout of this track should suit it better than the fast corners of Silverstone.
"A lot will depend on how we get the tyres to work and even if we have some new components that Kimi and I will be trying on Friday, it is impossible to say at this stage what we can expect from the weekend," Massa continued. "The first half of the season was very hard to predict and I don’t see why it should be any different as we go into the second half.”
Team-mate Raikkonen had a less successful run at Silverstone but held off a stern challenge from behind to claim the final championship point. He too is making no bold predictions other than he does not have the car at his disposal this year to go for wins.
“Realistically this year our objective can’t be a win,” the Finn admitted. “We still have to make up ground compared to the leaders as far as the performance is concerned. That’s why the team continued to work very hard over the last weeks to bring some new solutions to this race.
“The track should be better for the F60’s characteristics than Silverstone, but we’ll get a clearer picture during Friday’s free practice sessions,” Raikkonen continued. “To be competitive you need a car with good traction, which is very stable while braking. It’s always difficult making predictions and promising something to the fans, but for us today a place on the podium is already a good result, considering that we’ve been there just once this year.
“There are still nine races until the end of this extremely difficult season for us. Our objective has to be to give it our all race after race, without thinking that the leaders are so many points ahead of us.”
Ferrari is a solid fourth in the constructors’ championship and closing on third placed Toyota with nine rounds remaining.