“It is now too late to make any changes to the calendar”.
After a low-profile winter for Fernando Alonso, some experts think 2013 is Ferrari’s very last chance to give the Spaniard a truly top car.
“I believe his motivation will run out if he does not get the right material very soon,” former driver Gerhard Berger is quoted by the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo was told by Italy’s influential La Gazzetta dello Sport that Alonso, the 2012 runner-up, appeared almost “in hiding” throughout the pre-season period.
Bernie Ecclestone has tipped his friend Sebastian Vettel to win a fourth consecutive world championship in 2013.
“I see it in this order: Vettel, Alonso, Button and Hamilton,” he told the Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport. The F1 chief executive said he was curious to see how Mercedes’ sweeping changes for this season will make a difference, and said McLaren has a “better chance” to win the 2013 title compared to last year.
Alonso didn’t choose de la Rosa – Domenicali
While praising Felipe Massa’s recent return to form, Stefano Domenicali insists Ferrari’s driver pairing is deliberately no “dream team”. Stefano Domenicali has denied Fernando Alonso pushed for the hiring of fellow Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa as Ferrari’s new simulator driver.
New Ferrari to look similar to 2012 car
Stefano Domenicali has urged F1 to consider relaxing its strict in-season testing limits as teams ready for the introduction of radical new engine rules for 2014. Ferrari’s new car will look similar to the 2012 model, team boss Stefano Domenicali has admitted.
McLaren will launch its 2013 car on the last day of January, the famous British team has announced.
A media statement issued by the Woking based outfit offered no further details except to say the MP4-28 unveiling “will take place in the UK”. It is likely most other teams will also reveal their new contenders around the same period, immediately before the three-test winter pre-season period begins in Spain in early February.
“There were several incidents in which the other teams were at the limit, but not us”
Ferrari should follow the lead of its challengers and look for “holes” in the rules, according to 2012 championship runner-up Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard said at a team sponsor event on Wednesday that, despite falling 3 points short of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel this season, his was “a perfect year”.
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