Ferrari “struggling” to make upgrades work

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2013In the round-up: Ferrari say they have not been making gains with the new parts they have brought to their car in recent races.

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Ferrari’s wind tunnel issues persist (ESPN)

Chief designer Simone Resta: “The reason for us struggling at the last few races is us not bringing to the car parts that are working. If anything we have brought parts that are not working better than the others were.”

Boullier “optimistic” Raikkonen will stay with Lotus next season (James Allen on F1)

“I’m very optimistic. There is a lot of discussion in the press, most of it is irrelevant. It is all about making Kimi comfortable enough to stay and happy to stay. Part of it is done.”

Skipping 2014 Indian GP hurts country’s image: Jackie Stewart (The Times of India)

“I don’t know much about the tax issues and as for the customs, F1 has been able to handle the issue in every other country we go to – whether it’s Hungary, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia or China. This is something that your government should, perhaps, study, by visiting one of the Grand Prix races in Europe, to see how their authorities go through the process.”

Bringing F1 history to life – Ron Howard Q&A (F1)

“I think more races are the answer to all these questions. Austin will continue, it would be great if there is New Jersey, there is already Montreal, then find something on the West Coast, and then maybe Mexico – that would be a proper introduction of Formula One to the US.”

Lotus slams financial trouble reports (Autosport)

“On the ??120 million [??103m] debt, anybody half-smart can find out that number by going to Companies House records and will see that out of that, over 90 million is not ‘real’ debt but shareholder loans made to the company. The salaries have always been paid on time and there has never been even a hint of a potential strike by our people at the factory.”

Kubica: The Atmosphere at Rallies is Awesome (ADAC)

“I think one can hardly compare Formula 1 and rally vehicles. The differences in speed and the type of tracks make any comparison nearly impossible. For me, they have only one thing in common and it is something emotional: Both types of vehicles kindle great emotions in me.”

Zeltweg: home to legends (McLaren)

Ron Dennis: “[Jochen] Rindt just looked at him and replied, ‘They wouldn?t dare start the German GP without me!’ As he said it, one of the other mechanics looked up and muttered rather acidly, ‘Why don?t you pop down the road with your helmet and fill it with ten pounds of potatoes?!’”

Webber?s choice familiar to Blundell (MotorSport)

“When I left F1 after the 1995 season I was pretty disillusioned. I had an agreement in place ?ǣ with a team that?s still in F1 today ?ǣ and thought I was all set for the next year, but then it was decided that I was surplus to requirements and I was out on my ear.”

Comment of the day

Poul Winther agrees with Eric Boullier on the need to bring down costs in F1:

Why is it that fans would rather see three teams burn exaggerated amounts of money to stay in contention than eight or ten teams all having a reasonable chance? Does it create better racing to have just three? Certainly not, it seems to be the total opposite because the constant aero development made it impossible for the cars to follow each other closely which again caused F1 to run on bicycle wheels with artificial overtake buttons only applicable in certain situations. Very “sophisticated” indeed, but not exactly for the right reasons.

Outspending each other does much, much less for sophistication than the rules take away again. We have lost enough great teams already and been too close to losing even more while the uneven distribution of the revenue prevents the new teams from ever progressing.
Poul Winther (@Poul)

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On this day in F1

Gerino Gerini, who turns 85 today, started a handful of F1 races in the fifties.

He scored his best result in his first race, a fourth-place finish shared with Chico Landi in the 1956 Argentinian Grand Prix. The pair were six laps down in their Maserati 250F.

He made five further appearances in 1957, again at the wheel of a Maserati, but scored no further points.

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79 comments on Ferrari “struggling” to make upgrades work

  1. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 11th August 2013, 11:19

    If anything we have brought parts that are not working better than the others were.

    That is a brilliant quote.

    It might even point at why the problem is so persistant: bringing new parts may be what they measure themselves by, rather than improvement of the car (see Alonso, we have new stuff for you, lets see if it works, it should, cross your fingers)

    As this has not been working for them for too long, they need to really take time to figure it out (a bit like Lotus did when the ff exhaust showed itself to be outdeveloped, or McLaren end of 2010, and even this year, though we’ll only see in Spa if they really are progressing now).

  2. Ferrari still have a very strong car. Not every track will suit them. And Ferrari have had great cars since the departure of Ross Brawn (2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 Round 4 onwards). 2012 it wasn’t the fastest but by far the most reliable which allowed Alonso to steal those podiums. 2009 was due to the interpretation of the double diffuser rule and 2011 the Vettel/Red Bull combination was simply too good.

    I think Ferrari’s problem is driver related more than anything. Alonso’s a poor qualifier which constantly puts Ferrari on the back foot before the race has even begun. Massa has been largely uncompetitive since 2010 therefore Alonso hasn’t been forced to improve his driving. A strong teammate like Webber, Rosberg, Button would have forced Alonso to evolve his driving.

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