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Ferrari focus on set-up work over speed

Ferrari were quick to stress that their drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were concentrating on set-up work, aerodynamics and tyre wear on Friday rather than raw pace.
The ill-handling appearance of the F2012 caused some shock if not downright panic amongst the loyal Tifosi in Melbourne, and Ferrari weren't going out of their way to offer any false optimism heading into practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.

"I would say that, at first glance, the situation is not that different to last week," conceded Ferrari technical director Pat Fry. "Nor could it be any other way, given that the cars are more or less identical to the way they were in Melbourne."

Fry explained that the team wasn't thinking of raw speed at this point of the weekend, and that it was focused instead on comparing aerodynamic configurations, evaluating the two Pirelli tyre compounds and working towards a good race set-up.

"We did not see any particular balance problems and the pace over a long run does not seem that bad," insisted Fry. "Fernando in particular seems to be a bit more comfortable with the car, while we still have work to do to put Felipe in the best conditions possible."

Massa himself admitted that his crew had ended up going in the wrong direction in the afternoon's programme of work.

"We [Fernando and I] went in completely different directions which in my case did not work, but at least it allowed me to understand a few important things about the handling of the car," he explained. "Now my engineers and I know what is the right direction to go in, which makes me feel more optimistic for qualifying compared to how I felt about it last week in Melbourne.

"The important thing is to understand what did not work in Melbourne and I think we have everything in hand to do that," he continued. "Clearly, at the moment, our car is not yet competitive at the highest level."

Alonso did manage to pop his car into the top six in the afternoon timesheets, after a day that he described as "a bit like putting together a puzzle" trying to optimise the different aerodynamic configurations. He said that for his Ferrari at least, tyre degradation on long runs was not proving to be a particular issue for them.

"We had no major problems and so we were able to complete the entire programme," said Fry, sounding more upbeat about the steps forward they had taken. "We did not see any particular balance problems and the pace over a long run does not seem that bad."

As for expectations in tomorrow's qualifying session, Fry is quite clear that they have to avoid any repeat of the team's disastrous showing in Australia.

"The aim for tomorrow is to get both cars into Q3," he said. "We are aware that, with our current potential, it will not be easy, but we will give it our all.”




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23.03.2012- Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
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23.03.2012- Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
23.03.2012- Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
23.03.2012- Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
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19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
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19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
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R 25 - Unregistered

March 27, 2012 6:38 PM

Ferrari are doing well for a small money team, their business is cars and they sell/MARKET their business in F1. Buy small money team I mean the budget is only from the sale of specialist cars wich aren't a main stream comodity.Even for example Mercedes makes more 'main stream cars to get financial support from their budget, They even cator for the comercial sector, so its no major risk to get an F1 team going, I mean the team at the moment really got going at the drop of a hat. It was just a descistion to be made and no budget concerns. That I feel has got a lot to do with the performance of the different teams compared to Ferrari.

Buck - Unregistered

March 24, 2012 1:59 AM

It's hard to believe Ferrari have built such a succession of dog cars! Especially since they started this slug so early last season. Mind you, I think we were a bit spoiled by the Ferrari MS era.. Ferrari sucked for decades before that. So I guess this is normal for them.



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