No points in Britain (Ferrari race review)

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Silverstone 2010

A first-lap collision between their drivers and an avoidable penalty were just part of the reason why Ferrari failed to score in Silverstone. It took another dose of poor luck to turn a bad day into a disaster.

A wasted race leaves them in danger of falling out of touch with the championship leaders.

Felipe Massa Fernando Alonso
Qualifying position 7 3
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’31.172 (+0.746) 1’30.426
Race position 15 14
Average race lap 1’38.956 (+0.098) 1’38.857
Laps 52/52 52/52
Pit stops 2 3

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Felipe Massa

After the race Massa was cursing his luck:

I don?t know what to do, but I have to find some way of getting rid of the bad luck that is following me around! In the last few races, everything has happened to me.

Today my race was soon over, when I touched with Fernando and got a puncture which dropped me to the back of the pack.
Felipe Massa

But there were plenty of reasons why he should have been blaming himself. He was almost three-quarters of a second slower than his team mate in qualifying.

At the start, an over-optimistic lunge on his team mate could have put them both out. Massa was perhaps fortunate that the damage was limited to his own car rather than incurring the wrath of his team for taking out his team mate.

He pitted with a puncture at the end of lap one, leaving him almost last. Massa quickly dispensed with the drivers from the new teams but spent several laps stuck behind Sebastien Buemi. He finally passed the Toro Rosso after the restart.

Sebastian Vettel then came by him with little difficulty at Club, after which Massa’s progress halted.

On lap 39 he spun at the exit of Woodcote, which was either the cause or consequence of a puncture. He pitted again and went on to finish 15th, out of the points for the third race in a row.

Compare Felipe Massa’s form against his team mate in 2010

Fernando Alonso

Qualified third but fell to fifth having made a slow start, saying afterwards “we had some problems with the clutch”.

He ran in close company with Robert Kubica and Nico Rosberg and pitted early in an effort to get ahead of them. It didn’t work, and he found himself stuck behind Kubica.

The subsequent incident which led to him getting a drive-through penalty has been covered in detail in an earlier article. Suffice to say the penalty would have been avoided had Alonso simply let Kubica past.

Alonso got ahead of Sebastien Buemi after the restart and then began a lengthy tussle with Vitantonio Liuzzi. At one point he dived down the inside of the Force India at Village, only to run wide and lose the position.

He finally got ahead with three laps to go – but the pair made contact while side-by-side and Alonso suffered a puncture, ending any chance of a finish in the points.

Compare Fernando Alonso’s form against his team mate in 2010

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45 comments on No points in Britain (Ferrari race review)

  1. SoLiDG (@solidg) said on 12th July 2010, 0:33

    I hope we can see a weekend without problems as they looked pretty strong.
    I felt sorry for Alonso when he got his penalty, but a clever guy like him must have taken the safe route and let Kubica past immediatly. The risk was too high not to let him past.

  2. Icthyes said on 12th July 2010, 0:44

    Alonso only really has himself to blame. It was too much of a risk to not give the place back – when have the stewards ever accepted “he pushed me off” as a reason for gaining an advantage?

    The irony here is that after the Spa 2008 incident, Alonso said that Hamilton should have let Raikkonen back through and waited another lap to overtake. What’s good for the goose…

    • David BR said on 13th July 2010, 20:58

      Curious development: seems Whiting told Ferrari three times that Alonso should give the place back, including immediately after the incident ( http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/85258 ) and that failure to do so would involve the stewards. But…

      “Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said the team did not ask Alonso to let Kubica through because it did not feel the Spaniard has gained an advantage.”

      Daft or what?

  3. David BR said on 12th July 2010, 1:00

    This was terrible for Ferrari – the second best car at the track and nothing to show for it. Worse is, nobody’s surprised anymore.

    • newdecade said on 12th July 2010, 1:50

      Indeed. Are ferrari in danger of regressing to their 80s and 90s form of anonymity, until a new set of brawns/todts/byrnes/schumachers arrives to stop the rot again?

  4. JamesC1991 said on 12th July 2010, 1:03

    There’s an Alonso rant coming very soon I feel
    quite rightly a peanlty,he cut the corner and didn’t let Robert back through so justice was done
    Massa is just a pretty average driver now

  5. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 12th July 2010, 1:08

    Liuzzi’s move was poor…

    but Nando’s race was already over so…

  6. Eric said on 12th July 2010, 2:06

    i sometimes think that cutting the curb is a fine line between crashing and not, when you look at it there was no room for Alonso to stay on track.
    i realize it was set in concrete when Lewis made the pass on Kimi, which i still believe he had no where to go either.

    so what happens if Alonso holds his line stays on track and Kubica crashes into him? who is to blame then?

    im not a Alonso fan but thought he was in front and could have taken the corner if Kubica had given him the room to do so.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th July 2010, 7:23

      The mistake was not going over the curbs, cutting the corner. Alonso should have let Kubica past again, waited a couple of corners and get past again (or wait another 3 laps to see Kubica fall out, but he couldn’t know that up front).

      • Freebird said on 14th July 2010, 21:00

        The mistake was getting rid of Kimi for Alonso. If he hadn’t had such a bad start he and Massa would never have made contact and if he would have just let Robert past Ferrari could have had both drivers in the points. Morons.

  7. Enigma (@enigma) said on 12th July 2010, 2:33

    I don’t understand why Alonso pitted immediately after the safety car came in. He should have waited 3 laps; by then he’d get some advantage and would not have lost so many places.

    • David A said on 12th July 2010, 3:11

      Indeed, the field would have spread, like it did when Mclaren had to deal with a penalty 2 weeks ago.

    • PT (@pt) said on 12th July 2010, 7:07

      Yeah, why didn’t he do that? Are Ferrari now really poor on wise strategies?

      • PT (@pt) said on 12th July 2010, 7:17

        On second thought, Alonso got the drive-through on Lap 28, the Safety Car came out on Lap 29 and went back in at the end of Lap 30, and Alonso came in at Lap 31. So the penalty was served on the 3rd lap since its isuue. Correct me if I’m wrong.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th July 2010, 7:25

          The SC laps don’t count towards that the 3 laps to serve it. I think Alonso should have got into the pits immediately (he had a chance just at the end of that lap 28). Then he would have had a good chance of battling back from the restart, probably fighting for 7-10th place.

          • PT (@pt) said on 12th July 2010, 7:32

            Ok, if the SC laps don’t count towards the 3 lap bracket, Ferrari could have either brought in Alonso at the end of Lap 28 or waited for the field to spread after the SC period.

            If that’s the case, very poor strategy from a team that’s been around for 60 years in F1.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 12th July 2010, 8:09

      They was the field was bunched up after the safety car there was no point delaying it.

      • Ral said on 12th July 2010, 10:17

        I had the same thought as PT though, I thought it was quite indecisive of Ferrari not to pull him in at the end of lap 28. If I remember correctly, there was indication that the SC was going to come out, but to announcement had been made yet when Alonso came past the pit lane entry. If they’d pulled him in then, it would have worked out a lot better for him.

        Can you confirm where Alonso was on the track when the SC announcement was made? It was hard to tell with the delay on the radio communication to Alonso from the pitwall on TV.

      • Obbo said on 12th July 2010, 13:49

        Keith, I read a comment on some forum to the effect that the Ferrari garage actually told Alonso to give the place back (while he still could) but he refused to do so. Can’t find the post again to query the source! Do you know if this is true?

        • nelly said on 13th July 2010, 21:05

          I thought it was that the stewards immediately told Ferrari to tell Alonso to hand the place back? But the team didn’t for whatever reason (i.e probably discussing with stewards since they thought it wasn’t illegal like we knew of).
          Either way it makes it worse.

  8. Best moment of the race for me was Massa spinning because he was obviously under pressure as Alonso was coming up fast behind and would easily pass him.

    Even after getting a puncture, to add to his drive through penalty, Alonso finished the race ahead of Massa.

    When are Ferrari going to wake up and dump Massa?

    • PT (@pt) said on 12th July 2010, 15:54

      It’s not just Massa they need to dump. Perhaps Alonso too, if he keeps committing mistakes and displays a hot-headed attituide on top of that.

      • Rodrigo said on 12th July 2010, 18:14

        Ferrari has got 2 of the best drivers in the field now, they need to dump Stefano Domenicali he clearly doesnt have what it takes, Felipe already lost a championship because of hes poor strategy decisions and it hasnt been different this year with Alonso. They should put Flavio Briatore in his place

    • David A said on 12th July 2010, 17:41

      The spin may well have been caused by a second puncture.

    • Steph90 (@steph90) said on 12th July 2010, 20:34

      “obviously under pressure as Alonso was coming up fast behind and would easily pass him.”

      Yeah, because Alonso’s never been stuck behind Massa before.

      • johnny said on 15th July 2010, 10:16

        hahaha good point lol, Felipe is clearly suffring from tire heating problems witch is undergoing his performance, once that’s done he is seriously going to kick some ass lol as Schumacher said he is a powerful driver. i say just wait he still might fight 4 d title this year. However if his driving stile is not serving 4 heating d tire maybe it’s time 2 work out on a different stile if he still wants 2 fight 4 the title this year.

  9. Dev said on 12th July 2010, 4:39

    Ferrari clearly need new drivers!!

    • Charles Carroll said on 12th July 2010, 4:51

      Perhaps after this weekend, Sebastian Vettel and Kamui Kobayashi.

      Wouldn’t that be something?

      • Dev said on 12th July 2010, 5:01

        Kubica & Kamui… would be my pick…

        • Charles Carroll said on 12th July 2010, 5:07

          That would be pretty interesting as well!

          But on the whole, Fernando is very talented, and Massa was not a slouch prior to his injury, so I understand why they thought this line up would be so successful. They still can be, but things are looking dismal right now.

          • Dev said on 12th July 2010, 5:18

            normally ferrari would tell their drivers what to say/do… but it seems post santander deal alonso pretty much owns the team… he has made too many stupid things on track this season… he is very talented, but he has got too much stuff going in his head..

    • Cyclops said on 12th July 2010, 9:40

      Actually what Ferrari needs is completely new organization of the team and some decent staff members. Same “average driver” Massa was fighting for WDC not so long ago, same goes for Alonso in McLaren. It’s not about the drivers, it’s the team.

  10. marco said on 12th July 2010, 8:34

    After the crash last year Massa isn’t the same. We want Robert Kubica! Marco from Modena

  11. Todfod said on 12th July 2010, 9:09

    To say that I am disappointed in Fernando’s performance is an understatement. I think he hasn’t lost much of his ability to driver a car, but instead, has lost all the mental toughness and composure that made him a two time WDC.

    Ferrari dont need to focus all their efforts on developing the car, but they should invest some resources in getting the best shrink money can buy. Fernando has way too much going on in his head, and that has been responsible for some of his performances so far. A shrink would definitely help him much more than some aerodynamic downforce.

  12. Antifia said on 12th July 2010, 10:33

    What was over-optimistic about his pass over Alonso? The Spanish went wide, Massa made a perfet move on the inside and Alonso threw his car on Massa’s. Or perhaps trying to overtake Alonso is always over-optimistic because he will make sure it will come to grief.

    • Horacio said on 12th July 2010, 12:07

      I agree 100%. Massa certainly doesn’t look the same pilot than in the first half of 2009, but Alonso’s season is ridiculous.

  13. DGR-F1 said on 12th July 2010, 12:21

    I think we are seeing a team where the drivers personalities are being allowed to take over from any real sense of strategy or direction from the rest of the team.
    Why is Alonso being allowed to get so angry during the race? Everyone can see that onc he’s upset, he loses any racecraft he has (and he has a lot!). Once he said ‘no more radio’, that was the end of his race.
    Massa on the other hand needs to stop sulking and show what he can do, as again, we have seen moments of brilliance from him in the past, but nobody has made him put all together in this season yet.
    I don’t think its necessarily new drivers that Ferrari need, but better control of them and a firm direction to go in.
    **Actually, I think I predicted this at the start of the season….. :-)**

  14. Charles Carroll said on 12th July 2010, 14:18

    The more I read about Luca di Montezemolo, particularly his tirades against the new teams and the current rules, the more I believe he and the other management staff are the root of their problems.

    Let us be frank. Ferrari has the resources to be better than McLaren and Red Bull combined. They have the drivers to win titles consistently. I believe their front office is what is lacking.

  15. Lopes said on 12th July 2010, 16:32

    Hi Keith,

    First of all, let me congratulate you on your excellent work. I just love your website, and keep reading it daily for great news coverage and articles.

    However, let me disagree on your take on Massa. He passed Alonso on Becketts, even though Alonso didn’t leave him enough room. Alonso then hit him again from behind at Stowe, and that’s when his tire was punctured(according to his interview).

    I feel that too often he gets unfavourable remarks, and in my opinion, it’s unjustifyable. In China, for example, Alonso “elbowed” him for position but in Silverstone, Massa’s move was over-optimistic. This is just one example, there are a few others. For some reason he’s always to blame whenever there’s contact with another driver. I personally don’t agree.

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