Ferrari Happy Despite Hamilton's Pace

Adam PooleAnalyst IOctober 17, 2008

Ferrari haven't had the start to this weekend that they had been hoping for as Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in this mornings free practice sessions, and he did it in style with up to a 0.9s margin between himself and Felipe Massa.

Despite this though, Ferrari remain content a the performances they put in and are happy with the car apart from a few teething problems.

Felipe Massa did express his worry about his F2008's handling but was happy with what was achieved and has no concerns about tomorrow and Sunday.

"We did a good job and I think we will be competitive at the track, the performance level improved bit by bit as the track got more grip.

"In the first session, the car was a bit twitchy but then, especially in the second part of the afternoon session, its handling improved."

Team mate, Kimi Raikkonen, believes there is very little difference in performance between Ferrari and McLaren.

"As usual it's difficult to judge the relative strengths of the teams just by looking at the results sheets," he said.

"At the start, it could have been that our main rivals were quicker but then the situation seemed to balance out and I think that's how it will be for the rest of the weekend.

"Overall, the car's not bad even if there are still some areas that need to be improved."

The only man in the red garage that seems to have a pair of eyes in his head and acknowledged the difference in pace between the two teams is team boss, Stefano Domenicali, who said, "It is always difficult to deliver an instant verdict," he said.

"We played our part, but I have to say that our main rivals seem to be pretty much on the ball."