F1 » Our driver policy was the catalyst for Ferrari's error, says Newey

Adrian Newey contends that Ferrari's fatally-flawed strategy in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale that cost Fernando Alonso the F1 2010 drivers' crown was prompted by Red Bull Racing's insistence upon allowing its own drivers to compete

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f1 fan - Unregistered

November 16, 2010 2:39 PM

What they mean is Ferrari fell into our trap we used webber as a sacrificial lamb and it worked perfectly but of course we don't operate team orders in red bull.. here Sebastian would you like marks front wing seeing as you damaged yours yourself. oh and mark how dare you not jump out of the way in turkey when Sebastian is trying to overtake you... red bull might not come on the radio saying Sebastian is quicker than you but everything else they do is geared towards vettel ( and its not vettels fault he is a deserving champion.... its the hypocrisy that annoys me yes ferrari handled germany badly but they had to do it massa had no chance of the title he had been of the pace up to that race and hasnt been on it since


November 16, 2010 3:02 PM

Well well well, the cat is out of the bag. RBR knew EXACTLY what they were doing, as we all suspected. Webber, being FA's main threat, was the bait. Quite easy really. turn the engine down a bit, play with the setup a little, none the wiser! I feel so sorry for Mark and all you gits who have spewed vitriol towards him for choking. As Webber pointedly stated after qualifying, it was the 1st time this year he couldn't match the times of SV.


November 16, 2010 3:14 PM

and hats off to red bull, also same driver policy and car fooled mclaren into thinking drivers would crash into each other again/car was illegal/they are the best and would win, ferrari, mclaren and an all german team with some 'old guy' should now be fully focused on attempting to take both titles away from red bull, 2011 could be better

Mark _

November 16, 2010 4:59 PM

Their driver "policy" almost cost them the title. With such a dominant car they could afford to play around with strategy. Ferrari didn't have that advantage and played it the only way that they could. If Red Bull had done it like Ferrari they would have clinched it several races ago.

Alan D - Unregistered

November 16, 2010 5:15 PM

Mark: "If Red Bull had done it like Ferrari they would have clinched it several races ago"

You are not the only one to say that but I'm struggling to see how that would have worked. Yes, there was one race where Webber could have moved over and let Vettel through and lack of team orders cost one driver 25 points and the other 17, but where else could they have used team orders to wrap up the WDC? There just haven't been that many races where they have finished one behind the other. If they'd used team orders to swap the cars around in Japan and Brazil then Webber would have gone into the final race with a 24 point lead over Alonso, which is still not "clinching" it, so what could they have done to have clinched the WDC "several races ago"?

Mark _

November 16, 2010 6:21 PM

@Alan D - thanks for keeping me honest. Perhaps I misspoke. Is the "one race" that you refer to Turkey?

The point is that Red Bull is crowing about their policy being superior to Ferrari's but Ferrari really only had one choice on how to fight for the title. They did not have the luxury of the best car on the grid. If Newey really thinks that Ferrari lost due to their favoring Alonso and not due to the superiority of the RBR car then Newey should stick to designing cars and leave the strategy calls to those who know better.

Fox - Unregistered

November 16, 2010 7:10 PM

Wrong - RBR won the title because their car was generally superior throughout the season.

Will be interesting to see what the new rules brings out next year.

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