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China GP: post-race Ferrari press conference

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07/10/2007

The problem of soft and extra soft, is that related to the single lap of qualifying or is that in the race?
Luca Baldisserri: No, that's only on a single lap we have to work out how to use the super soft in qualifying. We've done some work at home after Budapest, I think we understood something and we have to prove in Brazil and we've been concentrating on that.

What about the bumps?
LB: I think the track is resurfaced every two years so we expect that the track should be in better condition and we have a special setting to use there, so I think the bumps should not be a problem.

After a season with Kimi, could you give us an idea of the different approach to the race and at this point to the World Champion, between Kimi and Michael?
LB: Michael is a seven times World Champion, he's definitely a ??? and we've been working together since 10 years, and at the end, the relationship with Michael was enough to look into his eyes to understand where there was a problem, to understand what he was meaning when he was speaking about the car. Generally with Kimi, we were struggling a bit at the beginning because he had some trouble to adapt his driving style to our car, to learn all our systems and to learn the Bridgestone tyres but I have to say that from mid-season to the race that he did today he can be at the same level as Michael. A driver that can do a race like today, such difficult conditions, without making a mistake is a great driver.

Could you explain how marginal the intermediates are when they run outside their peak operating window, how quickly they wear and whether you guys were concerned, because you stopped both Kimi and Felipe after the incident with Lewis. How marginal do they get when they start to go off?
LB: Today was not easy because I think depending on how the balance at the beginning of the race you can have a better tyre at the end when the track was getting dry, so the intermediates were difficult on the rear. When they were wearing down and the track was drying out, if you have a rear that is not strong, you lose five or six seconds easily and you have to come in and change the tyres. So I think Hamilton was struggling a bit at the end. He was really fast at the beginning and he had probably too much understeer in the car at the beginning of the race, but that was probably enough to save our rear tyres so we had better conditions when the track…when we had the focus mid-race to the end the rain stopped so there ??? to have dry track and so we ???
Stefano Domenicali: I just wanted to add one point on one Luca said: speaking about the teamwork, today basically, we put Felipe first on the dry tyres, just to be sure and check how was that tyre in those conditions. I just wanted to make that point because I think that when we speak about the same team, the same group of people, I think this is the right approach.

How much do you guys have to be conservative to try and come from behind and get everything you can, and having to attack to try and get as many points as you can. How do you juggle at this race and how will you approach it going into the next race?
SD: For sure, speaking about this race, after the first pit stop, we were just tackling what Hamilton was ready to do, because know that he basically put less fuel into the car in comparison to our stop, of course we were just controlling the pace and check what was the situation. Of course we knew at that stage that we could be in front, so it was much easier. But once again, if we need to look at the next race, we don't have any other choice than to be aggressive in a way, so we need to think that we need to achieve first and second and then that's it. That, for sure, will be our strategy and I think that one point that Luca mentioned is very important to see how it's important to manage the stint of the race with these tyres. If you are too aggressive maybe on the first laps, then you will destroy it, then the race will be more difficult so that, I would say, is the critical thing to manage, of course depending on how the weather will be in Brazil, but for sure that's an important element to pursue.

Were you quite sure you could win this race?
LB: If you are able to do an easy calculation - I don't know if you are able - you could see that Kimi had at least four laps more fuel and in these circuit, four laps is nearly half a second so if you are able to do an easy calculation you can see that our performance in qualifying was really good yesterday.

Did you warn Kimi about coming in?
SD: We were very on the spot to be sure that at the last corner, when he was in the backmarkers, not to spoil the team for another team with yellow flags, so we were monitoring the situation, informing him about the track condition, trying to be there because it was easy - maybe the easiest thing to do in that condition where there was a relatively easy race, and to do a mistake, overtake under yellow flag, backmarkers, it would have been a disgrace, so we were monitoring the situation very very carefully.

Is there anything you can do to get the cars better in these two weeks?
LB: We are not able to test, because there is no more testing. We have a collaudo to do but that will only be to check the parts that we will have in the race so engine and gearbox, so major job we can do is again on the simulation and we will try to do our best on that.

I believe that all three drivers will have new engines in the next race; is that an area where you can be aggressive or take risks and perhaps take more risks than your competitors?
LB: Well, this was already planned, to be honest, and in the last test, we tried something in the engine and normally they have to do two races, whereas in this case we only have the engine for one race, so you can imagine that we are having the extra bit of power that is always a risk.

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