News and discussions on Scuderia Ferrari
Base: Maranello, Italy
Team Principal: Stefano Domenicali
Technical Chief: Pat Fry
Drivers: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Engine: Ferrari 056
First Season: 1950
World Championships: 16
Highest Race Finish: 1 (x221)
Pole Positions: 207
Fastest Laps: 228
While much of the F1 world looked on with hope and anticipation to see how all the teams would stack up against the still supreme Mercedes Team, no group of fans were more concerned than the Tifosi of Ferrari.
While a podium finish by new Ferrari team member Sebastian Vettel was a welcomed performance, Kimi Raikkonen’s day was far less fulfilling. Kimi left the race completing only 40 laps ‘officially’ because of a tire issue. While it was clear that the tire was not fastened tight enough in the previous pit-stop, the car was still having trouble. The Iceman explained:
“Shortly after the start, someone hit me from behind. Then I felt another contact on my right side, but I don’t think it was Sebastian’s car. The impact activated the anti-stall system and did some damage to the floor of the car. We were very quick in the race, able to catch the Williams and to fight for the podium: but then there were problems at both pit stops. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I know I lost something in terms of downforce. However, my team-mate’s podium is a great result for the team. Already in qualifying, despite my mistake on the quick lap, we knew we had a good car. And in the race, the gap to the Mercedes seemed less than on Saturday. It’s simply that, today, everything happened to me.”
By Fraser Masefield According to former world champion Mario Andretti, Ferrari signed Kimi Raikkonen because they became frustrated with the attitude of Fernando Alonso.
Alonso endured a tough season with Ferrari and went as far as criticising his own team after the Hungarian Grand Prix, leading president Luca di Montezemolo to publically scold the two-time world champion.
“In my opinion, Alonso became frustrated this season, and what he said offended Ferrari, Otherwise they never would have hired someone who could challenge him and even beat him,” Andretti told Spanish sports newspaper Marca via gptoday.com.
You have to know how to behave. He always had a proper behaviour, but that 1 per cent… we saw what was Montezemolo’s reaction. It will be interesting to see what happens next because Kimi is not arriving to help; he is going to try to win. It will be a great battle that will be fun to watch.
Sir Frank Williams and his F1 Team have announced their lineup for 2014. Those drivers will include Valtteri Bottas as was already known or understood, but with today’s announcement came a small surprise. The Willimams #1 driver for 2014 will be Filepe Massa.
Massa has had a great career and helped Ferrari win constructors titles in 2007-2008. He has frequently challenged for the Drover’s Title as well, narrowly missing this achievement in 2008, falling 1 point short to Lewis Hamilton. But even with these accolades, Massa has a reputation (among fans at least) to be an underachiever, and for lack of handling skills having crashed his Ferrari multiple times in the 2013 campaign, including twice during the weekend at Monaco in two almost identical shunts.
Planet F1 reports today that the Mark Webber Taxi ride nearly escaped sanction. We all know this has happened before with no sanctions. the ride given to Ayrton Senna by Nigel Mansel in the 1991 British Grand Prix at Silverstone lives on in F1 history as one of the finest moments of sportsmanship we have seen. As a matter of fact, in this instance it seems Alonsao was returning the favor to Webber, as Webber was the cabbie for Alonso at the Nurburgring at the end of the German Grand Prix in 2011.