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GP Week : Issue 200
Putting one over on Red Bull, in a week of internal change and surprise, is the boost Ferrari needed after a difficult start to the season. It owed more to Fernando’s smarts – great start, and tyre management – than any massive gain in performance, although Red Bull’s sluggish speed on Shanghai’s long main straight helped. "After a difficult start to the season, this podium is a confidence boost for the whole team, providing extra motivation for all those who are doing their best to close the gap to the front<” concluded Fernando, who went on to pay homage to the departing team boss.. “And I think this podium should be dedicated to Stefano, as everything we do up to July will also be the result of his efforts. We have definitely made a step for ward, because compared to two weeks ago, we have partly closed the gap to the leaders, but we are well aware there's still a long way to go and we have to keep our feet on the ground. “In general, this has been a good weekend for me, as everything went well right from Friday, although the rain made qualifying more complicated than expected. I was on the limit all race long and I really don't think I could have done any more.” Kimi was relatively frank about his own race performance: “The start was good – I made up two places but then I couldn't make up any more ground, as I just didn't have the pace, nor much grip at the front or the back. In the final stint on new tyres, the car handled better, but then, as the tyres degraded the situation got complicated again. “I think the difficulties I encountered here stem from a combination of various factors, from my driving style. combined with the low temperatures and the characteristics of the track.” Ferrari: encouraging 39 GPWEEK.com // 39 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: