Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2009

Patrese says Ferrari should hire an Italian

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2009

In the round-up: Riccardo Patrese suggests Ferrari should replace Felipe Massa with a young Italian driver.


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“Maybe Ferrari, if they wanted, could have an Italian driver as the second driver in the team particularly as [Felipe] Massa hasn?t looked particularly good in the last couple of seasons. They could take a small risk to take a young Italian driver but this hasn?t happened since the time of Michele Alboreto.”

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Comment of the day

Vjanik on why F1 needs greater variety in track design:

F1 teams build the fastest cars for the tracks that they race on. top speed is just not as important on F1 circuits as cornering speed (in terms of lap time gain) so logically team spend more time and resources on downforce. But if you took the F1 teams and gave them an oval calendar you would see how fast they can go in a straight line. remember these are prototypes that are tailored to their environment. change that, and the cars will change too.

If you took Formula 1 rules and applied them to the oval, you would get much faster lap times than by using the IndyCar rules. Thats what makes F1 the highest form of motorsport.

Don’t forget that the easiest part of the track for an F1 driver is the straight. Thats where they take a break from the g-forces, talk to their enegeneers, etc. Its also where they achieve the top speed, but if that speed was 20 or 30kph faster it wouldnt change much. they wouldnt probably even notice.

But if you can go through Eau Rouge 10kph faster, trust me, you notice. And thats where true skill and car development is. Not on the straights.

I think we should have more variability of tracks on the calendar. Not necessarily ovals, but more tracks like Monza or the old Hockenheim, so that aero is not always king.

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79 comments on “Patrese says Ferrari should hire an Italian”

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  1. I am going to be boring and agree with the majority. No one can fault Patrese for being patriotic, but Ferrari can only hire who they believe to be the best drivers for there team. When one looks at Mercedes its a German team with two German drivers, McLaren a British team with two British drivers. However, out of those four men three of them are former world champions and thats the difference. Being from the same country is nice but its strength in depth and quality that decides who goes where, as in the best footballers always end up at the biggest clubs and the best drivers always wind up at the best F1 teams.
    For me though, I have sympathy for Massa. Too many of us are quick to forget the events of Hockenheim 2010, when Felipe, still getting back to form from a near fatal crash the year before, was ordered to allow his team mate to pass him in order to win a grands prix. Personally, I don’t think Massa has either forgotten or recovered from this event from the very team he almost won the title with in 2008.
    Could you imagine the stink you would get if McLaren ordered Hamilton to give up a win to Button or vice versa, I doubt they would do it and rightly so. I am not belittling Felipe, he’s a good guy and has alot of heart, but Ferrari screwed him over in Germany and thats all there is to it.
    If I were a driver with prospects of driving for Ferrari, one of my questions would be if the team would put me in that position? They all do it, but Ferrari at the moment has the distinct impression of being Fernando Alonso’s team and I imagine that has not gone unnoticed by the other drivers.
    If the Italians do decide to dump Massa, and it is a real possibility, they have to go with youth. I would personally put Sergio Perez in the car alongside Alonso and have done with it, mixing both youth with experience. Lets also remember the possibility that Fernando almost certainly has a vocal opinion on who his team mate should or should not be also, but Patrese is really living in la la land if he thinks there is an Italian driver of F1 standard out there at the moment.

    1. I don’t believe Patrese is living in la la land. His statement had as much to do with Massa’s poor performance than anything else. What he’s really saying is that you could put a young Italian driver in the second Ferrari and he’s unlikely to do any worse than Massa did in season 2011.

      I would have to agree with him as I believe Mirko Bortolotti and Edouardo Mortara would have done a better job than Massa did last year. Granted he wasn’t driving a World Championship car but to not finish a race any higher than fifth place while his teammate was on the podium more often than not is very poor.

      If Massa was performing, Patrese wouldn’t have said anything.

  2. Riccardo Patrese’s answers to fans’ queries – Fantastic read!!!

  3. I think would be nice to have one calender in F1 to do in oval track. Interesting to see the F1 cars rolling lap by lap at top speed

  4. As a response to what someone said about Patrese crashing out in Imola ’83, I think the reason why Italians haven’t made an impact in F1 for the past few years is that they are under to much pressure to perform in order for Ferrari to notice them, and maybe that pressure is too easily recieved. If Ferrari don’t notice them, their motivation levels plummit.

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