Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Melbourne, 2012

Ferrari miss out on top ten in qualifying

2012 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. 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).

  2. 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.

    1. sid_prasher (@)
      17th March 2012, 11:11

      Well said!

    2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. Yes Mclaren are perfect aren’t they?? Not as if they told Kovaleninen to move over for Hamilton in silverstone 2008 or got involved in a scandal in 2007 or told their driver to lie in Melbourne 2009.

      1. @realracer

        told Kovaleninen to move over for Hamilton in silverstone 2008

        I’d be interested to see your proof of that – I’m not sure I’ve seen anything to indicate it was a team order.

        1. Proof? Kovalainen didn’t really defend his position he just sort of let him through, watch a replay.

          1. @realracer That’s not proof, that’s supposition.

      2. Just note @realracer, that the most recent of those examples is 3 years ago now. Surely even if it would have been common practice for McLaren to act like that then (I am far from convinced), that’s a lot of water under the bridge since then.

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

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