2012 Ferrari ‘not pretty’ admit bosses
The Ferrari team is congregating this week at Madonna di Campiglio, an Italian ski resort, for its annual pre-season media event.
One of the first pieces of news to emerge from the Dolomites is the move from Mercedes of Steve Clark to the famous Italian squad. Briton Clark was Brackley based Mercedes GP’s highly respected senior technical advisor.
Dyer demoted to factory-based role in 2011
Fernando Alonso has vowed to shave off his beard before the 2011 season begins officially in Bahrain. The Spaniard has been wearing a ‘three musketeers’-style goatee at Ferrari’s ‘Wrooom’ media event and also for the launch and track debut of the team’s new 2011 car.
Ferrari’s 2011 car will be given its track debut on the day of its launch on January 28.
While most of the Italian team’s rivals will not get up to speed until the Valencia group test the following week, it has emerged that the Ferrari – currently known only by its codename 288 – will make an earlier debut at Fiorano.
“We must all learn from the mistakes of the past year and put it behind”
Stefano Domenicali on Wednesday refused to say whether Ferrari is committed to retaining Felipe Massa beyond 2011. The Brazilian driver had a bad season in 2010, the year after his near-fatal accident, and team boss Domenicali suggested that he needs to improve.
Domenicali hopes for rain in winter testing
Stefano Domenicali on Wednesday scoffed at claims Ferrari is trying to poach the “spirit” of the reigning champions Red Bull team. The energy drink-owned company’s motor racing advisor Helmut Marko had made the ‘spirit’ claim recently after Ferrari hired Red Bull’s F1 strategist Neil Martin.
“We have exactly the drivers we wanted in Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg”
Norbert Haug has denied Helmut Marko’s claim that Mercedes is making a move to sign Sebastian Vettel for 2012. After Marko this week admitted that Ferrari is pushing hard to poach Red Bull staff, the Austrian has now told Kleine Zeitung that Mercedes is moving on the energy drink-owned team’s reigning world champion Vettel.
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