Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Korea International Circuit, 2013

Massa expects Alonso to beat Raikkonen at Ferrari

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Jerez, 2014In the round-up: Felipe Massa, who has been team mates to both Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, believes Alonso will have the upper hand this year.


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Upbeat Massa tips ‘brainy’ Alonso to beat Raikkonen at Ferrari (James Allen on F1)

“He is very intelligent, he’s already worked out the new regulations and he knows what he needs to do to be quick straight away.”

Rosberg Pleased With Mercedes Mileage In Jerez (Speed)

“It’s a bit of a pity because the cars are slower, obviously we always prefer to go faster, so that’s not quite as nice.”

Mateschitz concerned by budget cap (Autosport)

“To enforce a budget cap you have to clearly state what is included and what not – what about marketing, drivers’ salaries etc? And what if you are a manufacturer and can hide several expenses in other budgets?”

Examining the new McLaren (Sky)

“With heads were being scratched in the Jerez paddock about the legality of McLaren’s design, it seems that rivals are preparing to cover all their bases just in case.”


Comment of the day

One subject continues to dominate the off-season discussion:

Every season with any kind of double points scheme will need an asterisk placed next to it in the record books. At least it was fairly easy to compare previous seasons with different points systems because the same amount of points were awarded every race during a single season. It will be messy at best to make such comparisons in the future.

This does not need to be tried to know it is “stupid”.

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On this day in F1

Virgin VR-01Virgin (now Marussia) became the first of 2010′s new teams to launch their F1 car on this day four years ago. However the VR-01, which was designed by Nick Wirth without the use of a wind tunnel, was later revealed to have a serious design flaw, as it couldn’t take on enough petrol to be driven competitively over a race distance at some tracks.

A revised version with a larger tank was eventually introduced but the team still finished last in the championship behind fellow newcomers Lotus (now Caterham) and HRT.

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