Marussia’s technical collaboration with McLaren is continuing full speed ahead.
The opening races of this season’s world championship will be crucial, according to Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali.
In 2012, runner-up Ferrari had a dire start to its campaign, while eventual champion Red Bull also took some time to establish its full potential. But with the sweeping rule changes of 2014 looming large, Domenicali said the dynamics of this season’s battle will be different.
Ferrari will develop the aerodynamics of its 2013 car exclusively in Cologne.
After encountering problems with its Maranello facility this year, Ferrari’s wind tunnel will be closed next year until August. International reports, including in El Mundo Deportivo newspaper (Spain) and Kolner Express (Germany), said Ferrari has now turned its attention to Cologne, where the former F1 team Toyota rents out its state-of-the-art facility to clients.
Ferrari have admitted they are concerned crucial upgrades to the F2012 car will not work as expected.
Team boss Stefano Domenicali has said the Italian squad needs to find at least 2 tenths of a second to boost Fernando Alonso’s chances of competing for the title against Red Bull’s on-form new championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
Indeed, 20 Minutos claims Alonso will be running the Massa-specification on his own red car next weekend in India.
Ferrari raced an all-new Red Bull-style exhaust on only Felipe Massa’s car in Korea last weekend, according to the Spanish newspaper 20 Minutos. The news would explain the Brazilian driver’s better pace than teammate Fernando Alonso in the sister F2012, and also the Spaniard’s confidence that he is still in the running to beat Sebastian Vettel to the title despite a new 6-point championship deficit and Red Bull’s recent dominance.
Adrian Sutil recently visited Ferrari’s headquarters at Maranello.
But the former Force India driver’s manager denied that German Sutil, 29, is therefore a hot contender to replace Felipe Massa in 2013. Indeed, the Cologne newspaper Express said Sutil was only at Ferrari’s private test circuit Fiorano for a day of road car driving with friends and a factory tour.
Lewis Hamilton has tipped Nico Rosberg to retain his edge over Michael Schumacher at Mercedes.
Rosberg, a former karting teammate of 2008 world champion Hamilton and now a F1 rival, has signed on for the next few years with the German team, where in 2010 and 2011 he was the standout performer alongside the great Schumacher.
Nico Rosberg could be eyeing a switch from Mercedes to Ferrari, a “source” has told a German tabloid newspaper.
Two decades since he made his debut for Jordan in 1991
Michael Schumacher has invited members of the formula one paddock to a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his grand prix debut. When the seven time world champion arrives at Spa-Francorchamps in less than ten days, it will be two decades since he made his debut at the same famous circuit for Jordan in 1991.
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