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Luca di Montezemolo hopes Ferrari can challenge for podiums from the outset in 2012

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Oli - Unregistered

March 07, 2012 1:27 PM

When the Ferrari was revealed, they said they had sacrificed beauty for speed.

Now it turns out the car is slow, please can they at least redesign it to look good?

Surely it's better to have a beautiful slow car than an ugly slow car!


March 07, 2012 2:02 PM

it is far too soon to write the ferrari off. a lot of the testing was trying different elements such as exhaust etc. when all these are put together, we may be in for a bit of a surprise.


March 07, 2012 3:14 PM

rob. its not the end of the 2012 season yet! ferrari made a great lot of changes, and it will take time for all these to gel.
the first few races are all tests for ALL the teams, so even if one car or another bombs in melbourne, its not the end of the world. no matter which team it is from.
how often have you heard the comment "when we get back to europe, we will have updates". i think we heard that from mclaren, last year, and merc etc


March 07, 2012 3:51 PM

it is true to say that if the ferrari turns out to be as bad as many fear you can bet your last dollar it will be right up there towards the end of the season.

the most important part of f1 imo is not necessarily to have a great car at the start of the season but how quickly you can develop and implement upgrades throughout the season.

that's why as good as the testing has been for lotus and sauber etc. we know they don't have the resources to keep pace with rbr, ferrari, maclaren and mgp through the course of the season.

if ferrari get all their "radical" design ideas working early on in the season the other teams could be in for a shock.

hybris - Unregistered

March 07, 2012 5:36 PM

Shummi the great left scuderia,some years ago. since then, the team have been on a downhill spiral. Last year Luca di Montezemolo, the macho godfarther figure in chief, fired the Technical chief and hired a new one.
now after spring testing, luca gunslinger, "demand answers" somthing is rotten in the state of scuderia, but where? top, bottom or through to the bone?

no matter how much they "hope" and how much they talk alonso up, nothing matters. even through ferarri is , together with mclaren and redbull, the theam who have the largest budget, nothing matters. they are back to the time, before shummi.
back to the middelteam time.

Firestorm - Unregistered

March 07, 2012 6:15 PM

We must wait for the Australian GP to watch how competitive are the 2012 cars. As for Ferrari I want to remember an episode from last year.The Abu Dhabi GP! After the race Alonso said that after he overtook Button in the first lap he was waiting to struggle to keep him behind.But after 12 laps he was a full 7 seconds ahead of him and was chasing Hamilton for race victory all race long.Alonso said that this is the kind of a race when the car behaves better than you think it would behave.And that without speaking about the 2010 Bahrain GP when no one expected a one-two from Ferrari after the last test.

Nealio - Unregistered

March 07, 2012 6:18 PM

Can you hear the sound if the ax being sharpened? How many times have we all heard that it's essential to have the total package if the championship is to be won? A team can't start the season with a inferior car and expect developement to save the day. Ferrari has design problems and haven't started a season with a good car since 2007. I am loath to say it but the "Italianization" of the team since Todt left has been less than successful.

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