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.”

Peter Windsor via Twitter

“[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. alfz said on 16th May 2012, 6:13

    So, Satander is not worried about Brazil. Bye bye Massa. Hello Perez and his Mexican connection.
    For a team that claims to build road cars just to race – sponsors do play a major role in racing related decisions….

  2. alfz said on 16th May 2012, 6:14

    So, Satander is not worried about Brazil. Bye bye Massa. Hello Perez and his Mexican connection.
    For a team that claims to build road cars just to race – sponsors do play a major role in racing related decisions….
    Watch out how Massa’s ‘motivation’ suddenly comes to media attention after 3 years of sucking…

  3. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 16th May 2012, 8:43

    Expect that ‘change of gear’ to be reverse!

  4. themagicofspeed (@) said on 16th May 2012, 10:59

    Massa has had enough chances to get better results, since Alonso can regularly drag a underperforming car to the upper end of the points, and even take a win in difficult conditions in the wet in a Ferrari he described as being “like driving on a pin head”. Yes, after his accident Massa was not the same as before and he is without doubt not on the same level as Alonso, but to be worthy of a place in a top team, let alone Ferrari, his results are just not good enough. He is getting worse, but the team would be extremely foolish to replace him mid-season. Rather, spend the time politely looking away and finding the best possible replacement for 2013. My ideal and semi-realistic candidate would be Kubica but i dont think he’s going to be the same after the severity of his injuries and the amount of time he’s been away. I heard they were after Button but he has signed for McLaren once again. Hamilton will not be welcome at Ferrari as long as Alonso is there, and rumour has it LdM dislikes him. So, maybe (speculatively):


    • sagar atgamkar (@) said on 16th May 2012, 14:11

      well, kubica is one word “talent” but i wonder if he’ll be able to get the form back right away. its the most prestigious seat in F1 we are talking about here.

  5. sagar atgamkar (@) said on 16th May 2012, 14:08

    hows is ADRIAN SUTIL to replace FM at ferrari?

  6. Nickpkr said on 17th May 2012, 7:42

    Ferrari already knows what is like to change driver mid season, not great, actually has it ever work for anyone ?
    They just trying something else I’m glad Massa it was pathetic the you suck but we love you stand.
    For me Webber is the best driver to replace Massa and to help build the car, the new guys are not ready for a Ferrari seat and today rules make them big in small teams, country heroes and some are even saying title contenders.
    My guess is half season will get that pecking order straight.

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