Massa looked ridiculous today. He started 17 and finished 15th in the same car his teammate nearly won. I know he got a drive-through, which costs you about 16-17 seconds, but that is inexcusable. Sorry, but Felipe hasn’t gotten any better since he start of this year.
I’m still questioning on how fast the F2012 truly is. The 2010-present Massa isn’t a proper benchmark, but then again, neither is Alonso. I’d say it’s anywhere between the two.
I followed the live timing carefully this race. Looking at the sector times throughout this Grand Prix, it seems that the new, updated, re-nevated Ferrari has legit pace; at least at the hands of Alonso that is. Throughout the race, Alonso was consistently quicker than the Lotus’s, Red Bull’s, Sauber’s and Mercedes’s; and the Mclaren’s for that matter (although Hamilton was on a two-stop). It seemed that only Maldonado’s Williams was slightly quicker.
To realize how fast Ferrari really were today, if Hamilton wasn’t send to the back of the grid, and had started on pole, Alonso still would’ve finished at least on the podium. That’s a huge improvement from Bahrain and China a couple of weeks ago.
I know Alonso is a good driver, but there’s no way a good driver could make such a difference on the most car-demanding circuit on the calendar. It may not be the case this year, but because the Circuit of Catalunya is such a car-demanding track; all cars finishing in the podium at the Spanish GP historically fought for the championship until the end. And that was the biggest positive of today’s race for Ferrari. Props to Ferrari.