Monday, December 31, 2012

la gazzetta de Ferrari

* Ferrari uses the Toyota wind tunnel, based in Cologne, to develop its new car. for information, the wind tunnel of the Italian team will remain closed until August 2013 to be recalibrated. 

* The Scuderia will launch its new car before Jerez testing likely to January 15, 2013. In addition, the new Ferrari has successfully passed the crash tests of the FIA. 

* For 2013, Pirelli made softer tires which should make it easy tire temperature, something that was a low point of Ferrari last year!  

last news of 2012 !!

* Romain Grosjean has been formalized at Lotus while at Marussia is Max Chilton who will be Timo Glock teammate in 2013. 

* Force India will present its new car on February 2, 2013 ; McLaren will do likewise on 31 January.  

* Mercedes succeeded the crash tests imposed by the FIA. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ferrari 2012 Christmas party !

all the Ferrari drivers took part to the Ferrari Christmas party where the children of Maranello employees received gifts from very special Santas !
Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa also said a few words :

*Felipe Massa : "This has been a very difficult year for me, especially at the beginning when we were not the best way to move forward with the car . The second part of the season was very different: I was more competitive and, thanks to the strength that I have received from all of you, I managed to get back to the level I had before. Now I am more motivated than ever: the second half of the season was like a session of training for the next year. In 2013, I really want to return to this event to celebrate something even better with each of you." 

* Fernando Alonso : "I want to thank each of you and our partners for what you do for us drivers that will run anywhere around the world with the Ferrari flag he said under a standing ovation well deserved after his outstanding season. "I especially want to thank those who work on the track so far to improve , their families and those in Maranello which have given everything for the car, day and night, in order to put us in a position to be able to fight for world titles. This year, we won races and we fought for the Championship until the end, for the second time in three years, an accomplishment. Really, thank you all and as Felipe said, hope that we will be back here next year, in the same room with a high-performance car and something else... "

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fernando Alonso best driver of 2012 according to the F1 team bosses !

Fernando Alonso has been elected as the best 2012 driver by the F1 team bosses according to a survey made by ! every team bosses noted their top 10 with the same graduation as the top 10 in an F1 race(25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1) . all the votes were confidential .

here's the ranking : 

1. Fernando Alonso 269 
2. Sebastian Vettel 198 
3. Lewis Hamilton 177 
4. Kimi Raikkonen 176 
5. Jenson Button 104 
6. Mark Webber 66 
7. Nico Hulkenberg 50 
8. Nico Rosberg 30 
9. Sergio Perez 30 
10. Felipe Massa 27

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Santander event in Madrid for Fernando !

yesterday , Wednesday December 12th , Fernando took part to a Santander event   , in Madrid , where he answered questions asked by the children of Spanish journalists ! then he answered their parents questions . Fernando talked about his nearly perfect 2012 season and the 2013 one :
"Sometimes you think you've done a good job and at others you feel something is lacking or that you would like to change or improve for the following year, but this time, I think this was a perfect year and I am very happy with my season," 
about 2013 : "I think it will be almost impossible to do the same again in my career. Vettel is a worthy champion: he scored more points than anyone else and that is clear for all to see .
Red Bull will again be favourites next year, ending this season with seven or eight tenths in hand over us and that will be hard for us to make up over the winter. The McLaren was also quicker than us and, at the end, even Force India and Lotus were ahead of us. Having said that, I remain confident, partly because we will be starting from a better base than this year. It would be hard to start as badly as in 2012: in Jerez at the first test, we were two seconds and a half off the pace, in Australia one and a half seconds… There's a lot of work to do but our objective is clear: to have two Ferraris ahead of the field, both on Saturday and Sunday. These past few years, some teams have managed that, but not us: we will try again in 2013. I don't think the fact the Maranello wind tunnel has been temporarily closed will be a handicap: we will use other wind tunnels, and indeed we have been doing just that for the past few months." 

Then Fernando inaugurated a wooded area in Madrid , alongside Emilio Botín , aimed at cultural and recreational use .

finally , Fernando took part in a one kilometre race within the park in order to raise funds for the Spanish Red Cross to help people in need in Spain . 

Friday, December 7, 2012

a point on the 2013 transfers

the year is soon coming to an end and it's time to make a point on 2013 transfers in the small world of F1. So who's going where? answer in this article !

Fernando Alonso / Felipe Massa

Sebastian Vettel / Mark Webber

Kimi Raikkonen / Romain Grosjean(still not confirmed)

Jenson Button / Sergio Pérez

Lewis Hamilton / Nico Rosberg

Nico Hulkenberg / Esteban Guttierez

Paul di Resta / driver not confirmed

Jean Éric Vergne / Daniel Ricciardo

Pastor Maldonado / Valteri Bottas

Charles Pic / driver still not confirmed 

* MARUSSIA : Timo Glock / Max Chilton(not confirmed yet)

* NOTE : HRT has decided to stop Formula 1 and so will not take part to the 2013 championship .

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ferrari final days Valencia 2012 : the pics

Ferrari final days Valencia 2012 : Felipe Massa interview

"It's always nice to take part in an event like this . Seeing so many Ferrari on the track is very exciting, even if it is certainly not the first time for me!" 
Of course, Felipe also spoke of the Championship which ended last weekend at the end of which he received his second podium of the season: "in the first part of the season, I was worried about my contract extension. I didn't think that Ferrari would really want to wait until the summer before deciding the line-up for next season." 
"Since I was in Maranello, there are always rumours about me: already during my first year, there had a list of drivers supposed to take my place, like this year, with a lot of speculation. At the beginning I paid too much attention to these things, but in August, I told myself that I should only think of fun in the race and it is there that I really started to fly, have a good feeling with the car and driving as fast I knew to do. Now, I feel very strong, I am optimistic for the future, mine and Ferrari's one."

Ferrari days Valencia 2012 : interview of Fernando Alonso

"I'm pleased with how things went . in the end, we lost the title to three points but I made the best season of my life and now I can only think of the one to come. It was a miracle to see, race after race, what we have done: we have not lost the title in Brazil but in SPA and Suzuka. next year , we will try to improve the car, start higher on the grid, prevent incidents. Hope that we will have a little more luck..." 
"I think that in terms of strategy, the pit stops, reliability, it was a perfect year. We are all agreed that the thing that was missing was the car, preventing us to compete with the best of many times in the year. It is the only thing that we need to improve, but it is also the hardest. With all the difficulties that we had, I think for example to where we were this winter, being able to fight until the end proves that we have a great team." 
And about Vettel overtaking on Vergne controversy in Brazil : "there was a lot of videos on the internet and we knew that our fans asked for an explanation and so it was just Ferrari turns to the FIA for clarification. We got a response and now everything is calmed down. I not paid much attention to all this hustle and bustle that the incident has caused, but I felt that we needed to give a response to our fans. What I know is that the people on the street hug me and call me the Gladiator or the Samurai. 1200 people who are part of the Ferrari family gave me a standing ovation at the dinner. This has been a year of spectacular, hard to forget, with moments that will never recur as the victory in Valencia or in Malaysia. Since I am at Ferrari, I think I have significantly grown, especially last year. Before, people did not have a good opinion on me, but now I notice a level of respect. Then, to be part of the greatest of formula 1, you must also live seasons like the one that is finished. next year? I hope i will score three or four more points."