Ferrari: Montezemolo demands reaction after poor result

2011 Chinese GP team review

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says “this cannot and must not be the team?s level” after his cars finish sixth and seventh.

Fernando Alonso Felipe Massa
Qualifying position 5 6
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’35.119 (-0.026) 1’35.145
Race position 7 6
Laps 56/56 56/56
Pit stops 2 2

Ferrari drivers’ lap times throughout the race:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
Fernando Alonso 110.079 105.202 104.834 104.609 104.69 104.419 104.043 104.618 104.851 104.731 104.99 105.311 104.839 105.027 105.735 109.177 123.366 103.842 103.434 103.387 103.263 103.352 104.136 103.778 103.775 103.339 103.223 104.565 104.641 104.664 104.014 108.052 119.78 102.666 102.333 102.327 102.346 102.427 102.549 102.297 102.07 102.401 102.439 102.612 103.251 102.436 102.566 102.352 102.946 102.723 102.445 102.454 102.093 102.397 102.389 102.563
Felipe Massa 109.483 104.984 104.918 104.519 104.68 104.165 104.234 104.374 104.518 105.407 105.294 105.139 104.295 105.242 109.381 122.048 103.009 103.089 103.046 102.873 102.647 102.842 102.688 103.035 103.222 102.721 102.698 103.274 102.885 103.273 103.309 103.203 107.164 119.995 101.764 101.84 102.057 102.102 101.678 102.419 102.026 101.867 101.941 102.774 103.616 102.248 101.911 101.788 102.911 104.321 104.047 103.05 103.107 103.009 102.867 103.069

Fernando Alonso

A pair of hydraulic leaks cost Alonso time in second practice. The, after the team had spent the first session doing more aerodynamic tests and running a new front wing and brake ducts.

They decided against using them in the race. Alonso said: “It’s still too early to use them in a race: we hope to make a significant step forward in Turkey.”

He out-qualified Massa for the third time in 2011 – and Massa kept up his record of passing Alonso at the start.

Ferrari put both their drivers on two-stop strategies. But even though Alonso stayed out long enough to inherit the lead for two laps, when he came back out following his pit stop he was seventh, behind Michael Schumacher.

The ensuing battle with Schumacher, which Alonso eventually won, cost the Ferrari driver as Pat Fry admitted afterwards: “Fernando was battling with Schumacher for at least eight laps and his tyres suffered because of that, to such an extent that he was unable to push as hard as he wanted once he had a clear track ahead of him.”

Alonso was demoted to seventh by Mark Webber towards the end of the race and spent the final laps fending off Schumacher.

Fernando Alonso 2011 form guide

Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2011

Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2011

Felipe Massa

Massa continues to show improved form, finishing the race almost 15 seconds in front of the team mate who gave him such a hammering last year.

However he wasn’t happy with his race strategy, as a team statement showed afterwards: “In the heat of the moment, Felipe was not completely convinced about the choice made together with the pit wall.

“It?s easy to understand the frustration of the Brazilian driver who fought alongside McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes for most of the race and was still in third place eight laps from the end, only to see himself overtaken by three cars in the final moments.

“By yesterday evening, having further analysed the detail of the situation, even Felipe agreed how, for Ferrari, the difference between the two strategies would not have been huge in terms of finishing positions.”

The same statement hinted at the reasons for Ferrari’s problems: “This year?s Formula 1 is much more unpredictable, you just have to think about the different performance of the same type of tyres on two identical cars or between one race and another.”

Massa ran second after passing Lewis Hamilton early on, but the McLaren driver came back past him on lap 43.

After that Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber all made their way past the Ferrari on consecutive laps.

Ferrari have not had a car on the podium for the last four races, which last happened at the end of 2009.

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69 comments on Ferrari: Montezemolo demands reaction after poor result

  1. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 19th April 2011, 11:53

    It is the team’s level and nothing says it has to be any higher.

    Two teams are doing a better job than you and another two are consistently knocking on your door.

    I can well see a repeat of 1990-1991, when Prost almost took them to the title and then next year they were nowhere. And now Alonso has no teams left to move to if the slump continues even further.

    With no Byrne to come up with innovative designs or Brawn to come up with good reactive strategies, this might be the shape of Ferrari’s future for the next few years. If this year is a failure I see Stefano for the chop.

  2. the edge said on 19th April 2011, 17:44

    its very rare for me to make negative comments as I believe we are all only a few wrong decisions away from rock bottom at any given time, and in finding yourself in such a position I would hope others around you would be supportive…not looking down on you with contempt

    that said…

    Ferrari deserve all their getting at the moment and lots lots more…why…for the same reason that I started with

    They are without doubt the most arrogant, rude and self righteous bunch of SOB’s I ever had the miss-fortune of hearing about!

    montze-what’s-his-faces’ most recent outburst just about say’s its all, dosn’t it?

    “This cannot and must not be the team’s level,” said di Montezemolo on Ferrari’s website. “It’s a very delicate moment.

    “I expect our engineers to act with determination and know-how, unleashing the maximum of their capacity to improve the performance of the car in a short time.

    “I want Ferrari to be at the level that both we and our fans demand it should be.”

    …seriously…like they aren’t doing that already?…maybe what he means gets lost in translation some how…

    but seriously…who the **** would want to work for a *****like him?

    perhaps Ferrari should go on a people/leadership skills course before they pour millions into re-developing their car, that way their staff might just want to do a good job and not be so scared of failure that they actually produce.

    I for one am sick of Ferrari thinking their better than others and I’m actually glade their feeling the heat a little, wait till the MP4-12c hits the streets, then lets see how much they squirm when they realise they have a lot of work to do off the track as well as on it

    once upon a time in a galaxy far far away I used to be a Ferrari fan, but seriously, who would want to support them now? not because they have a rubbish car, I am sure they will bounce back eventually…but purely because the entire team (massa excluded) has a serious attitude and personality diss-function!

    • Wobblebottom said on 19th April 2011, 23:57

      That’s a shame dude, cause I’m a Ferrari fan for precisely the reasons you just stated. They are the best, they should think they’re the best and they should think of themselves as above everyone else.

      Their current form is embarrassing for them as a team and for us fans. It’s one thing being 1st or 2nd, though 1st is better. But 4th or maybe even 5th is unacceptable for Ferrari and I agree with Montezemolo.

  3. renzo said on 19th April 2011, 17:48

    my suggestions for Ferrari are:
    1) go to the folder where the project of the 150th Italia is
    2) select all files and press the delete button
    3) empty the bin (or destroy any single trace of F60 F10 and F150th italia)
    4) take a blank sheet and develop a completely new car

  4. Marauder said on 19th April 2011, 21:48

    Everything about Aloneso (pun intended :p) tells me he is not a happy bunny this year, as yet.
    Only time will tell … I’m going to leave it until at least after Barcelona; then I’ll compare all the teams’ performance during the winter testing done at Barcelona, and then compare that data to the results, in order to guage where they are all at (just my 2 euros worth :P)

  5. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 19th April 2011, 23:46

    I’m still waiting for the reaction from the Horse’s Big Fat Mouth :-D :-D

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