Ferrari “expect change of gear right away” from Massa

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Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2012In the round-up: Ferrari say Felipe Massa needs to up his game in the next race at Monaco.

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Never give up, especially in Formula 1 (Ferrari)

“As for an analysis of the Scuderia?s performance and its two drivers, Fernando has always maintained a very high level (67 points and second place in 2010, 51 and fifth place last year) while Felipe?s drop off has made itself felt. The Brazilian had picked up 49 points two years ago and 24 the following year, while so far this season he has just 2. In Montmelo, Felipe was very unlucky, both in the race and in qualifying, but everyone, he more than anyone, is expecting a change of gear starting right away with the Monaco Grand Prix, his second home race, given that he lives just a few hundred metres from what, as from next Sunday, will be transformed into the paddock for the sixth round of the 2012 championship.”

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“[Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez] has declared today a public holiday in Venezuela in honour of Pastor’s victory.”

Maldonado’s triumph unites polarised Venezuela (Reuters)

“Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado’s remarkable first Formula One victory brought a rare moment of national unity to a homeland bitterly divided months before a presidential vote.”

In Spain I saw real heroes at work (The Sun)

Tom Webb (Caterham): “For a number of those who helped out this was not their first F1 fire. But for me, this was the first time I have been so close to something so potentially life threatening and I am humbled by the way the men and women of my sport responded.”

‘Fire crews in Spain were incompetent’ (The Telegraph)

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fearnley: “Incompetent would be a very polite way of saying what these people have done here today. There’s no training, no procedures. I went down to see how my man is, and I had to fight my way in. We need to look seriously at the training of people at the circuits. I’m not impressed at all.”

McLaren regrets qualifying decision (Autosport)

Martin Whitmarsh: “With hindsight I was wrong, but I don’t think I or very many people anticipated that, as a consequence, we would be starting from the back of the grid.”

Gary Anderson on Maldonado’s mature victory (BBC)

“We’ve seen the spotlight on different cars at different times. Is it conditions, is it track type, is it temperature, is it car characteristic, is it the driver? There are so many factors to weigh up and I’m sure these debates are going on up and down the pit lane.”

Taking a starring role in Spain (Sky)

“Almost unnoticed after the race, Michael Schumacher was given a five-place grid drop for the next race in Monaco, of all places. He misjudged Senna’s braking and rear ended him. That one was definitely down to Michael I’m afraid even though Bruno, on very worn tyres, was not exactly arrow straight into the braking zone.”

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More Spanish Grand Prix stats from Andrew81:

Maldonado became the fourth driver to lead his first lap in 2012, after Perez, di Resta and Grosjean. Only four seasons outside the 1950s have seen more drivers do this. We have had ten drivers from eight teams lead laps so far; while ten drivers isn?t rare (the record is fifteen, reached six times including 2008), only three seasons have seen more than eight teams lead, with ten in 1975 and nine in 2003 and 2008. The only established team not to have led a lap yet is Toro Rosso; the highest they have run is third (Vergne for one lap in Malaysia).

And fastest lap stats: five drivers from four teams is fairly average over a whole season, but it looks like they could go to anyone this year, so expect this number to end up among the highest. 2009 holds the joint record of ten different drivers in a season, but only in 1975 have as many as eight teams got the accolade. We?ve also had two drivers set their first fastest laps so far, but this is fairly common over a season.
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On this day in F1

Keke Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix today in 1983.

The world champion gambled on starting on slick tyres on a damp track and won with an extraordinary display of driving skill.

Championship contenders Nelson Piquet and Alain Prost were third and fourth.

Rosberg became the fifth different driver/team combination to win in the first five races of the year. This was the only time that had happened in F1 history until Maldonado’s win on Sunday.

Here’s the start of the race – look out for Rosberg grabbing second at the start from fifth on the grid. He took the lead at the start of lap two but the director missed it:

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140 comments on Ferrari “expect change of gear right away” from Massa

  1. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 15th May 2012, 7:38

    It’s probably about time Ferrari changed their stance with Massa, the situation is pretty ridiculous. We know Ferrari are a team willing to be vocal about number 1 and number 2 drivers so it’s no surprise they want Massa to sort it out, they’re not having to make any team orders at the moment. I’m sure Ferrari would love to have that luxury back as it allows for greater race strategy.

  2. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 15th May 2012, 8:15

    I do not expect Massa to change gear for Monaco. I do expect Ferrari to be gearing up for a driver change, though.

    • herowassenna said on 16th May 2012, 22:04

      To think that Ferrari built Massa a new chassis and got it out to Malaysia for him because he was having “problems” with his original car.
      C’mon guys Ferrari has tried everything, this is the last resort.

  3. Lothario said on 15th May 2012, 8:24

    Best pass in Spain was no doubt Hamilton on the two Toro Rossos! He calculated that move to perfection. He wins my vote for driver of the day as well, Maldonado second and Alonso third.

  4. MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 15th May 2012, 8:46

    Wasn’t their an investigation into the sponsorship of PDVSA for Maldonado? I remember there was something about it a few months ago? Does this mean everything is paid and done for now that Pastor won??

    Ferrari to Massa : Not only is Fernando faster than you, you are slower than Caterham sometimes. We need you to pick it up NOW !
    Although he did get set behind through a drive through or he might have finished in the points.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 15th May 2012, 9:41

      @mahavirshah

      Wasn’t their an investigation into the sponsorship of PDVSA for Maldonado? I remember there was something about it a few months ago?

      Under Venezuelan constitutional law, no public money can be paid without the approval of the Venezueland congress. As PDVSA is a publicly-owned company, congress needed to approve the payment to sponsor Williams. However, a congressman claimed that it had never been discussed, and that both Williams and PDVSA failed to present the contract between them when challenged.

      However, since nothing more has come of it, congress has evidently been satisified.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 15th May 2012, 11:11

        Or the matter just hasn’t reached the press lately PM. Its well possible that in the ramp up to the elections the matter would have come up again, although I doubt many will now be against that money having been payed as it brought the country their first F1 race winner (therefore, i doubt anyone will bring it up any time soon, as there’s no political advantage of doing so)!

        • MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 15th May 2012, 12:03

          @bascb Exactly what I thought as well. No one is going to complain how much money PDVSA put into Williams now that Pastor won. In fact they might even claim that all along they supported the decision by PDVSA as Pastor has a lot of talent, future WDC winner, etc etc… . Oh how fast things change in F1 :) !

  5. f1alex (@f1alex) said on 15th May 2012, 9:52

    It sounds harsh but the only gear I can see Massa changing in the near future is his Ferrari gear, for another team’s.

  6. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate) said on 15th May 2012, 10:28

    It does not seem necessary for Ferrari to decry Massa and his lack of pace. I am pretty sure Massa is well aware that 15th is not acceptable when your team-mate is generally placing in the top 5. Seems like Ferrari is preparing their fans/media for Massa’s release. As I said in previous posts, I think they will release him sooner than later. WCC for 2012 is probably already ruled out in Ferrari’s minds, so unless Massa does exceptionally well at Monaco, I think we’ll see a driver change very soon.

  7. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 15th May 2012, 11:08

    I would be very surprised if I see someone like Paul Di Resta replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari.

    Fernando Alonso is Ferrari’s son and it would give it’s son the ‘numero uno’ status (behind closed doors). He has a contract running till 2016 (at least for now). Which concludes that the driver that occupies the second seat wont have the privilege to fight for the driver’s title at least till 2016. In that scenario, though driving for Ferrari is a mouth-watering prospect, a driver like Paul Di Resta might be hesitant.

    On the other hand, Sergio Perez might be contractually bound (speculating), since he is a Ferrari protege and I believe that there would be some clause in the contract where he have to give Ferrari the preference.

    Regarding other drivers in the “short list”, most are out of drive currently in F1 so they won’t mind being no. 2 as long as they get to see the 5 red lights illuminate as drivers.

    • herowassenna said on 16th May 2012, 22:14

      Senna went to Mclaren for the 1988 season. Some media pundits reckoned the decision brave as Prost had destroyed drivers in the past and would do the same again.
      Senna proved conclusively that Prost wasn’t the fastest or the greatest, and Prost ended up leaving because there was no political machinations that would give him dominance again.

      Hamilton showed no signs of submitting to Alonso when they were together, and no doubt Alonso felt within himself that R.Dennis and Mclaren were siding favourably with Hamilton.

      Button felt no fear going to Mclaren in 2010 to prove so many people wrong when they sugested Hamilton would destroy him.
      My point is simple, no self respecting driver is scared of racing any other driver as long as everything is equal. Alonso has said he doesn’t care about number 1, just that he’s not number 2. People quote Kimi for that one, but it was actually Alonso in a F1 Racing magazine interview before the 2010 WDC started.
      Every one of them believes they are the best, everyone believes they can beat anyone else
      If Di Resta signed for Ferrari, forget the 2016 contract, he would do his utmost to qualify ahead of FA, lead him throughout and then be asked to move over.
      How long before Ferrari, or any team in fact, changed their focus?

  8. Andrew81 (@andrew81) said on 15th May 2012, 11:40

    First COTD :D thanks Keith!

  9. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 15th May 2012, 11:43

    I haven’t seen Sutil’s name on the short list for Ferrari, though he was in the Barcelona paddock, looking for a job, according to this autosport article: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/99621.

    I think Sutil would be the best choice for Ferrari. He’s quick (yet not quick enough to topple Alonso), he’s experienced, and he’s ready to get into the car today (and possibly out of it in case Ferrari want Perez for 2013), unlike any of the drivers that already have a seat. Also, he is a more proven driver than d’Ambrosio, in my opinion.

  10. Phil Carr (@atseridluap) said on 15th May 2012, 12:56

    Adrian Sutil’s attendance at the FI motor home in Barcelona has fuelled stories on the net. It’s been reported that Paul Di Resta is being lined up to replace Massa. Adrian will then return to the vacant slot @ Force India. Anyone got a better rumour than this??

  11. Akin Aslan (@hamfanatic) said on 15th May 2012, 13:06

    Ferrari i think his gears are too short and its his last one, he is already hiiting the rev limiter, you should get a new gearbox!!

  12. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 15th May 2012, 13:20

    There are plenty of drivers out there who would quite happily see out half a season driving for Ferrari. I do see the point people make about the possibility that a new person to the team is going to struggle to score points for them while they get used to a car which even Alonso says is a bit tricky to get the maximum out of, but since Massa himself is struggling to score points it’s hard to see how this would make any appreciable difference. Better to take a chance on someone who might just surprise you, than to stick with someone you know absolutely won’t.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 15th May 2012, 13:39

      @mazdachris It’s a fair point. Worst case scenario, they don’t score any points, which is really no different to now. It will at least allow them time to evaluate which ever driver they pick and then make an early, focussed effort on next year. Heck, they could even use the second car to test a few bits out come the end of the season. At the moment they have very little lost.

      • MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 15th May 2012, 14:20

        Exactly; at this point Ferrari really don’t have anything to lose by switching their driver. The only real reason for staying with Massa for now is that it might be costly to get him out of the seat for potentially little gain over the rest of the season, when they could otherwise just wait until the end of the season when he’s out of contract. Personally I think Perez is probably the most likely driver to sit in that Ferrari next year, but there are probably other drivers I’d have higher on my list who might be on the lookout for another drive next year. Hamilton being one of them..

  13. Red D said on 15th May 2012, 16:30

    I remember watching something where they said Massa’s problem is that he’s reverting to the way he drove very early in his career. When he got to ferrari he settled down and became a very good driver, but before that he wasn’t very good because he was trying to over-drive the car (too much wheel movement, etc). Now that Alonso is destroying him he’s trying to over-drive again and we essentially have 2003-2005 Felipe Massa driving that car more than anything else.

    I’ve always liked Felipe, so I’m hoping that maybe Ferrari do a switch with Sauber, Massa for Perez. I know Peter Sauber was always fond of him so he’d be likely to give him a shot. Who knows, he might start driving well again

    • herowassenna said on 16th May 2012, 22:16

      I wonder if the lack of testing is hurting Massa as much as Schumacher.
      He improved when he became a Ferrari test driver and he has slowly slid backwards ever since the testing ban came in

  14. Dizzy said on 15th May 2012, 16:47

    Havn’t seen anyone mention the fact that mark webber was somewhat critical of the tyres post race on the bbc.

    cant remember his exact words but it was something like the fact that not been able to push because of tyre saving isn’t fun & that the tyres are so knife edge that getting stuck in traffic for 5 laps destroys them.

  15. maxthecat said on 15th May 2012, 23:37

    I can’t believe it would happen but i’m getting more and more of a feeling that Lewis Hamilton will be at Ferrari next year.

    Reasons, apart from the obvious there is Lewis praising Alonso, saying how great it was to be in the press conference with his old team-mate, second Stefano Domenicali went out of his way to praise how well Lewis did to come from 24th to 8th even to the point of ignoring the question asked to make the statement.

    Lewis and Alonso wouldn’t work, we know that from 2007 but still something tells me it may happen.

    • herowassenna said on 16th May 2012, 22:18

      Didn’t work with Ron running Mclaren’s Lewis Appreciation Society, but equal members of a team, they’d have a ball

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