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GP Week : Issue 190
Another breathtaking first few hundred metres brought Fernando Alonso into contention in singapore, after which he too maximized the tools in hand for yet another strong – albeit distant – second. As Webber hesitated under brakes, his mate’s Ferrari probed down and round the outside of the opening corner,pushed inside Griosjean and emerged third – a gain of four spots in that few hundred metres. It was magnificent. Pat Fry, Ferrari engineering director: “ T his weekend, even if we didn’t have the fastest car, we did manage to maximise our performance getting everything possible out of our driver-team package and the result is absolutely positive. “ W ith Fernando, the decision to stay out all the way to the end after the safety car paid off handsomely. Our competitiveness in the race was better than we had seen in the previous days, but even if we knew that things could change today, we must try to improve, especially in situations where the track characteristics don’t suit our car. “Fernando pulled off an amazing start, as it’s really rare to make up four places at the start here in Singapore. Felipe also got away well, but then, his inside line meant he had to move over to avoid a collision. “At Fernando’s first stop, we had to cover Webber’s early stop: we knew we would have found ourselves in traffic behind Di Resta, but the pit stop window was very limited and we preferred not to take the risk. “ W hen the Safety Car came out, we had half a lap to take a decision and, in the end we brought both drivers in, trying different strategies. We tried to play an ace with Fernando and luckily we did not have to go through a repeat of what happened in Canada in 2012. “For the final six races, one group of engineers will still concentrate on the F138, because we want to continue to try and improve so that we can be more competitive.” It's all in the start ... 33 GPWEEK.com // 33 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SINGAPORE