Ferrari slowest of front-runners, says Alonso

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2012In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says Ferrari are still lagging behind their major rivals.


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Championship leader Fernando Alonso says he’s not title favourite (BBC)

“The classification is a good advantage for us but in terms of performance, of the guys who are at the front, we are clearly the slowest. We have a points advantage and a performance disadvantage, so I don’t think we are favourites.”

Petrov’s F1 Career in Danger After Russia Pulls Funding (Ria Novosti)

Petrov’s manager Oksana Kosachenko: “We have now lost government support. There?s never been interest from sponsors. I?ve always said that it?s impossible to find sponsors in Russia for a project like Formula One. When there was support at the top level of government, this project worked commendably.”

No support role for Button (Sky)

“I’m forty points behind Lewis but Lewis is forty points behind Fernando and he still thinks he has a very good chance of winning this championship. So, no, we go racing as always. The last two races before the break were very good for us and we’re feeling very positive.”

Lewis Hamilton: “You have to be business minded…” (Adam Cooper)

“this is a business. I always wear my heart on my sleeve, but of course you have to be business minded as well.”

Schumacher knows his limits (Reuters)

“For the 400 (Grand Prix appearances)? We probably say no for that one.”

Belgian GP – Conference 1 (FIA)

“Q: (Gabor Joo – Indexonline) Michael, you have 299 races so far. Can you single out one which is your favourite?
MS: I keep talking about Suzuka in 2000, both for the quality of the race, for the end of the race and for the whole meaning of that result obviously, so it was a total package of many circumstances, why that race turned out to be a very special one for myself and then for so many others.”

Rosberg: Mercedes learned from slump (Autosport)

“We understand some of the reasons why others have managed to get away from us a little bit. Some of them are not totally unexpected.”

Pastor Maldonado Q&A: Williams want ??more than points? at Spa (F1)

On his Venezuela crash: “It is always tricky to run on tarmac that is not meant for racing – and yes, it was a bit embarrassing, but only a bit. It was at the end of the show run when everybody already had a good taste of Formula One, so it was no big deal. And I had the headlines…”

Cold will hurt Iceman (Sky)

“What might go against Lotus is that it is quite chilly here, it is anorak weather, and they like it hot. The second thing that might go against them is that they like the softer tyres and here we have two of the hardest tyres we bring to all the circuits. So they will have to overcome both of those to win here this weekend.”

The fight to be fastest (MotorSport)

“It couldn?t last, of course. Spa was given a chance to ‘redeem’ itself by a resurgent GPDA, but its extra Armco and unsatisfactory Malmedy chicane of 1970 could only ever be a stay of execution.”


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Alex Zanardi is by far my most estimated driver of all time. An example of effort and consistence and a message for all that anyone can achieve anything with hard work. Just seeing him start, or do some demo laps, would bring tears to my eyes just like when he won in the WTCC. Respect.

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55 comments on Ferrari slowest of front-runners, says Alonso

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st August 2012, 6:49

    This article from L’Equipe (it’s actually an image) claims that Robert Kubica was actually fastesr than Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solbertg at the Ford WRT test in France. Nobody knows exactly what Kubica’s plans are, but he is reportedly open to the idea of joining the WRC.

    • Would be happy to see Kubica racing on such a level again, but it is a little concerning that this could mean even less available manufacturer seats for the likes of Novikov, Ostberg and Tanak.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st August 2012, 9:19

        @journeyth – Kubica probably won’t step straight into a works Ford. He’d likely wind up at M-Sport or join another customer team. Maybe Adapta if Mads Ostberg were to be promoted to another team, or run in a second Adapta car alongside Ostberg if Ford supported the team; similarly, I could see him alongside Martin Prokop in a second Czech National car.

        The other alternative is for M-Sport to run a third car for Kubica at selected events. They ran Francois Delecour in Monte Carlo, Michal Solowow in Sweden, Ricardo Trivino in Mexico, Dennis Kuipers in Portugal, and they will put two additional entries – one for Matthew Wilson and one for Jannie Habig – together for Wales. This car would not be able to score points, but it would give Kubica valuable time in the car if he wanted to do a full-time programme in 2014.

        To make matters even more complicated, I have heard chatter suggesting that manufacturer teams (and possibly privateers) could be entitled to run a third points-scoring car full-time in 2013. Andreas Mikkelsen allegedly said that he and Kevin Abbring would share a third works Polo next year, and if Volkswagen do it, Ford and Citroen would be practically obligated to just to keep up with them in the points (particularly if Loeb retires; he has said that he knows what he wants to do, but the final decision rests with someone else, believed to be his wife).

        • Oh, I heard the “third car” rumours, but they don’t sound mighty likely. Both Ford and Citroen seem fairly unreliable as manufacturer teams and said outright that they would get out of WRC if the “third car” rule was introduced. Obviously, Volkswagen said no such thing.

          Also, if Mikkelsen (and Abbring) get the third Volkswagen, who’d be in the second? Latvala?

  2. SempreGilles (@sempregilles) said on 31st August 2012, 8:13

    I won’t miss Petrov either, but with Guido van der Garde being one of his rumored replacements I hope he scrapes some money together to keep his seat.

  3. rez (@rez0) said on 31st August 2012, 8:51

    I really liked the answers to the last question in the press conference, about a possible future of electrical Formula 1 cars and Formula E.
    I am more and more interested to see how the whole thing will play out and whether it will be truly accepted by the fans.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st August 2012, 9:49

      I am more and more interested to see how the whole thing will play out and whether it will be truly accepted by the fans.

      I think it will be, if only because the FIA will protect the series. If Formula 1 started introducing electic power, Formula E would not be able to compete for very long. So the FIA will limit the ability of any other open-wheel series to adopt electric power, and this means that the noise of a category like Formula 1 (of which the fans are strangely protective) will not be threatened.

  4. Mads (@mads) said on 31st August 2012, 10:32

    I think Alonso is (likely on purpose) underestimating his car. Sure there are always cars that are quicker then it, but its rarely the same people. Sometimes McLaren is a lot quicker, sometimes its Lotus. Sometimes its RB. But the key is that Alonso doesn’t have a team mate to compete with who takes points off him, and the others are lot less consistent in their pace. Also the car is quite reliable. McLaren haven’t really had car related problems, but their pistops have been horrible. RB has been pretty good in the pits, but they have had a fair share of mechanical issues with their car. Webber’s broken diff, Vettel’s Alternator and so on.
    Ferrari has just been up there every weekend. So they have reliability and consistency in how their car performs. In a season like this, that has really proven to be the key.
    Not taking anything away from Alonso, he has been masterful, but while the car might be the slowest, I don’t think its close to being the worst of the front running cars.

    • Nickpkr234 said on 31st August 2012, 11:12

      The point is you DON’T need the faster car to win the WDC.

    • ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 31st August 2012, 15:39

      @mads As Sun Tzu wrote, “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable… …Feign disorder, and crush him. Pretend to grow weak, that he may grow arrogant.”

      The way I see it, this is Alonso utilizing the principles of the Art of War against his opponents, the same way Red Bull did in 2010. I feel he’s telling everyone he’s not a title favorite, just to entice the competition into making mistakes.

      I feel as long as Alonso is consistent, and Ferrari takes the F2012 to its maximum potential, everyone else will be tripping over each other to catch him. That’s the key, I feel, to succeeding Ayrton Senna as the youngest triple world champion.

  5. William Brierty said on 31st August 2012, 12:36

    Never has something managed to be very very ugly and so achingly beautiful at the same time…until McLaren designed those sidepods. They just look so wrong and yet so cool at the same time.

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