Ferrari complaining ‘because they’re not winning’

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F1F CSIn the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari wouldn’t be lobbying for changes to F1’s rules if they were winning races this tear.

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Hamilton defends new-look F1 from Ferrari critics (Reuters)

“‘[Luca] di Montezemolo didn’t say a thing when Michael (Schumacher) won those five world championships (in a row),” smiled the winner of last weekend’s race in Malaysia who will be chasing a third successive pole position on Saturday.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sepang International Circuit, 2014Ecclestone holds secret talks with Ferrari boss Di Montezemolo in London after drop in TV ratings for Malaysian Grand Prix (Daily Mail)

“Di Montezemolo is concerned that viewing figures in Europe fell for last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, reflecting Ferrari’s online poll that found 78 per cent of the 35,000-plus respondents did not like the new formula.”

Williams apologises to Massa, Bottas (Autosport)

“For our fans, we want to apologise for that because we didn’t handle it in the best way.”

Williams duo resolve team orders row (BBC)

“Williams said later that they intended to let Massa back past Bottas if the Finn failed to clear Button within a couple of laps, but this was not explained at the time.”

Driver weight issue dangerous – Sutil (ESPN)

“You feel it before the race that you haven’t got your ultimate power. The cars are a bit slower so you don’t need to be in superb shape to finish it, but still it’s like if you go for a run for one and half hours and you don’t eat enough, you have a sugar hole. You are almost getting in an area where you don’t work well up here [in the head]. This is the danger we are facing.”

US team to be given green light to jump on the F1 bandwagon by next year (The Independent)

Bernie Ecclestone: “I think Haas will be accepted. They have got the money but it’s a question of whether they are going to spend it.”

Eric Boullier on Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

“He’ll be testing the McLaren MP4-29 here in Bahrain next week – his first Formula 1 test – and I’m sure he’ll acquit himself very well.”

Bahrain authorities hope for quiet as F1 contemplates lack of noise (The Guardian)

“Al-Wefaq’s peaceful rallies are usually just that. More worrying for the security men is the 14 February Revolution Youth Coalition cyber-group, who often clash with the police. It, too, has called for demonstrations on Friday, in the al-Seef junction area, west of Manama, under the slogan ‘Stop the blood formula’.”

Nico Rosberg Q&A: Mercedes should have Bahrain advantage (F1)

“Failure is failure. And there is pressure in any team. For Williams it was about the existence of the company – and for them that had the same importance as brand value for others – so doing well, being successful is a necessity for every team.”

Bahrain Grand Prix Betting: Mercedes can assert dominance (Unibet)

My Bahrain Grand Prix preview for Unibet.

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@William-Brierty reckons GP2 needs to raise its game:

2014 is a litmus test for GP2. In the shape of Stoffel Vandoorne and Raffaele Marciello, GP2 has two serene talents who should go unchallenged by the resident Felipe Nasr, Jolyon Palmer and Alexander Rossi.

And yet, in the past three years the eventual champion has had over three seasons worth of experience before taking the title, and therefore, if GP2 is to wrangle the status of number one feeder series to Formula One back from Formula Renault 3.5, the prevalence of talent over experience must be established. It is vital also, for the very survival of GP2, that the known talent of Mitch Evans and Daniel Abt shine through more brightly in their first year compared with their somewhat lacklustre first years.

That said, GP2 is well placed in the modern world of F1, with the comparable handling, torque and traction characteristics of the Dallara GP2/11 chassis giving young drivers a presumably similar sensation to driving a modern F1 car, and therefore it is essential that the success we have from Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen in the first two races in F1 translate in young success in GP2 so it does not become a retirement home for well-backed drivers lacking in talent.

If Palmer fulfils his pre-season status as title favourite and wins the title with DAMS, and if Marciello, Vandoorne, Evans and Abt spend most of their time on the outer reaches of the top ten, then a series ignored by the Red Bull Young Driver Programme and clearly struggling financially in the way they failed to update the GP2/11 chassis after the normal three year had elapsed, might just cease to exist. That would be shame, because probably some of the best racing held on grand prix tracks in 2013 was GP2 races.
@William-Brierty

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Michael Schumacher won the first ever Bahrain Grand Prix ten years ago today – on 04/04/04. Schumacher led home team mate Rubens Barrichello for his third win in as many races, with Jenson Button’s BAR 26 seconds behind in third.

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138 comments on Ferrari complaining ‘because they’re not winning’

  1. maxthecat said on 4th April 2014, 13:23

    No way will he be allowed to race without water onboard. The legal ramifications are massive. This is just to make a point, he’ll have fluid for the race.

  2. Eric Morman (@lethalnz) said on 4th April 2014, 14:39

    shame F1 just didn’t remove the double diffuser shorten the front wing reduce the revs and the amount of fuel and increase the weight of the old V8 cars so anyone that wanted to stay with the old format could of,
    this way the new V6 car would have gone flying passed the V8s down the straight and just maybe the V6s are passed by the V8s going around the corners,
    unfair i guess, but just maybe that is how it should have been integrated, instead of a total change over.

  3. Ferrari complaining because they are not winning… and you were not??

    I seem to remember a certain team by the name of Mercedes not being all that happy at approximately the same time last year. I also seem to remember a lot of complaining and a little secret tire test after which things changed quite a bit.

    Oh, I pre-apologize for bringing this up. Please forgive me for not remembering that Mercedes is not an evil super-villain like Ferrari….

  4. People are putting the Ferrari poll in the spotlight, it’s nothing. People always do this because they are a scapegoat. It’s obvious Ferrari fans and casual fans are not liking F1 better at the moment but I don’t think it is time to go haywire. I like it.

  5. Uzair Syed (@ultimateuzair) said on 4th April 2014, 16:11

    It’s Ferrari’s fault if they can’t win. They are really an average team now. Besides, they have made no progress with their cars since 2009 despite their big budget. That’s what they get for not putting any effort in their cars. They can only win because of Fernando and Kimi. They shouldn’t be whining right now they should be taking action. Besides, actions speak louder than words. Typical Ferrari…

  6. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 4th April 2014, 19:40

    It’s a bit of a concern at the moment, the way that aspects of the sport are governed. I don’t see how it is a good idea to basically require unanimous consent amongst the drivers on matters of safety – specifically on the point of driver weight. Little drivers like Massa are never going to want to give up the advantage their weight gives them. They’re competitors, unable to see beyond their narrow self interests. It needs the FIA to simply step in on the grounds of safety and impose better (any) rules about driver weights. Because this current situation is getting dangerous, and it’s not the way the sport should be going.

  7. skibomax (@skibomax) said on 4th April 2014, 23:11

    I think there is a safety issue about braking with the new hybrid power train systems. There have been at least three incidents where dangerous and erratic braking, way outside the drivers control has happened. There seems to be a less than seemless join between energy harvesting braking and conventional braking. Cars suddenly twitching sideways under braking for no driver related reason. If I’m right and this is the case then it is predictable that this issue will cause a nasty accident. (It nearly did at least once already with Kobayashi)

  8. sbl on tour (@sbl-on-tour) said on 7th April 2014, 11:17

    one thing about bahrain that came out is that the ferrari is totally rubbiish. it pains me to say

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