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GP Week : Issue 204
Ferrari: one-man band Again, it was left to team-leader Fernando Alonso to take the Ferrari fight to the opposition. For some reason, Kimi Raikkonen continues to fall short, and it is frustrating he and the team: “This was another very difficult race for me, despite having gone in a different direction yesterday to try and improve the performance. “unfortunately, it did not bring the improvements I'd hoped for and again here I found myself fighting the handling of the car. At the start I made up one place, but already on the second lap I began to have a problem with the brakes overheating and this meant I had to slow down. At the time of my first pit stop, my tyres were completely worn and on my in-lap alone I lost two places. We should definitely have stopped sooner. “Compared to the start of the season, progress has been made, even if there's still a lot to do as our speed still doesn't allow us to fight for the top places.” Pat Fry elaborated on the team’s fortunes: "After a good start both Kimi and Fernando struggled a lot on the supersoft because of graining on the rears which slowed their pace. In this stint, a gap grew to the Mercedes-engined cars which made the most of their superior power down the three straights. “Apart from the actual result, we can nevertheless be pleased because in the second and third stints, especially with Fernando, we were one of the quickest cars on track and that shows that, race by race, we are making small steps forward. Kimi struggled more than Fernando and unfortunately, with him, we paid a high price for his in-lap before his first stop when the rear tyres were on the limit.” And all this while Fernando praised Felip Massa as “the fastest team-mate I ever had ...” 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> AUSTRIA PARTNERS: