Formula 1-fi (Read the First Post!) - Page 36
For those new to F1:
- Kimi was the highest paid driver when he signed for Ferrari at the end of 2006.
- Fernando replaced Kimi at McLaren and lasted one year there (really less than a year) before having a massive falling out with the team.
- Kimi won the championship in 2007 by 1 point ahead of both Lewis and Fernando.
- In 2009 Kimi won Spa, the only race that Ferrari took that year.
- And in 2010 he was paid by Ferrari not to race at all so they could put Fernando in the car. Kimi was the 2nd highest paid driver that year and never once put his bum in a 2010 Ferrari.
Looking forwards to next year.
Looking forward indeed. Did Red Bull miscalculate, choosing Ricciardo instead of a more experienced driver on the assumption they could pretty much count on Vettel to get them the Constructor's Championship all on his own? I think with Raikkonen and Alonso together they're going to have a real uphill battle to keep Ferrari away from the WCC, even if the Red Bull proves a superior 2014 car - of which there is no guarantee. If it is, as many people have speculated, an engine-limited year, Red Bull are really at Renault's mercy, whereas Ferrari build their own engines and usually build one of the best. On the other hand, Renault (or Renault-backed teams, at least) have a history of usually coming out strong after a reg change...
So in summary: Ferrari probably the team to beat for the Constructor's Championship, but what about the Driver's? Unless there's some agreement between Alonso and Raikkonen (whoever leads into the break is #1, for example) they could seriously sabotage each others chances. Or if the Ferrari is the strongest car, just fight each other for the win like Prost and Senna (the only other two world champions I can think of to share a team while already being world champions).
You kidding? It was the most entertaining corner in F1. Sparks flying all over the chicane, cars taking off like aircrafts.
Montezemolo, ... is not expecting a change in attitude from Ferrari's long-serving driver.
"The team will support Alonso until the very last metre and on top of that, I am also expecting Massa to have a great end to the season," the Ferrari President said in his wide-interview interview with Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Felipe is an exceptional guy and a wonderful person. They say he won't help Fernando? Please! He will definitely do so, giving us a hand for the Constructors' and Alonso for the Drivers'."
Ferrari and Alonso have arrived in Singapore knowing they need to secure a big result on Sunday to check Red Bull's momentum which has seen Sebastian Vettel open up a 53-point lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship.
But after two successive second-place finishes, Montezemolo is expecting a further step forward with the F138.
"I am expecting updates that will bring improvements. We should bear in mind that there's only one Red Bull getting the results..." the Italian added.
Next up ...
Felipe Massa says he is now racing for himself and will not be helping Fernando Alonso's Drivers' Championship challenge.
During his time partnering the double-World Champion, the Brazilian has often had to sacrifice his own race in order to assist his team-mate. At the 2010 German GP the infamous "Fernando is faster than you" call was given over the radio, whilst in Austin last year Ferrari deliberately picked up a five-place gearbox penalty for Massa to ensure Alonso started from the clean side of the grid.
Indeed even as recently as the Italian Grand Prix the Brazilian was asked to 'tow' his team-mate around the track during qualifying and easily gave up his position to the Spaniard during the race.
Ferrari President Luca Di Montezemolo told the Italian press that Massa will "definitely do so, giving us a hand for the Constructors' and Alonso for the Drivers'," but the Brazilian seems to be on a collision course with his boss.
"I will not race for Alonso from now on," Massa told Brazil's TV Globo.
"Right from Friday at Singapore I'll be working for myself. I will attack all the time, every lap. It's come the time to look after myself."
That's the spirit! Go on Felipe, take it to the eyebrows!
It'll be interesting to see how much of a difference there is now...
Felipe is one of the most experienced drivers in F1, I think you can trust him when he says he'll 'attack all the time'.
That said, Singapore is a narrow circuit, and there isn't a lot of space to overtake. Most of the fun comes from driver errors.
Since his future in F1 (convincing another team to pick him up so late in his career) depends on his performance in the remainder of this season, I expect him to attack like mad. Maybe we'll see the old 2008 Felipe back.