Double disaster for Ferrari

It was a tough day at the office for Felipe Massa

It was a tough day at the office for Felipe Massa

Ferrari got their 2009 season off to a terrible start in Melbourne.

Felipe Massa retired late in the race and Kimi Raikkonen lost a points finish after spinning into the barriers.

The race began brightly for the team as Massa shot through from sixth on the grid to third. Raikkonen also started strongly, running fifth.

The Ferraris opted to run on the super-soft tyres from the start of the race, and when they hit their graining phase after a few laps they found their rivals coming back at them.

A mid-race safety car period allowed them to regain lost ground on the leaders but also compromised their strategy. Massa dropped out of the points after his second pit stop and struggled to make progress. He may already have been suffering with the mechanical problem that put him out of the race 13 laps before the finish.

Raikkonen’s race was ruined by a crash on lap 43. He managed to keep going after an extra pit stop but pulled up three laps short of the chequered flag.

Ferrari made a similarly poor start last year, and ended up winning the constructors’ championship, so you’d be a fool to write them off yet. But it seems the errors that blighted their 2008 campaign haven’t been banished.

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52 comments on Double disaster for Ferrari

  1. Bad Day for Ferrari is a Good Day for me. I want the underdogs to win. Brilliant RACE..

  2. Gman said on 30th March 2009, 3:00

    Bad day for Ferrari, but they are much closer to the pace than McLaren. That gives them a better base to build from, and I would expect to see them rebound sooner than the boys from Woking.

  3. kurtosis said on 30th March 2009, 5:17

    @Fastlap: Do you have a source for that quote by Dyer? The diffuser is a static device and should not contribute to a sudden spin unless it was damaged in some way on the previous lap.

    @Nick: Most of Kimi’s good finishes after starting at the back of the grid have been due to fueling heavy and putting in very fast laps before pitting. Though I’m sure he has passed the likes of a Force India or two in his day. I’ll grant that he made a few good moves in 2005 in a much faster car compared to the rest of the field, but we haven’t really seen much of that since then, have we?

    Can you give me an instance of a good Kimi overtake in the last two years?

    • pSynrg said on 30th March 2009, 11:58

      Diff as in differential not diffuser. Which makes sense if that was the case.
      However this does not for me detract from the high percentage of ‘bad luck’ that Kimi seems to attract.

  4. kurtosis said on 30th March 2009, 13:20

    Ah, yes, that makes more sense. The official DNF was supposed to be due to differential failure, but we don’t know if that was caused by the spin itself or the other way around. I saw the Chris Dyer quote in a few other sites too.

  5. Kisii said on 31st March 2009, 1:03

    How many saw Schumi looking on and absolutely wishing he had a drive….?

  6. Snoopy said on 31st March 2009, 4:32

    I read from finnish newspapers and from other sites as well that ferrari is now thinkin that it was not Kimis fault that he did spin. There was something wrong in his car (differential problem)and that was reason for his spin. Thats why Kimi said that he drove to turn in same way than in other lap and back of car just left without warning.

    JJ Lehto (ex 1 driver) conformed that diffurial problem can easily cause spin like Kimis.

  7. wasiF1 said on 1st April 2009, 4:17

    Tough luck 4 kimi & massa but I believe Ferrari will fight back

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