Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Jerez, 2012

Massa: Trouble-free test “essential” for Ferrari

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Jerez, 2012
Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Jerez, 2012

In the round-up: Felipe Massa says Ferrari need to put lots of mileage on their 2012 car in next week’s test having not done as much as their rivals in Jerez.

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Two days in the simulator for Massa (Ferrari)

“There?s a lot of work to do to fine tune the F2012 but, as both Fernando and I said last week, I think this car has plenty of potential. It will be important to do a lot of kilometres next week, because we have many ideas we want to try out and it?s essential we don?t have any problems.”

Hard times in Maranello? (Joe Saward)

Ferrari was able to report that it has increased its sales from 6,573 in 2010 to 7,195 in 2011, an increase of more than nine percent. This included a mammoth leap in the Greater China market of 62 percent, jumping from 478 sales in 2010 to 777 in 2011.”

Ricciardo: Red Bull no extra pressure (Autosport)

“I feel pressure to deliver yes, but it’s not only pressure from Red Bull, it’s pressure from myself. And not only this year, but since I joined with Red Bull four or five years ago.”

Bernie Ecclestone unchanged on Bahrain stance (The National)

“‘The FIA, like many in the diplomatic community in the kingdom, the main political opposition ?? believes the staging of a Grand Prix would be beneficial in bridging some of the difficulties Bahrain is experiencing,’ a spokesman for the FIA said on Wednesday. ‘The FIA is not in a position to influence political matters in a sovereign country such as Bahrain and we can only wish for a long-term peaceful solution.'”

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Comment of the day

Jarno Trulli, Flavio Briatore, Renault, Suzuka, 2002
"Flavio look, I'm Spiderman!"
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Among the best were those from Bradandcoffee, Legnig, Mach 1, Failbane, Ecion and Robk23.

But my favourite gets to grace the caption (right) and that was the one submitted by Renner. Congratulations!

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On this day in F1

A revealing quote from Michael Schumacher on the subject of retirement, which he gave on this day in 2002:

“As long as I can compete with them, that’s fine. But once I find out that I’m too slow then I will have to start thinking.”

Image ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo