Brazilian GP - Felipe on pole

Interlagos, 1st November 2008

Qualifying session

F. Massa: 1st 1.12.368 6 laps chassis 269K. Raikkonen: 3rd 1.12.825 6 laps chassis 271Weather: air temperature 24/25 °C, track temperature 36 °C, sunny.

Eighth pole position of the season for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the sixth courtesy of Felipe Massa. For the third year in a row, the Brazilian will start his home race from the top slot, bringing his career total to fifteen poles. For Ferrari, this is pole number 203, the seventh in the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Scuderia's qualifying result is rounded off with a third place for Kimi Raikkonen. "This is definitely a great result, which puts us in a good position for tomorrow's race," commented Stefano Domenicali, Team Principal of the Gestione Sportiva. "However, we are well aware it's the race that counts and so there is still a long way to go. I am very happy for Felipe, who put in very strong qualifying performance. This result, along with the incredible enthusiasm of the Brazilian crowd will give him even more motivation for tomorrow, if indeed any more is needed. It will be a tough race with a further unknown hanging on the weather. Our aim is very simple: get both our cars ahead of the rest and then do the maths in both championships. It will be very tough, but we will give it our best shot."

1st - Felipe Massa: "It's fantastic to have taken a third consecutive pole on this track and it's an incredible emotion to see everyone celebrating in the grandstands. I got a great lap on my first run in Q3 and I could have even not bothered to finish the second one, but you never know what might happen: I was the first to take the chequered flag and I would have looked stupid if someone had improved on my time. Anyway, I know I can count on a good strategy for tomorrow. The car is working very well and now I'm in the best possible position for the start. I will try and win: that is my aim. I'm not thinking about the rest, because it doesn't just depend on me or even on the team. I feel calm: there is so much expectation around me, but all this attention gives me a very positive energy which I will try and exploit tomorrow."

2nd - Jarno Trulli: "Before coming here I knew this was one of those difficult, technical tracks where I could be strong and my car could be very competitive. So I have been preparing and waiting for this grand prix and now here I am. We have been competitive all weekend and I played my cards during qualifying, saving my tyres and getting ready for Q3. In the end I put in a really good lap. It's ironic because for the first time in my career I thought I might not make it on Friday because I was feeling really ill with flu. So after this result I have to thank the whole team for the job - the mechanics, the engineers and also to the doctor. I am really happy for everyone and this shows the progress we have made this season. Now we hope to finish on a high."

3rd - Kimi Raikkonen: "It wasn't a perfect qualifying but I am satisfied with my grid position, which puts me in a good position for the race. Starting from third is better than being second on this track. I am very confident for the race: we have a great car and the understeer that I suffered with today in Q3 should not be a problem tomorrow. We are well aware of what we have to do so that the team can reach its goals. We will try and get away in the lead and then run our race, as we did in 2007 and then we'll see where we are. Of course, we will need a bit of luck. The tyres are on the limit here in Interlagos and it will be important to manage them well: from this aspect we are in good shape."

4th - Lewis Hamilton5th - Heikki Kovalainen6th - Fernando Alonso7th - Sebastien Vettel8th - Nck Heidfeld9th - Sebastien Bourdais10th - Timo Glock

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