Ferrari miss out on top ten in qualifying

2012 Australian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Melbourne, 2012Both Ferrari drivers were eliminated before the top ten shoot-out in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso had set the fifth-fastest time when he spun at turn one. He put two wheels on the grass on the run towards the corner and spun backwards into the gravel.

Alonso was visibly frustrated at not being pushed out of the gravel by the marshals. The session was red-flagged while his Ferrari was recovered.

“He had managed to keep the engine on, waiting for the marshals who did nothing,” the team lamented on Twitter.

Alonso slipped to 12th by the end of the session. Felipe Massa ended the session 16th, a second slower than his team mate.

The Ferrari F2012 has proved problematic in testing and looked difficult to drive in Melbourne.

The drivers languished in 16th and 18th places in the final practice session. Massa had two spins in the three practice sessions leading up to qualifying.

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86 comments on Ferrari miss out on top ten in qualifying

  1. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 17th March 2012, 8:19

    The televisions stockists of Maranello will be rubbing their hands with glee

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 17th March 2012, 8:52

    I think Alonso has actually given the team as a whole a bit of breathing space here. Sure, questions will still be asked of the F2012 but at least for this weekend the car wasn’t so much at fault, it was Alonso.

    I’m not forgetting Massa, but it’s no surprise that he’s woefully behind his team-mate.

    Unfortunately for us we don’t know the true pace of the F2012 yet but fortunately for Ferrari they won’t have to explain the car too much.

    A disappointing start but let’s be optimistic. They have fresher tyres and can start on what they want tomorrow.

    • sid_prasher (@) said on 17th March 2012, 9:09

      @andrewtanner yes perhaps he could have been in the top 5 but with Massa ending where he did, they have no hope of winning the constructor’s title. The only good thing is that this is race 1.

  3. Ashley (@irishash) said on 17th March 2012, 9:30

    As a Ferrari fan, I really hope we can resolve the issues sooner rather than later. Lets hope it is a good season….looking forward to the first race tomorrow :-)

  4. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 17th March 2012, 9:41

    Alonso should not have lost his temper on the marshal…..Very bad

    • Shaun Robinson (@robinsonf1) said on 17th March 2012, 16:01

      During the heat of the moment i’m sure alot of people would have done the same. i.e. fighting with all your talent to keep an awful car on the track and then not getting the help you wanted fromt he marshall. BUT consider the marshals position, what if he pushes the car and something breaks off? who do you blame then? In my opinion he should give a public apology to the marshall but I can understand why he was frustraited

    • Dusty in California (@dusty-in-california) said on 17th March 2012, 18:20

      Alonso looked like Roger Federer out there. “Fernando, use the best of your tennis forehand, we know how big it is – use it.”

  5. Mattj99 said on 17th March 2012, 10:12

    I don’t know why anyone is surprised that Ferrari are crap. They were pretty rubbish for 20 years before the Todt/Brawn/Byrne/Schumacher era and since they left its been a downward spiral.

    In Fernando they’ve got a brilliant driver who will win the odd race or two, in the way Prost did but unless they can sign Adrian Newey its mid table mediocrity for them.

  6. And1star (@and1star) said on 17th March 2012, 10:14

    Alonso had some bad luck, but he felt out because of his own mistake, nothing more. He hit the grass at the corner and so he spun into the grind. I truly believe that Alonso surely would have made it to the top ten.
    Massa was a very big disappointement, being nowhere at the track and nowhere at the time tables as well. Hopefully for him, he’ll improve during the season, otherwise, I fear that his career with Ferrari will be over. He has never been the old Massa since his crash at Hungary (except in Germany and some other rare good races).

  7. curro said on 17th March 2012, 10:21

    pre-season tests: We are here to improve the car. We don´t need to prove anything until Melbourne
    Melbourne: It’s an unusual track. Weñll see where we are at the second GP
    Second GP: It’s the same car we had in Australia. at the first race in europe we’ll have a big evolution.
    1st race in Europe: The other teams have brought evolutions too, but we have more potential to improve.
    half season: Our rivals have taken a big advantage in the first half of season. Now we have to start to think in how to build a new car for the next season which allow us to fight since the first race.

    And come back to the begining of the post.

    • sid_prasher (@) said on 17th March 2012, 11:11

      Well said!

    • Dave (@davea86) said on 17th March 2012, 14:06

      That’s pretty funny and not far from the truth but to be fair what else can they say?

      It wouldn’t be much motivation if they said something like “Our employees aren’t very good at their jobs and have been beaten by their counterparts in other teams. They are working to fix this but we don’t think it will make much difference in the coming races as they are the same people who failed in the first place.” It’s the same as a football manager who blames the ref when the teams loses to deflect the media attention off the players.

    • lol Perfect

  8. Shaun Robinson (@robinsonf1) said on 17th March 2012, 15:56

    Never liked Ferrari’s way of doing things – backing one driver, team orders, throwing huge amounts of cash around. Mclaren however, letting drivers fight amongst eachother, becoming carbon neutral – you get a real sense that their philosophy is more than just to build a great car but to build a great future for their fans and formula 1 in general. I don’t know which smile was bigger, the one where niether ferrari qualified for Q3 or the smile from Mclaren’s 1+2.

  9. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 17th March 2012, 20:44

    The 2012 Ferrari is like Clifford – the big red dog.

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