Ferrari: ‘Six out of ten’ for season so far

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In the round-up: Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis says the tam deserve “six out of ten” for their results so far as the team’s qualifying performances are still not up to scratch and they have missed some opportunities.


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Interview with Nikolas Tombazis (F1 Fanatic via YouTube)

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013Tombazis: “If I was to score our overall performance, I would only give it a six out of ten and that?s for two main reasons: one is that we are not yet quite where we want to be. In the first four Grands Prix, we were not really able to fight for pole position and that is one of our main objectives at the moment. Secondly, if you look at the actual results, even if it?s true we?ve had a win, which naturally we can be very pleased about, we have also had two very bad results where we scored very few points.”

Lewis Hamilton: I crave a return to the days when my hero Senna ruled (Daily Mail)

“The reason I love street circuits like Monaco is there is no room for error and if you make a mistake, you pay. I don?t want people to pay by being hurt, but losing time, or having the car stop; that?s what racing is about.”

Lotus: Raikkonen to stay if car is strong (Autosport)

Gerard Lopez: “I am convinced, and I don’t say this lightly, that if Kimi gets what he wants from us in terms of performance and so on, we will see Kimi moving forward with us.”

Paul on Barcelona 2013 (Force India)

“It’s important to pick up good points early in the season against our competitors and to be ahead of McLaren after four races is a credit to the team and a nice feeling.”

Red Bull use McLaren alternator on RB9 (F1 Technical)

“Renault Sport have now confirmed to F1Technical that Red Bull Racing is indeed using a McLaren Electronic System alternator in combination with the Renault engine. The firm notes this is the case ‘for some time now’, with all other Renault powered teams still using the Magnetti Marelli alternators, similar to last year.”

Spanish Grand Prix View (Caterham)

Giedo van der Garde: “I’m excited about the weekend ahead, especially as we have some more new parts on the car that should help us build on the step forward we saw from my team mate’s car in Bahrain.”

Meet Driver Derek Daly Pt 1-8 (ESPN)

“Former F1 and IndyCar driver Derek Daly discusses racing today and tells our host, Alex Pombo, if racing is easier today than in the past.”


Antonio Felix da Costa, Carlos Sainz Jnr., Danill Kvyat, Beitske Visser, Tom Blomqvist, Callan O'Keeffe, 2013

Red Bull junior drivers for 2013 (left to right) Antonio Felix da Costa, Carlos Sainz Jnr, Danill Kvyat, Beitske Visser, Tom Blomqvist and Callan O’Keeffe.


Comment of the day

Do we really want more characterful drivers, asks @Tango:

Somehow, we all lament that we do not have a James Hunt on the grid anymore. But as soon as a great driver acts naturally (and by that, I mean, like a human being), we, as in “the fans”, fall on him like a ton of bricks.

At the time, Hunt could get away with smoking, boozing, having sex with the entire world, allegedly sniffing rails of powder, hitting marshalls and drivers alike and wow, what a likeable man he was.

Hamilton has a “serious girlfriend”, a dog, and the most extravagant stuff he does is recording his music and wearing a cap the wrong way round. Suddenly he does what we have all done many times (namely, ranting about parents / former boss, which we are indeed grateful for, even if it doesn?t stop us ranting anyway) and wow, what an ungrateful brat he is. He doesn?t even get half the leeway Webber or Raikkonen get. And lets be honest, most of the time, Raikkonen is just being plain rude.

I believe great athletes can?t be what we (and their sponsors) would like them to be (perfect). So if for once, one of them would even try the slightest to act normally (or even extraordinarily, I don?t care), I?m all for it. And if by doing so he feels better, happier, it doesn?t even matter if it makes him quicker or not, it seems fair.

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On this day in F1

Argentina’s last F1 driver Gaston Mazzacane turns 38 today. After serving as Minardi’s test driver in 1999 he was promoted to the race team the following year. He lasted a full season before being dropped and hired by Prost, who let him go just four races into his second season.

Here’s Mazzacane in action for Minardi at Spa-Francorchamps in 2000:

Images ?? Ferrari/Ercole Colombo, Red Bull/Getty images

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114 comments on Ferrari: ‘Six out of ten’ for season so far

  1. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 8th May 2013, 8:15

    I hope COTD was a competition between @Tango and me. The best man won, because he hit the nail…on the head.

    • Traverse (@) said on 8th May 2013, 12:35

      *SLAP* Your comments along with everyone else’s got Tango’d!! Well done @tango on articulating a point seldom made.

  2. Tango (@tango) said on 8th May 2013, 9:12

    Thanks for cotd (is it 5 or 6 now?). Always a pleasure to participate to this wonderful site. Plus it allowed me to discover a new english expression : hitting a nail… on it’s head.

    • beneboy (@beneboy) said on 8th May 2013, 12:40

      If you put your username into the “Search F1 Fanatic” box on the top right of the page you can see every time you’ve been mentioned in an article, you’ve got quite a lot of them, and deservedly so !

    • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 9th May 2013, 9:55

      5 or 6? I haven’t even had one yet! I suppose that is in part due to my blatant hatred of a certain German and vehement defence of the much hated DRS, although it is probably more to do with the fact that I am a somewhat punchy character.

  3. Ahh, that Minardi is decked out in one of my favourite F1 liveries of all time.

  4. Todd (@foxxx) said on 8th May 2013, 11:38

    ‘If you watch Sebastian Vettel now,’ he says, ‘he always runs over the astroturf and over the kerb a little more than he should, going beyond the white line, which you’re not actually allowed to do but they let you get away with it.

    I’m sorry, but the biggest annoyance with hamilton for me is how often he cuts corners, runs over apexes and short cuts the track in doing so, taking both wheels inside of the white lines. he does this ALOT. running wide isn’t really an advantage, you’re going further. cutting corners is an advantage. you’re shortening the track.

    of course the idea of running wide is to gain more speed. in some tracks and areas they allow it (monza) etc, but come on hamilton, you’re an offender too. get off your high horse.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 8th May 2013, 16:52

      @foxxx it’s like he’s criticising him for pushing the limits, which is exactly what Senna did. So he’s not just being hypocritical with regards to himself, but also to his hero!

      It’s not that I find the most laughable though, it’s this:

      “‘It’s funny, but the driver I admire most is Fernando — for his sheer speed, his simply incredible speed,’ he adds. ‘I don’t think anyone can match him in the sport.”

      …and this:

      But this is an older Hamilton — mature, in control. ‘You know, I even think I could drive with Sebastian,’ he muses. ‘I just wouldn’t turn the engine down.’

      Firstly, the bromance between Alonso and Hamilton is just horrible – it makes me a little bit sick every time one of them comes out with a comment like that!

      Secondly, this is the same Hamilton that posted his telemetry on twitter last year. More mature? Yea right!

  5. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 8th May 2013, 12:04

    One of the best COTDs I have read in quite a while. Completely agree!

  6. anon said on 8th May 2013, 14:51

    “‘If you watch Sebastian Vettel now,’ he says, ‘he always runs over the astroturf and over the kerb a little more than he should, going beyond the white line, which you’re not actually allowed to do but they let you get away with it.”

    Hamilton almost has this victim mentality when it comes to Vettel. He’s shattered Hamilton’s confidence.

    Maybe Hamilton doesn’t understand (after all he’s not as bright as Vettel), but Vettel uses every inch of the track and more because he can. Because there is no penalty for hitting the astroturf.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 8th May 2013, 16:59

      I think he just has a petty hatred for him because Vettel stole his up-and-coming star limelight by being more successful than him and stealing his youngest world champion statistic. To me, it looks as if he is almost jealous of his greater success and feels that he is better because of their time together in F3 I believe, which is about as relevant now as my ability to talk aged 1 is now.

      It seems strange to me he’d say that though, as Vettel is pushing the limits because he knows he will get away with it and it makes him faster. So maybe what he should be doing is taking a leaf out if Vettel’s book instead of trying to diminish his achievements by insisting Vettel is only good because of his Red Bull.

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