F1 » Gene concerned Ferrari updates not enough

Ferrari will take development parts to this weekend's Indian Grand Prix, but will they be enough to combat the charge of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel?

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Ptolomy - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 10:35 AM

Ferrari think it is their god-given right to be on top. After all they are "Formula One's greatest team" as we are continually told. I think this wind tunnel nonsense is a way to impress the sponsors. "The wind tunnel was causing all our problems since 2007!" "There is no way we could have designed a poor performing car."
And whats the deal with the soothsayer Niki Lauda? Now he's stating the obvious after getting all excited and declaring Alonso the champion already 2 races ago. Really put your foot in your mouth there again Niki. He's playing it safe now and saying stupid things like... "Vettel needs to watch out for those 1st corner bumper cars or he could lose his lead to Alonso. I mean, doesn't anyone remember him saying Alonso IS going to be the 2012 world champion (2 races ago.)

sanky - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 10:39 AM

If their car is competitive in India, everyone will say Alonso outdrove the car and if they are not, then ferrari will simply say that the upgrades dint work :)

Gio berini - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 12:33 PM

If you consider that Ferrari are still challenging for the championship, from starting the year with a terrible car which was around a second and a half of the pace!
They haven't don't too badly?
Alonso's car has been the most reliable in 2012 and the 40 point lead he had built was simply from his his excellent driving and fighting if not for the win. Then at least for a podium or good points,
Ferrari's excellent reliability and alonso's driving contributed to them being in the race for the title, the 2 non scoring finishes he has had was out of his hands, so he is unlucky to be now in the position he is,
I'm sure with the new updates Alonso will be challenging at the front again. And he will win the title as a deserved consistent driver in an inferior car at times,

professor-x - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 12:47 PM

nope, Ferrari are only where they are at because of the tires, by the time the rest of the teams caught up, it was too soon for Ferrari to have the title locked up. You see something very similar in MotoGP with Yamaha and Honda. You even see the same thing in WSBK, strange how things work out like that, an Italian winning WSBK, the guy whose supposed to fight against Marquez next year having an advantage, and Ferrari, the queen of kings in F1, getting a hand out despite obviously having a 3rd rate car.


October 24, 2012 2:18 PM

ptolomy. ferrari ARE the greatest f1 team, in the entire history of f1. if not, can you advise who is greater?

and as for your comments about lauda, he is a highly paid commentator and an ex champion. he has his opinion, and the season is not over yet. he could still be right, so it is pointless to dismiss his current view. after all, how many expert pundits said that lulu would be wdc this year, or even schumi?

i like ferrari, am not enamoured with ferdi, and hope that seb wins. but i will respect whichever driver and team wins.

Yak - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 1:39 AM

“There are a number of improvements on the car for India and, while they do not constitute a major revolution, obviously we hope that they will help.” To me, this quote equating to, "Gene concerned Ferrari updates not enough," is a bit of a stretch.

jose - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 7:53 AM

Well the noise is heating up..Every team with something extra
will be installing anything and everything to get a little more
go! I hope the grid use reasonable discipline. We deserve a
clean start. The stakes are to high now for some, 'Who shot
John, finger pointing, Thom-foolery'. We the Fans deserve
better, clean start, clean race. The spot light is on Ferrari now
as it will be with Mercedes next season..Produce a competitive
winning car, you get the win..Alonzo is in the fight, Hamilton
is not. Soothsayer I is sometimes, the Old Dog backs Alonzo.
How sweet it is

Old Dog, Jose

silent observer - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 11:04 PM

It's not rocket science. Or maybe it is...

If you're going to win those two titles, you've got to bring your A-game to Adrian Newey all season long. In fact, your A+ game! Nothing less will do, because that guy is not playing! You have to match him on every level...core design, aerodynamics, the lot! Even if that means you go to NASA and hire one of their aerospace engineers...who can bring those design principles to your car. Or else, forget it.

Having said that, it would be great if Ross Brawn found his mojo again and gave Hamilton the car to take the fight to Vettel next year and 2014. Mercedes certainly have the budget for it.

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