Third place in today's Qualifying should see his smile grow even wider.
"I felt more at home in the car with the new tyres fitted", stated the driver from Romagna.
"The lap times proved this: I am two seconds quicker than yesterday. I am pleased with my placing even though every driver aims for top spot. We still have it all to do. It is a long race and tomorrow we have to try not to wear out the tyres during the opening stages".