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Ferrari confident after near-perfect start
Friday, 16 March 2007

ferrari f1 small2Ferrari duo Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen declared themselves happy with the balance of their cars after finishing 1-2 in Friday practice at Albert Park.

The Maranello squad confirmed its status as the pre-season favourite on the back of its dominant performance at the final winter test in Bahrain.

Massa again prevailed over the team’s new recruit Raikkonen, who kept a lower profile in the dry afternoon session before vaulting up the order in the closing stages.

The Brazilian was satisfied with his day’s work but was keen to keep expectations in check. “It was a good day,” Massa said. “We did a good job of comparing the two types of dry-weather tyre and this morning we also got the opportunity to run in the wet, which led us to see that the balance of the F2007 is pretty good.

“This was a positive start to the weekend, but of course what counts is tomorrow’s qualifying and, most of all, Sunday’s race.” Raikkonen’s efforts to eclipse his team-mate were stymied by a red flag halfway through the afternoon session, triggered by Rubens Barrichello spinning his Honda into the barriers and Heikki Kovalainen stopping on track. The stoppage interrupted Kimi’s planned programme but, like his team-mate, the Finn was pleased with the handling of his F2007.

“We worked mainly on comparing the two types of tyre that we have, but I was a bit unlucky with the traffic and the red flag, which affected our programme,” he said. “In any case, the car seems to be well balanced at this track and we managed to pick up a good base line of data to analyse today for qualifying and for the race.”

Strategist Luca Baldisserri added: “We are reasonably satisfied with the work we have done today, when the sessions were characterised by quite changeable weather conditions. “We concentrated on tyre comparison, both in terms of performance over a single lap and on longer runs. “Felipe was able to complete his planned programme, but Kimi was held up by the interruption halfway through the second session.

“All the same, we picked up a lot of data that will be useful for the rest of the weekend. “The F2007 cars ran trouble free and seem well balanced. “All in all, we can look to tomorrow’s qualifying with reasonable confidence, while aware of all the questions that are still unanswered after free practice.”  


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