Fernando Alonso says splitting strategies is Ferrari’s best hope of achieving a strong result in the Indian Grand Prix.
Ferrari, like Red Bull, opted to split Alonso and Felipe Massa, with the Spaniard qualifying on prime tyres and Massa setting his best time on the options.
Alonso will start from eighth place, three spots behind his team-mate.
“Before qualifying we looked at what might be the best strategy and it was very difficult to choose between two possibilities of equal worth,” said Alonso.
“Using the Soft tyres in Q3, we could have aspired to a better starting position, while the Mediums would mean running a race with no traffic, because if the softer compound follows the pattern we have seen so far, then those starting with it will have to stop very early, around lap six. This would put them behind a group of cars that will stay out until lap 30.”
“It’s true that at some point, I too will have to fit the Softs, which will signal a more difficult moment and we must be prepared for that. On Friday, I did 15 or 16 laps on them, while today just three and that’s why it’s absolutely impossible to say how it will go tomorrow. Only after the chequered flag will we know which was the right choice.”
“The good thing about this decision is that, in putting two cars in the race on different strategies, at least one of us, me or Felipe, should be in a position to help the team in its goal of finishing second in the Constructors’ World Championship, which is our priority now.”