More mistakes at point-less Ferrari

It all went wrong for Ferrari at Sepang

It all went wrong for Ferrari at Sepang

Ferrari’s poor start to 2009 continued at Malaysia as they incredibly failed to score a point for the second race running.

It’s clear the F60 isn’t the fastest car in F1 this year – but they made things far worse for themselves with two major tactical blunders.

Felipe Massa’s qualifying was ruined when the team inexplicably failed to send him out to complete another lap in the first part of qualifying – despite an obvious mistake by Massa on his first run. A late flurry of fast laps dropped him out of the crucial top 15 and consigned him to 16th on the grid.

But, as if to prove their drivers get equal treatment, Ferrari dropped the ball on Raikkonen’s strategy during the Grand prix as well.

All the teams were watching the sky, looking for a change in the conditions, as Raikkonen made his first pit stop on lap 18. But surprisingly Ferrari chose to put him on full wet tyres, despite no significant rain having fallen. Meanwhile other drivers like Jenson Button came in on subsequent laps for more slicks.

In the four laps it took for the rain to arrive, Raikkonen destroyed his wet tyres on a largely dry track.

Eight years ago when heavy rain fell at Sepang Ferrari made a mockery of their opposition by timing their switch to intermediates tyres perfectly and winning with ease. Now it seems they can’t even get the basics right.

Only two teams are yet to score a point so far this year: Ferrari and Force India. How did the red team manage to get it so badly wrong twice this weekend?

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72 comments on More mistakes at point-less Ferrari

  1. Skova265 said on 5th April 2009, 20:55

    i am trully glad have these problems this year

  2. John H said on 5th April 2009, 21:22

    I’ll be honest, I had to laugh when Massa was screeming at Smedley for a new visor.. comedy gold!

  3. racingtier said on 5th April 2009, 22:23

    They had to pit in to refill fuel for Kimi. Both driver told them via team radio it was starting to rain at some parts of the track. Which matched with the data from their forecast.

    So they gambled a bit and tried the wet tyres. It was again bad luck.

  4. phil said on 5th April 2009, 22:46

    Ferrari will be back. If its one thing they can do,is turn it around quickly. There the only team that have consistently built competitive cars for the last 10 years. It will be interesting to see how quick they turn around. People say the diffuser does not make a difference, I thing people need to study the time a bit more. The diffuser equates to a huge advantage when you consider less wear on tyres, no need to slide the car, no need to push as hard as others, confidence in traction etc etc. Ferrari will be back by barcelona.

  5. Eduardo Colombi said on 5th April 2009, 22:54

    i am trully glad have these problems this year

    Even if you don’t like Ferrari that’s a bad thought because f1 loses in competitity with a team off the pace, like Force India, what’s the point of having it on the grid?

    I’ll be honest, I had to laugh when Massa was screeming at Smedley for a new visor.. comedy gold!

    Yeah i think it was quite funny, he was just desperated about the visibility on the track, and Smedley just sayd to him very calmly “Felipe dear, keep cool” or something like that.

  6. Choltz said on 5th April 2009, 23:33

    Stefano must take some responsibility for allowing the team to show up at Malaysia thinking they were just going to be competitive. After the showing in round one, with their car going much slower than not only the ‘diffuser’ cars, but others as well, how could they think that a messy lap first time out could be competitive, their arrogance is amusing to say the least!

    I can’t see them improving this year, all the statements from the team seem to focus on the rear diffuser cars, saying the issue will be key to the championship. I think they are right, but they better watch what they wish for, as it may be more embarrassing for them at the end of the year when Red Bull are the constructor champs with their engine, and not Brawn GP!

    • The Sri Lankan Senna said on 6th April 2009, 4:21

      i hope this trend continues with Mclaren and ferrari. first of all, Mclaren have a nack for sweet talking other teams sponsors behind their back. they Lured some of Williams sponsors and now williams are beating mclaren left right and centre. those sponsors must feel stupid as hell. dont get me wrong, i like Mclaren as a new Zealander but i hate the people that run it. Bruce Mclaren would be turning in his grave if he had a glimpse of the state his team is in now with all the drama going around. the performance is a completely different matter, Both Mclaren and ferrari fought the championship battle to the last lap of the last last grand prix. its understandable that they are behind, but crying about the Diffusers in the Brawn, Toyota and the Williams is a a real desperate attempt and i hope it backfires on the accusors as well.

  7. Mig.Golf said on 6th April 2009, 0:29

    You guys are slamming McLaren all around – look at these sory excuses for a team… There time is over, it’s but the have fresh colors on the first places… I was geting seas sick with all that red into red color cars…

  8. Dane said on 6th April 2009, 5:49

    I would say that the ferrari is a better car than the mclaren this year, but there is only 1pt between them :)Im loving the fact all the little guys are up the top & all driving well

  9. Wilduck said on 6th April 2009, 9:48

    I miss Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn, Jean Todt, Rory Byrne! The Maestros!!!

  10. Derek said on 6th April 2009, 11:52

    If the double and triple diffusers are declared legal on the 14th April, and I think they will, it could hurt Red Bull and Toro Rosso more than the others. I believe they have a lower slung rear end due to pull rods rather than push rod suspension, and as a result may not be able to adapt their diffuser to get the same advantage.

  11. HounslowBusGarage said on 6th April 2009, 11:56

    According to The Times, it was Schumacher who made the disasterous decision concerning Kimi’s tyres.
    Curious that he should have that responsibility, isn’t it? Not the driver or the team manger, but the ‘team consultant’.

  12. HounslowBusGarage said on 6th April 2009, 12:10

    There’s an interesting interview with Stefano Domenicali over at Autosport (http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/74325)
    This is a quote of the first two questions

    Q. Could you clarify whether Kimi Raikkonen’s KERS had a problem in the race?

    Stefano Domenicali: Yes. After the flooded track, we had a potential problem on the insulation of the system. So because of safety reasons we decided not to continue racing.

    Q. So even if the race had restarted, Kimi would have been out?

    SD: Yes.

  13. PJA said on 6th April 2009, 13:19

    Ferrari should only have taken a gamble on tyres like that if they were low down in the running order with nothing to loose. Remember they got the tyre choice wrong at Silverstone last year when they kept Kimi on old wets instead of putting new ones on when he pitted.

    Despite a bad start to the season I wouldn’t be surprised if Ferrari are competing for both championships come the end of the season.

  14. This is Ferraris 1st real season without the dream team that was Brawn & Todt.
    Todt has gone completely from Ferrari now, and it will take time to build the team back up.
    Ferrari supporters shouldnt fret just yet, Massa had just as poor a start to last years season.

    The Ferrari looks to be harder on its tyres than any other car on the grid.
    Its about time they got rid of Kimi, his ‘when I feel like it’ attitude is rubbish.
    Racing is gonna be god this season!

  15. dmw said on 6th April 2009, 17:19

    Domenicali is the only team principal doing worse than Whitmarsh. Since Silverstone last year, that guy has been a total horrorshow. If its not tires its fuel choices or the stupid lighted lollipop. And the reliability has been horrible all the while The only good thing for them is that they seem to still have unity, wheras McLaren is flying apart without its strongman in charge.

    I’m not a Ferrari fan, but you don’t like to see a fight where the other guy is punching himself in the face. Now it looks like the car is crap too. Insulation problems with the batteries? Are they trying to turn their car into an electric chair? Add that to the broken suspension and other issues and you have a car that is unsafe at any speed, so to speak.

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