The Red Bull driver broke a fundamental rule about taking his car straight to ‘parc ferme’
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The faces of Red Bull chiefs became notably “worried” as the winter pre-season period wrapped up recently.
That is the claim of Marc Surer, a former F1 driver turned German-language commentator. Indeed, as the final test week concluded in Barcelona, Mercedes sped to the top of the time sheets, whilst Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel languished two seconds too slow.
Felipe Massa has revealed that amid his tumultuous 2012 season, he thought about quitting.
When the Brazilian mounted the podium in his native Brazil on Sunday, he openly cried. Following a dire start to his 2012 campaign, and indeed a fallow few seasons since his almost fatal injuries of 2009, the 31-year-old has managed to recover his form more recently.
Bob Fernley, the day-to-day team boss at Force India, has backed Ferrari’s decision to deliberately penalise Felipe Massa in Austin.
The Italian team was roundly criticised for tampering with Brazilian Massa’s long-life gearbox for no other reason than to incur a five-place penalty that switched title-fighting teammate Fernando Alonso to the ‘clean’ side of the grid. Ferrari’s immediate competitors, Red Bull and McLaren, said they wouldn’t have made a similar decision.
“The timing is certainly not beneficial” – Marc Surer
Just as the Mercedes board is set to meet on Tuesday, Michael Schumacher is the unhappy subject of an intense round of bad press in his native Germany. Some publications have nicknamed the seven time world champion ‘Schussel-(clumsy) Schumi’ after his latest mistake in Singapore; the crash with Jean-Eric Vergne that has cost him ten places on the Suzuka grid.
Team co-owner Toto Wolff on Friday defended Bruno Senna, after a bad day in Montreal for Williams’ Brazilian driver.