In the aftermath of the decision by Pirelli to make some changes to the 2013 tyres from round 7 in Canada onwards, there has been a backlash from those teams whose cars were working well on the tyres. Lotus boss Eric Boullier and now Ferrari’s Horse Whisperer column have attacked the change and Red Bull in particular for lobbying behind the scenes and in the media for a change in tyres. Pirelli is caught in the middle and whatever changes it makes from here onwards it will be perceived by some fans as having affected the outcome of the championship
The partnership between Shell and Ferrari is not just about petrol and oils but something more because the two companies share so many values — among them an interest in the ever more crucial theme of environmental sustainability. This was clearly seen last week at Maranello at the Formula Ferrari event and today there was another signal with Marc Gené’s participation in the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe 2013, held this year in Rotterdam (in the Netherlands). La partnership della Shell con la Ferrari non è soltanto una questione di benzina e lubrificanti ma è qualcosa di più perché le due aziende condividono tanti valori, fra cui l’attenzione al tema sempre più importante della sostenibilità ambientale
ITALIAN team are convinced Pirelli are changing compounds because of persistent pressure
Felipe Massa tackled a session in the simulator as part of the preparations for the Monaco Grand Prix and also made an unexpected visit to the renovated Ferrari Store at Maranello, its new look having been officially unveiled last week as part of the "Formula Ferrari" event. Giornata di lavoro per Felipe Massa a Maranello. Il pilota brasiliano è stato impegnato in una sessione al simulatore in vista del Gran Premio di Monaco e ha anche avuto l’opportunità di fare un’inattesa visita al rinnovato Ferrari Store di Maranello, inaugurato ufficialmente nella nuova veste la settimana scorsa in occasione di "Formula Ferrari".
Ferrari won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday without the majority of the new parts that the technicians had brought to Barcelona to update the car and only some of them were tried on Friday in practice. Alonso and Massa found a good balance on Friday and felt that they had a good chance for the race and didn’t want to upset that.
This race may come to be viewed as a tipping point in the ongoing debate about whether the high degradation Pirelli tyres are good for F1 or not, as two of the three drivers on the podium did a four stop strategy. Pirelli has indicated that they have been “too aggressive” with the construction of the 2013 tyres and will make changes from the seventh round, Montreal, onwards.
SPANISH driver reckons he is staring at his best chance to win his very first world championship with Italian team
The chorus of disapproval from affected teams, as well as calls from media and fans to do something about the high degradation tyres has led Pirelli to announce today that it is to make construction changes to its tyres from the Canadian Grand Prix in June onwards. The Italian company is conducting meetings at its Milan base to establish whether any compound changes are required as well. The news will come as a blow to Ferrari and Lotus, which mastered the delicate Pirelli rubber in Spain last weekend to take the podium slots, as well as Force India, but will ;More…
The Spanish Grand Prix threw up a few interesting comparisons from last year to this, not least in the relative pace of the cars and the improvement in speed of the pit stops. At one end of the spectrum the Mercedes was 2.3 seconds faster in qualifying than in 2012, while the Williams was a second slower than Pastor Maldonado’s pole time from last year. But in the pits there has also been progress; Ferrari set the fastest stop on Sunday, a clear second faster than its best time last year (when it was again fastest) thanks to the many ;More…