Japanese GP – Ferrari Training Session at Suzuka for the Pit Stop Team
Suzuka – Nearly the whole team has now arrived at Suzuka, where the 16th grand prix of the season will take place this weekend. There are only two names missing from the roll call: Felipe Massa is busy this evening at the National Museum of Tokyo for the promotional launch of the 458 Challenge for the Japanese market (from next year an Asia-Pacific series will rejoin the Ferrari Challenge calendar) while Stefano Domenicali will arrive in Japan tomorrow.
Fernando Alonso made a trip to the circuit in the afternoon and used the chance both to make contact with his technical team and to carry out his traditional inspection lap of the track on a bicycle.
In the meantime the mechanics went through their usual pit stop practice. They have increased the training programme given that it wasn’t possible to carry out what was planned last week because of the frenzy of activity between one flyaway grand prix and the other. At a time of the season in which the pit stops could be ever more decisive it’s crucial to take the maximum care over every detail.