Tag Archive: 150 Italia

Sep 27

Ferrari testing 2011 car in Barcelona – reports

 The test apparently involves the development of Pirelli’s 2014 tyres

2011-08-28 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Belgium - 01Ferrari has tested this week at the Barcelona circuit with a 2011 car, it has emerged. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17

Alonso annoyed after media’s interest in new wing

The interest in Ferrari’s 2012 front wing in Korea left Fernando Alonso annoyed.

2011-10-14 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Korea - Fernando Alonso 022011-10-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Japan - Fernando Alonso 01“I think it’s to do with the team, not the journalists,” La Gazzetta dello Sport quotes the Spaniard as saying in Korea, where his 150 Italia was fitted with the radical new wing.

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Oct 14

Ferrari test 2012 front wing in Korea

Ferrari is testing a new front wing in Korea practice this weekend in line with the aggressive philosophy of its 2012 car.

2011-10-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Japan - Fernando Alonso 032011-10-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Japan - Fernando Alonso 02Italian and Spanish media reports have revealed that Maranello’s next single seater is known internally as ‘663’. Italiaracing reports that the wing tested in Korea on Friday is “inspired by Red Bull’s design”.

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Sep 14

Ferrari to copy Red Bull suspension for 2012 – report

Ferrari will finally follow Red Bull’s lead with the suspension layout of its 2012 car.

2011-06-11_11512011-06-11_1164That is the claim of the Italian daily Corriere dello Sport, revealing that a scale model of the Maranello based team’s new car is already clocking up the miles in the wind tunnel.

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Sep 10

Domenicali has Montezemolo’s ‘full confidence’

Luca di Montezemolo on Saturday said Ferrari will not be ousting its team boss.

2011-09-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Italy - Felipa Massa - Stefano Domenicali  - Fernando AlonsoLuca di Montezemolo  2011-04-11After a bungled race strategy cost Fernando Alonso the title last year, head engineer Chris Dyer was ousted.  The same fate befell technical boss Aldo Costa earlier this season when the 150 Italia car was struggling for pace.

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Aug 08

Ferrari to switch focus to 2012 in September

“The more time we can spend on the wind tunnel the better.”

2011-07-30 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Hungary - Felipe Massa 12011-07-30 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Hungary - Fernando Alonso 2Although refusing to write off the 2011 title, Ferrari has announced that its full focus will switch to next year’s car project in September.

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Aug 03

Mercedes targets ex-Ferrari chief Costa – report

Mercedes has reportedly targeted ousted Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa.

2011-07-30 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Hungary - Nico Rosberg 03Aldo CostaIn May, as Ferrari grappled with its new 150 Italia car, the famous Maranello based team said the Italian had stepped down. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 22

Ferrari to wait longer before 2012 focus switch

“We have made quite a lot of progress over the past few months” – Nikolas Tombazis

2011-06-12_05322011-06-11_1168cFerrari has decided to wait until after July’s three grands prix before possibly switching its focus to the 2012 season. Team boss Stefano Domenicali said in Canada two weeks ago that the Italian team will make a decision about the success of this year’s campaign after Silverstone, where the FIA’s hot exhaust blowing ban takes effect. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 13

Ferrari considers switching focus to 2012

“Ferrari is at a crucial moment of the season” – Domenicali

2011-06-12_08422011-06-12_1332The time is nearing when Ferrari might decide to write off the 2011 championship, team boss Stefano Domenicali has admitted. The 150 Italia car has shown improvements in the past races, but Fernando Alonso is now almost 100 points behind the leading Red Bull with just seven races down. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 12

Domenicali denies contact with Rosberg about 2012

He answered “we’ll see” when asked if Ferrari is planning more changes.

Stefano Domenicali  2011-05-272011-06-10_0708The spotlight is growing brighter on Stefano Domenicali and Felipe Massa as Ferrari looks to put a title-winning team together for 2012. Technical boss Aldo Costa has already paid the price for the 150 Italia car’s difficult start to this season, but the Maranello based team this week slammed rumours Flavio Briatore could now be brought in replace boss Domenicali. Read the rest of this entry »

May 31

Ferrari plans summer assessment of 2011 progress

“We are not giving up” – Stefano Domenicali

2011-05-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Monaco - Felipe Massa 012011-05-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Monaco - Fernando Alonso 02Ferrari is not ruling out switching focus to 2012 if this season’s championship campaign continues to falter. After an appalling performance in Spain a week earlier, the Monaco circuit last weekend suited the 150 Italia car and Fernando Alonso finished second. Read the rest of this entry »

May 27

Alonso plays down Ferrari’s Monaco surge

Fernando Alonso played down Ferrari’s apparent surge in form at Monaco.

2011-04-16 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - China - Fernando Alonso 06Fernando AlonsoThe Spaniard was setting the pace in Thursday practice, mere days after technical director Aldo Costa was ousted following a dire performance for the 150 Italia car in Spain. “You do not turn around the world in five days,” insisted Alonso. Read the rest of this entry »

May 20

Red Bull keeps exhaust updates quiet

“Of course we have updates, but of course I cannot tell you what.” – Helmut Marko

2011-05-07 - Red Bull Racing - Turkey - Mark Webber 82011-04-16 - Red Bull Racing - China - Mark Webber 1Red Bull is keeping a key update for the already dominant RB7 car close to its chest ahead of the Spanish grand prix. Auto Motor und Sport reported earlier this week that the team ran the significant blown exhaust development on Sebastian Vettel’s car on Friday in Turkey, but the German crashed just a few laps in. Read the rest of this entry »

May 17

Ferrari making changes after early 2011 struggle

An Italian magazine said there will be some layoffs

2011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey - Fernando Alonso 52011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey - Felipe Massa 7Ferrari is in the process of devising some key changes to ensure a better start to the 2012 season, according to Autosprint. The Italian magazine said there will be some layoffs due to the aerodynamic problems the team has grappled with in getting the new 150 Italia car up to speed. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13

‘Aggressive’ 2012 Ferrari project underway – report

Ferrari is already working on the fundamental elements of its 2012 car, according to a report.

Ferrari  Fiorano2011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey - Felipe Massa 9The Spanish sports daily Marca said the Italian team is still developing the 150 Italia car in parallel, particularly the floor, diffuser, exhausts and the engine mapping. Read the rest of this entry »

May 12

Ferrari returning to Vairano for Barcelona upgrade

Test driver Jules Bianchi will run up and down the Vairano straight

2011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey - Felipe Massa 7Jules Bianchi  2011-04-02Ferrari is preparing to return to the long straight of the Vairano circuit to test the latest upgrades for the team’s improving 2011 car. After a disappointing start to the season, Fernando Alonso secured the 150 Italia car’s first podium in Turkey and more upgrades will be brought to the Circuit de Catalunya in a week. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11

Red Bull fast on track and in pits – report

Ferrari’s pitstops in contrast seem slower

2011-04-19 - Red Bull Racing - China - Mark Webber 012011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey - Fernando Alonso 2Red Bull had not only the fastest car in Turkey but also the fastest pitstops, according to a Spanish sports newspaper. The Marca daily said the championship-leading team’s sub-4 second pitstops, so crucial now in the era of Pirelli tyres and no refuelling, were aided by a spring-assisted front jack that drops the car to the ground faster than rival teams. Read the rest of this entry »

May 10

Alonso – Briatore ‘not Mourinho’ as Ferrari rumours swirl

“I would like Flavio to return, we miss him” – Alonso

Flavio Briatore 112011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey - Fernando Alonso 5Fernando Alonso would like to see Flavio Briatore back in formula one, but he denies his arrival at Ferrari “would be like Mou in Madrid”. The ‘Mou’ reference is to Jose Mourinho, the highly respected Portuguese football coach who arrived at Real Madrid last year and is regarded as one of the best managers in history. Read the rest of this entry »

May 10

Renault car more impressive than Ferrari’s – Newey

As for Ferrari’s 150 Italia, Newey said it is “a conventional car”.

2011-05-07 - Lotus Renault GP - Turkey - Vitaly Petrov 032011-04-09 - Red Bull Racing - Malaysia - Adrian NeweyRenault’s 2011 car has impressed leading designer Adrian Newey more than the latest single seater produced by Ferrari. “The Renault has impressed me the most,” Red Bull technical chief Newey said in an interview with Spain’s El Pais newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

May 03

Vairano test shows Ferrari back on track – report

“McLaren did it, we can too.” – Fernando Alonso

2011-04-16 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - China - Fernando Alonso 062011-04-16 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - China - Fernando Alonso 05Ferrari is reportedly on the road to recovery after getting to the bottom of a wind tunnel problem that has affected development of the 2011 car. Read the rest of this entry »

May 02

Massa tests upgrades during ‘filming day’ – reports

It is “likely” Ferrari took a “big risk” and “exploited the opportunity” of the Fiorano filming day

2011-04-16 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - China - Felipe Massa 012011-04-16 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - China - Felipe Massa 03Ferrari is courting controversy by testing new components for its struggling 2011 car during a track day for “a promotional film”, according to media reports. “After so many hours in the simulator it was nice to have a break and enjoy myself on track,” Felipe Massa was quoted by the Italian team’s website after the test at Fiorano late last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 27

Report says Ferrari out of ideas

One of Ferrari’s key problems is a lack of imagination, according to a specialist Italian magazine.

20112008The new 150 Italia car fell in line behind Red Bull and McLaren in the early races of 2011, and it threatens also to be outclassed by Mercedes and Renault. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

Ferrari ‘will have’ flexible wing – Costa

Ferrari is on the cusp of re-joining Red Bull on the path of flexible front wings.

2011-03-10 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Felipe Massa 032011-03-11 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Fernando AlonsoThe Italian team’s cars had a wing that bent towards the ground whilst satisfying the FIA flexibility tests last season, but in 2011 the wing on the 150 Italia car is much more rigid. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Ferrari’s gap to leaders ‘very big’ – Massa

“We will have a tough weekend.”

2011-04-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Malaysia - Felipe Massa 022011-04-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Malaysia - Felipe Massa 03Ferrari’s drivers were disappointed at Sepang to learn that pole, victory and even a podium on merit are out of reach at present. The Italian team was surprised to find itself off the pace in Melbourne, but had high hopes that the more conventional Malaysian layout would paint a different picture. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Briatore tells Ferrari to ‘focus on 2012′

Meanwhile, former ten-time GP winner Gerhard Berger agrees with Briatore

2011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Felipe Massa 012011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Fernando Alonso 01Flavio Briatore has advised Ferrari to write off 2011 after this year’s 150 Italia car struggled in Melbourne last weekend. The Italian team, featuring Fernando Alonso as its lead driver, is currently investigating why the new car was not as good in Australia after a promising winter test campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Ferrari identifies downforce issue on 2011 car

“They have a lot less downforce than Red Bull because they built a car that is too conservative with no risk.”

2011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Felipe Massa 012011-03-27 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Australia - Felipe Massa 02Ferrari is working hard after the 2011 season opener, where in Australia the team’s 150 Italia car was notably less competitive than it had seemed during the recent winter period.”I was not surprised that Red Bull were so good, but that we were so bad,” admitted Fernando Alonso, according to Bild. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 11

Webber coy, Gene says Red Bull ‘scary’

“No one knows today how scary Red Bull are going to be” – Marc Gene

2011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber 00052011-02-01 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber 0013The hide-and-seek continued in Barcelona on Thursday as F1 observers try to decipher the hierarchy for the start of the 2011 season. Accused of sandbagging, Red Bull’s Mark Webber told Autosprint: “We have no time for that.  We already have enough to do.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 10

Now Williams following Red Bull’s lead on exhausts

“The most efficient solution is Red Bull’s” – Sam Michael

2011-02-24 - AT&T Williams - FW33 072011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - RB7 car presentation 0002Williams will become the next team to follow Red Bull’s lead with the layout of its blown exhaust system. After reportedly finding itself a few tenths behind the RB7 in initial testing, Ferrari is believed to have hastily copied the layout that is now being tested in Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 10

‘No match’ in F1 for new Red Bull – Peter Sauber

“We have done a lot of laps without encountering major reliability problems.” – Vettel

2011-02-01 - Sauber F1 Team - Valencia - Peter Sauber 01 - Red Bull RacingThe usually reserved Peter Sauber spoke on behalf of the entire F1 community this week when he admitted to seeing “no match” for Red Bull’s new RB7. But Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport has published statistics showing that, based on recent pre-season testing, it is actually Ferrari with the best average lap time so far. Read the rest of this entry »

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