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Luca di Montezemolo says Ferrari has to push hard to ensure it beats Red Bull next year - and insists the team can't afford another slow start

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Greg Tan - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 3:03 PM

Hi Luca, I think you have to restructure your team and replace SD that never performs as expected by the fans. You have got only one crown by Kimi after Jean Todt cs and I believe that is because you inherited the good culture under Ross leadership and Kimi drove at more than 120%. But since then the good culture has been fading. I heard that you have mentioned several time that the following year Ferrari will be very strong and in 2008 you just gave up very early to prepare strong car for 2009, but the strong car did not show up and you repeat in 2009 as the car was totally wrong designed but that was just enough for number 2, your top driver was outclassed by very young driver. Come on Luca, please thinks out of the box don't just hear SD and Fernando.

Firestorm - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 4:39 PM

Schumy won against the Newey cars. Yes I agree but sometimes the others too did that. In 2002 both Williams-BMW drivers finished ahead of the McLarens drivers and in 2003 Williams managed to beat McLaren again. Alonso too did it in 2005. And even Button with BAR-Honda did it. Alonso even beat Schumacher in 2006 when they had similar competitive cars. Where were Red Bull and Adrian Newey until 2009 when the f.....g Mosley and the FIA changed the rules which saw Ferrari, McLaren and Renault dominating with BMW being very strong as well. Where? A mere midfilder which often got beaten by Williams and Toyota too. Newey didn't realised the secrets of a F1 car in the modern era of 2004-2008. And the first McLaren build without any intervention of Newey was a great car, a class of the field( I am speaking about the 2007 Mp4-22). So thinks before using the past season as a reference.

Hamster - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 5:15 PM

And the first McLaren build without any intervention of Newey was a great car, a class of the field( I am speaking about the 2007 Mp4-22). So thinks before using the past season as a reference.

Well according to Lewis in an interview recently he said , McLaren still used Adrian Newey's template to build the 2008 car

jl - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 5:38 PM

1. Fernando deserve 2012 WDC, it's an opinion.
Vettel 2012 WDC is fact.
2. Ferrari slow and Alonso make it fast, it's an opinion.
Vettel to P3 from pit in Abu dhabi, after puncture, lost radio contact, P24 and wrong tyres Vettel finished P6 In Brazil is fact.
3. Alonso vs Newey, not Vettel, it's opinion.
Alonso's car more reliable while Vettel's got 2 retired from P1 because engine trouble and promote Fernando is fact.

Today Fernando's side jobs beside driving are confusing F1 fans by mixing opinion and fact. F1 fans of course did not and will not eat these.

All F1 drivers know how F1 works, it's the perfect combination between Engine, Team, Hard work, Driving Skill and Luck. That's how F1 operate. I do not hate Alonso, I just love watching F1 show, but his atittude to claim the best only for his credit really annoying.

So, a sore loser like fernando will not get any F1 WDC in his pocket, never ever again.

Nathan Adair - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 6:05 PM

Alonso is the problem? Its okay being as fast in quali but it's a different story when he's 15seconds plus slower race pace. We all know Massa is fast (better then Lewis 08) but saying alonsos the problem, he could have been a 4time world champ by now

JohnO - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 6:27 PM

Alonso has been slow in qualifying throughout his career. (See the ease with which a rookie driver named Hamilton out-qualified him in 2007) His poor starting position in 2012 is not really indicative of the pace of their car - its race pace was actually quite competitive.

It's been said that the RB strategy with Vettel has been "get on pole and win from the front". The Ferrari strategy with Alonso seems to be "slow and steady wins the title". That hasn't quite worked for them, but they've come close a couple of times. Each strategy is tailored to the strengths of the respective drivers.

the prancing horse is on two hind legs far too whinny, this sign says he is afraid of what is going on around. there is another creature on the track who is charging, red and dangerous. whining, neighing, snorting nor prancing ain't going to take you anywhere. get going ferrari, focus on getting back on all four legs and running. your problem is prancing.
this is just a metaphor, don't be dumb enough to change the sign, you will lose out a hell of a lot on your historic gains.

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