Ferrari number two driver Felipe Massa achieved his best qualifying performance of the season today ahead of Sunday's F1 2012 British Grand Prix.
The Brazilian had only made it into the shoot-out on two occasions prior to the rain hit session at Silverstone, but successfully came through it unscathed to secure fifth place on the leaderboard. It topped off a good day for the Scuderia, as Fernando Alonso took pole position in the sister car [see separate story – HERE
Speaking following the session, Massa added that he is hopeful he can now have a strong race on Sunday.
“It's a nice result for the team, mainly because, when the red flag came out [during Q2], both myself and Fernando were out of Q3. We did a good job at the restart in the last few laps of Q2 and then, in Q3 we were always in the fight for pole position, but I was losing time right at the very last corner, as I was locking the rear wheels,” Massa explained.
“All the same, I am pleased with fifth place. I think I will be competitive tomorrow, especially as the car is going well on this type of track.
“From Canada onwards, the F2012 has improved a lot and the results are clear to see. I think that the stoppage in Q2 was the right decision, even if it could have maybe come a bit sooner: it was incredible how much aquaplaning there was on the main straight at that time.
“Then Race Control did a great job in making sure the track was in a practicable condition, which meant the spectators were able to see a spectacle that must have lived up to their enthusiasm.
“For us drivers, the break was boring, but for everyone in the grandstands, it was even worse, given how hard the rain was falling!”