But it seems there was more to the story
Pat Fry has contradicted reports Ferrari is heading into the 2013 season with another fundamentally-flawed formula one car.
Last year, the famous Italian team had a memorably bad start to the championship with the F2012′s initial configuration. Felipe Massa, however, sounded much happier with the new F138 at Jerez recently, and he set the fastest lap of the entire test week, although some reports say his body-language gave away the real story of the car’s early potential.
Jacques Villeneuve says he does not think Mercedes has made the right choice in pairing Lewis Hamilton with Nico Rosberg next year.
The 1997 world champion does not, however, question the German marque’s decision to poach Hamilton from McLaren. Instead, Villeneuve wonders about his former title nemesis Michael Schumacher’s exit. “Why is he stopping?” the 41-year-old told Switzerland’s Motorsport Aktuell.
Nico Hulkenberg has left open the door to the 2014 season, intensifying rumours he could be paving a road to Ferrari.
Some have interpreted the German’s move from Force India to Sauber for next year as a sideways step, while others think Hulkenberg is laying down a path to his future with the small Ferrari-powered Swiss team.
“I have everything I need at Red Bull and I can’t even imagine leaving at the moment.”
Sebastian Vettel has now weighed into the new saga about his future beyond 2013, insisting he is “not thinking” about a reported switch to Ferrari. Some have suggested the rumour is a ploy by Ferrari to destabilise the German’s current team Red Bull, as the reigning champions look set to dominate the final part of the 2012 season.
Eddie Jordan has predicted Force India will make one driver change ahead of the 2013 season.
The former F1 team owner and boss’s words are carefully listened to these days, after he recently correctly predicted that that Lewis Hamilton would move to Mercedes next year, pushing Michael Schumacher back into retirement.
Felipe Massa has revealed he understands well that his results in the second half of the 2012 season will decide his future.
After a shot of better form for the Brazilian in Monaco, and team president Luca di Montezemolo saying Sergio Perez is too inexperienced to replace him, 31-year-old Massa’s hopes of staying at Ferrari have been boosted.
Stefano Domenicali has ruled out responding to Ferrari’s latest crisis with the old ‘rolling heads’ technique.
One perception in the paddock is that the fabled Italian team, under intense pressure from the Tifosi and president Luca di Montezemolo, often reacts by emotionally shedding staff, with Aldo Costa and Chris Dyer the obvious recent examples.
It was a breakthrough for Mercedes and Nico Rosberg, but the Chinese grand prix was a “difficult day” for Michael Schumacher.
The 2012 ‘F-duct’ controversy looks set to keep running for now.
“It’s not over yet,” confirmed Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko to Germany’s Auto Bild. In Australia and Malaysia, the threat of results protests hung over the opening races of 2012, due to some teams – chiefly Red Bull and Lotus – questioning the legality of the aerodynamic innovation on Mercedes’ 2012 car.
Timo Glock has revealed he is happy to know F1 spectators still rate his talents.
2012 is the 30-year-old’s third consecutive season with backmarkers Marussia (formerly Virgin), after an impressive earlier career at Toyota. But a recent online poll in Germany showed that a majority of his countrymen think he would be a worthy successor at Mercedes for Michael Schumacher, should the seven time world champion return to retirement.
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