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Ferrari suffers mixed Saturday in Monaco

Ferrari misses out on potential pole and faces trying race day after mixed emotions in Monaco qualifying
Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali said the team was preparing to effectively run in two separate races in Monaco after mixed emotions for his drivers in qualifying.

Fernando Alonso was forced to sit out the session due to his accident in final practice while Felipe Massa secured a place on the second row of the grid with the fourth quickest time.

With Alonso having topped Friday practice, the team was left somewhat disappointed at not challenging for pole although Domenicali said his Brazilian driver was still in a good position to fight for points.

“The way this day has ended is very regrettable,” he said. “We had the potential to do very well, but Fernando's accident immediately diminished our chances. It's a shame, as we had shown right from the start of this weekend that we were very competitive.

“Tomorrow, we will effectively run two races. Felipe is perfectly placed to get a good result, while Fernando, who starts from pit lane, will have a mountain to climb, a veritable Alpine peak. We will try and bring home as many points as possible and then we will see where we stand in both championships.”

Massa came under fire from Jenson Button for blocking during the final stage of qualifying after slowing in order to try and get clear space on track, but the Brazilian – who denied intentional blocking following the session – admitted that traffic had played a part in his own session.

“Fourth is not a bad place,” he said. “It will be a long race tomorrow with lots of unexpected situations and starting from the second row puts me in a strong position. Sure, I'd hoped to do a bit better because I was pleased with the handling of the car but, on my last lap in Q3, I was nearly always behind Rosberg and I was unable to improve my time.

“In all three sessions of qualifying, the time came at the end of the series of laps: I managed it in Q1 and Q2, but not in Q3. It's a shame as I could have got onto the front row. I will try and pick up as many points as possible, because in this championship, it is vital to always finish in the top ten. Here, the F10 is easier to driver than at the last two races and the tyres are working very well, especially the harder ones.”



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