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Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013

FIA asks Pirelli for secret test 'dossier'

The FIA has asked Pirelli to compile a thorough "dossier" ahead of an international tribunal hearing regarding the secret Mercedes test, according to Kleine Zeitung newspaper. Team boss Ross Brawn is quoted as saying Mercedes could not have benefited from the three-day test in Barcelona just after the Spanish grand prix, because Pirelli only supplied engineers with "codes" of the tyres being run. "So we couldn't get any usable information," he said. Kleine Zeitung said Ferrari, who along with Red Bull officially filed the FIA […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Alonso furious at Ferrari in India

Fernando Alonso almost lost his temper ahead of last Sunday's Indian grand prix, the Italian newspaper La Stampa reports. The newspaper said the Spaniard was furious after the Maranello based team's technical boss Pat Fry blamed the drivers for a sub-standard qualifying performance. "The result reflects our current potential," said Fry after Alonso qualified fifth in India. "But in order to be where we wanted and where we were capable of being, we needed to be perfect today and we weren't," he added. Alonso went […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Berger urges Ferrari to dump Massa

Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger thinks the great Italian team should drop Felipe Massa. However, after the Brazilian at Suzuka finally returned to the podium after a two-year absence, all the signs are that Ferrari is set to sign his 2013 contract. Austrian Berger is perplexed. "This makes no sense," he told Germany's Auto Bild. "It's never just about one race. "I would put Hulkenberg or di Resta in his place. They are young and fast -- exactly what Ferrari needs to fight for the […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

F1 'enemies' now united against Red Bull says Marko

McLaren and Ferrari have joined their lead drivers in the "unholy alliance" against Red Bull. Late last year, after Sebastian Vettel secured his second consecutive title, Italy's La Stampa newspaper said Lewis Hamilton and Fernando had formed a new friendship akin to an "unholy alliance". In 2007, the pair clashed spectacularly as McLaren teammates, but since Red Bull's Vettel took his dominant grip, Ferrari's Alonso and McLaren's Hamilton are now 'friends', regularly praising one another and embracing in parc ferme. According to Red Bull's Dr […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Italy split after Ferrari's failed bid for victory

Ferrari has defended itself amid claims its race strategy in Canada on Sunday was "suicidal". Despite the Maranello team stepping forward again in performance terms, the Italian press was highly critical after Fernando Alonso's bid for victory went awry in Montreal. La Stampa called persevering with the one-stop strategy a case of "Harakiri della Ferrari". La Repubblica, meanwhile, said the strategy was "pazza, davvero pazza" (crazy, really crazy). Team boss Stefano Domenicali, however, said it is easy to see the strategy was wrong in hindsight. […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ferrari: Spain crucial for title

Ferrari's title tilt could hinge on the competitiveness of the updated F2012 this weekend in Barcelona. "What I want is to have a competitive car in Barcelona," insisted the famous Italian marque's president Luca di Montezemolo on Tuesday. "That's what I've asked for," he is quoted as saying by Brazil's O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. Ferrari had congregated at its Fiorano test track, to watch Jacques Villeneuve drive the 1979 single seater to mark the 30th anniversary of his father Gilles' fatal crash. But Montezemolo's […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Alonso: Ferrari must improve over next races

Ferrari's task is to improve step by step, rather than make a quantum leap in Barcelona next weekend. That is the claim of Spaniard Fernando Alonso, as the famous Italian team disappointed some headline-writers on Tuesday by not launching a 'B' car at the Mugello test. "We have to take a step forward in Montmelo, one in Monte Carlo, another in Canada, and so on," Alonso is quoted by La Stampa, after topping the rain-affected first day of testing on Tuesday with the improved F2012 […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hembery: Pirelli criticism shows Schumacher frustration

An obvious tension was evident at Mugello when Pirelli's Paul Hembery was asked about Michael Schumacher. The seven time world champion had slammed F1's official supplier after Bahrain, arguing that the 2012 tyres degrade so quickly it makes driving a grand prix car as slow as a safety car. "We haven't spoken," Briton Hembery is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. "I've just read something on the net about the tyres from his teammate Nico Rosberg which is very different." Asked if Schumacher's criticism […]

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012

French broadcaster TF1 not in Bahrain

Another television broadcaster has pulled out of this weekend's Bahrain grand prix. It had already emerged that Sky Deutschland, MTV3 Finland and Japan's Fuji TV would not be reporting from the scene of the race in the troubled island Kingdom. Now, it emerges that the travelling regulars for France's TF1 are not in Bahrain either. The French-language RMC Sport reported that, like the other broadcasters, the decision was taken "because of the unstable situation" in Bahrain. It has also emerged that Stefano Mancini, the regular […]

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012

Massa 'only wasting petrol' slams journalist

An Italian journalist has admitted he is more than unimpressed with Felipe Massa's apparent progress in China. Already before the Chinese grand prix, La Stampa correspondent Stefano Mancini was calling on Ferrari to axe the struggling Brazilian driver. Massa then qualified twelfth in Shanghai, equalling his Sepang achievement, but dropped to thirteenth by the time the chequered flag waved. "I think that as far as my race was concerned, this was a step forward compared to the first two races," he insisted. Mancini, however, is […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ferrari using Massa's car to test new components

A Brazilian correspondent has leapt to the defense of Felipe Massa. "Ferrari is making a huge mistake," wrote Livio Oricchio in his O Estado de S.Paulo blog. Massa is currently the subject of widespread criticism and vociferous calls for his dismissal, after failing to get close to Fernando Alonso's pace in the difficult new F2012 car. The Italian team is publicly denying it is seriously considering replacing Massa with Sauber's Sergio Perez, but rumours to the contrary indicate the opposite is true. The loudest voices […]

Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012

Italian press: 2012 start couldn't be worse

Ferrari has made a "devastating start" to the 2012 season, the Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport has blasted. "The new season could barely have begun worse," said the report. Felipe Massa qualified sixteenth for Sunday's Australian grand prix, while Fernando Alonso also failed to make the 'Q3' cut when he spun into the gravel. "There are deficiencies with the aerodynamics, with the tyres and the speed," the Spaniard is quoted as saying. Added Massa: "I have the impression that the car has deteriorated compared […]