Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Discuss all the latest F1 news including the Grand Prix's.

Moderators: siberianlady, Tanya, Barry Hannigan, mandzipop

User avatar
mandzipop
Site Admin
Posts: 715
Joined: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:59 pm
Location: England

Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Postby mandzipop » Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:55 pm

This does not sound good. :(

Montmelò, 4 March – Pessimistic? Maybe, but it would be better to define it as realistic. Pat Fry is an engineer and his impressions are based on data. One would be hard pressed to get him to make declarations or appeals just for effect. His analysis of the twelve days of testing carried out these past two months between Jerez and Barcelona is lucid and not does not leave much room for illusion, although it does not abandon itself to self flagellation of the masochistic kind. It would have been quite easy to blow smoke in people’s eyes at the end of a final test day when Fernando Alonso posted the second fastest time in 1.22.250, but that’s not in character for the Scuderia’s Technical Director.

“In the hunt for the podium in Melbourne? At the moment I’d say no,” commented Fry. “We are disappointed with the performance level seen at these tests and I think we have a lot of work ahead of us. Clearly the decision relating to the exhausts that we took last week meant we took a few steps backwards in terms of development. How much? Difficult to say right now. In testing, you can only make assumptions regarding what fuel loads the other cars are running and it will only be in Melbourne that we will get a clear answer as to whether we have to be very disappointed or just a little, how far we really are off the front runners and consequently how much ground we have to make up to get there.”

The aim of the technical group is clear: “We must improve in general the level of aerodynamic downforce on the car, but we are well aware that the pace of development is more or less the same for everyone. We will have a few updates for Melbourne, basically aimed at readapting the car to the exhaust configuration we have chosen to run for at least the first four races of the season.”

The exhausts are one of the most commonly discussed points in conversation with Fry: “We have been working on the current configuration for really just two weeks. We found a bit of performance but there’s no doubt that the original solution is the one that gives the most. I think we can claw back, at best, at least 25% of the downforce we had last year, even if we need to see what that costs us in fuel consumption and corner turn-in stability. At the moment it’s still causing us problems, but it’s the most obvious way to try and improve performance and increase aerodynamic downforce. We will continue to work on it, as indeed will all the others. The Mugello test will be useful to try new parts, because it is always difficult to introduce major developments during a race weekend, but today, we can’t say if we will have something worthwhile or less so and all the others will be doing the same. The Red Bull exhausts? I think that’s a question for Charlie Whiting.”

Fry was asked if he thought qualifying could throw up some surprises and the Reds TD agreed. “I think we can indeed expect a different scenario to the recent past, with the performance differences reduced so that maybe you won’t be able to count on making the cut out of Q1 with a calm lap on hard tyres and the same could be said for Q2: we will get the answer in Australia.”

http://www.ferrari.com/English/Formula1 ... mance.aspx
Dung beetles are quite cute

User avatar
Tanya
Site Admin
Posts: 645
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:46 pm

Re: Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Postby Tanya » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:02 pm

Way to go Pat on disappointing the tifosi before the season even started! :cry:
Team: It Is Amazing How Much You Can Accomplish, When It Doesn't Matter Who Gets the Credit!

User avatar
mandzipop
Site Admin
Posts: 715
Joined: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:59 pm
Location: England

Re: Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Postby mandzipop » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:08 pm

Tanya wrote:Way to go Pat on disappointing the tifosi before the season even started! :cry:


On the other hand at least we know what to expect. Anything better is a bonus.
Dung beetles are quite cute

User avatar
Tufty
Site Admin
Posts: 311
Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:59 pm
Contact:

Re: Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Postby Tufty » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:19 am

As an unbiased fan I have to say... YES!!!!!!

Seriously though, while I don't like Ferrari it does take an element away when they're not at the front.
The weak get weaker & the strong get stronger
& the years get shorter but the days get longer
& the world gets drier but the faces get wetter
& there's nothing we can do to ever make it get better

User avatar
siberianlady
Site Admin
Posts: 805
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:51 pm

Re: Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Postby siberianlady » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:58 pm

As long as Red Bull are not at the front and make the season a yawn fest again! Sorry just don't like conceited smugness or kids with rather large fingers.......
Keep Racing!

User avatar
mandzipop
Site Admin
Posts: 715
Joined: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:59 pm
Location: England

Re: Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Postby mandzipop » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:00 pm

siberianlady wrote:As long as Red Bull are not at the front and make the season a yawn fest again! Sorry just don't like conceited smugness or kids with rather large fingers.......


For me its as long as its not Mclaren. :mrgreen:
Dung beetles are quite cute

User avatar
siberianlady
Site Admin
Posts: 805
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:51 pm

Re: Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Postby siberianlady » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:01 pm

And if Mercedes is up there I want Rosberg to stuff the Chin!
Keep Racing!

User avatar
mandzipop
Site Admin
Posts: 715
Joined: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:59 pm
Location: England

Re: Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Postby mandzipop » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:04 pm

siberianlady wrote:And if Mercedes is up there I want Rosberg to stuff the Chin!


But DC is commentating. ;)
Dung beetles are quite cute

User avatar
Tanya
Site Admin
Posts: 645
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:46 pm

Re: Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Postby Tanya » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:08 pm

I have to agree with u girls, but being a big Alonso supporter, I cannot watch him finishing in 5th and only get a couple of podiums again. It's rather sad that Ferrari is getting their butts whooped by a non-manufacturer team (Red Bull). I know Fernando fans say "Oh, it's all good. As long as he's behind the wheel, he can do anything." but, he's not a miracle worker!

You need to have a good car and a good driver to be on top. If u lack one or the other, u will struggle. There's only so much Fernando can do and I won't be surprised if he's already ticked at the team!
Team: It Is Amazing How Much You Can Accomplish, When It Doesn't Matter Who Gets the Credit!

User avatar
siberianlady
Site Admin
Posts: 805
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:51 pm

Re: Ferrari Disappointed with the F2012

Postby siberianlady » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:08 pm

mandzipop wrote:
siberianlady wrote:And if Mercedes is up there I want Rosberg to stuff the Chin!


But DC is commentating. ;)


You know full well which chin I mean........although they are both pensioners in my book....... :mrgreen:
Keep Racing!


Return to “Formula One”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron