The interest in Ferrari’s 2012 front wing in Korea left Fernando Alonso annoyed.
Ferrari is testing a new front wing in Korea practice this weekend in line with the aggressive philosophy of its 2012 car.
Italian and Spanish media reports have revealed that Maranello’s next single seater is known internally as ’663′. Italiaracing reports that the wing tested in Korea on Friday is “inspired by Red Bull’s design”.
Luca di Montezemolo on Saturday said Ferrari will not be ousting its team boss.
After a bungled race strategy cost Fernando Alonso the title last year, head engineer Chris Dyer was ousted. The same fate befell technical boss Aldo Costa earlier this season when the 150 Italia car was struggling for pace.
“We have made quite a lot of progress over the past few months” – Nikolas Tombazis
Ferrari has decided to wait until after July’s three grands prix before possibly switching its focus to the 2012 season. Team boss Stefano Domenicali said in Canada two weeks ago that the Italian team will make a decision about the success of this year’s campaign after Silverstone, where the FIA’s hot exhaust blowing ban takes effect.
“Ferrari is at a crucial moment of the season” – Domenicali
The time is nearing when Ferrari might decide to write off the 2011 championship, team boss Stefano Domenicali has admitted. The 150 Italia car has shown improvements in the past races, but Fernando Alonso is now almost 100 points behind the leading Red Bull with just seven races down.
He answered “we’ll see” when asked if Ferrari is planning more changes.
The spotlight is growing brighter on Stefano Domenicali and Felipe Massa as Ferrari looks to put a title-winning team together for 2012. Technical boss Aldo Costa has already paid the price for the 150 Italia car’s difficult start to this season, but the Maranello based team this week slammed rumours Flavio Briatore could now be brought in replace boss Domenicali.
“We are not giving up” – Stefano Domenicali
Ferrari is not ruling out switching focus to 2012 if this season’s championship campaign continues to falter. After an appalling performance in Spain a week earlier, the Monaco circuit last weekend suited the 150 Italia car and Fernando Alonso finished second.
Fernando Alonso played down Ferrari’s apparent surge in form at Monaco.
The Spaniard was setting the pace in Thursday practice, mere days after technical director Aldo Costa was ousted following a dire performance for the 150 Italia car in Spain. “You do not turn around the world in five days,” insisted Alonso.
“Of course we have updates, but of course I cannot tell you what.” – Helmut Marko
Red Bull is keeping a key update for the already dominant RB7 car close to its chest ahead of the Spanish grand prix. Auto Motor und Sport reported earlier this week that the team ran the significant blown exhaust development on Sebastian Vettel’s car on Friday in Turkey, but the German crashed just a few laps in.
An Italian magazine said there will be some layoffs
Ferrari is in the process of devising some key changes to ensure a better start to the 2012 season, according to Autosprint. The Italian magazine said there will be some layoffs due to the aerodynamic problems the team has grappled with in getting the new 150 Italia car up to speed.
Test driver Jules Bianchi will run up and down the Vairano straight
Ferrari is preparing to return to the long straight of the Vairano circuit to test the latest upgrades for the team’s improving 2011 car. After a disappointing start to the season, Fernando Alonso secured the 150 Italia car’s first podium in Turkey and more upgrades will be brought to the Circuit de Catalunya in a week.
Ferrari’s pitstops in contrast seem slower
Red Bull had not only the fastest car in Turkey but also the fastest pitstops, according to a Spanish sports newspaper. The Marca daily said the championship-leading team’s sub-4 second pitstops, so crucial now in the era of Pirelli tyres and no refuelling, were aided by a spring-assisted front jack that drops the car to the ground faster than rival teams.
“I would like Flavio to return, we miss him” – Alonso
Fernando Alonso would like to see Flavio Briatore back in formula one, but he denies his arrival at Ferrari “would be like Mou in Madrid”. The ‘Mou’ reference is to Jose Mourinho, the highly respected Portuguese football coach who arrived at Real Madrid last year and is regarded as one of the best managers in history.
As for Ferrari’s 150 Italia, Newey said it is “a conventional car”.
Renault’s 2011 car has impressed leading designer Adrian Newey more than the latest single seater produced by Ferrari. “The Renault has impressed me the most,” Red Bull technical chief Newey said in an interview with Spain’s El Pais newspaper.
“There is no revolution for here but instead the first of many steps” – Alonso
Ferrari tested a Red Bull-like flexible front wing last week but will not introduce it this weekend in Turkey. It has emerged ahead of the Turkish grand prix that the Italian team tried the new wing in test driver Jules Bianchi’s hands during the Vairano straight-line test.
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