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. Raceaddict said on 6th April 2009, 22:49

    Wait for the arc of the season to reveal itself. By the time the British GP comes around the depths of the organizations will have had a chance to show themselves. I wouldn’t count anybody out just yet.

  2. enjoying ferrari being point-less..woohoo..

  3. Jay Menon said on 7th April 2009, 2:20

    Stefano Domeniciali needs to get a hod of his pit wall, they seem to be all over the place. We never saw this when Ross Brawn and Jean Todt were in charge, the always seemed so sure of themselves. In my opinion, Stefano and Co lost Massa the tittle last season, the team let him down, at least they should owe to him this season, doesn’t seem like its going that way.

    I guess their relative poor will continue until there is a shake up in Ferrari, maybe Stefano is not the right person for the job? I sincerely think he’s been dropped into the deep end and is strugling to cope!

    As for Mclaren, I’m happy that their struggling as well. As unsporting as it may seem, I hate them as much as I hate Arsenal football club. Too arrogant, full of themselves, they believe its their God given right to win, which is why I hate their drivers too, they become a part of their culture. I’ve only supported Montoya and Alonso when they were there, they obviously didn’t enjoy their stints either.

  4. I posted a history, and current views on Ferrari’s recent form in my blog (www.f1nerd.net)

    I don’t think this season is going to be as lack lustre for Ferrari as the first two races have been, but they definitely need to put some work in back at the factory.

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