F1 » Ferrari expected more of Schumacher at Interlagos

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has admitted that he had thought Michael Schumacher's history with the Scuderia may have seen the German make it harder for Sebastian Vettel to pass in the closing stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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JohnO - Unregistered

December 03, 2012 7:54 PM

"in brazil vettel had webber, two toro rosos and a mercedes in his team"

Never mind the nonsense about the two TR's - I'm still shaking my head in disbelief at the claim that Webber helped Vettel in some fashion. Short of deliberately ramming him I'm not sure what else Webber could have done to try to ruin Vettel's race.

Trent - Unregistered

December 04, 2012 12:31 AM

@Richard, ah you strike again.

I think you are 100% wrong with your opinion on this one. You think a token job as a road car tester compares with a F1 race seat he wasn't ready to leave? After having helped rebuild a shattered team, he gets the rocket and a pat on the head "there there, here drive THIS Ferrari".

And it's not like he needed the money - I think he was reportedly on during his time at Ferrari, $100m per year ($50m from Ferrari, $50m from sponsors).


December 04, 2012 12:33 AM

@JohnO - did you not watch the first half of the race? When Vettel was charging back through the field following his spin (that he himself caused), he caught Webber who let him through without issue. The call from the pit wall came over the radio "Thanks Mark". It was as plain to see as the nose on a 2012 F1 car is ugly.

Yes, Webber was racing for position off the start. With Vettel's position at that stage securing the championship, why wouldn't he? It was clean racing, so what's the problem?

garth - Unregistered

December 04, 2012 1:02 AM

The lack point of Ferrari team is not able to build a superior racing car. You cannot always depend on somebody help or anybody fault to gain the champion.

Nuevo - Unregistered

December 04, 2012 1:33 AM

Ferrari do not need to apologize to anyone. I wouldnt expect Shue to do anything for Ferrari. He's German, Vettel is German..no need to say anything else. I did hope Merc wouldve given Mike a better car, as he isnt over any hill, and given the right car, wouldve been finishing top 5 and fighting for wins most every race.

TruthTeller - Unregistered

December 04, 2012 3:51 AM

@ John .... I could not agree more.

If Vettel's car had failed after the first lap crash, Mark would've been blamed. Vettel is fighting for the WDC. Mark having got off to a bad start should've just let him through. Instead he tried to squeezed Vettel off the track, allowing both Ferraris to zoom right through. What was he doing ??

I've still not heard any logical explanation that made any sense.

saffa - Unregistered

December 04, 2012 6:53 AM

Let forgive JohnO and TrueTeller for missing some obvious points in the race for there was so much happening all the time. Webber was merely keeping the inside of that notorious 1st turn open and Vettel on the outside safe. By that time Alonso had chosen the outside and passed both of them before turn 1.
Vettel passed JEV twice in that race so that was more help to Vettel.
You Ferrari bashers are pathetic to bring them down when they did the best job of the year with reliability and race performance with a car that was never even second best at anytime. True racing in my opinion.
Its obvious MS don't like Alonso, when Alonso beat him twice with a slower car 05 & 06.
If all have to race to help the championship contenders then Button sholud have pulled over to let Alonso through and that would still give Vettel more assistance from other drivers over the year.

GB - Unregistered

December 04, 2012 9:40 AM

If you produce the best car, even somewhat experienced gp2 drivers can win. They might crash in wet races but if the car sticks like a leech to the road, they can win. The reason why ferrari pays tens of millions to alonso is to produce the same result in a car which might not be so good. Further it is to be improved. Finding fault with Adrian Newey doing a good job is poor unprofessionalism. They had 3 years to fix the car, and their star driver has bashed the car all along. If he keeps bashing like this in public, the design engineers who build the car will seriously go to Vatican and pray that he loses

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