Can Ferrari leave F1?

5211An an interesting article in Gazzetta dello Sport soon turned my attention. Luca Montezemolo met all the constructors at Bahrain and also discussed the issue with Bernie Ecclestone to ward of potential ideas of Max Mosley.  The ideas like similar engines, budget cap of 30 million.  The ideas which can pass at World Council in Paris today might be tip-of-an-iceberg to Ferrari and may decrease its interest in the sport.

Ferrari is most common name in F1 and they have maximum army of fans around the world and such a move will be devastating for F1.  In my article ‘Will Max Mosley lead to demise of F1?’ , we can see that constructors like Ferrari and Toyota were very vocal in issuing a warning to FIA when a single engine for each team idea was proposed.

“We have to see what Mosley really wants, as he does sometimes come out with dotty proposals. However I am sure that Formula 1 will soon reunite without further divisions.” says Bernie Ecclestone

Ferrari are the only team to have competed in all F1 championships from which it has derived glory, money, technological advances and an unrivalled fanbase.

As the great Basque philosopher, Miguel de Unamuno, said to one of Franco’s men back in the days of the Spanish Civil War: “Vencerás, pero no convencerás” – You will win but you will never convince. Max Mosley care for us fans for a moment. You will make us all to tears in the process.

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Button wins Bahrain GP as focus shifts to McLaren

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Jenson Button wins third win in the initial four races at Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing was second. The difference between the two was that latter was stuck for most of race behind Toyota. Also, it seems like Ross Brawn has given Jenson Button has given a lot of confidence this year apart from a fast car. It now talk of every town whether Jenson Button can bring home the championship at the end of the season.

Kimi Raikkonen brought home Ferrari’s first points of the season.  Also called by Montezemolo, the morale boosting points!

Lewis Hamilton came fourth with a strong race and an impressive pace. He started using KERS optimally to go as high as second. The new found pace has made the team believe that they can win races this year and its not too late.

All the focus now shift on the verdict FIA will be giving to McLaren during mid-week!

Bahrain GP: Toyota 1-2 to make the season open!

Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock will start tomorrow’s Gulf Air Bahrain GP at 1 and 2 position respectively followed by Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull _jarno-trulli-toyotaRacing. Toyoto used their experience of pre-season practice at Bahrain and if they finish in this position tomorrow, will open the season open.

The most promising part of the qualifying was the pace of Lewis Hamilton of McLaren who split Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello of Brawn GP.

With the field catching up on double diffusers and other developments Brawn GP are feeling the heat! Much dreaded will be a double diffuser on a Red Bull car as Vettel achieved third qualifying with 10.5 kg more weight that Toyota of Jarno Trulli!!

The two Ferrari are at 8 and 10 as Felipe Massa qualified 8 and Kimi Raikkonen 10. If they aren’t able to gather a point in this race it will be their worst start ever!!!

Adrian Sutil qualified 16 but impeded Mark Webber and was handed a 3 place penalty.

The best part however is the season is open and upto developments by the time championship enter European phase.

Sebastian Buemi – A cool head!

F1 rookie Sebastian Buemi is enjoying a good start to the season. In the first three races he has already scored the points twice and went as far as Q3 in Chinese grand prix. Also in a full wet chinarace at China he finished in points when lot of bigger drivers were struggling.

“We were very competitive in the early stages and I got past Raikkonen and Hamilton, but after that I struggled a bit. I think it was one of my hardest races ever.” he said after Chinese GP

During the race he passed Hamilton and Raikkonen with ease.

In Australian GP his pace was impressive and his only mistake in the season is his qualifying error in Malaysia.

We expect more from this young lad in the future.

Red Bull dances to one-two finish in China

delirious vettelSebastian Vettel cruises to first at Shanghai International Circuit in China. This is second career win for the young German driver and first victory for Red Bull Racing. The victory of Vettel is further sweetened by second place finish of team-mate Mark Webber.

After heavy rains at the circuit the race could only start behind Safety car.

McLaren, Ferrari and Renault struggled for another weekend although McLaren finished fifth and sixth to salvage certain points. Miserable times at Ferrari continued after Massa stopped for a car problem and Raikkonen just couldn’t cope up with rest of the field and finished tenth.

Flawless victory by Sebastian Vettel is another step towards his future goal of winning WDC

Sutil heartbroken after missing points

Adrian Sutil of Force India crashed at Shanghai, China when he was running sixth with five more laps to go.  As in Monaco last year he was followed by reigning WDC but this time he was undone by himself!

Sutil started with light fuel but went for more fuel in the early laps as the race started behind Safety car.  More fuel meant effectively a one stop strategy when racing resumed. It paid dividends when he rose to sixth by lap 49.

‘We knew it would have been tight on the tyres, but the grip in the corners was enough to stay in a good position, but with the aquaplaning on the straights it was sometimes hard to keep it on the circuit. You never knew what was going to happen because the car went to the left or the right. With six laps to go I hit another patch of water and ended up in the wall. It was very disappointing.’ – Sutil

Sutil finished ninth in Australian GP and seventeenth in Malaysian GP.

Crash

Win for the controversial diffuser trio

FIA approved the controversial diffusers of Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams. The appeal was lodged by Ferrari, Mclaren, Renault and Red Bull.

Renault were annoyed as they say that their design of similar diffuser as trio was rejected by FIA. Ferrari lawyer bestowed some harsh words on FIA according to reports.

“The position of the FIA is totally baffling. We urge you to save the FIA from itself,”

Ross Brawn was gracious in win

“We respect the right of our competitors to query any design or concept used on our cars through the channels available to them.”

Now we should expect other teams to bring their own diffusers in line with Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams.

Lets get back to racing now.

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