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Force India is in negotiations to revert to Ferrari engine power, according to Italy’s La Stampa newspaper.
The talks between the Silverstone based team and Ferrari are “under way”, the correspondent Cristiano Chiavegato claims. Force India is currently powered by Mercedes’ V8 engine, but Vijay Mallya’s team began its formula one career with customer power supplied by fabled Ferrari.
Robert Kubica will continue his push for racing fitness by stepping up to the wheel of a full world rally-spec Citroen C4 for two forthcoming minor rallies (Rally di Coma and Rallye du Var). “I can’t wait to drive a car that is as quick and has been as successful as the C4 WRC,” said the former BMW and Renault driver, who was seriously injured in a rally crash in February 2011.
Sebastian Vettel managed even to impress the Ferrari-loving Italian press with his historic race through the field in Abu Dhabi.
“The German is unmatched,” said Corriere dello Sport. “He showed all his talent that had been hidden behind his superior Red Bull,” the newspaper added, referring to Vettel’s climb from dead last in the pitlane to third at the flag. “He is a driver on a par with Alonso and perhaps even beyond.”
“Starting higher up means we can put pressure on the Red Bulls. So far Sebastian has been driving away too easily.”
Ferrari is focused on improving the rear wing of its 2012 car, as Fernando Alonso pushes to rescue his dwindling championship challenge to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said the Italian team has acknowledged that while Red Bull is not far away in race pace, the F2012 is struggling primarily in qualifying.
“We have small improvements coming to Abu Dhabi, and more in America”
Fernando Alonso has dismissed as “not true” reports in the Italian press of a post-qualifying row with Ferrari team members in India last weekend. La Stampa newspaper claimed the Spaniard took exception to media comments by Ferrari’s British technical director Pat Fry, and threatened to publish a ‘tweet’ about a lack of aerodynamic progress during his fading 2012 title battle.
Fernando Alonso almost lost his temper ahead of last Sunday’s Indian grand prix, the Italian newspaper La Stampa reports.
The newspaper said the Spaniard was furious after the Maranello based team’s technical boss Pat Fry blamed the drivers for a sub-standard qualifying performance. “The result reflects our current potential,” said Fry after Alonso qualified fifth in India.
Two tenths of a second could ensure Fernando Alonso is able to win the 2012 world championship.
“We need to find at least two tenths,” Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Although Alonso’s fastest race lap in Korea last time out was four tenths off the fastest Red Bull, Felipe Massa was just two tenths adrift the ultimate pace in the sister F2012.