Ferrari bars its drivers from speaking to the press

By on Saturday, March 3, 2012

Fernando Alonso © Ferrari S.p.A.

Ferrari has announced that they will not allow their drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, to take part in any drivers' media interviews for the rest of the weekend in Barcelona. For some, this may be seen as an admission that they are struggling, although the Maranello squad has already said that they are not where they wanted to be and still have a lot of work ahead of them.

Their decision seems to have not gone over well with the journalists present in Barcelona, according to a tweet from Ferrari's official Twitter account. "We're not very popular in the press room at the moment as we've announced that there will not be any drivers' press meetings at this test."

However, Ferrari has denied that there has been a dispute between the team and the members of the media, saying: "The decision has been taken to keep the whole team fully focused on the job and there is not any polemic intent behind it."

Reports from the second test in Barcelona last week indicate that the Ferrari F2012 was suffering from rear instability, forcing its drivers to make significant steering and throttle adjustments as they fought to control the rear end of the car in the exit of the corners.

Ferrari technical director Pat Fry has also admitted that one of the problems they are facing is that the car tends to have a narrow performance window and they are having difficulties getting the car dialed in as conditions change.

On Friday this week, both Romain Grosjean and Alonso were both on track at the same time conducting race simulations. The Lotus E20 appeared to consistently outpace the Ferrari F2012 on the harder tyres and was able to make their soft tyres last longer than the F2012.

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