F1 » Massa: This is a key moment


Felipe Massa admitted that he enjoyed his return to unfettered running at Mugello, but acknowledged that the three-day test was crucial to Ferrari's season.

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elijah

May 03, 2012 10:53 AM

More and more I am reading drivers say they don't particularly like Mugello as a test track.

Since no one has answered my question,

explain why Ferrari reportedly even waiving the circuit rental fees for its Mugello track to get the nod for this three day test ?

I can only guess it's in order to get parts/modifications quickly from the Ferrarri factory bolted onto the car.

Ferrari are looking desperate.

Taz

May 03, 2012 4:04 PM
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@elijah

This was agreed last year, I think Ferrari were hoping at that stage that this years car wouldn't be that bad.

Only Petrov has complained from what I've read. Driven it on a sim, it's good fun.

zib - Unregistered

May 03, 2012 4:07 PM

Some people r just ready to bash ferrari for what they do,doesn't matter good or bad..and generally they r the ones who complain when lulu is bashed for right reasons.

elijah

May 03, 2012 4:43 PM

@Taz
Your right about the testing being agreed last year and the cars state. But perhaps the test at home was always an extra failsafe to build in a advantage. It will be interesting to see what gains if any they have made.

Your right again, of the drivers at Mugello only Petrov has complained. However, Button cannot see the point in testing there. Doughnuts being more important.

Taz

May 03, 2012 4:53 PM

@elijah

Well there is limited benefit to running on a circuit they don't race on, getting to test aero components rather than in a wind tunnel is the biggest advantage I guess but I'm not an aerodynamics expert so I might be talking nonsense.

Ferrari are running round with the periscope on again, always a sure sign that all is not well. I'm sure Richard will explain what it does.

elijah

May 03, 2012 5:46 PM

@Taz
Ferrari have moved the exhaust forwards which has given them the space to altered the shape of the sidepods to facilitate the airflow under the car. They will loose some rear downforce but should gain improved stability with throttle changes. Alonso should now have a more predictable car as he exits corners. Less snatch and grab ,but we will see in Spain.
No doubt Richard will have a lot more to add .

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