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Posted By: James Allen  |  07 Apr 2014   |  5:54 am GMT  |  504 comments

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo left the circuit with 12 laps of the Bahrain Grand Prix still to go, missing the final sprint finish after the safety car, but having taken in enough to know that his team is once again in trouble.

The new hybrid turbo era has not dawned well for Ferrari, with Montezemolo forced to admit that, “To see this Ferrari is painful.”

Earlier the president had called F1 “Formula Boredom” and complained that the fuel regulations were incomprehensible and made for dull racing, where the drivers were forced to trundle around like taxi drivers.

Few would support those sentiments after Sunday’s race, a thrilling pageant of motorsport, which sprung up after two admittedly less than exciting races in Australia and Malaysia.

Was Bahrain a one off or will the new hybrid turbo formula spawn other races of this quality? Time will tell.

There was plenty of overtaking as teams went for different strategies, used the ERS in increasingly imaginative ways to attack and pass, the DRS was a powerful tool but by no means the only way to overtake and the conditions played to the strengths and weaknesses of different teams in terms of tyre degradation. It added up to a cocktail of racing which was hard to resist.

But the painful truth for Ferrari was that they were not at the races this weekend. Bahrain exposed the weaknesses of the Ferrari which are, lack of traction out of low speed corners, lack of top speed at the end of the straight and high tyre degradation.


It meant that the two world champion drivers Alonso and Raikkonen trailed home in 9th and 10th places, unable to compete with the Force Indias, Red Bulls and Williams cars.

The budget Force India outfit moved into second place in the Constructors’ Championship and its driver Nico Hulkenberg now lies third behind the Mercedes pair in the Drivers Championship.

Ferrari is the fifth team in the pecking order at the moment, although Alonso doggedly hangs on in the Drivers’ table in fourth place, largely through others not taking full advantage of their competitive situation, such as the Williams drivers, for example and the misfortunes of Ricciardo prior to yesterday’s race.

“I don’t like seeing Ferrari in this condition,” said an angry Montezemolo to the Italian media as he left. “The engine people at the factory need to work to make a big leap forward in quality. I didn’t expect much from this race, but I did expect a bit more than this. To see a Ferrari this slow on the straights is very painful.”

Montezemolo had travelled to Bahrain to meet with Bernie Ecclestone and with FIA president Jean Todt to discuss changes he would like to make to the rules, to improve the show.

But Todt was adamant that, apart from working on raising the decibel level of the sound, there would be no changes.

“This is not a banana republic, where someone turns up and says, ‘Let’s change.’ IF you want changes, it has to be done through the regulatory framework,” he said after the meeting.

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  1. Vivek says:

    On the basis of what was on display at Bahrain, hardly anything needs to change in F1. Only, if the decibels can be somewhat raised ( I do not consider this a must do). I make the following observations.

    1. Mercedes have done the best job and by a BIG margin over all the other teams with the new set of regulations. It would be a travesty to punish them for getting things so very right.

    2. The fastest qualifying lap was less than a second off last year’s pole time. The fastest race lap was within a tenth of last year’s fastest race lap. Accounting for the DRS changes in Qualifying and the night time race ( Assuming cooler conditions aids faster times), one can easily conclude that the 2014 cars were within 1 second of last year cars (at least in Bahrain, where teams have extensively tested). This is the third race of a new set of regulations as compared to 2013 which was the 5th year of the last set of regulations. The cars looked seriously fast down the straights. It would be fair to expect the cars to be as fast as 2013, everywhere by the end of this season.

    3. Thanks to the late safety car, we were treated to a 10 lap sprint race at the end. It was amply clear that there are 2 racing categories now. Mercedes and the rest. There was no holding back Mercedes and both the drivers were well and truly unleashed. Given that fuel conservation was no longer a worry, it is a given that all cars on the track were unleashed for these 10 laps. The W05 has a margin of 2+ seconds at its peak over the rest of the cars. The rest of the teams have a LOT of catching up to do.

    The race yesterday was an excellent sporting spectacle and surely the best Bahrain race to date. There were dazzling performances right down through the field. Lewis and Nico gave us a masterclass of fair, combative and close racing with both not giving an inch extra or an inch less to each other. Just Superb!

    It is up to the other teams to catch up now.

    1. Edward says:

      the only thing should be changed is MONTEZEMOLO – he should step down as anything to do with F1

      1. Simon says:

        Montezemolo just signs the checks. If anyone should be fired, its Stefano Dominicali. Last year Ferrari won a Drivers championship, was 2007, with Kimi. Dominicali gets hired in 2008, and they haven’t won anything since.

        The problem seems very clear.

      2. Edward says:

        You are correct, Montezemolo not only signs the cheques he also makes decisions.

        Therefor before signing the cheques he has to make a big and important decision – that is firing Stefano Domenicali who has done notting for Scuderia Ferrari, after all he is the chairman.

    2. KGBVD says:

      Apparently, Merc has places it’s turbo and air compressors on either side of the engine, which is incredibly novel and improves packaging greatly. They decided this 3 years ago, and have optimized their chassis this year for it. The other Merc teams still benefit, but not as much as they only found out about the packaging once they signed their contracts – very late in some cases (Williams).

      It’s an advantage that can’t be copied with homologated engine rules.

      The resulting two tier F1 is fine with me. As long as Nico and Ham can keep the front race interesting, the following bunch will do their part.

      1. Clarks4WheelDrift says:

        What I’d like to know is this.

        The split turbo ‘amazing solution’ may explain why the merc is better than Ferrari and Renault but…

        If the split turbo is on all merc engines, so they all benefit from the cooler air compressor, less turbo lag through less pipework, slimmer side profiles and rear ends, better centre of gravity via gearbox closer to engine etc. What the heck is giving Mercedes a 2.5s per lap advantage over the other Merc engine cars.

        Ok they had knew about it from the start but 2.5s! Have they got far better ers systems and deployment. Are they providing a seriously b-spec engine or b-spec software to go with it?

        The only thing that has come close to competing with Mercedes has been Massa’s start at Bahrain!

      2. Timmay says:

        Weaksauce Jenson Button, Sergio Perez, a 2 race old rookie, an overweight Hulk, & Felipe Massa piloting the other Merc cars might have something to do with their less stellar performance. Frankly all of those drivers are exstatic to come 3rd these days

      3. Ben says:

        I two believe that Mercedes are sat on something as well. I remember Hamilton being interviewed and was asked why he said that this is the best car he’s ever driven and he had a very smug smile and gave a stock answer about a great team or something but I could tell that he was biting his tung. I believe Mercedes have found the ‘magic bullet’. It is possible that red bull have as well but there PU is holding them back because they have a serious advantage over the other Renault team’s. I have no idea what it could be though….

      4. KaRn- says:

        To ignore Timmay’s negativity and give an actual answer.
        Aerodynamics, the only other team with similar cornering speeds are Red Bull and they have a weaker engine.
        Also a lot can come from having good harvesting systems this year, if they work well the braking can be better and give drivers confidence in the car under braking and turn-in.
        Then when you considering packaging of everything there is possibility of smaller gearboxes packed in a more novel way or some other component arrangement.

        Sure having quality drivers who push each other helps but McLaren realistically don’t look much better than last year and are flattered by the engine, Williams the same. In the wet the Williams lack of downforce is apparent.
        As a passing comment Hulkenberg confirmed he has ballast in the car and is under the weight limit without it. (A blessing for him as he loves his food :p )

      5. BoogWar says:

        I wonder if they are taking turbine heat and blowing the rear diffuser with it. Since the turbine is seperated from the compressor, it wouldn’t be too hard to duct outside air aroound the turbine and get it hot enuff to do that. It ain’t exhaust, so those rules wouldn’t bark.

    3. DaWorstPlaya says:

      I agree it was one of the most exciting races in a long time.

    4. ++ Well said.

      No fuel flow meter failures; Monty has joined Manishevitz taking leave of the place; MaClaren, “under new management” has been declining since pre-race testing and it’s possible that FIA will consider letting the cars make more noise.

      Oh, and by the way, there was racing aplenty. So far, so good.

    5. Jean-Christophe says:

      If Rosberg had been in front he would have probably set a faster time as he had the faster tyres. Hamilton held him up.
      But on the other hand did the fastest race lap last year set while pushing flat out?
      A caveat to the 2+ seconds of the Mercedes is that they were on fresh tyres while the others’ were 6-7 laps older. This car is still a beast. Designed by a guy fired by Ferrari

    6. super seven says:

      I was traveling this weekend, so only watched the race this evening. It was the best race I’ve watched for some years.

      My enjoyment of the battles between Nico and Lewis, the at times 4 car battles between the Williams and Force India teammates, and watching Dan battle his way past Seb and through the field, was only surpassed by watching LDM turn away from the action as Fernando exclaims “it’s too slow!”

      It looks like the F14T (or perhaps I should use the alternative designation, the T4X1) is yet another midfield car with little chance of challenging for podiums this year.

      If Mercedes keep allowing their drivers to race, then I’m OK with a dominant team this season. At least it beats the single driver favoured Red Bull and Ferrari years.

    7. Richard Jackson says:

      Honestly though, the restart and subsequent period of actual flat out racing after the safety car is what provided the excitement.

      That period is what Formula One used to be, pure racing…

      1. Doug says:

        @Richard Jackson

        The race I was watching had me gripped from the start. Loads of hard fought action well before the safety car came out.
        Formula 1 is what it always has been, a middle distance race with periods of strategic calls, conservation & flat out racing. It’s never been a sprint series..in fact the races used to be a lot longer.

    8. **Paul** says:

      I think those in F1 who were critical of the current regs were perhaps a bit eager to get their soundbites out in Bahrain, but equally those who are now slapping their selves on the back are also a bit too bloody eager.

      We’ve had one good race this year. Malaysia was dreadful, whilst Australia only had some merit thanks to some rain on the Saturday with cars out of position, otherwise that might have proven pretty damn dull too.

      F1 in Rude Health? Not on the basis of 1 race no.

      My instinct says that LDM will be proven right over the next two or three races, and there will be much egg on faces for certain people in the media who were quick to throw his comments back at him.

    9. KaRn- says:

      Its worth thinking that the cars are around 1 seconds slower due to the tyres too. Its worth saying with the lower downforce places like Monaco and Singapore will probably still be slower, Bahrain is a track that flatters the engine power where is Monaco and Singapore don’t rather the aero and mechanical grip

  2. Satish says:

    WOW!

    For the normally quiet and non-existent-in-public Jean Todt to make a statement “This is not a banana republic”, he must be all hot under the collar after meeting with Montezemelo.

    1. Purple Helmet says:

      Montezemolo is unbelievable.

      When Ferrari had a dominant car, they weren’t complaining… they were moving Massa out the way to let Schumi win early on in the season.

      Luca, take a look at Merc… look at the spectacle they’ve created, the way they let their drivers race. This is what you stole from F1 for years. So please don’t lecture us about boredom – Ferrari are the most boring team on the planet, they’ve done more to ruin F1 than any other team.

      1. Ross Dixon says:

        Well well said. A dominant car is only boring with team orders and or massively unmatched drivers. This 1988 and MP4-4!

        This season will be a great season for F1 and thats from a Mclaren fan just wanting to watch great racing!

      2. Fastfastfast says:

        +100000

      3. Goggomobil says:

        Mr Purple,how sad is to read your coment Sir. Undoubtedly you don’t know your facts,so you addressed with a lot of P+++ and hot air instead.Let me toss some hard facts at you.
        Fact.since 1962 to 1982 the late Colin Chapman was the most innovating Man and his Lotus team bar none in F1,since then and to date Ferrari has been most prolific innovator in F1,which include most notable a traction control and semi-automatic Trasmission,you are very quick to sweep them under the carpet.If you are a true grit a F1 fan?,a gut feeling will tell you Champions don’t die easily

      4. Doug says:

        Goggomobil,
        You seem to have completely missed the point with your ‘facts’.
        Mr Purple never accused Ferrari of not being an innovator. He’s just stating the fact that Ferrari for many years has run a 1 driver team, which, when the cards were stacked in their favour (Special Bridgestone tyres, unlimited testing, rules bent in their favour etc.), meant that the racing was VERY boring.
        LdM is now complaining that the racing is boring…and it blatantly isn’t.
        This is called ‘Sour Grapes’.
        Mercedes showed a lot of courage letting their two drivers race like that, F1 fans love it & LdM needs to take note of that…not the fact that 83% of Ferrari fans don’t like the new face of F1 (what a surprize!?).

      5. Michael Powell says:

        Luca is a poor motivator. You can’t go around shouting at people and expect the best out of them. Not in this generation. Time for him to bow out.

      6. Nathan says:

        Well said!

      7. Anil Parmar says:

        When did Massa ever get ahead of Schumacher? And even when he did, he was allowed to stay there..look at Turkey 2006! It made sense from a championship perspective to switch them round but Ferrari didn’t. It’s worth remembering that when Ferrari employed team orders, the 2nd driver was NO WHERE near the lead driver for almost the whole season. There are very few occasions when they have employed team orders, and the most recent ones (Germany 2010, USA 2012) made sense given that their driver needed the points against stronger rivals.

        No need to moan just because you don’t like Ferrari!

      8. F1interested says:

        Well said Mr. Parmar!

      9. Purple Helmet says:

        Ah yes, of course if was Barrichello was was famously given team orders to throw the 2002 Austrian GP, just the 6th race of the season. Schumacher was already 21 points clear of 2nd place championship rival Montoya – in an era of 10 points for a win. And of course, Barrichello had given up his 2nd place to Schumacher at the very same track a year earlier in similar circumstances.

        Massa’s most high-profile incident was moving over for Alonso.

        Ferrari’s boring race manipulations are so routine, it’s rather hard to remember which number 2 was moving over for which number 1.

        Regardless, my point stands. Ferrari have a long and ignoble history of ruining the sport, and things are much better now they’re a mid pack team of little consequence.

      10. kal says:

        ” moving Massa out the way to let Schumi win early on in the season.” You obviously were not watching the formula one we were all watching, research what happened at sepang 2006

      11. F1interested says:

        EXCELLENT COMMENT, KAL!

      12. BritishRacingGreen says:

        Yet without them F1 is nothing, they’re the oldest, most successful team in F1 and love them or loath them, they’ve stuck with the sport through thick and thin, the only manafacturer to do so, they could very easily leave F1 for sports cars and then when a massive portion of the sports fan base goes so will a lot of other things, Ferrari is Formula 1 and Formula 1 is Ferrari.

      13. stevemalta says:

        Why are you so sure formula 1 needs ferrari?

      14. Dux says:

        Exactly well said.

      15. LT says:

        Typical red fan rucbbish!! So what you’re saying is that they should be entitled to change the rules when it suits them because they are “special”??? Pffffft, bollocks!!!
        Well done to JT for putting LdM and the reds in thier place!! At least with JT in charge the FIA has some semblence of decency as opposed to the MM era.

      16. W Johnson says:

        F1 can survive without Ferrari…..just one of 12 teams fighting for position in the middle order.
        Was it LDM who once said that it is no longer about garagistas? (referring to the smaller teams)….F1 has moved on and it is no longer just about Ferrari

      17. Des says:

        +1000 stevemalta

        Always confused me why people think one team is bigger than the sport. I think Ferrari need F! far more than F1 needs Ferrari.

      18. ManOnWheels says:

        I know Italy would care, but I would not. Formula-1 has seen great teams come and go, like Tyrrell, Brabham and Lotus (the original). Whole companies like Toyota, Maserati and Honda came and went. The sport is, and always will be, greater than any single team.

      19. Valois says:

        +1!

        “Montezemolo had travelled to Bahrain to meet with Bernie Ecclestone and with FIA president Jean Todt to discuss changes he would like to make to the rules, to improve the show.”

        To improve the show. Hee hee. Makes me laugh.

        Not really. Makes me friggin’ sick.

      20. Rick says:

        Totally agree +1

      21. P Jaxon says:

        Well said Purple Helmet. My sentiments exactly.

      22. Anil Parmar says:

        In response to your response, I already covered the Germany 2010 incident which, let’s face it, HAD to happen as Alonso had a chance at the title whereas Felipe didn’t and he admitted that he was struggling using the harder compound tyre. Alonso was the driver to bet on.

        You mention 2002 and I give you that. It was unncessary.

  3. rAj says:

    It was embarrassing and sad to see Ferrari’s in a poor state. What is the issue with the Ferrari’s? Why can’t they develop a car with so many resources? I feel bad for Alonso as he has wasted so many years at Ferrari – every year being declined the championship due to the poor car.
    Being a long time Ferrari fan, I am tired of losing so may races and yesterday race was just painful to watch Ferrari.

    1. rAj says:

      Being a long time Ferrari fan, I am tired of seeing Ferrari losing so may races and yesterday’s race was just painful to watch Ferrari. **

      1. KGBVD says:

        If you look up the phrase ‘serial underperformer’ in the English-Italian dictionary you see a picture of Stefano Dominicali.

      2. rasbob says:

        No, you’ll see a picture of Luca di Montezemolo.

      3. Pat Palozzi says:

        Ferrari should fire the whole lot,start with Dmenicali, Fry. And Tombies,and start fresh,include Marmorini.

    2. Purple Helmet says:

      Being a fan of F1, I am glad the Ferrari car once again is pants. Because I really don’t want to be treated to an even more embarrassing spectacle of them ordering Raikonnen, an F1 champ, out of the way to give extra points to Alonso.

      1. Cheesypoof69 says:

        Don’t worry Raikonnen will be nowhere in the points race with that car and destroyed by Alonso with or without team orders. Your feelings won’t change this outcome.

    3. Alan Green says:

      Ferrari did beat the other car with the same engine, the Marussia driven by Max Chilton……. by 3 places !

    4. Andrew M says:

      I think Renault’s and Red Bull’s troubles in pre-season testing masked a lot of Ferrari’s shortcomings; both of them seem to have got on top of their reliability worries, and frankly I think the Renault seems the marginally better engine now of the two.

    5. k5enny says:

      I Believe that Alonso is part of the problem.
      He has never been able to develop a great car, given the huge resources;

      The great drivers worked with their team to produce great cars.

      1. Overheard Cam says:

        Yeah, it’s all Alonso’s fault Ferrari are nowhere!!
        Really??

      2. F1interested says:

        Schumacher would stop complaining and concentrate all his force on car development. Fernando is way too political.

      3. Krischar says:

        @ K5enny

        “I Believe that Alonso is part of the problem” – What a charade

        Do you know what you talk about? Without alonso and his exertion Ferrari would have finished P4 or P5 in WCC standings for the last 5 seasons. Ferrari have simply produced ropey cars ever since 2009 to this point. Still Alonso drove very well and his performances were sublime and consummate.

        Ferrari have enough budgets and personnel in technical crew. Yet if they still cannot come up with quickest package. why the heck they have a team and engineers who are so dumb and stylized?

        Ferrari team is not competent enough and their only saviour for the team for the last 5 season’s is Alonso. The way massa drove and the current struggles which kimi have suggest the Ferrari car is not just poor it is also difficult to drive

        The resentment people have here towards Alonso is unbelivable

      4. ManOnWheels says:

        My I just remind you that without Alonso Ferrari have almost clinched the WDC title by a hair’s width? With the man who did it now driving a Williams?

        No, you can’t make this a driver thing. Formula-1 is 70% engineering, 20% strategy and 10% driver.

      5. aveli says:

        we will find out the results this season at the end of the season.

      6. VSI says:

        @ ManOnWheels “Formula-1 is 70% engineering, 20% strategy and 10% driver”.

        So when said “man who did it now driving a Williams” was in the same car as Alonso, got his backside handed to him?

  4. rAj says:

    Being a long time Ferrari fan, I am tired of seeing Ferrari losing so may races and yesterday race was just painful to watch Ferrari. **

    1. Peter Scandlyn says:

      How do you imagine Piero feels?

  5. goferet says:

    Actually I was surprised to see Luca in the paddock for I understand as a tradition Ferrari presidents do not like attending the race in a bid to wad off misfortune >>> a tradition dating back to Enzo.

    Anyway it true, it’s painful seeing the Ferrari struggling for a fight that doesn’t include Ferrari isn’t really the same because with Ferrari around, you know you’re fighting history, heritage and lots of money and thus more satisfied.

    The thing that surprised me most is the fact that Ferrari were hard on their tyres, this being the same Ferrari that was so gentle on it’s rubber last season so something must have gone wrong in the design process.

    Lets see what progress the team can make after this week’s testing but one can only assume that Ferrari will always suffer in some way or the other till unlimited testing and favourable rules get back on the books.

    1. Random 79 says:

      Enzo might not have attended the race in the first place, but I wonder – if he had decided to attend a race would he have stuck around to see it through?

      1. goferet says:

        @ Random 79

        To be honest, I don’t know much about Enzo but I would like to think he would stick around till the finish because the team was his baby.

      2. Random 79 says:

        I don’t know much about him either, but I tend to think you’re right.

    2. Ed says:

      I think the Ferrari Tyre issue is they aren’t working them hard enough to get them into/keep them in their preferred operating temperature window. Therefore the tyres are not gripping as much and are sliding which is causing the damage (rather than simply wearing out too quickly)

      1. goferet says:

        @ Ed

        Interesting.

      2. ManOnWheels says:

        You know that friction causes heat, don’t you?

      3. aveli says:

        friction also gives grip.

      4. aveli says:

        heat is only produced when friction is overcome.

    3. madmax says:

      Also was surprised to see Luca on race day as heard the same thing and only ever seen him on the Saturday.

      I’m thinking we will never see him at the race again if he has any superstition at all.

    4. Andrew M says:

      I don’t think Hamilton/Rosberg will care when they win the world title that Ferrari was nothing more than a speck in their rear view mirrors.

    5. j says:

      When the car is slow the drivers will wrestle it a lot harder trying to make up time in the corners and will cook the tires that way. Not to mention late braking often to defend their position.

      1. goferet says:

        @ j

        Oh, that explains it then.

  6. rAj says:

    Being a long time Ferrari fan, I am tired of seeing Ferrari losing so may races and yesterday’s race was just painful to watch Ferrari.

  7. AlexD says:

    Dear LDM, please make Ferrari taxis faster and focus on your own team. I am a forever Ferrari fan, but it hurts to watch how you let the talent of Alonso and Kimi go wasted

    1. Gaz Boy says:

      Dare I say it, but perhaps the problems of Ferrari go back to the testing ban introduced from 2009? I say that because the British kit car teams invested heavily in CFD, mathematical analysis and simulation software to design and develop their cars in the wake (no pun intended!) of a testing ban. Ferrari it seems, lacks the CFD knowledge of the likes of Red Bull and Mercedes.
      Of course, this theory could be a load of old tosh, but is it a coincidence that since testing in-season has been restricted Ferrari have never won the constructors title? I can say with complete confidence that I find it unlikely 2014 Ferrari will have their named etched on the constructors cup.
      Ferrari haven’t had a dry weather pole position since Singapore 2010. Very telling.

      1. Tim says:

        If u read the LDM interview this month’s F1 Racing mag, he’s ranting on about needing to spend millions on CFD and wind tunnel upgrades and a simulator while their private test track lays empty and unused. I guess he’s forgot that these are the very same new generation R&D tools that are helping Ferrari to develop their road cars more efficiently while increasing their profit margin. So why on earth is he complaining? Granted it’s all very emotional and romantic to burn rubber and fuel on ur private test track and make a lot of noise to keep the fans and tourists happy while keeping the locals annoyed. However we’re into the digital age now it’s all about eking out the last bytes of performance without burning 1 extra drop of fossil fuel or making a whole closet full of highly detailed carbon fibre model cars for the wind tunnel.

      2. NickH says:

        The great team Michael, Brawn and Todt brought back from the doldrums is well and truly gone. They don’t seem to know where to go with their cars for years now, always producing cars with inherent problems. They need big changes, it isn’t working. I can’t see how it’s going to get any better this year with them being so far behind. The new car that their great drivers are blessed with driving looks truly awful from looking at the onboard footage. And the worst engine. How ironic the great Enzo Ferrari once claimed, “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.”

  8. C Lin says:

    Haha banana republic!
    Todt, your the man!

    Maybe Stefano final year in the red team.
    Even maybe Alonso last year, he’s probably flying off to McLaren/FI/Williams next year.

    1. stevemalta says:

      Mclaren

      1. F1interested says:

        Ronspeak would rather shoot himself in the head before employing Alonso a second time. Remember he sacked him!!!!

  9. PaulL says:

    Bahrain exposed Ferrari’s:
    - Poor mechanical grip.
    - Poor top speed.
    - High tyre wear.
    - High fuel consumption.
    - Poor aerodynamic grip.

    They’re be better off bringing the F126C for China. Heads should roll.

    1. Rob says:

      Couldn’t agree more. This year is a write off. Take the pain now, make the changes, and rebuild. Allison joined late last year, right? So chassis should be better next year right off the bat, assuming no political power play shenanigans back at the factory.

      Real question is, should LdM step away from F1 oversight as well, or consider a more general retirement? He has failed to motivate his F1 management, and I would say his tolerance for a serially middling team is a stain on his otherwise illustrious career. Sometimes you need to step aside to let the next generation carry the flames of passion.

    2. KARTRACE says:

      Ouch and you forgot mentioning LDM big mouth as well and lack of style. He is the biggest embarrassment to Ferrari.

      1. Tornillo Amarillo says:

        Agreed, this is a intergalactic Red Hole attracting all bad things in a single year… but I like Raikonnen, you will see it if Magnum keeps his distance.

  10. Chris says:

    Fantastic race. This is the race I wanted to see in Melbourne but was robbed of Hamilton. Let me tell you the noise controversy is just that. At Melbourne the sound was different but the speed was the same.

  11. sean hardman says:

    Fantastic race! Ferrari need to work harder. Going to be a long season for Ferrari, and their fans(I am one). Just stop moaning and get on with it. Glad I’ve already got my Silverstone tickets, it’s going to sell out very quick.

  12. Marc says:

    I am a stubborn Ferrari fan, but I could only love the race because for the first time in a long time F1 really stole the emotion that any team or driver usually provides. Yesterday’s race was a pure beauty!

    1. Ric says:

      I also love Ferrari. But is see that F1 has become an economy drive, the drivers can’t go flat out as they have to conserve fuel and tyres. I thought F1 was the pinnacle of the sport, bring back the fuel stops and in between race testing for any team. The race only came alive after the safety car.

      1. Doug says:

        Loads of great racing from lights out to the end…are you sure you were on the right channel?
        :-)

      2. AlexD says:

        Have you seen the race? It was a lot more flat out racing than what I have seen in the last couple of years

  13. Andyc_f1 says:

    It is no surprise to see Luca turn on his owm people again. I’ve mentioned for years about this, but I always feel like there is a rule of fear at a Maranello.

    They are only a few races away from crisis. I’m my view it should be time for Luca to step aside. Not find another scapegoat.

    We’ve all worked for leaders like him. Happy to turn up and take the plaudits. Quiet exits when things not going well and looking for someone else to blame.

    Ferrari have so far failed to adjust to the post endless testing ban, and have not replaced Brawn and Byrne.

  14. Brett says:

    James, your best guess, will Alonso be at Ferrari next year and if not where will he be?

    1. James Allen says:

      He has nowhere to go

      Can’t see him wanting to work with Ron again

      And will Honda be any good out of the box in year 1?

      1. Joe_in_Miami says:

        James, there are rumors about Honda wanting to power more than one team, i.e. McLaren, a 2nd-tier new entrant and why not Red Bull who is so unhappy about their PU. Have you got any insight into this?

      2. James Allen says:

        They need to for de element reasons

        I could imagine Sauber, for cost reasons as Honda engine will be cheaper I would think

      3. Pete says:

        How about Mercedes? I know Merc rate ROS, but FA is another league surely? Would FA fancy another try at Ham?

        A real champion with no cars to drive. What a shame for F1!

      4. Ahmad says:

        James,

        Maybe if Haas could secure a Mercedes engine deal given that they have the money and Mercedes would be interested in selling more cars in the US (just like Force India will help sales in India), that could tempt him. They could partner him with an American driver and would certainly learn from his experience. He hasn’t got much to gain from staying at Ferrari, as I don’t see how they are going to beat RBR and the Mercedes-powered teams this year or next.

        LDM is really irritated because his brand is getting badly damaged against a more “technologically-advanced” luxury car manufacturer (which is worse than being beaten by a drinks company), and with two world champions driving his cars, he can’t even fault his drivers, for whom everybody feels sorry.

      5. Rob says:

        I love the “I am being beaten by limousine designers” line you’re on… To compete with Newey gives you an excuse for being second best. Fighting it out with McLaren, another exotic sports car company, is noble. But being roundly beaten by a “saloon car” brand, that has to sting (and I really have a higher opinion of Merc than that, in real life – some of their designs are quite nice).

        As software continues to eat hardware in so many industries, this makes Ferrari look a little too much like the 20th century throwback retro-vintage car company it has become. I foresee serious marketing problems for Ferrari the car company in 15 years… As the last generation of balding males born before the information age start dying off and donating their antiques to museums.

      6. Mike Martin says:

        Losing from Mercedes is no shame at all. Mercedes is a far more bigger company as FIAT. Mercedes does much more then Luxury cars building. They build vans, trucks, super cars and more.
        LdM is irritated because things don’t go his way enough. He get’s the lion share, continuously have been bending the rules and still does not get’s his satisfaction.

        I would not be surprised if something urgent needs to be fixed on the Ferrari engines real soon. Maybe a devious engine map trick ala Renault with their V8′s? Time will tell.

      7. Krischar says:

        James yet you have stated somewhere in the previous articles Ron is till keen on Alonso and would take him back if Alonso wishes?

        Also there were some conversation took place and picture has been posted it seems?

        What will be better? To stay with a incapable team and earn little more money or Alonso needs to risk and gamble his future somewhere to land the WDC 3? Time is running out though

        Finally how the developments process goes on with honda in terms of engines for next season?

      8. James Allen says:

        The picture is from 2007 I believe, no?

      9. Ahmad says:

        McLaren is a gamble with the risk around the Honda power-unit, who will have to beat improved versions of the current power-units, as well as McLaren most often behind on aero and reliability since a few years.

        I think Alonso will see how the development curve goes at Ferrari this year, and if no improvements are coming from the power-unit, he’ll probably take the gamble, as I am sure Honda is far more capable than the Ferrari engine department. I just don’t see Ferrari progressing this year or next in this new hybrid-engine era…

      10. KAlan says:

        Hi James,
        I have read in numerous places over the years and recently an ex-F1 driver and now commentator/pundit said, Alonso won’t give Ron the time of day.
        Am I correct in assuming that Ron, for the good of his team and presumably under pressure from Honda, would work with Alonso but the stumbling block would be Alonso, not wanting to work with Ron again?
        Just to add, could it be that Ron Dennis did not take the role of team principal, instead saying there was no need for it in modern F1, because he had an eye on the bigger picture and the outside chance of getting Alonso?
        I mean no disrespect to Button or his team mate, but surely Mclaren and Honda would jump at the chance of landing Alonso if there was a possibility, no?

      11. James Allen says:

        Ron TS me he would take Alondo back

        But I’m not sure the feeling is mutual

        I may be wrong

      12. Gaz Boy says:

        James, I reckon Fernando would lie on a bed of nails rather than work with Ron Dennis. He still feels cheated of the 2007 WDC and that was 7 years ago, so why would he suddenly cast aside what he feels is an injustice? Just a thought.

      13. Cheesypoof69 says:

        I don’t think this will happen. Even if Fernando made peace with Ron, Boullier, who in my opinion often sounds like a buffoon, has in the past criticised Alonso since he left Renault. I think that is another reason it won’t happen. I’d love to see Williams revive and take him, anything is better than rotting away with those Ferrari clowns. I hope Alonso has a performance clause exit in his contract..

      14. Random 79 says:

        Given the current state of affairs he could do well to give VJ a call :)

      15. F1interested says:

        Alonso would probably be defeated by Hulk on pure speed alone.

      16. Random 79 says:

        Yeah but at least the car might be faster :)

      17. Phil R says:

        I’m not sure who would go, but if Alonso was on the market would Red Bull not be interested? A Newey car with a an engine presumably more equalised to the Merc would be tempting.

      18. Ahmad says:

        Alonso had made himself available to RBR for this year (remember when his manager paid a visit to Horner?) but they were not interested, neither in him nor in Raikkonen.

        Given how Ricciardo is driving at the moment, there is no way RBR would replace him, and I don’t see Vettel leaving for another team.

      19. Matthew Cheshire says:

        “Who would go”? RB changing their lineup would be a PR disaster. Knifing Vettel if he has a sluggish season or pulling the rug out from beneath Ricciardo after training him and his stellar start.

        Alonso is good but there is no guarantee that he would even equal SV or DR in the same car. He has adapted to the new rules well but new tricks are a young man’s game. SV and DR are the dream team for Red Bull.

        Red Bull made the right choice with Kimi. It would be the same logic with FA.

      20. bmg says:

        When does Vettel’s contract end at Redbull?

      21. Phil R says:

        I can’t see Vettel or Riciardo being pushed, but Vettel could leave. Stranger things have happened in the past, and he did make sure his contract ended this year so he’d be in sync with everyone else and have options.

        Chances are it’ll be the same lineup next year, just saying, it could happen…

      22. Krischar says:

        @ F1 Interested

        “Alonso would probably be defeated by Hulk on pure speed alone” – Are you in dreamland? If so please wake up

        Which hulk you talk about? The one who was outpaced by Sergio perez in Bharain? I believe you are kidding yourself, How the heck you can compare a average mid-field pilot with the greatest pilot in the history of F1?

        First hulk must outpace perez who was ousted by Mclaren then you can talk about hulk and his speed

      23. justafan says:

        Krischar, who’s the greatest pilot in the history of F1?

      24. Timmay says:

        Murphy’s Law – Fernando will leave Ferrari the year that they come good.

      25. Uncle Bumber says:

        Lol like maldanado with williams

      26. Ahmad says:

        I doubt that Ferrari will be coming good any time soon in this new hybrid-engine era. While Renault is likely to improve over time as they have showed over the past, Ferrari simply do not have the technological know-how in regards to hybrid technology, and Ferrari are always behind RBR in terms of aero.

        Alonso made a mistake of leaving McLaren too soon, but also missed an opportunity to drive the title-winning Brawn. Honda is likely to be a better bet than Ferrari’s sorry excuses…

      27. Elie says:

        No I think Ferrari will come good the day he leaves. Not direspecting his driving – just his personality

      28. clyde says:

        Yeah right ….you were seeing him eh ?

      29. Tornillo Amarillo says:

        Pretty sure HAMILTON will be back to McLaren(Honda) in 2016 when the Mercedes contract expires… Nothing more cinematographic image of Lewis coming Home (lot of emotion and TV coverage), being received by Ron Denis and melting each other in a large hug orchestrate by XIX Entertainment… It could be the 3rd Championship, like Senna!!!

      30. Krischar says:

        @ Elie

        You sound irrational here and when you talk about Alonso’s personality it also reflects the resentment you have towards Alonso, which is very hilarious. In fact none of us know what is Alonso’s exact personlaity. Did any of us met Alonso or at least have seen him in personal? NO. Then how we can slate the man?

        People should wake up and just confess the fact how well Alonso have done for the Ferrari team with Ropey cars at his disposal time and time again ever since 2010. Ferrari were and still are a mid-table team only Fernando alonso’s exertion have saved tthe face of Ferrari team for quite a while now. Ferrari will never ever come good, no matter who they hire for the team. Becuase they have no brains and LDM is so dim-witted

        I repeat this, no other pilots in the grid would have done what alonso did for ferrari in the last five seasons. In fairness most drivers would have left the team long time ago. Becuase one can drive for a sub-standard team or car only for a season or two. not all they way through

        Alonso please leave this team and take your chances from some other team. You really deserve more WDC’s than just 2

        The funniest jigsaw in the piece is KImi raikkonen. Lotus provided him much better cars for the last couple of seasons’s where he won races and had poduims. Now he has returned to the team who are clearly incompetent. Maybe more MOney and Ice-creams did the trick i believe

      31. Jose Sanchez says:

        James what do you make the radio message from Alonso to stella. The only thing I want to know is how much faster I am that the saviour of the country. Referring to Mimi.
        Just frustration, or something else?

    2. LeighJW says:

      He could go to Williams? Or, if we remember the rumours that ‘Vettel has already signed for Ferrari in 2015′, he could go to Red Bull. (This is a joke – Vettel would have long since cancelled any Ferrari option he had. Now the Schumacher/Brawn era is over they are slowly reverting to their 1980-1999 inept best.

  15. Anshuman says:

    I don’t know why they can’t just accept that they did a bad job, inspite of all the money and focus on that. Enzo Ferrari must be pissed off in his grace.

  16. Lars J says:

    Maybe Alonso should tweak Montezemolos ear for not staying put and facing the humiliating result. And do something about it.
    Two of the best drivers on the grid is out because of the car. In Alonsos case that is a painfull further downturn from the former years, where he has lost two drivers championships, because the Ferrari was not even number two.

  17. kenneth chapman says:

    as the president of ferrari it must be most difficult to face public scrutiny in these circumstances and despite what some people say about him one has to ask, could you/i do any better?

    before everyone rushes in with their hands up consider what ferrari are faced with. when you have done that,then dispassionately,work out what the next step would be? it is no good going backwards and saying what you/i would have done, it is the now that needs sorting.

    my mantra is that ‘it is never to late’ but even if the solution seems to be there how much do you spend to rectify the current situation knowing that in 2015 there will be certain allowable engine upgrades that may go a long way to solving this problem that they have at the moment. to my amateur observation it appears that there are many changes that need to be made and maybe they should just write this season off and concentrate on 2015.

    i like to see a competetive ferrari because then i get to see alonso performing at his best. what happens next is anyones guess but if i needed a starting point i would get rid of that ridiculous nose assembly. better to go down looking good than looking ugly!!!

    1. Random 79 says:

      “could you/i do any better?”

      It’s a tough job for sure, but yeah – I would at least stick around to watch my drivers cross the finish line.

    2. Jake says:

      The thing is, they had people who could do better and they got rid of them.

    3. Elie says:

      Kenneth- Im not a president of Ferrari. But the one thing I do know having managed small teams is that when times are tough – you never ever walk away from your team. Ive copped alot of flack from my peers, colleagues when faced with what seemed impossible challenges. But that flack turned into Respect when you turned things around and your workers happily worked days & nights- because you were there in the trenches with them!- lead by example..

    4. j says:

      It’s a nice thought. Take this year off and concentrate on next year but look how that went for McLaren. They are terrible again this year.

      The only silver lining to the problems that Ferrari are having is that we are distracted from what’s happening at McLaren. Even with the money and the right powertrain McLaren are still a mid-field team at best.

      1. Random 79 says:

        Maybe, but they’re still a mid-field team that are sitting 3rd in the constructor’s standings ;)

      2. Doug says:

        McLaren are 3rd in the constructors championship. If it hadn’t been for the clutch issue Jenson would have come somewhere between 3rd & 5th. He is quoted as saying that the only positive he takes from the race was that the only team with more pace, though a LOT more pace, were Mercedes.
        I would expect McLaren to end the year 2nd or 3rd in the constructors championship (so a bit further up than midfield!)…and I’d guess Ferrari will be very close behind them. Big teams have the resources to solve their problems…unless the car is a complete dog like last years McLaren…even then, that choice was only made because of the massive shift in regulations for this year.

      3. Krischar says:

        @ J

        YOur are wrong mate

        Yes MClaren may struggle now. Yet i believe thhey will come good soon with improvements and updates in the car. They also have mercedes PU. Mclaren will surely catch up with RBR soon and may even catch up Mercedes towards the end of the season. Whereas Ferrari will never improve no matter how much money they spend or how many people they hire from others. Becuase they do not have brains as a team with the excpetion of the drivers

        I am lot more convinced Mclaren will easily outdevelop Ferrari through out the season and may well compete with RBR for the vital second place in WCC

  18. Byron Lamarque says:

    You really can’t blame Luca di Montezemolo for embarking on this particular PR campaign. The Ferrari brand has been built on success in F1. If this new Hybrid engine is F1 and Ferrari can’t get it right then indeed this new Hybrid F1 must not be F1. It must be something else. Let’s say Taxi something or other.

    They’ve got aurguably the very best drivers. Perfect integration between chassis and engine design and manufacturing, a very healthy budget and absolutely no excuse not to buckle down and get this problem fixed. Is it any wonder there is to be no budget cap for the foreseeable future. A tonne of money is about to be spent and it will no doubt advance the technology associated with all things hybrid. Jean Todt may have just taken one small step toward saving the world!

    1. grat says:

      “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.”

      –Enzo Ferrari

    2. AlexD says:

      Are you aware that the best Ferrari roadcar (La Ferrari) is a hybrid?

      1. Byron Lamarque says:

        Thanks Alex,

        Very interesting I did not know that about LaFerrari. Wiki claims it’s the fastest road-legal car Ferrari has ever produced. This gives me great hope that Ferrari can turn their fortunes around and produce a Hybrid F1 car faster then anything they’ve ever produced before. That’s what fans want someone to challenge for the lead not someone making outlandish claims to the detriment of the sport.

  19. Mark V says:

    I am by no means a Scuderia historian, but I have been under the impression that Montezemolo was not entirely responsible for Ferrari’s turnaround during the Schumi years with Todt and Brawn, and that it is no coincidence that Ferrari’s championship run ended with Raikkonen in 2007 after Todt’s departure later that year.

    There seems to be evidence that while Montezemelo was not the sole architect of Ferrari’s success in the 2000′s, he has been chiefly responsible for their current woes.

    His frequent political grandstanding, the hiring, then firing, then hiring of Ferrari’s last WDC Raikkonen, the public spat with Alonso….these strange happenings and more all seem to point to a captain who doesn’t have a firm grasp on the ship’s rudder.

    Montezemolo can whine all he wants about the rules, the team, the drivers etc, but perhaps more than missing downforce or a powerful engine, perhaps Ferrari is missing a leader with a winner’s heart.

    1. zeph says:

      I am gonna have to agree with this.

      From what I have read, ousting Schu and Todt (which led to the departure of Brawn and Byrne) was a political move by Montezemolo who feared their influence and power within Ferrari would exceed his own, rendering him redundant in the process.

      He may be a shrewd political operator, but that does not make him the right leader for the Scuderia. I have felt for some time now that Ferrari under Montezemolo will not win. I really feel it is time for him to step aside.

      1. Ahmad says:

        I think you are right that Todt and Brawn) were starting to look for a promotion. Todt wanted to be Ferrari president (LDM would still have been FIAT president) and Brawn wanted Todt’s job. LDM refused the requested promotions, and they had to leave to be replaced by in-house Italians. One ended up at the top of the FIA, the other Team Principal at Honda. Both have been very successful since, but the same can not be said of LDM and his sinking taxi…

      2. zeph says:

        Ironically, I read that Todt’s success as GM of the Racing Division didn’t sit well with Montezemolo, and he promoted Todt to CEO of Ferrari, thinking he wouldn’t be able to juggle all those responsibilities.
        Unfortunately, Todt excelled as CEO, and became a real threat to Montezemolo, who then started scheming to regain control.

        He succeeded, but at what price?

    2. Elie says:

      Very good comment Mark Ive been saying this since 2009. The problem with Ferrari stems right from the top and there needs to be a change right at the top- for Ferrari to turn its fortunes around.

      Think about it under Todt, Brawn- the Schumacher years were sensational and even with Raikkonen there was a strong bond in the team- even its drivers Kimi and Massa were in a happier place.. As soon as that management left- it was like a black cloud descended over the Scuderia, followed by an equally political albeit impressive wc in Fernando…

      1. clyde says:

        you’ve really got it in for Alonso haven’t you despite him putting in the incredible perfomances that he has !

      2. Krischar says:

        @ Clyde

        Well put mate, nice one indeed

        There are quite few people here (Like Elie) and others in the forum who Despise Alonso for nothing. In fairness the people here have no Privileges to gripe about Alonso’s personality.
        We talk about the performance here and Alonso is the Best out there period.

        The resentment people have here towards alonso is far too much and it’s for no reason really. If people talk about politics then Schumi should not even be considered as top draw performer. Yet Schumi is considered as legend simply based on his performances.

        We cannot compare oranges with apples. There is only (Leo messi) live in this planet. Likewise there in one (Living legend) is present in F1 and it’s none other than our King Fernando Alonso.

      3. Elie says:

        Hes a great driver no doubt- but his political spin, mind games & character ( Samurai, 110%, etc) I find very fake & untrue, probably why hes such a great fit at Ferrari.. I understand alot of this is media driven but he works it too.. I just appreciate very genuine people that dont talk s$&@all the time

      4. clyde says:

        @ elie
        hmmm then how come you talk a load of s@# all the time with your meaningless tirades

      5. justafan says:

        Krischar, Schumi is considered a legend because he brought success to Ferrari. And Alosno would be too if he could succeed. But until then it’s time to wait and see because Alo’s career with Ferrari is still in progress.

  20. Nick TANTALO says:

    While I don’t agree with the thought of changing the rules simply because mercedes have the best engine or because the noise isn’t as loud, Formula 1 is boring this year. When Ferrari dominated in the Schumacher years, it was boring. When Red Bull and Vettel dominated recently, it was boring. Now, with Mercedes so dominating and many of the Mercedes powered teams so strong, it’s boring. The races may have some excitement, primarily amongst the Mercedes powered teams as they jockey for position, F1 just hasn’t lived up to my expectations in 2014.

    With the rule and engine changes for this year, I really had hoped to see the racing much tighter amongst all the teams and no one team dominating. I was relishing the thought of seeing the likes of Vettel, Alonso, Raikonen, Hamilton and a number of other drivers really battling it out because there would be no one dominate team or engine. I think back to the days when racing was tight between Schumacher, Hakinen, Villeneuve and Hill. The Championship often went down to last few races and you were excited to see the wheel to wheel racing. That is what I had hoped for this year.

    The rules should change but not to penalize Mercedes but to allow the Renault and Ferrari engines to be improved to close the power gap to Mercedes, so we can really get the chance to see a field with 5 current and former world champions battling it out, making every race count and making the uncertainty of who is to be crowned the 2014 World Champion the real excitement. Right now, only 3 races in and knowing that Hamilton or maybe Rosberg will be Champion, makes each race less exciting and me more likely to lose interest before they even reach Europe.

    1. Rudy says:

      To be honest, the responsibility lies in the FIA and FOM to allow changes year after year. With steady rules the back of the grid teams would have approached by NOW, but no and the lunatics at FiA decided to save the world from 2014 with hybrid power units. LOL. Bahrein now a gp under the floodlights, how many Kw needed for the show? Ridiculous…

      1. Random 79 says:

        Shhh…you’re starting to make sense… ;)

      2. Pat Palozzi says:

        Todt is a brilliant man to save all this energy,how much this gp under the light cost,and two more gp’s are under the lights.Please bring back Mosley, get this [mod] out of running F1.

    2. Robert says:

      The advantage Mercedes has is more than just horsepower. Their are other, very large advantages in the turbo packaging, the reduced size of the intercoolers, the lessening of turbo lag, and the ability to move the rear differential forward substantially. THIS is what it takes to be +2 seconds a lap faster than the rest of the field.

      And no one else can equal that, without a total redesign of their engine and turbocharger. No one. The other Merc powered teams can make modifications to get some of the advantages, but overall, they started too late in the design process.

      This is not like a double diffuser, or Coanda exhaust that is just a bit of carbon fibre work.

      It is a fundamental WIN for Mercedes, that will be challenged, but not equalled this year.

      My hat is REALLY off to them – and I am a McLaren fan – because the improvements they made have real applications to road cars, starting with sports cars but then likely filtering down the product range. THAT is what F1 is all about, and they hit a grand slam.

      And I am also really impressed that the improvement suggestion came from the chassis team, not the engine team!

      1. JF says:

        True: the Merc seems to be the best complete package,engine, chassic, aero not to mention a couple of pretty handy drivers backed by a solid team. Other teams may do individual items better but don’t have the whole piece.

      2. Dante says:

        Nice post, Robert!

      3. kenneth chapman says:

        @ robert…exactly what part of this current crop of hybrids technology do you think will trickle down to roadcars…that isn’t being utilised right now?

        are you fully conversant with the hybrid technology being used in world endurance LMP1 racing from the recent past and currently in place?

      4. Robert says:

        It isn’t about the hybrid technology. The split turbo is AMAZING. A great design idea, and one that has so many obvious advantages (that I listed above) that it will get adopted by most sports cars and eventually lesser cars. There is no SENSE in combining the turbine and compressor when you can make a carbon fibre shaft to couple them….

        And I am afraid I don’t follow the other series as much as I should, but I am pretty sure the Merc split turbo is not being used anywhere else…

      5. kenneth chapman says:

        @ robert…really! i have driven/owned cars with turbos for many years. they have all been straight fours. i fail to see how this MB design structure could possibly be any better considering where the turbos are located than where they are located at the moment. i drive both audis and mercedes benz.

        what you may have missed in your breathless [AMAZING] adoration is that it has been suggested, in some as yet to be clarified areas, that the split turbo arrangement plays only a part of the reason for the mercedes dominance. evidently the ‘energy store’ has only half the allowable storage capacity resulting in a drop in weight of some 10/15kg which relates to a decent gain in lowering lap times.

        F1 is now a hybrid driven series, nothing more and nothing less.

        as i said before, hybrids and their corollaries are more evident in current LMP1 racing and from there to roadcars is a current trend. have you ever read the audi statements re their program?

      6. Robert says:

        @kenneth: I don’t know if you watched the Sky coverage, but they showed the Merc bodywork overlayed with the Ferrari’s. The Merc is _very_ much thinner at the rear, and actually had to have two useless blisters added to make minimum allowable dimensions.

        And the reason for that was the shift forward of the diff, which hits the turbo unless you have split it. Merc have much better aero in the rear because of that.

        Then add that the compressor is now not getting heated by the turbine, and so the compressed air flowing into the intercoolers is a lot cooler, resulting in smaller intercoolers. Which, as Sky showed, shrinks the sidepods considerably. It also shortens the pipework into the engine, which reduces turbo lag.

        Merc may also have a good hybrid unit – as James has written, they built a ERS centre of excellence a while ago, here in the UK. But that alone will not result in 2 seconds a lap. The split turbo has really helped their sidepod and rear aero, making them almost Newey-like.

      7. kenneth chapman says:

        @robert…no we don’t get sky presentation here bu it have read quite a few articles about the mercedes to know what they appear to have done.

        i think that you are somewhat missing the point of my message. the mercedes is in front because, as i understand it, they have come up with a better PU [hybrid solution.]

        the turbo is but one item of the hybrid unit. what i have said is simply this, the hybrid units installed in the LMP1 are more likely to either be used or used in part for cross fertilisation into road car applications than anything directly drawn from F1.

        yes, the mercedes technology may well be superior ATM but without knowing the full extent of the renault technology as an example it is difficult to compare, if a comparison is possible. my understanding is that the renault is down based not only on a technical component structural flaw but mainly a software issue.

        you also seem to have discarded the ‘energy store’ mass that i referred to as well. as i have said before the hybrid embraces all the components of which the turbo is but one.

    3. Timmay says:

      Zzzzz who didn’t see Merc dominance coming a full year ago Every Single Bit of News was saying they’d be the team to beat.

    4. LeighJW says:

      What sport have you been watching. More often than not, just two drivers battle it our for the WDC. In bad year, like 2014, only one driver is on contention. Very rarely are there several teams n cntention at any one time. It is the nature of the beast. Get over it.

      1. Tim says:

        What sport have YOU been watching? We’re only 3 races in and Rosberg is only 10 points ahead of Hamilton. Only 1 driver in contention?? Right we might have a repeat of 1988 where 1 team is head and shoulders above the rest of the field but boy did those 2 guys gave their best shot at winning the race! They were really going for it after the safety car intervention and in doing so pulled clear of 3rd place Perez at 2.4s average a lap!! This IS pure racing!!

      2. Tim, I think we are talking at cross purposes. :-)

        What you are saying is exactly what I am saying. It is great to have such good racing and a great battle. I was saying that historically, it is normal for only one team or a couple of drivers to be fighting for the WDC. Dominance is normal in F1.

        I thought in your original comment (which contain the ‘zzzzz’) that you were saying you were bored by 2014 so far. I was saying the opposite. This is far preferable to one team dominance with team orders as per Ferrari and Red Bull.

        It is flipin’ great.

  21. Arron Timson says:

    I’m sure luca di montezemolo moans every year about something.

  22. London Cabbie says:

    James,

    Do we know if Mr Montezemolo left the circuit in a Toyota Prius taxi?

  23. graham bowman says:

    The race was great I have watched it twice already, once in English and then in Spanish,it’s a long time since I done that.
    On reflection though it was better after the safety car when fuel became not a issue.
    To the people who say f1 can’t survive without out ferrari, I say it’s done pretty much that for a few years now.

    1. bmg says:

      I agree, the only team talking it up was Mercedes.
      Because they know the fans have been critical of the new rules and the most to lose if a change happens.
      It was refreshing to see 2 team mates racing each other.

  24. John Marshall says:

    This kind of move by LdM just smacks of a calculated publicity stunt. He got heard by more people by leaving early. Frankly, I’m really tired of his BS. The incessant whining and complaining from Ferrari is tiresome.

    1. Mekanikal grip says:

      Nail. Hit. Head.

  25. Cedgy says:

    Time for some heads to roll?

    Wonder how long Alonso will put up with this situation, possible early retirement by the end of the year?
    Same with Kimi can’t see him going on like this for much longer.

    Hulkenberg could finally get his chance to drive for a top team next year?

    1. Lyn Eerthawt says:

      You seem oblivious to the fact that Ferrari are no longer ‘a top team’.

    2. jake says:

      He is already in the second top team…

    3. Sri says:

      Ferrari is a top team? If Alonso and Kimi are leaving and Ferrari is bad, why would Hulk go there? He is already in a top team now.

    4. Random 79 says:

      “Hulkenberg could finally get his chance to drive for a top team next year?”

      But why would he want to?

    5. Harshad says:

      Kimi’s retiring after his current stint with Ferrari for sure. He himself said that before Sepang 2014.
      If Kimi has a car to compete for championship in 2015 then he may extend the contract by one year otherwise he will retire at the end of 2015.

    6. pm says:

      Not sure he will want to move to Ferrari though!

    7. Timmay says:

      Yep – kick Jenson out and Nico can have a top team car alright.

  26. janis1207 says:

    Somehow
    the situation looks like the one 50 years ago when classical and proud Ferrari’s were being beaten by upstart, but innovative Coswort’s. Sad, in a way, but inevitable.
    Hybrids are here to stay, this much should be obvious, and Mr. Stefano D. has not been able to put together a team capable of fighting at the top end (again). Likeable as he is, I can’t see him leading Ferrari F1 team next year.
    They have lost so much ground now, that with the regulations being what they are, it can take them some 3 years at least to catch up!

  27. Grant H says:

    Hahahaha bad sportsman!!!

  28. danny almonte says:

    I enjoyed the race but I’m sure if Monty’s team was in Mercedes place he wouldn’t be complaining at all. In fact I’m sure he would have ordered his number two driver to hand the win to his number one driver.
    All that being said, I’m not a fan of the new F1. The engine freeze is ruining the show. The Renault and Ferrari engined teams are seemingly stuck until next season.

  29. Ryan says:

    LOL, you finally got your birthday wish Alonso! Someone else’s car -and it’s….. A Marussia! Happy birthday, [mod]

    1. Joe_in_Miami says:

      James is it OK for your site to admit insults from the people that comment? I find it appalling to say the least.

      1. James Allen says:

        Not really – please tone it down

    2. Cheesypoof69 says:

      You must be really proud of yourself. I’m sure Alonso and Ferrari must be losing sleep over your comment, while Kimi has found solace. Congratulations.

    3. Fernando "150%" Alonso says:

      How on earth this comment went under the moderator radar! I hate to say it James, but this place is not the same as 5 years ago!

    4. pm says:

      At least its not as bad(yet) as lotus

    5. Mocho_Pikuain says:

      How could this message pass the mods?? This is really disappointing for the level this website usually provides. And for Gods sake, can somebody tell me where does this kind of people come from? Its like reading a hybrid version of Forest Gump and a water touched gremlin.

      1. James Allen says:

        Apologies it’s modded now

      2. Mocho_Pikuain says:

        As we say in spain, it happens even in the best families. Worst part of the comment has been erased, thanks for the fast reaction.

      3. Ryan says:

        Wow, you guys sure have delicate sensibilities. There’s good reason to [mod] Alonso and Ferrari.
        Alonso: Abusing team mates, using the media like a rented mule, cracking gear boxes, blocking team mates in the pits, spygate, crashgate and then trying to get rightful winners of championships disqualified from races.

        Ferrari: Also using the media like a rented mule, team orders GALORE, screwing over Massa in nearly every race, generally ruining the sporting side of F1 and turning it into a soap opera/spectacle. And then there’ the dea tey hve to earn more money than other teams at the end of the year as well as veto privileges. That’s not right at all.

        This Mocho guy is obviously a Ferrari fan, a guy who drinks the Kool-Aid and follows the credo of Ferrari and probably thinks they ca never do any wrong. That’s fine. But, he should also perhaps whine about the other posters who speak negatively about Alonso/Ferrari as well.

  30. graham bowman says:

    The race was great I have watched it twice already, once in English and then in Spanish,it’s a long time since I done that.
    On reflection though it was better after the safety car when fuel became not a issue.
    To the people who say f1 can’t survive without out ferrari, I say it’s done pretty much that for a few years now.
    I understand Luca,s disappointed with his team But I don’t think this is the way to motivate them. This guy lives in a different world than most of us and it shows I for one think these changes help f1 be more acceptable in the modern world,I have a solar power business and its hard to lecture people on not changing to green power while being a f1 freak.

  31. Mark Shueard says:

    I am scared to be honest that if Ferrari don’t catch up in the next 24 months, they may throw it in. I guess before this action we might first see mass sackings take place. Interesting indeed.

    1. grat says:

      I doubt it. For all of his moaning, Ferrari isn’t that far off the pace of “the field” (excluding the W05′s).

      Now, if the other Mercedes powered teams manage to move themselves into the same league as the Factory Mercedes team, then Ferrari can worry, along with Red Bull.

    2. Timmay says:

      Erm, they’ve been this bad before.

    3. LT says:

      They sucked for almost 2 decades through the 80s and 90s and they’re still around. They’ll still be around

  32. David says:

    It’s good that Todt stood up to his former boss. It’s something of a shock to see Ferrari and it’s two world champion drivers – two of the finest of their generation – struggling so badly.

    For many years it has been unclear whether a great driver can really pull outstanding results from a bad car. I guess this is because the best drivers naturally end up in the best cars over time. This season has turned that status quo on its head. It could be embarrassing times ahead for Ferrari and for Vettel.

    I just hope that people have more tolerance for Jenson Button’s past performances and appreciation of what he has done when for much of his career he didn’t have the best car. On the one occasion that he did he capitalised on it as any driver would do and yet so many people rubbish him for this. Personally I think it’s more admirable when a driver who is not the best of his generation gets a WDC. If only the most gifted deserved WDCs then they might as well only field four cars.

    1. Timmay says:

      Jenson is a rent-a-driver scrub who lucked into a world title. End of story

      1. Longy says:

        What an intelligent and well formed response, well done to you Timmay…

  33. Goob says:

    DRS is not a tool… it’s total garbage. Just wanted to clarify.

    1. grat says:

      Yeah, I loved how Nico pulled up behind Lewis on the straight, nailed the DRS, and shot past Lewis into turn one…

      Oh wait. That didn’t happen.

      Maybe that means that DRS is as much of an “assist” as the “Over Take” button on the steering wheel that no one ever complains about… It’s useful, but by no means an “I win” button.

      It won’t necessarily let a slower driver out-perform a faster driver, and sometimes, it won’t even help a faster car against a slower car.

      It does make up for some of the aerodynamic issues involved in passing another F1 car, though.

    2. Random 79 says:

      Clarified, noted and filed.

    3. Mark V says:

      Did you time travel from back in 2011 to post this?

      1. Goob says:

        Truth is a constant…

      2. Mark V says:

        Apparently flogging a dead horse remains a constant for some as well.

      3. Random 79 says:

        Like LDM?

      4. Random 79 says:

        More importantly can he time travel back? ;)

  34. neilmurg says:

    It must be very painful for Ferrari. Even if they fix the current car, we’ll be thinking ‘yeah but anyone could catch up with the extra FIA money’. Their problem now is if they threaten to leave, no one will miss them.

  35. Goob says:

    The FIA is definitely a banana republic… there is no question on that…

  36. Grant says:

    Patience Todt, your Ferrari will get there.

    1. Random 79 says:

      Yes, but 32.5 seconds late ;)

  37. Joshua says:

    Taxi for luca!!!!!

  38. Harshad says:

    Signs of things to come;
    https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t31.0-8/p720x720/1913272_1509963399230831_568457333335192843_o.jpg

    Does Anybody agree that this will last year for SD as Ferrari team principal.

    1. Random 79 says:

      Could be.

      I stop short of saying that he deserves it as there is probably many, many reasons why they are not where they should be, but the buck has to stop somewhere and I don’t see LDM volunteering ;)

    2. KING Arthur says:

      Lol nyce

    3. H.Guderian says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    4. Elie says:

      Great Pic..But I wonder who is looking at Luca

      1. Random 79 says:

        The cameraman.

        He’s a stern fellow that cameraman ;)

      2. Elie says:

        Thank goodness I thought you might say Robert De Niro from the set of meet the fockers

      3. Gaz Boy says:

        Is the cameraman called Christian, Ron or Paddy by any chance?

    5. George says:

      Love the pic Lol, LDM has that ‘who pinched my but look’ and the other guys are looking SO innocent ;)

      As an aside, I like SD, I hope he does not end up with Whitmarsh – maybe they could start their own team!

  39. Kirsty says:

    Kudos to Todt for calling out Monte’s bullshit. F1 is just fine even when Ferrari is not winning, get over it, Luca

  40. Andy says:

    Montezemolo’s face was a picture as he stood in the teams garage and watched others just stream by.

  41. Harshad says:

    James,

    Luca was furious after the race and has called for a meeting at Maranello next week.
    Can you please give us some insights regarding that and also the outcome
    Afterall, its “ANNUAL EAR TWEAKING” festival at Maranello.

  42. Stephen Taylor says:

    LDM and Domenicali need to resign. They are dinosaurs thinking Ferrari have a divine right to win.

    1. H.Guderian says:

      +1.000.000

  43. Anand Murthy says:

    What a conceited, opinionated a$$ Mr. LDM’s turned out to be!

    … Trying to shift focus from the Scuderia’s inability to get its sh** together

    … Trying to change rules because SF has produced a ‘thirsty’ engine that’s heavier (a polite way of saying that they’ve produced a Fiat engine for a F1 car)

    … Trying to make this about engine noise, when that is a distant second to car performance … If say, Marussia were to find a way to make a whisper-silent engine which kicked everyone’s ar$e, everyone wd line-up to replicate that

    Goodbye Mr. LDM, you were not missed in the last 12 laps while LH & NR were 3 seconds a lap faster than your World Champs who were reduced to being taxi-drivers trundling around in ‘thirsty’ engines.

    Would you like to ask your your 2 World Champ Taxi Drivers whether they’d like to call this “The 2-hr LeMon’s Race” ;), or “Formula Boredom”?

    1. Random 79 says:

      “If say, Marussia were to find a way to make a whisper-silent engine which kicked everyone’s ar$e, everyone wd line-up to replicate that”

      Excellent point.

  44. Nigel says:

    Montezemolo had travelled to Bahrain to meet with Bernie Ecclestone and with FIA president Jean Todt to discuss changes he would like to make to the rules, to improve the show.

    Should have stayed in Italy with his engine designers to discuss changes he’d like to make to improve the car…

    1. Gaz Boy says:

      Superb post! Ha ha, Luca, I don’t know what the Italian for faecal matter is, but your team are certainly in it!

      1. Fastfastfast says:

        I thought it was kaka in any language!

      2. Charlie says:

        “Cazzo” should do the trick.

    2. Random 79 says:

      +1

    3. Elie says:

      Exactly Nigel..

  45. W Johnson says:

    The Bahrain race was exciting precisely because Mercedes allowed this to happen ie No team orders! If Luca di Montezemolo had his way with Ferrari dominance, team orders by Ferrari would have ensured a very boring race as we have seen so often. Boo to team orders!

    So its kind of ironic that we have the same Mr Montezemolo complaining about F1 being boring.

    1. Ben says:

      I find it hard to picture a scenario (this early in the season) where Alonso or Raikkonen let their team mate through when they are fighting for the win. But I agree that is ironic montezemelo saying it’s boring!

  46. Andrew M says:

    When Luca stuck his arm out for a taxi at the airport, he was a little surprised when Kimi turned up and asked him to perch on the front wing. Fortunately adding a second passenger didn’t affect the car’s performance too much, although they were out dragged by several Indian-made road cars on the way to the circuit.

    1. Random 79 says:

      LMAO – Priceless image :)

      1. Matthew Kable says:

        +1

  47. Rich C says:

    “The engine people at the factory need to work to make a big leap forward in quality”

    If there was *ever any doubt that the “engine people” intend to cheat, this should clarify the matter.

    1. grat says:

      Step one… break both Ferrari engines in the next race. Spectacular failures with smoke and flames, ideally, get the turbo to shoot a 6 foot jet of flame out the exhaust.

      Step two… tell the FIA that the Ferrari engine needs significant changes for reliability purposes.

      Step three… launch full scale night-ops against Brixworth factory, remove Mercedes Power Units.

      Step Four… tape “Ferrari” across the top of “new power units”, submit to FIA for homologation.

  48. Brent says:

    Monte, for a man who’s team is given Force India’s budget, just for showing up, you build pretty lousy equipment.

  49. Sharm says:

    Being the 5th best team doesn’t feel very good and developing a fast car is so hard without Bridgestone.. There must be something we can do!! Hey Bernie, Jean, Ive got a few rule changes in mind that will get us back on the podium… Can you help a brother out?

  50. Rot Racing says:

    While I share the sentiment of Luca that the engine needs to sound a lot louder, he should embrace the emerging cutting edge technology.
    Its very painful to see Ferrari being so off the pace, come on do a pep talk and motivate the engineering team to do one better!!!

  51. The Spanish Inquisitor says:

    Last year the FIA was a banana republic, changing the tire rules ….. The power of Ferrari is less than zero….

  52. At last says:

    Ferrari are so poor, it kills me. As much as i want Alonso to stay, i cannot see it. They havent had a good car for years. No way can they make up the deficit this year. They need to sort it out and as an Italian, get rid of the all Italian management, it doesnt work. Painful.

  53. Hansb says:

    James,
    Depending on the circuit but to me, yesterday Ferrari was 6th fastest, not 5th !

    1) Mercedes
    2) Redbull
    3) McLaren
    4) Force India
    5) Williams
    6) Ferrari

    In fact 3/4/5 can be different, they were close in terms of speed.

    LdM has to look at himself and SD I think. It is not just the engine or the chassis that is lacking. The Ferrari engine power/efficiency, mechanical grip, aero, high tyre degradation, it is all at or below average. All these areas are lacking rather than the one.
    It feels like something within the organisation is responsible for that….

    1. Hansb says:

      Sorry last sentence :”It feels like something within the organisation is responsible for that….”
      Has to be : It feels like the organisation is responsible for that all areas are underperforming.

  54. Random 79 says:

    Did he catch a taxi? ;)

    Seriously though, what kind of message does that send to the team and fans?

    With respect to the Tifosi – who are arguably some of the most dedicated fans in the world – if LDM can’t be bothered sticking around for the hard times then why should they?

    Shame on you Luca.

    1. Gaz Boy says:

      If he did catch a taxi he would insist on it being an Alfa Romeo or Lancia, and insist on the taxi driver fixing the car when it breaks down………
      Are the tifosi dedicated, or myopic? Don’t forget in the 20s they elected some chap called Benito (who was supported by a certain chap called Enzo of Modena incidentally) and then in the early 50s briefly flirted with communism via the Russians, so the Italians are hardly beacons of wisdom and good judgement!
      And if you think that is harsh, ask yourself – why did Daniel’s mum and dad emigrate to Australia?

      1. Random 79 says:

        “Why did Daniel’s mum and dad emigrate to Australia?”

        So people would pronounce their name correctly? ;)

      2. Darth_patate says:

        really ?

        just try to replicate your 20th century history lesson with the brilliant German minds behind the Mercedes dominance.

      3. Tim says:

        Coz the Aussies were making better wine than the Italians around that time LOL!!

        Mind you the Italians have come back very strongly in that department.

        Anyway I digress. Great to see Ferraris being trounced again, like they have been during the 80s and 90s.

      4. Gaz Boy says:

        Indeed.
        Mind you, F1 still gives a certain alcoholic product made in France……….ah well, perhaps when Daniel wins first race break open a bottle of Jacob’s creek eh?

  55. Alan Green says:

    Did Luca call a cab?

    1. Elie says:

      I wouldnt be surprised if Jean Todt called it for him. In fact I dont know why he didn’t just whistle him a camel ! :)

  56. Cheesypoof69 says:

    James while the race was exciting a large part of that was down to the safety car, not the nature of F1 today. The two races before this were exceedingly dull. I’m not one of the fans who just changes tune because of a safety car… We have to be logical here. Maybe they should promote Maldonado higher up the field and give him free reign… That’s the current key to excitement now.

    1. James Allen says:

      Disagree

      It was great without the safety car and would have been a tight finish

      1. Alexander F1 says:

        i agree james because the mercs on different strategies was shaping up for a good finnish(still was amazing anyway)and the battle between force india and williams(2 vs 3 stops) would have been just as exciting

      2. stoic says:

        How much is the lead of Rosberg and Hamilton to the 3rd car before and after the safety car period?

    2. Jodum5 says:

      What are you smoking? The race was exciting before the safety car.

    3. Random 79 says:

      The only place they should promote Maldonado is to the nearest exit.

      Please Drive Very Safely, Alright?

  57. jmv says:

    Thank god there is Jean Todt at the helm of FIA. Everyone seemed to have a good race except Ferrari powered cars… dont blame the new formula.. blame your own people. maybe have a look in the mirror too.

  58. Panayiotis says:

    Just what is going on at Ferrari? All those resources and they haven’t built a winning car for a decade… How can they manage to keep failing year after year?

    James, a question on another note. How was it widely known from last year that the Mercedes engine would be so much more powerful that the others, and that the Mercedes works team would be the class of the field? What were the indications to make this a certainty so long before these cars even began to run?

    1. James Allen says:

      Visiting them, chatting to them and seeing how long they had been working on a centre of excellence for ERS tech at Brixworth

      1. krakinho says:

        I understand, but where did you get the information on Ferrari and Renault at the time, to be able to say that.
        How did you know that other two are far behind?
        Did you visit Viry and Maranello as well and then draw he conclusion, or there’s some other source of information, you can’t really expose? :-)

      2. Cheesypoof69 says:

        James if you and others are able to notice all this, what is your personal insight as to why Ferrari and Renault have obviously failed? I mean the Ferrari’s struggled to pass anyone even with DRS. I do think this power unit rule has ended up with a similar result as the tyre wars of past, except there is no chance of anyone improving during the season. I hated those tyre war years when one brand had a huge advantage, because ultimately while the cars and their development is cool, I do want to see the best drivers in the world in somewhat comparable equipment.

      3. James Allen says:

        They might argue investment

        I’d add very clear focus and long term planning

        Merc have been building a centre of excellence at Brixworth on KERS/ERS tech for over six years now

        They had the best KERS system and the also make the Merc E Cell electric super car there, so there’s a lot going on

  59. At last says:

    Oh and while the race was easily the best of the season, the safety car made a massive difference otherwise same as usual.

  60. nenslo says:

    Boo-freakin-hoo.

  61. Andre says:

    It was a great race, but a lot had to do with the Mercedes-engine powered teams having a big advantage over the other teams.

    Overtaking was very easy for them, Ferrari etc. were sitting ducks even without the DRS.

    And we all know a safetycar at the right time brings excitement too, as cars get closer together again.

  62. aveli says:

    poor monte, where did all that money go? i think they should’ve stuck with a ferrari instead of the fiat. they could at least be second in a ferrari. fiats are useless nor matter how much cash you throw at it.

  63. Keith says:

    I’m not even a Ferrari fan, but that’s not how you support the troops Montezemolo!!

    What sort of message does that send the drivers and team by leaving early, this guy a child! A real leader sticks it out through the good and bad, and there is mostly bad in motor racing.

    I feel for Alonso, he has much more to show as does Kimi and this sort of support does them no good.

    1. Random 79 says:

      Both drivers should leave early halfway through LDM’s next rant – and you know it’s coming ;)

  64. Rach says:

    Great analysis James. Yesterday’s race had all things in place that I think fans both old and new want. The two key things were that DRS was an aid but was not so strong that it allowed the opportunity for defensive and counter racing. Secondly and for me most important the tyres. They had the right level of degradation and allowed drivers to race but not ruin their strategies.

    The irony in Luca’ remarks after this race show how much trouble Ferrari are in. I have no problem with him as he is doing what all F1 teams would and that is to try and create an advantage. As ever though in F1 there is always a simple solution that takes away all problems…….build a faster car!

  65. Matthew Cheshire says:

    Not a believer in the captain going down with the ship then. Montezemolo should taking the pain with his team rather than jumping into the first lifeboat….

  66. glen says:

    Changing the engine noises would be a knee jerk reaction. They do not need changing. The new engines sound better than the dated V8s.

  67. Olivier says:

    Do Not Give In On The Sound! We are not pimping our motorbike here, are we?

    F1 needs to grow up. I wholeheartedly agree with Dennis. We owe it to the next generation.

    Thank you Todt for keeping true to your vision.

  68. Quercus says:

    Every dog has its day. It’s just not Ferrari’s turn.

  69. robert christian says:

    someone should tell luca that this season is over for ferrari. and they should start work on next years car and use this years races for testing. after seeing the speed of the mercs no one will get near them

  70. Jason says:

    Yawn the guy is always crying. Never heard a peep during the Schumi years. He wanted an engine formula. Now he has one.

  71. Gaz Boy says:

    I wonder if Ferrari have a fundamental issue with aero balance? Could be possible that the Ferrari’s aero balance is too rearward biased, therefore the front axle zone will be liable to locking and understeer as the downforce generated at the front is not equal to the rear.
    As for traction problems, could be problems with the engine mapping, torque delivery etc.
    Just supposition, but something is certainly amiss at Maranello.
    James Allison, you have joined a team with a huge amount to solve. ASAP.

    1. Gaz Boy says:

      Ferrari: either superbly brilliant or incredibly rubbish. Looks like the latter for this season if they don’t find some improvements.
      Remember the old Ferrari cliche “Next year we go for the championship?” Well this year perhaps that’s a wise decision!

      1. Random 79 says:

        I’m no expert, but I think they’d do better to say “this year we go for the championship”.

        In related news next year I’m going to be a millionaire.

      2. Gaz Boy says:

        AUS dollars, NZ dollars, Euros or £ sterling?

      3. Random 79 says:

        At the rate I’m going it’ll be more like one million Vietnamese dongs…

    2. Anil Parmar says:

      The aero seems great and so does the mechanical traction. It’s the PU and the way they use and deliver the ERS which is completely ruining their performance.

  72. Tony says:

    Something does need to change or this will simply become a Mercedes formula. The factory Mercedes team won the race, 6 of the top ten were Mercedes powered. If McLaren had managed to build a decent chassis it would probably be 8 out of 10.
    Mercedes certainly seem to have found something special; both in the engine that is helping lower teams rise above where they might previously have been expected, and in their factory chassis.
    Fortunately RBR/Renault seem to be clawing a bit of ground back but are still over 2 seconds off the pace. Unfortunately Ferrari seem to be dropping ever further behind and I don’t think this is good for the sport.
    I would love to know what Mercedes have done (as would the engineers at Renault and Ferrari I expect). Any ideas?

    1. Random 79 says:

      Well why not?

      We’ve had Formula Williams, Formula McLaren, Formula Ferrari and Formula Red Bull.

      So why shouldn’t Merc have their time in the sun – and as for how they’ve done it?

      Hard work and ingenuity, fair and square.

      1. Tony says:

        Please do correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t remember ever seeing 6 cars using the same engine dominate the top 10 like this. The closest I can think of is when both Williams and Benetton used Renault and even then it was only 4 cars.

      2. Random 79 says:

        I dunno.

        Goferet?

      3. ManOnWheels says:

        Remember 1980.

      4. Tony says:

        @ManOnWheels, yep, you have to go back to the era when Ford totally dominated the field to get near to an equivalent situation. However, even when given that, in that era, 4 out of 5 cars were Ford powered they didn’t dominate the races in quite the same way, some races were won by Renault or Ferrari.

        P.S. That is actually before my time, I didn’t really develop an interest in Motorsports until I started riding a motorbike in the late eighties.

  73. Sasidharan says:

    Yes, it pains to see the Ferrari like this. The continuous points finishing record of Ferrari is under threat, even if both cars finish the race, Both the star world champions may finish below P10 if there are lesser DNF by other teams in the next few races.
    :(

    1. Mocho_Pikuain says:

      Bahrain was the biggest thread for their points score finish. China will see ther first real updates and will provide track characteristics that suit better to their car.

      1. Krischar says:

        @ Mocho_Pikuain

        There is not a lot difference between bahrain and china.

        On both these track we have enough straights and some corners which require a steady traction out of slow speed corners. We can also see atleast one corner with high speed as well. If anything Ferrari will continue the same poor trend at china too

        All the talk about the software updates and improvements will not push Ferrari forward in china, they will scuffle around the track and may score some points nothing else will happen

        The post race bahrain talks from Alonso and Pat Fry looked like more of gentle team talk and they even pointed bahrain circuit as reason for their failure which is really hilarious to hear

        There is no way out for Ferrari from this downward spiral at least for 2014 & 2015

        Maybe they can try in 2016

      2. Mocho_Pikuain says:

        They were 4th in Malasia with Alonso 2 weeks ago. Bahrain provides traction-top speed sections all over the track, while China has just a couple of traction corners followed by short straights and has a good section of high speed corners (where the Ferrari has been beating Williams, Force india and McLaren, and been quite close to the Mercs) including the one that preceeds the long staright, probably the most important factor to think about when working on the set up. They will still lack top speed, but the disadvantage on that matter will be covered by the good downforce they have.

  74. Ryan says:

    Alonso AND Kimi back at MacLaren in 2015?

    1. cartweel says:

      HAHAHAHA!!!! Honestly though- other than Kimi quitting F1 to get drunk on some yacht, what better option each of them have? It will be a roll of the dice to see if Honda can deliver- but i’d put money on it. Alonso will race with the best ride he can get. Kimi- who knows, maybe he’ll hang it up again, maybe he won’t. I don’t see him sticking around in a car good enough for 10th place though… But- will McLaren ditch JB? maybe. Will they ditch KM? I don’t think so- but we’ll see how his season continues.

  75. Alpha16 says:

    Aaag please!!! Give it a break!!!

    This is so typical of the British press!!!

    The race was good but its hardly the race of the century as some British press are labeling it!

    That about the final race of 2008? that about the final race of 2012?

    People have selective memories!!

    Just coz a Brit is winning again the British press are going to blow everything out of proportion!

    It wont be long before we start hearing how Hamiltons the greatest driver in F1 history!

    This was just 1 race I hardly think every race is going to be like this!!!

    This race just a random coincidence the rest of the seasons going to be as boring as the first 2 races!!!!

    1. Messrine says:

      I concur. It has always bothered me how the British Media is so pro Hamilton or Button. For me FI is not about the nationality of the driver or the team. I am British but that does not mean I am automatically going to support Hamilton etc. It is irrelevant! He probably is the fastest (single lap qualifying definitely) but not the greatest of his generation. He one his one championship by one point to Massa (who should have won it if Piquet had not had cheated earlier that season!).

    2. grat says:

      Personally, thought Hamilton drove a spectacular race. We don’t get to see drivers of similar caliber in evenly-matched cars slugging it out for the lead very often, so it was a refreshing change.

      Then there was Williams, Force India, Red Bull and Ferrari mixing it up all throughout the field. Granted, the phrase “Ferrari is under attack from Force India” isn’t often used in motorsport, but I suppose stranger things have happened.

    3. Joe_in_Miami says:

      +1!

    4. neilmurg says:

      Steady on, there’s only so many exclamation marks to go round. Perhaps you could try switching from coffee to hot chocolate, you seem a bit tightly wound.
      And what’s the anti-british sentiment for? I don’t see loads of anti spanish/italian/german/finish stuff in here, go post it on http://www.sportauto.de

    5. Klaas says:

      Totally agree, excellent comment. I have been watching F1 for 15 Years and although it certainly was a good race, it never was the spectacle everyone is raving about!

    6. Sasidharan says:

      Bring in the safety car with 10 laps to go at every race, And if Faster Driver in F1 wins, F1 is thrilling!

  76. Craig in Manila says:

    It’s disappointing that two great drivers have been provided with a beast of such poor performance that even Cesar Milan would struggle to cure it.

    Ross Brawn would be sitting-back nice’n’comfy just waiting for the phonecall and, on the line, a surly Italian voice saying “It’s me, how much will it cost and when can you come?”.

    1. Steve says:

      HaHaHa….I’m not fishing for trout at the moment Luca..

    2. Random 79 says:

      “Lot’s and send me a taxi – Alonso or Raikkonen, I’m not fussed…”

    3. JOHN says:

      ….Ross sits peacefully fishing , when a red submarine suddenly ,(slowly), emerges from under the water before him !!

      1. Random 79 says:

        Bad idea: Scaring away all the fish will just annoy him :)

  77. Rocky says:

    Hahahahahaha… Huge dozen of eggs on Luca di Montezemolo’s face! When they were dominating during the early to mid 2000′s, much like Lewis Hamilton, never did I hear the Ferrari boss complain of the boredom they subjected us to when they won just about every race by country miles. He should concentrate on getting his donkey cars up to speed and just shut it!!!

  78. KRB says:

    Missed an absolutely storming finish then!!

    Todt: “This is not a banana republic, where someone turns up and says, ‘Let’s change.’ If you want changes, it has to be done through the regulatory framework.”

    Ok, I’m taking credit for the banana republic analogy, said it 4 days ago:

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2014/04/a-big-month-ahead-behind-the-scenes-in-formula-1/#comment-948446

    JA, I think Todt reads your blog!!! :-D

  79. James Punt says:

    Does his man have a shred of credibility left. He is ultimately responsible for the Ferrari F1 team which has under performed for years now. His response? To try and get the rules changed, rules that he agreed to, rules that he had the power to veto but choose not to do so. He should fall on his sword and let someone else try and rebuild the team.

  80. DK says:

    “The engine people at the factory need to work to make a big leap forward in quality…”

    What can they do this year? The engines are homologated. Looks like this season is gone now.

    1. grat says:

      I predict major Ferrari engine failures soon, followed by “reliability” fixes.

    2. Fireman says:

      Software, DK baby. You can do whatever you want with the software, which brings huge gains to these sci-fi formulas we enjoy today.

      Or so I’m hoping :D

    3. Harshad says:

      Season’s over…Ferrari engine is down mechanically on Mercedes, they can’t do anything to improve upon it this year.

      By upgrading software they can improve their power delivery etc etc….but not the packaging/and the actual BHP

  81. AuraF1 says:

    I think we need to see more dry races. The old adage about rain spicing things up May no longer apply to ‘new F1′. If there’s even 4-5 races of that quality this year it’ll be the best in a long time. Although well done to Mercedes for not imposing team orders which could have made it very dull at the front.

    LdM has always had political ambitions but he’s fallen into the politicians trap of thinking he rides the mobs anger only to discover the mob is fickle and his weaknesses will be exposed. What he needs to do is stop insulting F1 when the fans complain and focus on themselves. Ferrari aren’t going to win by FIA interference and politicking any more – they have vast resources they have world champion drivers – they need to change and adapt to the new world, not keep moaning that the world has moved on. Or seriously consider setting up formula Ferrari where they’re guaranteed to win because no one else is allowed to play…

  82. Grim Reaper says:

    RIP ferrari.. I shall now rename you the “excuse team”.
    Montezemolo’s excuse – fuel regulations were incomprehensible
    Alonso’s excuse – I lost power in Qualifying
    Kimi’s excuse – I don’t like the handling of the car.

    Man.. these guys cry [mod]every time, instead of doing something about it.

    1. Anil Parmar says:

      Well Alonso did have an electrical problem during qualifying, it was confirmed before the race ;)

  83. Rossi says:

    Alonso has flattered Ferrari in terms of making them look better than they have been for a couple of years.

    1. Krischar says:

      Exactly rossi

      You have nailed it mate

      Without alonso Ferrari were already a Mid-table since 2010 to this point if we take massa’s performance into the calculation. Ferrari still bask and live in the past glory / History. They are well beaten by RBR for the last five seasons. Now It’s Mercedes turn to crush the pretenders

      I cannot understand why LDM gripe about the rules? He did not want Ferrari to be beaten by Drinks company RBR. Hence he moaned like F1 is too Aero oriented and Finally when the tables were turned in 2014. Mercedes did a better job than Ferrari and Deserve the dominance which they enjoy now. SO LDM please stop your tripe. Amid all this controversies it is Alonso who is the big loser and his Travails simply went for nothing in 2010 and 2012.

      If kimi can return to his previous ill-fated team for a better future. Then Alonso can find plenty of options as well for 2015 if alonso is still on WDC’s then he can make himself available and still can win the WDC’s

  84. fox says:

    So ready to fire Domenicali finally?

  85. KRB says:

    When Ricciardo swept around the outside of Raikkonen at Turn 4, DC said on the BBC broadcast “that Ferrari looks TERRIBLE!!” And it definitely did. Too much wiggle on throttle down. I know Domenicali said it’s useless to blame one department (engine or chassis), and that is of course true, but I think it’s clear the majority of the fault lies on the engine side.

  86. Jock Ulah says:

    A pity that the Ferrari taxis are only single-seater –

    Lucre Dim would have had to hire another to get to the airport.

  87. Anil Parmar says:

    Firstly, it’s good to LdM and Todt agreeing that the noise has to go up, but how can the cars actually do this? Higher revs are needed so maybe increasing the fuel flow rate by 10-15%? Feel free to explain this to me as I have no idea..

    Secondly, am I right in that Ferrari’s traction and tyre deg are due to the aggressive output of the ERS, as they seem to have good mechanical traction but they just can’t seem to use any of their power. Can their issues be solved by a software update which they are apparently readying for Spain?

    1. bernardd says:

      It certainly looked to me like they have a power delivery problem. There was one case late in the race where Kimi accelerated out a corner about the time he was passed by someone, where the back just stepped out on him for no apparent reason. Balancing the electrical power as the turbo kicks in on the engine must be really difficult and it looks like the drivers don’t have a lot of confidence to use the power available, which is consistent with them complaining about traction out of the corners.

      The good thing is that’s some they ought to be able to fix, perhaps with software, even though the engine itself is (allegedly) sealed for this year.

      If the aero on the car is halfway decent (the drivers seem to think it’s better than some around them in high speed corners) and they don’t abuse the rear tires like Williams seem to be doing, then Ferrari might be OK in the second half of the season, but I can’t see them becoming dominant enough to claw back either of the championships. Sad to say, three races in, it looks like they haven’t a snowballs of either of those.

    2. Harshad says:

      Ferrari’s PU is down on HP to the Mercedes PU and
      it’s overweight.
      There’s nothing Ferrari can do to improve on those grounds before the end of the season.

    3. Stephen Taylor says:

      I’m sure everyone will update their software during the season.

    4. KARTRACE says:

      Aren’t other cars equipped with ERS as well ?

      1. Anil Parmar says:

        All the cars have ERS but the Mercedes PU is able to integrate it very smoothly with the engine. Unfortunately Ferrari can’t at all..I wonder if it can be fixed by the update they are taking to Spain..

      2. KARTRACE says:

        I know they all have ERS my point is if one has perfected it the others should be able as well. The fact that others are less creative has no bearing on Mercedes and shouldn’t be complained about. Ferrari want have it done till the 2nd coming.

  88. Tom in adelaide says:

    Massive personnel changes required. Starting at the top. These guys have had so many chances and failed every time. They have one of the best driver combinations on the grid, no more excuses.

    1. ManOnWheels says:

      When will football fans recognize that changing the coach and half of the team will most probably just cause a big stir and cause a lot friction until everything is back running again?
      A company can’t take constant revolution it must be evolved, slowly but steadily towards a structure that works with people that get along well and keep themselves motivated. The biggest problem with a lot of companies that I got to work for was either the reluctance of change or a rapid coming and going of people with new tools being brought in and being replaced in quick succession, where steep hierarchies were being dominated by big egos.

      The best Formula-1 example was Jaguar. People here hired and fired faster than they could fit in and actually get productive.

      Ferrari has just made some rather large changes, including the wind tunnel upgrade and the change of some people. These changes need some time to hone in and run smoothly. Give these guys a break, so they can actually start working.

  89. james encore says:

    I just have to say

    “Taxi for Montezemelo”

  90. Mocho_Pikuain says:

    He can take an early leave and its ok, but when Fernando says the car hasn’t improved for the last X races then he deserves and ear tweaking?
    Comments on that people?

    1. Random 79 says:

      When you’re the boss you can do whatever you want, no matter how much of a tool it makes you ;)

    2. Tom in Adelaide says:

      I think you’ll find that’s a recurring theme in life. Bosses are very often idiots. Sadly the former excuses the latter.

  91. Sam Saleh says:

    Ferrari just making up the numbers right now. 2 world champs fighting finish in the top 10, not what we were expecting at all, looks like ferrari have developed another average car. Hope their president can see that they need to improve themselves before trying to improve the sport

  92. franed says:

    Its fairly obvious that Luca has a bad case of sour grapes and ADHD.

  93. Peter Freeman says:

    Ferrari aren’t winning, the rules must change. This Man is an embarrassment, more than their slow car! JT is right to tell him that F1 is not. Banana republic…

  94. Blackmamba says:

    Banana Republic, lol.

  95. Giuseppe says:

    How much will the engine homologation rules affect Ferraris and Renaults ability to catch up with Merc engine advantage? Do you see those rules being challenged soon? Could it result in a position where Ferrari and Renault give up on this season to focus on next years engine very early on in 2014?

    1. foreverf1 says:

      I think they might have to. As Mark Hughes from autosport explained, the reason for Mercs domination is the placement of certain components of the engine, specifically, the turbine and the compressor.

      There is no way of copying this without spending another gazillions and totally redesigning your car. Besides, the engines have already been homologated and cannot be developed, save for reliability and safety.

      I don’t think Ferrari is going to compete for 1st or 2nd anytime soon. I would definitely concentrate on next year’s engine and car.

    2. Fireman says:

      It’s the same engine. Giving up isn’t really possible.

    3. ManOnWheels says:

      The rules on engine homologation still allow a lot of changes for the next years to come. Just look up the Formula 1 technical regulations, appendix 4.
      James: An article on that would be nice.

  96. Ian Spencer says:

    It is a wise strategic decision for Mercedes to make a show of it with a 3 second advantage and a lesser advantage for their customer teams.

    While they are making a show of F1, it will make it easy for the FIA to defend sticking to the formula.

    It is unclear how much Mercedes were sandbagging in the first two races, or at least nursing the cars and learning how to race them.

    I think we have now seen the true difference in the drive trains, the Red Bull might have one lap pace, but they are so massively down on the performance of the engine and ERS system that they cannot compete at race pace – and that is not something that Newey can design around.

    Definitely something worth analysing is the fuel usage over the race. I’m guessing that Bahrain was a light on fuel track which let the cars flex their muscles, especially with the safety car effectively giving them an extra fuel allowance for the last ten laps. Did Hamilton only pull the lead gently on his second stint because of fuel strategy or tyre management (as we were told that the gap on the tyres was supposedly 1 second but he was only gaining less and half a second).

    So great racing AND some propeller-head analysis after the race. What could be better?

    1. Uncle Bumber says:

      i think the strategy before the safety car, was to use the softs gently/make them last and create a good gap to nico so that lewis would be on the hards for the shortest amount of laps possible for the last stint of the race

    2. Clarks4WheelDrift says:

      Totally agree.

      I think Merc will go on and on about how they’ll let their drivers race each other this year to kill the ‘boring’ chat from everyone else and keep away changes to the new Formula.

      At the moment they cannot lose, it’s not like anyone in third is likely to challenge them at the moment even if they do take each other out at a race.

      Surely the FIA will end up letting Renault and Ferrari work on their engines through some loophole though.

      If not can you imagine the fight to see who gets to be the customer team that swaps to McLaren’s old Merc engine when they go to Honda! Hass Mercedes F1, Bernie?

  97. Clarks4WheelDrift says:

    Should be an easy engine fix di Monty…

    I think you should connect the turbo intake turbine to a flappy paddle behind the steering wheel.

    So when Kimi and Alonso press it quickly the turbine spins faster and they get more power.

    You can fool everyone by pretending Ferrari are trying to change gears with the flappy paddle, seeing as there are problems with plenty of other aspects of the car.

    The Ferrari will transform from a ‘tractor’ into a proper race car and will be absolutely flying down the straights, like a bird.

    The codename for this project is therefore ‘flappy bird’ and di Monty, you can have it for free.

    If there’s a problem then just try splitting the turbines to front and back…

    Buona fortuna, forza Ferrari. ;)

    1. Random 79 says:

      Genius…but then how will they change gears? :)

    2. Gaz Boy says:

      Doesn’t the FIA stand for Ferrari’s International Assistance? Is Luca going to pull rank, nudge, nudge, wink, wink?

  98. Witan says:

    The one thing Montezemelo will never understand is that he is the main problem, his style, his autocratic bombast is quite unsuited to modern technological enterprise. That needs calm, careful, considered, dedication not flamboyant bossiness.

    His whole approach in the last week is symptomatic of Ferrari’s weakness. Callng the cars ‘taxis’, demanding shorter races to suit his weak cars, doing a ‘Ratner’ on the current rules. If he was winning it would all be fine, but he is not. So you must change the rules to suit our slow taxis. We demand this. We are Ferrari.

  99. Micky D says:

    Oh dear, oh dear…
    Montezemolo’s whinging seems to have gone to a whole new level. I cannot imagine him walking out 12 laps early is going to bolster anyone’s morale… except for that of the opposition!

  100. Ticketyboo says:

    Sad isn’t it – that’s not a question, but a statement of fact. This past weekend has seen a huge contrast and regrettably it has not all been good for the sport; when you have the stalwart of motorsport in Ferrari and the petulant young child in marketing savy of RedBull essentially bringing the sport in to disrepute then it can’t be good. During the Ferrari dominant era of Brawn and Schumacher you didn’t hear a complaint from LDM, despite his teams actions being detrimental to good and fair racing for just what was just short of a decade, subsequent championships were lost to both Massa and Alonso largely due to botch-ups within the team – they have never recovered and it’s a very deep chasm which they find themselves in – poor technology and inadequate human capital within the team; it is, and shall remain for some time to come, a painful journey for them. Despite the woes of Ferrari it does not entitle LDM to be so unsporting and disrespectful of other teams who all had the same brief, the same time, the same regulations, but many with significantly less resources at their disposal and who are now whipping the sass of the legendary outfit from Italy. LDM, grow some skin, act like a leader and get your shit together and cut the moaning – put your energy in to improving the team… Quickly!
    Now for RedBull – wow, what short and selective memories CH and AN have. It is less than a year that both, with wry smiles, reminded everyone in the paddock that they all were competing with the same rules and the advantage that the Bulls had was not arrived at by illegal means but through the brains and commitment throughout their organisation. The paddock were very suspicious of mapping ‘tweaks’ which may or may not have culminated in a sophisticated form of traction control, their supremacy in their ability to develop the exhaust blown diffuser technology to the max, starting a few early races with a floor found to be illegal (but no points deducted) and team orders from the get-go that spoiled the notion of sportsmanship for many. Now, having fallen behind in the car development because they threw almost everything at winning the championship last year (as they said themselves in the closing races last season) and partnered with an engine supplier who has been running on a contextual shoestring for development, it’s all not fair and the rules make no sense. The pungent verbal hyperbole emanating from Horner’s orifice this past week has been patronising to say the least. RedBull threaten to leave F1 – okay, don’t let the door smack you on the ass on the way out; grow up and get with the program guys and let’s see what your depth in all areas of your team can do to close the gap to Merc…please, seriously, because the type of dominance we’ve seen from you in the past 4 years and Ferrari (albeit a very long time ago) isn’t what we want to see, we want close racing AND we want to see open racing within the teams just as we witnessed at the weekend which, for many, is the closest thing we’ve seen to true racing in over a decade. Let’s not kid ourselves, the RB chassis is evidently very strong, and coming from what looked like obscurity during the last of the winter tests it is plain to see that they will close the gap.

    As millions watched an enthralling race at the weekend, aided considerably by the 5 Live commentary (way to go James, I was on the edge of my seat the entire race!), no-one was paying any attention to exhaust noise because we were all riveted by the visual spectacle being payed out in front of us – brilliant racing (excepting Maldonado – how long before that guy kills someone? And then for Coulthard to say that Sauber were partly to blame for not letting their car know that someone was coming out of the pits…seriously…that would have made a difference?).
    Luca D’ it was not a sign of leadership to abandon your team before the end of the race to then jet off before having to answer to your ‘taxi’ claims, not that you’ve spent too much time in taxis I suspect (having been in taxis in many parts of the world I can say that some are very entertaining and many are anything but slow); and Christian, I can see you in Bernie’s role given your performance of late and that is not intended as a compliment, the sport doesn’t need your type.

    Sorry for the rant, but I feel better now!

    1. Random 79 says:

      Sorry for not reading it, but I felt better anyway :)

    2. Uncle Bumber says:

      some more paragraphs would of made easier to read !!!

      1. Tickety-boo says:

        You’re correct, I couldn’t help myself…. I’ll try harder next time. :)

    3. Tom in Adelaide says:

      Great post. Bravo!

  101. Sergio says:

    1) The problem did not begin now and here. Montezemolo and Todt are enemies since Schumacher’s times, a problem that became giant when the Frenchman won FIA presidency. If Ferrari wants black, Todt will decide white. The “authority” war continues in the worst manner for the Ferrari interests. Actually Ferrari has no political influence at all. Mercedes & Red Bull are the strong boys of the show.
    2) Ferrari is not competitive enough with reduction costs and almost no days of practice. The times of glory for Ferrari were when the Italians had no limitations at all. Just those Todt-Brawn-Schumacher times with V10, private track for unlimmited racing, political influence & super mega budgets. Even when you see Aldo Costa celebrating the triumph with Mercedes would be very painful for the Scuderia
    3) Yesterday, Mercedes engine cars put the speed, Red Bull the hope, Ferrari the boring, and Sauber and Lotus the accidents. Possibly the opinions of crowd could vary depending on the team-driver they support.
    4) Actually F1 Media is dominated by Englishmen. I dont discuss anything about if it’s fair or not, they deserve it because they created it and hold it, but it means they are able to make climates of opinion. Right now with Lewis Hamilton fighting “tete a tete” for the WDC as well Vettel struggling there is no reasons for them to continue a controversy about “authentic F1″.
    5) We took decisions and made our opinions about this “eco F1″ after two races, for this reason it could be not logical to take now a new decision about this F1 after an amazing one race in Bahrein. In fact, I think ERS is the real deal, the 160HP “magic button” and the hability to handle it is one of the best new implementations of this F1, that’s why I think it would be interesting to open the fuel consumption limitation in their two parameters. This change would offer more speed differences among the cars and engine loudness. That change would not be positive for Ferrari but for the F1.

  102. Mike84 says:

    Hire Harley-Davidson to redesign the exhaust, and Bose to tack on an acoustic amplifier. But it will seem artificial now. They should have worked this out before the new engines debuted.

    1. Gaz Boy says:

      Harley-Davidson are American, which means understanding and using the metric system is beyond their comprehension and understanding – as it presumably turning left!
      I wonder what the last car designed to the imperial system was? Probably around the early 70s, before Britain switched to metric in 1971.

  103. krakinho says:

    Ferrari has huge heritage and fan base, they’ve been pride of the entire country, they have budget to compete with the biggest, hence the huge expectations and pressure from everywhere.
    But, let’s not forget they didn’t win pretty much anything significant for almost 20 years, until super team with MS, RB, RB and JT was formed in second half of the 90′s. Okay, with bit of a help from FIA as well as Bridgestone we saw them winning for 5 straight years (6 including ’99 constructors) and some more in ’07 and ’08…
    They’ve gotten used to it in those years, now I’m afraid the’y might have to get used to another 20 odd dry years, unless they buy all the brain power from other teams.

    To complain about lacking straight line speed is simply not correct. They lack pretty much everything else but straightline speed.
    In Bahrain Kimi did 327,8 Km/h, compared to Rosberg’s 333,8 km/h isn’t all that bad, the fastest in the race was Massa with 335,7 Km/h.
    At the same time winner did 313,4 Km/h exactly the same as Alonso.
    Sort out the aero of the car, together with tyre degradation, and you guys will be up there where you rightly believe belong. Until then this will be another season to forget.

    1. Hansb says:

      “unless they buy all the brain power from other teams.”

      Just like Mercedes did…

  104. andy says:

    Maybe Montezemolo should fly to Japan to try and do a deal with Honda for their engines :0)

  105. PaulD says:

    Formula Boredom? That’s a bit rich coming from the team that kept telling Barrichello and Massa to get out of the way of their No.1 drivers.

  106. Ben Miller says:

    Presumably the engine team are just filing out of a tough Monday morning meeting at Maranello now…

    But how much can they change anyway? I thought the engines were pretty much ‘locked-down’ in terms of spec once the season was underway? On a similar point, how locked-down is gearing? Surely using 8th at Bahrain means the Red Bulls will be blundering into their limiters at Monza?

  107. Dave P says:

    There is a common thread with the complainer… age…

    Luca, Bernie, Ron Walker… all has been’s. Luca should not have left the track, he should have clapped the mercedes at the poduium. He should have shook hands with Toto and Paddy. Good sportsmanship is about loosing as much as winning, and appreciating others… it what we as fans do all the time.

    They have too much power and attempt to use it to corrupt.

    Horner also has shown us, he is not the man to follow Bernie and he is also … shall we say… utuilising any method he has to get what he wants.

    Ron Dennis was the man speaking the clearest truth on Sundays grid walk. That is the leadership that is now needed.

    1. Random 79 says:

      “Luca should not have left the track, he should have clapped the mercedes at the poduium. He should have shook hands with Toto and Paddy”

      We’ve made a lot of jokes, but that was well said.

    2. KARTRACE says:

      +100

  108. Chris says:

    I do like Ferrari and want to see them do well, but this is a typical reaction from LDM when Ferrari are falling behind, blame rules and regs or anything other than themselves.

    At the end of the day Ferrari have failed to produce as competitive a package as Merc.

    If Ferrari had gotten it right over the winter and were leading the charge you would not hear these complaints and requests to change the rules.

    Harsh but true?

  109. peter says:

    i’m so angry really … i cant immagine my best car (ferrari) like that , they need to do something

  110. All revved-up says:

    Oh dear Luca.

    Last 4 years you complained that Ferrari builds cars not aeroplanes.

    Now it’s formula boredom.

    Is Ferrari the Whinging Horse?

    When times get tough the tough get going. Stop talking and start building . . . please.

  111. Adam says:

    Lets be certain on this, despite what he said, he left early because it was rapidly becoming clear his pre race comments were totally discredited.

    He is looking more and more out of touch with his comments and that the have nothing to do with what he says but to gain his team a competitive edge they don’t have with the technology currently. Problem is that with a rule change likely Merc will still out do them. Not that the Merc powered teams will agree to any changes mid season. Time for him to head off to retirement as he has shown his opinions are now completely irrelevant to Modern F1.

    1. mark says:

      hi adam – i agree its mostly sour grapes – but dont you think those who used yesterdays race as vindication for the rule changes will likely eat those words very soon?

      While i enjoyed yesterdays race it was mostly team mates racing each other all over the track.
      A better indicator of great racing for the year should be the time differences between teams.

      How long do you think the mask of ham/ros racing each other will keep the public distracted from the fact that 2 mercs are simply dissappearing off into the distance when the lights go out?
      i dont know …but i’ll venture a guess – with a fickle public – 3 more races? after which everyone will be complaning about how boring it is now.
      what you think?

      1. Cheesypoof69 says:

        I totally agree, I can’t believe people are looking at this one race as though it shows F1 is amazing. It isn’t right now. The Mercedes advantage is ridiculous and the engine freeze while a good idea for cost cutting means fans will likely not see any closing of the gap by teams. How does this actually make the year more exciting? Frankly I love watching teams improve through the year but this is unassailable. I think F1 has of late forgotten what fans want and focus more on their own business or party strategies. Now they backtrack over engine noise etc which I’m glad, the lack of sound sucks, but what about the lack of competition at the front. A team sound get all the plaudits for a car that is so much faster than everyone else, but maybe if fans stop watching and paying they might notice eventually we like a competitive world championship. Only the 2010 world championship was somewhat close… Otherwise the title of world champion has meant less and less recently, to me.

      2. KARTRACE says:

        It is possible to get bored later in the season but is that Mercedeses fault, no it isn’t. Must we change the rules mid season, not at all. The fact that Renault and Ferrari engineers alike didn’t know how to build V6 turbos isn’t anyone’s fault. If Commendatore was alive he would probably die there end then yesterday. If anything else his legacy was to build most potent engines as he believed that was the heart of the racing machine. And what happen now we do not even have a strait line speed nor we have a down force. We only got two great drivers who could only expect to mingle in the mid filed. It is more then embarrassing. Actually beyond embarrassing. BTW I am SF supporter, to be clear on this one.

  112. Marc Saunders says:

    I still keep asking: Could someone explain where did Ferrari leave the 336 km/h top speed in the tests of Bahrein? Where did they lost the super cooling microtubes heat exchangers that allowed slim sidepods? The super light turbo with reinforced carcass. The super race pace showqed in the pre season tests? Is it still true as in the years before, that Ferrari instead of continuously improving his car they sistematically worsened it?

  113. foreverf1 says:

    I wonder if he took a taxi home.

    Coincidentally, due to the cheap price of gas, there are alot of Mercedes taxis in Bahrain.

  114. Lucas says:

    When Mosley finally left, I was one of those rooting for Vatanen as I felt Todt would be more of the same old “Ferrari International Assistance”. I’m so glad to be proven wrong. Having said that, it’s a bit sad to see what’s probably the most exciting driver pairing in many years be wasted in such a bad car.

  115. Rockman says:

    James, Alonso is the two time world champion. Kimi has one. Maybe just a slight oversight or misunderstanding from my end.

    Back on topic, Luca should stop whining. Its getting old now. His public dispute with Alonso last year will soon come back and bite his ass. I do get the feeling Fernando is trying to pave a way for a new drive next year.

    LDM, instead of blaming your drivers. Blame yourself for your dictatorial way of controlling a team. No one wants to work under a tyrant or dictator.

    Real leaders are followed by the people not feared.

  116. Jorge says:

    “Luckily, the hoped for changes are coming. We don’t make drinks and I say that with all possible respect for those who make drinks, we are not a sponsor, but we design and build cars of the very highest order.”

    “From next season, we will have a completely different F1, finally less dependent on aerodynamics. I build cars not planes.”

    All that hoopla about the new car, well frankly its a hunk of junk. I feel bad for Alonso and Räikkönen.

    1. foreverf1 says:

      First, it was the aero, then the tires, and now the engines. What next? The drivers?

      Oh I forgot, he slagged them already.

      “I build slow cars, hats, key rings, jackets, laptop skins, iphone cases, etc., not planes!”

      1. Tickety-boo says:

        Now that is good!

  117. Mike Martin says:

    All that prancing makes you lose focus :)

    http://tinyurl.com/92adf8g <— prancing…..
    Was Alonso not known as giving great feedback to his engineers? After 4 seasons we can trash that. I am getting a 40m a year ambassador feeling these days.

    1. Sergio says:

      Probably with Adrian Newey you can have the most senseless driver of the grid and obtain the fastest car of the grid (with engine maker permission). This times are not Lauda’s ones. The sophistication is quite “a bit” more complex. One thing is for sure, when the car is undrivable or in a bad shape, Alonso is able to get those 0,6 sec. over anyone. Maybe this skill is not the best to improve the car itself but express the quality of a real champion among the rest of childhood.

    2. Random 79 says:

      Lol :)

    3. Mocho_Pikuain says:

      He actually is, but in recent years formula one has gone from an empiric science where driver comments were gold to one where simulation is key and driver can’t do much more than chosing set up.

  118. vic nsi says:

    Key to the Bahrain race being so thrilling had to be the safety car period surely? which allowed teams to no longer worry about fuel limits and just go racing. (of course it bunched-up the field too, which always helps). Could Todt, Ecclestone, Montezemolo and F1 Working Group perhaps agree to increase the fuel limit for the remaing races from 100kg to maybe 105/110kg?

  119. Rich B says:

    considering Ferrari’s troubles what’s the chances of Alonso going to McLaren and Honda even though Ron’s back? he must be really fed up with Ferrari now.

  120. FerrariFan says:

    Hi James,
    Is it true that there are rumors about Alonso jumping ship and moving to McLaren next year?
    If so what is your opinion on it?

    Thanks.

    1. James Allen says:

      I don’t see him trusting Ron again

      1. Dan says:

        What if Martin Whitmarsh was still the front of house?

      2. Stephen Taylor says:

        Sabbatical for Alonso?

      3. fox says:

        But Kimi is back to Luca. Similar but not identical…

      4. cartweel says:

        But…. what if Honda shows some cracking performance??? The dilemma- back to Ron and get a big engine, or… well really there isn’t a choice for a racer like Alonso- is there?

  121. Gabe says:

    I’m confident that James Allison will eventually produce a good car, but it may take some time. I just hope Alonso’s gone by then.

  122. Mhilgtx says:

    And people complain about Vettel.

    THE only thing more embarrassing than Ferrari’s performance was LDR’s actions and words.

    Ferrari is one of my favorite car companies of all time but I have not been able to warm up to them since getting entranced with F1. The whole attitude that they deserve more and to win more just because is extremely off putting to me.

    Renault begged for the hybrids and Ferrari approved them so they can reap the benefits.

  123. dkfone says:

    Hi James,As an outsider, it looks like the same old story. New season, new rules, Ferrari not quick enough yet again. Do you fear things will get political soon as you hinted before the start of the season?

  124. Gareth says:

    Dull Racing? Obviously he forgot about the 2002 and 2004 seasons

  125. mark says:

    Hi James – a question for the informed. Newey’s remarks were dismissed as sour grapes however …

    Seems that this power package is comprised of technologies only the large manufacturers have any experience in , and more importantly the facilities to maufacture e.t.c (i.e merc and to less extent Renault)

    It’s not like it’s an open engineering problem (my symphathy with Newey) – i.e if you wanted to you could create something else instead of a battery pack e.t.c
    Even from the claimed ‘green’ point of view – we seem to be forcing teams (non-fleeting one’s – i.e racing teams – williams, mclaren e.t.c) to develop green tech (which noboday has an issue with) – but only as long as it’s the same tech that Merc believe are the future solution or are trying to sell to the public (even if it’s only PR and non of this tech reaches a road car).

    what’s your view on effect of this years rules on the long term financial stability of the broader teams?

    cheers

  126. F1 Bobby says:

    Montezemolo is very unsporting. I’m glad Todt gave him short shrift.

  127. Elie says:

    Its utterly disgraceful that the ” President ” disappears before the race finishes. Its sends a rotten tone for a team that is struggling. What happened to we win as a team & we fight as a team..
    This is the problem with Ferrari they are ( like so many teams) hell bent on winning that they have forgotten to “enjoy” going racing and i think their key people have forgotten its as much a sport as it is a business.

    The whole world is tired of Domenicalis – first in last to leave mentality- if your doing that for year and going nowhere something is wrong!- they want to see creativity, ingenuity and some go forward. Not some political spin, an ear tweaking and a quick goodbye!!- No wonder Raikkonen told Monte to #%^@ off 2009!..Alonso has daid it in different ways last year

    It will take time for Ferrari to correct its deficiencies but 2014 will go too quickly before they make that leap. Like we saw with Mercedes the time for the new chiefs and design philosophies to mature might see 2015 as their year- but I think regardless of what progress is made the people at the very top – need to start taking different taxis home…

    1. Krischar says:

      What else LDM can do nothing?

      Hence he took the safer option and left the track as did not want to see the ignominy until the 57 laps.

      Last season at hungary when Fernando alonso crticized and demanded a better machinery from Ferrari team LDM tweaked his ear, now what else LDM can do? Tweak stefano’s ear. Fans here and few others crticized Alonso for being so vocal about the team. However Alonso was bang on the money about the car and F14 T this season have do prove this.

      Ferrari can waive good bye to 2014 already and can com up with message like We will shift our focus and resources onto the 2015 car

      It’s time to leave Ferrari Alonso, so please wake up and make the correct call 2015

      Feel gutted for both Alonso & kimi

      1. Elie says:

        Go away..

      2. Krischar says:

        OK Elie, he goes away

        Who Ferrari and LDM will hire for another seat? The TWIN brother of kimi who drove for Ferrari in 2008 in the words of LDM. The one who was soundly beaten by Massa and ousted by the very same LDM?

      3. Elie says:

        @ Krischar- No I meant you. Your responses lack basic comprehension that others here have

      4. justafan says:

        Krischar – that’s an easy one. The guy who won 4 on the trot and the guy who destroyed Alo despite being a rookie.

  128. Joel says:

    Impressed that Todt showed some backbone and din’t fold. Does Ferrari think they are still in the Schumacher era?
    The Ferrari president making a drama is even more embarrassing.

    1. Neil says:

      Am I the only person who could see Ross Brawn back at Ferrari?

      1. Timmay says:

        Yes, yes you are.

        Why would he? Why would he even want to?

  129. Urko says:

    ““This is not a banana republic”….
    Beatiful!;)

  130. Fireman says:

    Hey, remember Malaysia a week ago. The most boring race ever. Let’s wait. Maybe Ferrari can surprise us too?

  131. Keith says:

    Newbie question for the F1 experts here. I have read about team bonuses and the extra given to Ferrari for the fan base and heritage they bring to F1. Could some of this be in jeopardy and possibly distributed to other teams given Ferrari’s difficulties and not maintaining the level of competitiveness they may have in the past? I have not developed favorites nor is this a bash on Ferrari. I’m just curious if this could come to light at some point.

  132. Joe S says:

    Montezemolo has always been a massive attention seeker who loves headlines and his own excuses. Can’t stand him though he is always passionate in his interviews.

  133. El Mago says:

    Because Mr. Montezemolo left early, he didn’t have the opportunity to watch Mr. Aldo Costa in the Podium ceremony. Mr. Costa is a former Ferrari’s car designer who was fired for supposedly designing bad cars. Since then, he is working for Mercedes and is doing a superb job. Who should be blamed instead for the previous failures? And who should be blamed for letting leave Costa from Ferrari? Domenicali?

  134. Arshadhusain sheliya says:

    there has been alot of discussion about Ferrari top speed, especially montezemelo also sick of ferrari top speed

    james
    can you provide the top speed difference between Ferrari and others,

  135. Graham says:

    And don’t come back Luca! That goes for your rubbish team too!

  136. Delgado says:

    It’s time Montezemolo acted like a leader. True leaders take responsibility themselves and aim to channel pressure away from their staff. It might be a strained analogy yet I reckon old Monte could lear a thing or two about man management from our dear friend Jose Mourinho.

  137. Russ says:

    The spelling and grammar is so bad here I can’t take it any more.Translation shouldn’t required.

    1. lord horn says:

      Correction: Translation shouldn’t ‘BE’ required.

  138. German Samurai says:

    I think people need to settle down a little.

    Engines still sound bad.

    Last year in the second half of the season when Vettel was leaving the field in his wake there was plenty of exciting battles between the rest of the field.

    Without the safety car it would have been a yawn out front.

    1. Krischar says:

      Do not compare the swindler RBR / Vettel combo with the Mercedes team

      At least Mercedes had the grit and let the pilots to race on the track for victory

      RBR would have given coded messgae to webber and would have helped vettel to win the race (MULTI21)

      RBR treated webber like a dirt for the last five seasons, In fairness it was webber who helped RBR when the team was new since 2005

      Finally the aussie karma started to haunt vettel this season in the form of Daniel. Hoep this trend continues through out the season

      1. German Samurai says:

        Hamilton and Rosberg are allowed to race because Rosberg is as quick as Hamilton.

        Webber rarely ever got close enough to Vettel to race.

        It was ridiculous that Red Bull didn’t move Webber over for Vettel at Sepang given how close the championships were in 2010 and 2012. I thought Vettel earned the right for preferential treatment in that team.

  139. Roger Le Coco says:

    If I was young Alonso I would be tweaking Old Luca’s ear and reminding him that “leaders” don’t behave like he has been when things aren’t going as well as hoped.

    Blaming everything and everyone for the failures is getting boring now, being graceful in defeat and spurring the Scuderia on in a far more positive way will yield far better results.

    He comes across as a whining bully or as Herr Lauda so eloquently put it, an idiot for not seeing this is the future.

    Well done to Lewis, Nico and Daniel. They all carried themselves as true champions, brilliant fair racing, Nico and Lewis’s reaction when they got out of the cars in parc ferme said it all, tough as nails racing between two mates.

    Doesn’t get any better than that, well played by Mercedes also for letting them get on with it. Excellent work all round.

  140. Steve JR says:

    To solve Mr Montezemolo’s woes, how about the FIA consider changing the race whereby all teams (except Ferrari) must hook up their cars to a caravan that can be hailed at any time during the race by anyone at the circuit and drop them at a location of their choosing (within reason). Not only would this realise the F1 taxi cab dream, but it would also give Ferrari a fighting chance in both driver and constructor championship – win, win.

  141. Rod says:

    I don’t like the guy. He’s too important to take the humiliation so he jumps on his plane in disgust and leaves his drivers and team to face the press and the rest of the world. Not the kind of boss I would want to have.
    And here we go Fernando, again driving a dog of a car and wasting your talents for a 5th consecutive year.

  142. Benalf says:

    Ferrari problems this year are not any different from the previous 5. you don’t build a team by bringing in the wrong combination of talent. Beyond the lack of style and sportmanship of LdM, what the team needs is a real leader and a real plan; not too many stars the the best ones working to create a good racing platform and make it better over a couple of seasons. Ferrari has killed season after season by trying to evolve a racecar concept without taking many risks they have been systematically outperformed by one or more teams. There is this feeling around Ferrari that the are entitled to win because of its history and because the have very good drivers..and that only creates pressure and lack of structured solutions. Now Maranello has to wait another season to evaluate if the contributions from Allison translates into a better car. But now, the team faces another hurdle in having a power unit that seems to underdeliver and requires more fuel than Merc and Renault… Skies seem pretty dark for Ferrari, at least for a couple more years

  143. Richard says:

    The Ferrari pres left before the race finished……well there,s a surprise. Wasn’t,t it the same pres who chastised Alonso for criticising the the team last season . The president has almost amazing double standards. FerrAri are not performing because there car is not quick enough, so make it go quicker and stop complaining about noise levels ect!! The Bernie interview with Brundell was to say the least a bit awkward. It really is time for him to step down. His answers to questions just confirm how much he is out of touch. Oh and he also thinks the noise levels are to low.

  144. Adnan says:

    Ferrari lacks the desire to win simple. It is Easier to say that winning runs in Ferrari blood but it needs actions and results to prove it. After 5 years of medeocrity all they have produced is a sub-standard machinery not fitting their heritage.

    They need somebody at the top who brings in fresh perspective and a paradigm change.

  145. danny almonte says:

    I loved reading all the preseason Ferrari sandbagging nonsense. We all can see the results on the track. Mercedes have the best package at the moment. Hamilton has proved again how leaving McLaren was a brilliant move. McLaren have their hands full with Force India. I don’t think Honda engines will improve their chances for next season.

  146. Jay says:

    I feel that at Ferrari, they haven’t got the talent to match/exploit the resources at their disposal. And probably the pressure of working for such a prestigous team is inhibiting its people to be more adventurous, creative and extreme in their design concepts… always seem to opt for the safer options by staying within what they know and not dare to grow some “cohones” and actually explore beyond their limits. I mean if you want to win big, you have to gamble big as well. They just haven’t got that same talent pool they had in the Schumacher era whereby people were pushing bounderies in all areas…. Talent and Balls in equal quantities! Look at Lotus, they are the complete opposite of Ferrari… breaming with talent but not enough resources to exploit what they’ve got. I just feel sorry for Kimi and Fernando, they are already at the twilight of their careers (although still able to give so much more than most)and they are slowly being whipped into the third generation with cars that doesn’t give justice to their huge talents.

    1. warley says:

      good point – the people they have probably cannot turn things around in the short to medium term. Ferrari should consider the management consultancy approach and bring in some outside expertise even if they do it covertly. I’m sure that Cosworth or Prodrive could make helpful suggestions and both probably understand exactly what Meredes are doing right!

      1. Jay says:

        For quite a few years back everyone knew that 2014 will be a huge opportunity with all the changes. Ferrari, having the resources that they’ve got, have the best chance to mount a serious title challenge if not dominate F1. Their set up is even better than Mercedes in that they have everything in just one place… And yet here they are languishing in the midfield. It seems they couldn’t even turn things around in the long term.

      2. warley says:

        So Montezemolo might be right in the sense that he has more chance of getting the rules changed than his boys and girls have of coming up with a competitive engine!

  147. KARTRACE says:

    Pat Fry: “Today, we could not have asked more of our car and drivers, because here, our most limiting factor was a lack of top speed. That meant we had to run a defensive race and even if in the middle sector, the one with the most corners, the F14 T was competitive, it was not enough to allow Fernando and Kimi to attack our rivals. In Maranello, we are working on solutions to ensure better power delivery and better driveability. We are also trying to improve the efficiency of the car on the aerodynamic front. The data we acquired in today’s race will provide a baseline for the major checking programme we have planned for the test, right here at Sakhir on Tuesday and Wednesday.” Published on: 04/06/2014Related to: Bahrain Grand Prix – See more at: http://formula1.ferrari.com/news/bahrain-gp-pat-fry-a-defensive-race#sthash.p2Udfzrz.dpuf

  148. KARTRACE says:

    Fernando Alonso: “Today’s race was complicated for us, even if we knew what to expect because, with its long straights, this track shows up our weak points. The team did a super job and sorted the problem I had yesterday in the final part of qualifying and the start and strategy were perfect. The Safety Car helped us make up a bit of ground on the cars ahead of us and also allowed us to save fuel, but it was not enough to change the result, with eight cars ahead of us doing a better job. Although we did all we could, we can’t be happy with our level of performance and now our sole focus must be on working day and night. The season is in its early stages and I think we can stage a recovery. We have the resources and the potential to do it and it’s all down to us. Next week will be very important as we get back on track on Tuesday and Wednesday to test in preparation for the upcoming races. We have got a very aggressive programme, which we need as our rivals will not just be sitting back and watching.” Published on: 04/06/2014Related to: Bahrain Grand Prix – See more at: http://formula1.ferrari.com/news/bahrain-gp-fernando-alonso-an-aggressive-plan#sthash.BekQ6pgc.dpuf

  149. Franco says:

    I remember reading that LDM kicked his TV when Alonso lost the title at the last race a few years back so wonder if LDM will be throwing a TV at his team instead hahaha

  150. KARTRACE says:

    I’ve got solution for LDM. Just take Lufthansa flight to Stuttgart and purchase those engines.
    And ask them to Ferrari brand their tappet covers as well to minimize the embarrassment.

    1. Alex says:

      And doing that he would have to take a taxi form the airport to the factory, in Stuttgart that is a Mercedes one.

  151. justin says:

    guess he left early as it was a ferrari taxi to the airport and he couldnt afford to be late

  152. Matt W says:

    Fantastic race, but let’s hold our horses on deeming this a new dawn of excitement for the sport. So far crap races outweigh the good by 2-1. I hope it continues, but I have a feeling dull times are to come.

    As for Ferrari, Montezemelo is suffering the crazy exodus he forced at the end of the Schumacher era and after spygate when Ferrari got a little xenophobic and purged a lot of the foreign technical talent. They lost a lot of experience at that point.

    Ferrari now resemble the team of the early 90s. I think it is time for wholesale change. Perhaps time for a new team boss, and dare I say it, a new lead driver. Alonso as lead driver for the last few years has to take some responsibility too for the lack of any development direction during his tenure. For whatever reason, the partnership hasn’t delivered and now there is a plethora of young talent on the grid with many more years ahead of them.

    1. Monza 71 says:

      I’m no Alonso fan but last year Alonso ensured that Ferrari punched well above its weight.

      Alonso is a fighter and I can’t think of anyone who could replace him and get more out of the car : in fact perhaps only Hamilton could equal Fernando’s performance in the same car.

      There have been many periods in Ferrari history when the cars have been far from the front of the grid.

      Many younger Ferrari fans will not remember past the glory days with Michael Schumacher and co. but they were the exception.

      Sadly, I think that a change at the top is needed : Stefano is a really nice guy but I’m not sure he or Martin Whitmarsh have the necessary steel to get the best out of a F1 team.

      These days it probably needs a tough character like John Todt or Ron Dennis at the helm.

      Christian Horner at Red Bull is the exception but then, Red Bull have Adrian Newey.

  153. deancassady says:

    It is sad to see the Red cars floundering (now that Kimi is there); but really, times are tough.
    I know I’ve been critical of the likeable Domenicalli, but when is enough too much already?
    Haven’t we passed that already?

    On Luca: he’s doing his job; yes, that is what that job is; the pundits complaining about his behaviour is uninteresting.

    But let’s see what happens.
    While Mercedes seem so far out there (3 seconds per lap!!!), Red Bull are on a strong trajectory, and may well be competitive by the summer break.
    While Ferrari may not have had a great comparative for in-season development in the past several years, there is a lok of complexity, in which, solving one or two key constraints/issues could yield a load of performance.

    To the many foo-fooing the new formula, now high on Britain’s current favourite son’s sparkling victory, take instruction from that, and settle down the knee-jerk responses.

    I liked the interviews with Niki; they carry the weight of the respect for no nonsense that he has earned; straight as a arrow, and straighter, by far, that most of the silver arrows.

    1. mark says:

      Perhaps he was being the ultimate professional by leaving immediately by helicopter to go find Ross Brawn. I like Dom but Brawn running ferrari next year?

      1. deancassady says:

        like many other people, you are looking to the past, and it’s not going to work in the future.
        certainly, Ross left Mercedes in very good shape, but it seems that will be the last golden egg from him.
        As indicated, I think the Domenicalli situation is clear; he is NOT going to produce a winner, but the Ferrari problem is the same thing as yours, looking backwards.
        You go where you look.
        Besides the power advantage, just look at the money that Mercedes have thrown into the effort; their incredibly over-stuff technical department, etc.
        Red Bull is another model, with their wunderkind designer; but what happens when Adrian goes?
        I will closely track McLaren.
        I think Boullier is the rising start for team principles (what ever he is called with the Ronster lurking around); at least Ron was wise enough to NOT put himself in that role.
        No Ferrari has fundamental problems that need addressing, and no single figure from the past will be able to sort it out with a couple of firings/hirings, it runs too deep for that superficial solution.

  154. Jarv027 says:

    Made me laugh when Luca shook his head and walked out the garage.
    Heads are going to roll at Ferrari!

    1. Clarks4WheelDrift says:

      Maybe they need performance related pay for the management and head engineers…

      For example, take away Domenicalli’s big Maserati, take away his personal driver. Give him a Fiat 500, a really old rusty one. If he improves, give him a Fiat Panda, then an Uno or Punto, a new style 500, an Arbarth if he wins a couple of races, the Maserati and driver are for title wins.

      Luca di Monty can start off with a push bike, to set an example.

  155. Craig says:

    Most people forget that Ferrari is not a massive car company. They are a boutique outfit specializing in high performance road cars. Yes they have a big history but the other manufacturers like Mercedes are way bigger.

    It’s not surprising Ferrari can’t keep pace. If they were developing performance to an F1 formula that stipulated no holds barred flat out, V12′s or V10′s with unlimited revs like 20,000, then the gloves would be off, but as it is, Todt and the FIA have chosen to run with this mickey-mouse road car technology that has been around for a decade already, and the only thing F1 is demonstrating right now is how bad the viewing is. Todt somehow got his near-sighted glasses on upside down and we’re seeing the result of it.

    There’s no harm in 22 race cars burning gas, using decent tires, and harnessing the power of 12 cylinders at stratospheric rpm. You can still showcase alternative clean burning gas with that.

    The FIA has suddenly swapped ends and has spun out in its own myopic gravel trap and now they’re beached. Todt should be replaced by Ecclestone.

    1. krakinho says:

      Well, Red Bull is a beverage company, yet they are still capable of producing a car that is way faster than Ferrari.
      Since Ferrari knows how to make a high performance cars and/or engines they, by your theory, should be way ahead, not only now but especially during the normally aspirated engines era.
      Ferrari got it all wrong once again as it seems right now and that’s it.
      They have no one to blame but themselves.
      RBR on the other hand can blame Renault for not being on top again (or still), but Ferrari doesn’t have that luxury.

      1. Craig says:

        It’s all about the Circus. Mercedes is winning so they think the new Circus is the best thing since sliced bread. At the end of the day they’ll be the ones to be able to post all the shiny Mercedes ads in all the right places saying look at us. We’re the best.

        Vettel thinks it’s all s__t. He tells it like it is and he’s right. No rose-colored myopic glasses for him.

        Toyota makes the Prius, not Ferrari. Formula 1 for 2014 is an open-wheel Toyota Prius race.

        It’s not in Ferrari’s DNA to manufacture lame little whiz-bang electric plug and play underpowered tinker-toys with batteries made by coal fired furnaces in China. Montezemolo is right. It’s a taxi-cab side show.

        The ‘race’ in Bahrain was between two cars, both on the same team. It wasn’t hard to notice all the empty seats in the grandstands. A little spice got thrown in when pay driver Maldonado did his usual wild-eyed baboon move straight into the side of Gutierrez. Other than that, it was pretty much like watching a gaggle of ride -em lawnmowers wafting by.

        I was going to fly out to a couple of races this year for the first time in years, but not any more. At the end of the day, just watch what happens to the customer base that is supposed to be shelling out for this pay driver electric mess.

        Little hybrid cream puffs have been around for a decade. Over in France, Todt thinks that F1 is supposed to dictate world transportation policy. That’s for road cars. These are race cars. He’s getting his categories all completely mixed up.

        Sure there are two new teams supposedly waiting in the wings.

        Massey-Ferguson and John Deere.

    2. SilverArrow says:

      Spot on Craig. I’ve been saying this for years – biofuels are the future. The thought of all the resources wasted in making all these F1 batteries makes me cringe.

      The trick is to figure out how the oil companies can effectively commercialize biofuel, because as we know, if they can’t make their money, it won’t happen.

      1. IJW says:

        Biofuels are the most moronic way to produce fuel, if you are talking about growing it on land. Why? The land you are using to grow Biofuels would be better use to grow food for people. It is a sad state of affairs, when there is more money in producing “food” for cars, than there is producing food for people. You wonder why food prices are going up. More “food” for cars, less food for people, higher food prices for people.
        You are correct though, with regards to the resources necessary for building batteries. It is a shame we haven’t come across a better way of storing electricity than to store it chemically in batteries.

      2. SilverArrow says:

        No use producing food if there’s no planet left to live on. And you’d be surprised as to how much land is ineffectively being used for low quality crop growth such as GMO corn. The same low quality crops that are fed to the animals, that are then to the masses, bringing with them a myriad of maladies.

        If you’re going to bring up the issue of food, then you’re opening a pretty big can of worms. How about we go after the endless number of shops, restaurants and companies wasting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of eatable food instead of passing it off to those who need it?

        Biofuels are of course going to seem moronic to you if you haven’t even minutely studied the topic.

        This about the planet, not the people on it. Without the planet, there would be no people to feed. The plants have been here long before us, and at this rate, they’ll be here long after.

  156. DanAbnormal says:

    Like commenters above, I too am glad to hear such language from Todt.

    It is good that he is asserting himself early in this new formula’s era. Also good to remind LDM that it was Todt’s time at Pugeot, just as much as at the Scuderia, that put him in his pneumatically-height adjusted chair at the FIA.

    I admit, I was worried about the breadth of what would be allowed to make the cars “sound better”. Not so much now.

  157. slim says:

    Is it wrong for me to think. . . good, good he left early ?.

  158. Rolf F1 says:

    LDM makes some valid points, but obviously he’s annoyed because he sees his cars trailing. His valid points touch on:
    Ferrari are a thoroughbred sports car manufacturer and F1 is supposed to be the ultimate racing experience. This is not the place for fuel flow restrictions. We want to see everything unleashed in a frenzy from driver and car. Racing is racing and commuting is commuting. Don’t merge them or, yawn… PS, I am not a petrol head, I am a conservationist with a small economical car. F1 is supposed to be exhilarating, not a droning lawnmower race.

    1. Joel says:

      Time to talk about fuel limits & restrictions are long over. What were LdM doing the last few years?
      Now, its the time to buckle down and show what you got.

  159. Relativity says:

    Quite contrary to what Jean Todt said about changing rules mid-season, I suggest that the following new rules be adopted immediately -

    1. LdM is only allowed to take the London Taxi to and from the airport.

    2. Pastor Maldonado is allowed to wheel-barrow one driver of his choosing at any time during a race without any penalties whatsoever. The corner workers should immediately proceed to slap multiple giant PDVSA stickers on the broken down rival car that received Maldonado’s affection before towing it away.

    3. If Massa does not obey team orders, the words “Alonso is faster than you” should be played to him repeatedly till he is so incensed that rather than letting Bottas through, he drives his car at full speed into the retaining walls, gets out of his car and immediately proceeds to drink a Martini and Rossi beverage to drown his sorrows.

    4. Jean Todt should quit his job at FIA and immediately be made the President of a real Banana Republic.

    5. Bernie Ecclestone is allowed to break wind in front of any TV microphone of his choosing so that the worldwide TV audience immediately notices an improvement in noise levels emanating from and F1 race.

  160. David Howard says:

    One of the posters before me made a good point about Ferrari; they are not a company that makes hybrids and fuel efficient cars. Chances are, if you can afford a Ferrari road car you really don’t give a damn what kind of fuel performance you get, that’s the least of your financial worries when it comes to your prancing pony. That said, it’s easy to see that in this era of F1 they are and may continue to be massively behind the 8 ball in engine development.

    However, that does not excuse the sorry excuse for a car the F14T is as a whole. I wonder if Ferrari’s excesses in the past have come back to bite them and are they having a hard time attracting the engineering talent they need. During the day of unlimited testing you could walk your rounds onto the bullseye by trial and error, and with enough money you could theoretically always ace the development of your car. This new age seems to call for a different brand of engineer who can get you close to optimal before you start the minutae of upgrades to claw those tenths of a second out of the car.

    I’m a US fan, and on the US broadcast they were talking about the possibility of yet another USF1 team led by Haas of Nascar fame. (Believe it when I see it) One of the problems they highlighted for the team is the shortage of quality engineers to be had which may invariably leave any new team languishing forever amongst the Caterham’s and Marussia’s of the world. Is this the case? Are the engineers not available en masse and has Ferrari burnt their bridges with those people on the sharp end of the stick?

    1. LT says:

      Their latest and greatest road car is a hybrid!

  161. Leslie D'Amico says:

    Seems rather telling that in the last few years almost all the dominanting teams had either Adrian Newey or Ross Brawn calling the shots.

    1. Overheard Cam says:

      Mercedes seem to be ‘managing’ without RB at the moment. Wonder if the team orders would have been the same on Sunday if RB, the man largely responsible for the mind numbing Schumacher years, was still at the helm?

      1. BrumCar says:

        Mercedes chief designer is Aldo Costa (ex Ferrari) and he’s led the design on the last few Mercedes. Ross has had nothing to do with the car designs for a long time.

  162. Peter Jones says:

    hey Luca,
    bet ya wouldn’t be sayin’ these things if it was your two cars out front…anyway I digress. you want to go faster? two words, Ross Brawn

  163. Matthew Cheshire says:

    Great photo. Monte has the look of a man who has bought a lemon for $500M.

  164. Jake says:

    I wonder what rule change Ferrari think is going to put that car anywhere near the front?
    It does not do anything particularly well.
    More fuel would help both Merc and Renault, so no help there.
    Only freedom to develop/fix their PU would be benificial and even then this would help Renault just as much.
    Ferrari fans, don’t hold your breath for the software fix, if it was that simple the man would not be begging the FIA for help.

  165. dan says:

    ANY CEO would be upset/mad/furious if their team wasn’t performing. This time it was LDM. How many times has Dietrich Mateschitz threatened to pull the pin? Do yo think he would if RB was winning? Ron Dennis, Toto Wolff, etc would all react likewise given the same situation. Like any business, if something doesn’t perform or meet expectations, then eventually it needs to go. Maybe SD is next? It happened with Whitmarsh and Ross Brawn…
    But most importantly, we mustn’t forget that fortunes turn VERY quickly in F1. Competitive one year, not the next, and vice-verse. Look at Lotus and Mclaren as examples

  166. dan says:

    Any team that’s winning/dominating will always oppose changes, whilst those suffering will push for them. It’s just the nature of the sport…

  167. steve says:

    Before the start of the season Ferrari come out and all but demand the the FAI ensure no one breaks any rule. And lo and behold, either rightly or wrongly Red Bull are penalised.
    Now they would like to change the rules.
    Cant have it both ways.

  168. JohnBt says:

    As long as teams are not winning everything is wrong bout the ruling, it’s been like that since F1 began. Ferrari didn’t do a good job, simple as that. They were really slow in Bahrain. I don’t see how they can improve for China and I sure hope I’m very wrong.

    But last year Ferrari, Force India and Lotus had it right for the tires until others were exploding so they lost out after the change which favored Red Bull. Just plain bad luck as majority wanted the change.

  169. Krischar says:

    I believe at least now people would have understood the incredible job Alonso did for Ferrari over the last 5 seasons, Ferrari have not come up with quickest package in the grid ever since 2008. In fairness ever since 2009 (Rule Changes) Ferrari were medicore and produced the ropey machineries time and time again with the exception of F10

    Yet Alonso have delivered the performances and points which helped Ferrari to greater extent and masked the overall issues the team had to solve

    When Fernando questionned about the team peformance and car Deficiencies last season LDM showed his political face and did nothing to solve the issue.

    This has backfired in 2014 as well and Ferrari will not improve for considerable period of time from now on Forget the WDC & WCC. How many points Ferrari can score this season?

  170. German Samurai says:

    The excuse last year was that just you wait and see when they have James Allison and Rory Byrne, yet they are still failing.

    Maybe they need quicker drivers.

    Look at what Vettel and Ricciardo have been doing with a slow package. Look at Hulkenberg who is third in the championship. The Ferrari is without a doubt better than the underfunded Force India.

    A great driver makes more difference than people think. Look at the difference not having Hamilton has made to McLaren. Look at the difference having Hamilton made to Mercedes last season. Same can be said for Vettel going to Toro Rosso and then Red Bull.

    1. KARTRACE says:

      I know Rory is a great designer, results speak volumes but he isn’t wizard, it takes much more then one person to get things right. After all his talent is not under the magnifying glass but there are so many other steps to get to the final result which should be put under the microscope.. Therefore in order to understand what is happening over there one just got to remember this latest incident with Alonso’s mixed tires. That should not even happen to a team in it’s rooky year never mind team that is in this business since the beginning of time. To me that is a typical Italian lack of discipline and here you go. Then they also have a leadership which does not believe in the mirror accountability.

    2. Krischar says:

      Vettel and Ricciardo with slower Package? Are you in wonderland? RBR have turned up with much better car than Ferrari, Mclaren and Mid-field runners. In fact RBR have the second quickest package behind Mercedes.

      Vettel was beaten by daniel and seriously underperformed in the first 3 races. Yes daniel looks quicker and have good potential.

      Force India slower? Force India did not have top class Aero, yet with decent aero package combined with Mercedes PU they have scored vital points and a podium already. Whereas Ferrari are a manufacturer yet they forget how to produce Top class engine and PU.

      Tthe lack of results are due to the Engine and PU differences between Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari. Ferrari pilots have done as well as they could.

      Bottomline vettel would have not even scored a single point with such a ropey car F14T at his disposal and he has already showcased his petulance agianst the RBR team in pre-season testing and melbourne race

      1. German Samurai says:

        “Vettel and Ricciardo with slower Package? Are you in wonderland? RBR have turned up with much better car than Ferrari, Mclaren and Mid-field runners. In fact RBR have the second quickest package behind Mercedes.”

        Completely disagree. Red Bull is unreliable, slow engine, they do have two of the best drivers on the grid.

        I put McLaren, Williams and Ferrari ahead of Force India. McLaren and Williams don’t have any top tier drivers piloting their cars. Red Bull similar or just behind Force India. The poor qualifying of Alonso and Raikkonen is really hurting Ferrari.

        “Vettel was beaten by daniel and seriously underperformed in the first 3 races. Yes daniel looks quicker and have good potential.”

        Vettel qualified second and finished third in Malaysia. It was an incredible performance given his poor equipment.

        Rosberg is often quicker than Hamilton. I guess Hamilton is an accidental champion too.

      2. justafan says:

        It must have gotten under your skin that it is Vettel who has 4 crowns and not Alonso.

  171. Jota180 says:

    As someone else said the Ferrari board needs to recognise that a paradigm shift is needed if they are to compete – week in, week out.

    Their performance deficit is an indicator of the culture with the team and company. Other teams are simply out managing them rather than being better racers.
    There needs to be a root and branch appraisal of the whole team and a Merc/McL type clinical approach taken if they want to win.
    RBR recognised it and have moved away from the ‘party animal’ approach to race weekends, Merc have just upped the shift further and others will follow, McL have already started to change their management way of thinking.

    Boring as it is, it’s the future

    1. warley says:

      That seems fair comment. They look as if they could not organise a spaghetti feast in a pasta factory! Change will be painful but they need to do something.

  172. Stephen Taylor says:

    Christian Horner must become team principal for Ferrari!He would bring the energy the team needs-maybe he’d be able to give the Scuderia wings as well to help them fly past Mercedes.

  173. Steve says:

    unless I’m missing something, there is no way Ferrari or Renault can ever catch up… the engines are now ‘set’, and the Merc engine is MILES ahead….

    so, they can change aero and other pieces all they want, if they cannot upgrade the engine, there is no way Ferrari and Redbull are going to catch most of the Merc teams, especially on power-circuits…

    Merc are on target I believe to win 15+ GP’s this year, they are 1+ second ahead of everyone else

    1. jhynesadmin says:

      While the engines have been homologated the manufacturers can still request to make changes based on reliability and safety. This request must be made to the FIA who will approve or deny the request. The other teams are informed of the request. For 2015 and onwards the FIA has a ‘sliding scale’ of development on the power units. Elements of the power unit are given a value leading to an overall value for the whole unit. Teams are then given a number of token to spend on development, a ‘budget’ for each year. This budget decreases with each year of the power unit’s lifecycle. For 2015 the budget is something like 50% of the total ‘token’ value of the power unit. How the teams spend their tokens is up to them.

  174. Timmay says:

    First winless season for Ferrari since 1993. I bet ya

  175. Deeppurple says:

    LDM is one of the most passionate and experienced ambassadors of Formula 1…..And as has always been the case, teams who are on the back foot try hardest to win at all costs….this is nothing new…

    Although being a Ferrari fan and particularly an Alonso fan, I sympathize with the state Ferrari finds itself in, but there is a clear reason why its not winning, and its not to do with money or resources….

    The reasons are as follows:

    1) For the last decade two types of teams have won: one with a clear genius designer like Newey or Murray…who can make a beautiful aerodynamic “story” for their cars…OR one that has built its structure under a cohesive leader like Brawn, who can identify and recruit the right people using money, persuasion etc…step by step each year…culminating into a championship victory…including a few novel design concepts..or innovation….FERRARI HAS HAD NEITHER FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS….Mercedes today is reaping benefits for such a structure..on chassis side which started with Honda/Brawn and engine side that started with huge money and facility from Ilmor/Mercedes in late nineties..with probably the best modern engine designer in the helm…Andy Cowell…ex-Cosworth…I AM sorry Domenicali does NOT even come close…McLaren has a similar problem btw….If you do not have a Brawn or a Newey…you dont win F1…between 1990 to 2014…

    2) Secondly….Ferrari Aero side is poorer compared to RedBull, Merc and even till last year Lotus…The reason is Aero and F1 talent today resides in Motorsport Valley in the UK….between Northampton and Oxford…talented engineers are not ready to travel and live in Modena or Bologna…simply to try to make Ferrari win…Almost all great engineers…Prodromous and Bob bells…hail from British Universities Cambridge/Imperial….which Italian unis fail to produce…so Ferrai always has to look at Britain for talent….the old dogs stuck at Ferrari have thus found it easy to stay put….The ones that are there or gone recently are good enough to produce a decent car #2 say…but not a world champ car…solution: setup shop in UK…

    3) Ferrari’s wind tunnel problems are well documented, especially for the last few years…I wont be surprised if they used British technicians to build and calibrate their new one…

    4) Ferrari is too old fashioned in its approach…very restrictive…with LDM giving huffs and puffs at the start of every year…without truly understanding how to build a winning team like Brawn….Asking the same engineers to do same every year without any fresh thinking or team ramp-up as Brawn had done….They need fresh people and new ideas…they are not innovating anymore….this emotional/huff-nd-puff attitude led to firing of Also Costa after just one unsuccesful 2010 season…today his design is winning at Mercedes…whereas the Tombazis and co. have remained and do not seem to contribute to any innovative design from 2009 to 2014…If you cannot identify the right and wrong people…and take emotional decisions…forget world championships…

    5) Ferari engine designer Luca Marmorini is a very capable designer…you can read SAE papers he published when he was a young lad doing his PHD…he was at the helm at Toyota F1 engines before…and is an expert on engine systems reliability …maybe enhanced by experience at Toyota…thus Ferrari engines have been single most reliable engine in the V8 era…not even Merc or Renault came close..However, during a techno revolution, you need someone like Andy Cowell.or Rory Byrne…who can think like a British “Garagist”…even though being part of a conglomerate like Merc…his roots are at a once innovative company called Cosworth….Marmorini is more academic in approach…so his engines might be reliable but not briliant…at this stage….later when this technology matures…Ferrari engines Im sure will be very good….Cant say same for Aero…BTW…Ferrai being a traditional company is not so good with Hybrid tech…Again….KERS and energy experise lies in Northampton UK…with firms like Williams Hybrid Power, Flybrid etc…Not surprised then that Merc built all of its Energy Recovery system for their car in-house…at their Brixworth factory……this leads to more integrated design approach for a power unit…something Ferrari will not have due to reliance on external suppliers…solution: nick people from Mercedes HPP….

    Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and “Enstone/Lotus/Ex-Renault” are in F1 for the business of F1…Ask after 50 years which two teams will remain in F1…Its Ferrari and McLaren…Mercedes is winning now due to its investment in UK talent….Crippling people like Cosworth or Williams…but well have to judge their success over 20 years atleast…I feel they may leave as per whims and fancy..like Toyota or Renault….Red Bull is a drinks company…that happens to employ Newey and very talented people….lets see the story after 20 years…

    But no question…Domenicalli has to go….

    1. Jay says:

      As Albert Einstein observed:
      “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

      Ferrari needs to change something, I don’t know exactly what they need to change, but change must certainly start from their management.

    2. warley says:

      Very well written piece deeppurple though it will be uncomfortable reading in Marenello!

  176. Craig says:

    In my opinion, there’s just no way Ferrari is going to sit around spending a fortune on teensy-weensy electric toy cars for some hopelessly confused little guy in Paris.

    If a caffeinated sugarized soda pop outfit wants to do it, fine, let them do it. I’d bet anything there will be a big announcement from Ferrari that they’re pulling out of F1, and so they should.

    By now Ferrari, being forced to pay a small fortune to water down their brand of real honest machinery, has to be really just sick and tired of dancing to the nut-bar tune of some guy in France who has no idea what a real race car is.

    I bet Ferrari will announce they’re out of it, and not a moment too soon. They don’t need this bizarre FIA formula.

  177. Sarah says:

    How demoralising for the team. Perhaps he thought if he stayed to the end and talked to everyone, he’d say too much.

  178. Ian Spencer says:

    James, here is a suggestion for an analysis.

    From what I have gleaned, Bahrain was towards the top end of fuel required for a race, and in the middle for the fuel rate used.

    That is quite encouraging because it tells us that the drivers were racing hard for most of the race and yet fitting with the fuel requirements.

    Looking forward, which races are likely to be taxi drives because of extreme fuel demands (Montreal being the lowest fuel requirement and Circuit de Catalunya being much the highest according to last year’s figures from Williams) and also the rate of fuel use, with Monza being the one that is most likely to be affected by the rate cap and Monte Carlo being the least.

    You should be able to predict which are likely to either be dull, or have some extremes with the Ferrari’s with their poor fuel management being most exposed.

  179. BrumCar says:

    Mercedes chief designer Aldo Costa hascreated a fantastic car for Mercedes. Had Ferrari not fired him, perhaps Luca DM would be hurting a bit less with this new Formula Boredom.

  180. BrumCar says:

    Mercedes chief designer Aldo Costa has built a fantastic car for Mercedes. Had Ferrari not fired him, Ferrari would be winning and Luca’s pain with formula boredom would be somewhat less.

  181. German Samurai says:

    Ferrari had without a doubt the quickest package up until Montreal last year and you could make a case that they had the best package on balance up until the mid-season break.

    A lot of overreacting here.

  182. vivek jacob john says:

    its really sorry to say ferrari is going backwards, its having big budget , racing heritage, hired top management and technical staff, manufacatures the sports car lastly best driver pairing .. this year mercedes all the way..

  183. Steve W says:

    I see an F14TB in the very near future…

  184. Lucas says:

    I’ve heard Alonso has an escape clause that would allow him to jump ship if Ferrari isn’t even among the top 3. Which is interesting, because if not for him, they wouldn’t make into top 3 in the last couple of years, and now they’re failing to do so even though they now have two top drivers rather than one.

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