Ferrari refute Marko’s ride-height accusation

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2012In the round-up: Ferrari deny claims by Red Bull’s Helmut Marko that they have been running a manually-adjustable ride-height system.


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Ferrari denies ride-height system claims (Autosport)

“Ferrari has strongly refuted claims from rivals Red Bull that it has been running a manually-adjusted ride-height system in Formula 1 – on the back of the latest technical controversy that erupted at the Hungarian Grand Prix.”

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko claimed Ferrari had a tool-free ride-height adjustment system in this interview with Auto Motor und Sport (in German).

Just three engine brands in 2014? (ESPN)

Mercedes motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug: “I assume and think and am pretty sure that we will have three and no more than three. But with three I think we can get the job done.”

Interview (Sauber)

Sergio Perez: “We need to be more efficient and I want to contribute to that. It is not that our performance was not consistent, but we didn?t always get the things right and also we have been unlucky sometimes. We have to get everything together and make the most out of what we have. The car is quick and for me my first victory would be a dream come true.”

The Good, the Bad and the Pride – Half Term Report with James Allison (Lotus)

“The worst moment by far was when the chassis broke on the first day of the first Barcelona test with Romain [Grosjean]. For about twelve hours I was not even certain that we would be able to get the car fixed by the first race. Missing the first test was bad enough, but not making the first race would have been an absolutely desperate situation for us. It was only once we had understood the failure and figured out how to fix it that the world started to return to normal.”

Q&A with Pedro de la Rosa (HRT)

“[Team principal] Luis [Perez-Sala] is one of the main reasons I?m at the team. I?ve always held him in the highest regard and I have blind faith in him. He?s never going to deceive me and I like to work with people who you can trust in and with whom there are no secrets. With Luis what you see is what you get. Sincerity is our strength and that gives us a lot of agility when making decisions.”

Green flag for a well earned break (The Sun)

Vitaly [Petrov] came to us from Renault F1 Team where he had been through a bit of a rollercoaster two seasons since coming into F1 in 2010. His first day with us was at a cold Barcelona test and he was quite shy, but soon on the pace. He settled into the team very quickly and has been a great addition.”

German Grand Prix video highlights (F1)

A selection of the best action from the Hockenheimring.

Replacing Felipe Massa at Ferrari (MotorSport)

“Ferrari?s option on Massa, to continue with the team for an eighth season, expired on July 31, and the team declined to take it up. Of late Felipe has shown better form, and it had been thought that maybe ?ǣ maybe ?ǣ he might be kept on board, after all. Ferrari?s decision not promptly to take up the option on his services does not definitively mean that he is out for 2013, but his retention seems, at best, extremely unlikely.”

Andrew Benson’s Blog: Battle to catch Fernando Alonso (BBC)

“The F2012 was a second and a half off the pace in Melbourne in March. It has improved in leaps and bounds since then, but the Hungarian Grand Prix proved it is still far from the fastest car on a fully dry weekend. As Alonso puts it: ‘Lotus, McLaren and Red Bull have been ahead of us for the whole championship.'”

The marriage ceremony is underway! (Circuit of the Americas)

“Today the the crew is laying final piece of base course and completing the entire first layer of pavement around the track. This process is referred to as ‘marrying the track’ and is taking place from turn 20, through the starting grid and up the hill to turn one.”

We’re in the summer shutdown! (McLaren)

“The summer break was considered by all as an eminently sensible impasse during the sport’s relentless nine-month campaign. Since then, F1’s moral and financial responsibilities have widened, and the need to formalise the break was introduced at the end of 2008 when teams signed off the Resource Restriction Agreement.”

Comment of the day

ShaneB457 reckons Perez is good enough to take Massa’s seat at Ferrari:

He?s currently ahead of him in the standings and has secured two podium finishes this year. He?s been unlucky in Silverstone, (Maldonado crashing into him) and China (clutch problem). He had the fastest lap in Monaco and most recently finished sixth in Germany. So yeah, I think he?s done amazingly well in a midfield team and has definitely got the edge over Kobayashi.

Perez would be a great replacement for Massa at Ferrari. If he was to go to the team next year and they would produce a quick car worthy of winning the drivers’ championship, then I think that he would definitely be a contender for the title, even with Alonso as his team mate.

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On this day in F1

Alberto Ascari clinched the drivers’ championship in the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring on this day 60 years ago.

It was Ascari’s fourth consecutive win in the Ferrari 375 and his team mates filled the next three positions: Giuseppe Farina 14 seconds behind in second, Rudi Fischer almost another seven minutes back and Piero Taruffi a lap down.

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58 comments on Ferrari refute Marko’s ride-height accusation

  1. FernanDino said on 3rd August 2012, 10:58

    Wow. Am surprised to see even on this site, like German, French and Italian F1 sites everybody seems to accuse Red Bull and everybody seems to think that this-skillful-retired-guy called Dr Marko is a perfect ***hole! This guy who was gathering dust before Mateschitz called him and now pays him to make “wise mid-week comments”. And probably by now everybody must hate this team except all Austrians and a bunch of Germans.
    But hey! Let’s not forget that all this nightmare is due to Adrian Newey’s rules interpretation! I’ve been saying for a long time that the teams are not to blame for such blunders. The biggest problem in F1 has always been in the procedure of how the rules are enforced. The ignominious scandal is that the FIA has never learnt lessons in 60 years of F1 racing!
    It goes like this: (sometime in February) Charlie? This is Ross, we have invented something called front-wing stalling device but we’re not sure if it’s legal, can you please confirm. Charlie replies : Ross, am not sure either, you know, I am not an engineer. But I think it might be legal. Not sure though. Maybe. Know what? Build it and we will see later on, after a couple of races. After 2 races the legal tangle is in full swing and Ross is busy explaining that he asked the FIA for permission. The FIA is busy explaining that the front-wing-trick is a smart interpretation of the rules and so on. According to these rules the other teams now can lodge a formal complaint which will be heard in front of the racing circuit stewards and, if the teams appeal (if the protest is rejected), in front of a 2nd level jurisdictional body called World Motor Sports Council which only then takes a legally binding call.
    Now here’s my question: Why can the FIA not make a legally binding answer when the teams consult with them BEFORE building the actual car parts?
    The little details regarding the consistence of that World Motor Sports Council made of FIA members of Nicaragua, Burundi, Samoa and Marshall Islands will be the subject of another discussion.

    • Juke said on 3rd August 2012, 12:52

      “Let’s not forget that all this nightmare is due to Adrian Newey’s rules interpretation!”

      If there is no specific rule against it, then it’s legal.

      “Why can the FIA not make a legally binding answer when the teams consult with them BEFORE building the actual car parts?”

      Because there was no specific rule against it and then they backtrack cause of the whiners. Effectively saying, ‘We no longer welcome innovation in F1′.

      • FernanDino said on 20th August 2012, 15:25

        It looks as if recently lots of “If there is no specific rule against it, then it’s legal” sort of reasoning by RBR got caught with the pants down! All this is too familiar. Much too familiar. What am saying is that the teams could and should be forced to bring new parts to the race track only AFTER a legally binding ruling! What we have now is ridiculous! Charlie says: Bring it on, maybe it’s legal. But my opinion is not legally binding! THIS IS PERFECT ********!

  2. who's better who's best said on 3rd August 2012, 11:40

    I think shane B457’s comment of the day sums up exactly why Perez WON’T go to Ferrarri

    Alonso, perez is faster than you, do you understand???

  3. RBAlonso (@rbalonso) said on 3rd August 2012, 16:41

    As an Alonso fan, who believes he is the best driver of this era by a distance, I am not really bothered who will succeed Massa as his team-mate. But I take issue with fans who suggest that Fernando has a Prost-esque veto against top drivers, or that being a number two to Alonso is a bad thing. Lewis Hamilton learned from Alonso in his debut season, and although Grosjean was nearly written out of f1 history because Alonso was so familiar with the r29, being a Ferrari driver is surely too great an opportunity to turn down. Ferrari, for all their whining about leaving the sport, will be in F1 in 20 years time, as will McLaren and Team Enstone. Other teams are still up in the air – what will happen to Williams when SFW dies?

    I don’t believe in single driver teams, but it has been proven that many greats have had a decidedly average number 2 beside them at some stage of their career. Senna famously vetoed Warwick from Lotus, Prost had Hill and Johansson as team-mates and some of Michael Schumacher’s team-mates in his first career were average to say the least. Also, the idea that FA has had a say over team-mates in the past is also illogical. Trulli beat him in 2004 and Fisichella had an immense 2004 and was hot property when he joined Renault. Definitely not signed to play second-fiddle immediately. In all probability De la Rosa would have been Alonso’s team-mate in 2007, had it not been for the fact he is Spanish. In 2008 many top drivers were signed up by the time Alonso’s contact was torn up at McLaren and that resulted in a straight swap with Kovaleinen. Piquet Jr was obviously retained due to Crash-gate and his Briatore links. Then he moved to Ferrari where many expected a close season with Massa.

    What is certain is that the replacement will have been driving in the 2012 season. I read that Sauber is not happy with his current line-up but he would be a fool to let Perez go for less than a King’s ransom (and probably save some money on engines).

    I respect Raikkonen immensely, but what does it say for Ferrari when the FIA say that teams should be able to race for 30 million a season but Ferrari are willing to pay that for a driver NOT to race. Then re-hire him 18 months after their last instalment. If that happens LdM can take himself straight to politics, if you ask me. That’s 1980’s/90’s Ferrari logic.

  4. gogog said on 3rd August 2012, 20:50

    COTD does make a lot off sense if Ferrari were looking for a racer to complete a 2 man equal footing racing outfit, but there not, there looking for a tail gunner and Massa is it.
    What driver would take He`s place and play second fiddle to Alonso is beyond me,
    But hey, Fisi gave up a seat in F1 just to be a test driver, it must be the allure of the prancing horse.

  5. Paul A (@paul-a) said on 4th August 2012, 14:01

    Re: US GP, Austin, November. If anyone is thinking of going, please check that you’ve got accommodation lined up. I’ve just spoken with a cousin (30 minute bicycle ride from the track) where I’ll be staying and he tells me that there are no hotel rooms left at all, and some local residents are renting their spare bedrooms at $1,000 a night. Local scuttlebutt is that there will be 300,000 visitors. Also, if your flying in (I’ll be driving, it’s only 22 hours away), check where you’ll be landing — the local airport (trying to expand their Customs facilities) can’t take any more international charter flights.

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