F1 » Hot start for de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa's first outing as a Ferrari driver lasted just over two laps....

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Arrows - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 1:06 PM

What planet are you from Kiko? That Ferrari should never have been in title contention last year but Alonso dragged it there, for me 2012 was Alonso's best season.... Im sure if he was in Seb's Red Bull he would have won by a country mile

SP3 - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 1:19 PM

non-news. fire on an install lap - ooohh. **** happens and that is why teams do install laps and don't just go at it straight away even with a car that's not had any major work done since the day previous.

Firestorm - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 1:28 PM

Give him a break. All the teams had problems in testing. I remember Lotus having big problems with their chassis in the second testing last year, and they missed the entire four days. Still Lotus was strong in Australia with Grosjean coming third at the end of qualifying.

Yak - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 1:39 PM

Arrows - The 2012 car certainly started pretty poorly, but as early as Spain it wasn't anywhere near as bad as claimed by Alonso/Ferrari and the media hype. It was also consistently one of the very best cars off the line, which is where Alonso did most of the work (good for Alonso, seeing as most of the time he couldn't qualify his way out of a paper bag). His race starts were generally very well executed, but the rest of the races were mostly just some solid driving, maybe with some luck in other drivers retiring. And when Massa finally switched back on, he was performing better than Alonso. The wizardly of Alonso's driving was more hype than reality.

Max Power - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 4:45 PM

Well, I suppose it's better to have these kind of bugs during pre-season testing than during the season itself. Of course it would've been better if something like that wouldn't have happened at all but you know “s*** happens” even with the best. Hopefully this was the first and the last such problem of this year.

Forza Ferrari!!!

kiwibob - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 11:48 AM

Richard you say there was no fire well you better tell de la rosa as here are his words from another site
De la Rosa suffered a gearbox failure in the morning which brought the car to a smoky halt after just two laps. There was fire damage to the bodywork and internals, but Ferrari managed to fix the car for the afternoon and de la Rosa completed 51 laps in total.

"When I stepped out of the car on the installation lap when the gearbox broke I was not feeling very happy," he said. "You wait for an opportunity like this for all your life and then suddenly after a few corners you have to step out of the car. It was not clear if we could continue or not because some parts had caught fire, so it was not looking that bright.

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