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Ferrari commits faux pas in India by supporting murder charged Italian Marines

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Oil and water don’t mix, and neither do sports and politics especially on matters which are subjudice. In a case of apparently bad advice to the Ferrari formula one team, the team is sporting the Italian marines insignia on their cars and released press releases around the same protesting their arrest.

Italian Marine flag Ferrari Indian Grand Prix 2012

For folks outside India, here are the facts :

1. The Italian marines shot down fishermen off the coast of Kerala in India.

2. Tried to escape to international waters, played the jurisdiction card when arrest became imminent and even offered money to the kin of those deceased.

3. They are getting a fair trial in the courts of this country.

Currently the matter is sub-judice in India and the marines are on bail. If they are innocent, F1chronicles hopes they would be acquitted , if they are guilty they deserve punishment like any criminal.

The action by Ferrari in view of the above facts can only be seen as stupid since the Govt. can do anything in the matter due to the courts handing the matter. The Ferrari team in its press release had hoped Indian authorities would find a solution which cannot happen as courts are independent in India.

The initial release read :

In doing so, Ferrari pays tribute to one of the outstanding entities of our country, also in the hope that the Indian and Italian authorities will soon find a solution to the situation currently involving two sailors from the Italian Navy.

After the hue and cry, the Scuderia Ferrari team embarrassed had to go into damage control after the earlier release and issued the following release :

The Italian Navy’s national flag on the Ferrari race cars at the Indian Grand Prix is there as a tribute to one of our country’s outstanding institutions. With all the respect due to the Indian Authorities, Ferrari wishes to make it clear that this initiative does not have, nor should it be seen as having, any political implication.

Some advisor needs to get fired Smile

Written by Formula One Addict

October 27th, 2012 at 9:57 am

Sebastien Vettel shrugs off Ferrari rumours

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Ever since Ferrari principal let it slip that Sebastien Vettel and Fernando Alonso could get along as teammates, Vettel is being flooded with queries over his ‘supposed’ Ferrari move. And for good reason, the young world champion seems like a fitting candidate for the Italian team who have not seen good fortune for a couple of years now even with a fairly competitive car.

Apparently Vettel has a pre-contract with Ferrari for 2014 and Fernando Alonso has already veto-ed that he wouldn’t like to race with Lewis Hamilton as a partner,

Domenicali had said: “I think they are both intelligent guys and they could easily co-exist.”

Meanwhile Red Bull were quick to counter and had said that they have Vettel under contract for 2014.

Sebastien Vettel meanwhile was cool as a cucumber, shrugging off the rumours :

“I’ve always said Ferrari is a great team with a great history, and with a great tradition in Formula One in particular,” Vettel said.

“But I’m very happy with where I am at the moment. Does it unsettle me? No.

“For now the focus is entirely on this season. If you want to have a say on this year’s championship, you are much better off being fully focused because as you can see it’s extremely tight, with a lot of winners so far, so I need all my focus on this year.”

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June 23rd, 2012 at 5:42 am

Monaco Grand Prix : Qualifying from Monte Carlo

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As we start the session and I switch on the television Sergio Perez bangs into the wall and loses his rear suspension and a rear tyre.

The 1st session is a bit interesting, the top 3 drivers are Hulkenberg, Koayashi and Grosjean followed by world champion Sebastien Vettel. The only issue being that the top3 have already used their super soft compound tyres while the biggies managed to qualify using just soft compound tyres so that they can get better times in their subsequent runs. Perez, Karthikyean, Pique, Delarosa, Heikki Kovalainen and Timo Glock are among those relegated.

In Q2, Nico Rosberg seems to be doing pretty well, Rosberg was also the fastest guy in the morning practice session. He leads from Webber, Hamilton, Alonso and Schumacher, all of them in .200th of a second. Infact, top 11 drivers in Q2 are within 1 seond of each other. Pastor Maldonado and Michael Schumacher have to contend with a 10 place and 5 place penalty respectively. And Felipe Massa just goes P1, apparently Ferrari have asked him to perform or perish. As the Q2 session ends Jenson Button is unable to enter the top 10 and the previous Monaco Grand Prix winner will have to start from P13.

Q3, was whoa ! Straight to the result, Michael Schumacher gets pole position. He is ecstatic and so are we, he is cheering and flashing the victory sign. Its fate’s cruel turn that he has a 5 place penalty to contend with.

More later !

Chinese Grand Prix 2012 at Shanghai : Qualifying : Rosberg leads Mercedes GP 1-3 as Lewis Hamilton splits them

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Shanghai Grand Prix

Its so good to have another Asian race, so you wake up, have coffee and there is qualifying on TV for you. And on the television you see Chinese girls with tattoos of ‘I love Kimi Raikkonen’ alongwith a weird rendition of the Finnish flag on their cheeks.

Qualifying Session 2

As the boring Q1 finishes, Narain Karthikeyan is last as usual but within 107% of qualification time so he gets to start again. Its now Q2 and 16 cars are out on track, Romain Grosjean is sitting inside since he used the prime tyres in the 1st session. Alonso is struggling, Ferrari is even slower than the Saubers at this point. Talking of Romain Grosjean, no one has told me who issued him a driver’s license ? Maybe he got his FIA superlicense here in India through some agent.

Nico Rosberg goes fastest and Michael Schumacher is second fastest in what could be his last Chinese Grand Prix as per the 3 year contract he is supposed to have signed with the Mercedes GP F1 team. The Mercedes GP team with Schumi were the fastest during Friday practice , they really seem to have got their setup right this time. A welcome change from mistake after mistake Smile

As the session comes to an end, Felipe Massa is 10th fastest, and every other car is clocking 11th fastest, Massa is living dangerously. And Perez with a P3 time pushes Massa to 11th place. So no qualifying session 3 for Massa, Fernando Alonso is the only Ferrari in top 10 at 10th place. Sebastien Vettel is 11th fastest and he wont be in the 3rd leg of qualifying. Massa is only 12th fastest. Very poor results for both Vettel and Massa. Vettel would be heartbroken especially when Mark Webber is P1 after Q2. Maybe its karma for calling Narain Karthikeyan a cucumber.

Qualifying Session 3

Nico Rosberg is the 1st car out on track, you may think it’s a bad move, but the track is getting cooler, so it could be smart of the Mercedes GP team as cooler track means slower lap times. Rosberg sets a 1:35.1 lap time. That’s pretty awesome I tell you. Michael Schumacher is a full half second slower and Lewis Hamilton now splits the 2 Mercedes.

The Red Bull struggle continues, Webber only manages a P5 on his 1st hot lap with only 5 cars on the track.

And as the session comes to an end Rosberg is still  P1 , Lewis Hamilton is P2 and Michael Schumacher is P3. First ever pole position for Nico Rosberg in 110 races as Michael congratulates him after disembarking from his car. Lewis Hamilton will only start 7th though due to a gearbox change.

And did I mention I like this new Star Sports raceday host, she keeps rooting for Michael Schumacher. Here are the final timings from the qualifying and a smashing portrait of the man of the moment : Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg - Pole Chinese Grand Prix

Pos  No  Driver  Team  Q1 Q2 Q3  Laps
1 8 Nico Rosberg  Mercedes  01:36.9 01:35.7 01:35.1 11
2 4 Lewis Hamilton  McLaren-Mercedes  01:36.8 01:35.9 01:35.6 14
3 7 Michael Schumacher  Mercedes  01:36.8 01:35.8 01:35.7 13
4 14 Kamui Kobayashi  Sauber-Ferrari  01:36.9 01:35.9 01:35.8 13
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen  Lotus-Renault  01:36.9 01:35.9 01:35.9 15
6 3 Jenson Button  McLaren-Mercedes  01:36.7 01:35.9 01:36.2 16
7 2 Mark Webber  Red Bull Racing-Renault  01:36.7 01:35.7 01:36.3 14
8 15 Sergio Perez  Sauber-Ferrari  01:36.2 01:35.8 01:36.5 17
9 5 Fernando Alonso  Ferrari  01:36.3 01:36.0 01:36.6 17
10 10 Romain Grosjean  Lotus-Renault  01:36.3 01:35.9   15
11 1 Sebastian Vettel  Red Bull Racing-Renault  01:36.9 01:36.0   11
12 6 Felipe Massa  Ferrari  01:36.6 01:36.3   14
13 18 Pastor Maldonado  Williams-Renault  01:36.5 01:36.3   14
14 19 Bruno Senna  Williams-Renault  01:36.7 01:36.3   14
15 11 Paul di Resta  Force India-Mercedes  01:36.6 01:36.3   14
16 12 Nico Hulkenberg  Force India-Mercedes  01:36.9 01:36.7   14
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo  STR-Ferrari  01:36.9 01:37.0   14
18 17 Jean-Eric Vergne  STR-Ferrari  01:37.7     8
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen  Caterham-Renault  01:38.5     9
20 21 Vitaly Petrov  Caterham-Renault  01:38.7     7
21 24 Timo Glock  Marussia-Cosworth  01:39.3     10
22 25 Charles Pic  Marussia-Cosworth  01:39.7     10
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa  HRT-Cosworth  01:40.4     7
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth  01:41.0     10

Fernando Alonso wins rain marred Malaysian Grand Prix, Perez wins hearts

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Fernando Alonso victory Malaysian GP Sepang

At the start of the race no one would have placed their bets on seeing a scarlet car on the podium let alone winning the race, even Ferrari wouldn’t have bet on Ferrari winning the race, but heavy rain which was followed by a game of tyre poker ensured a Ferrari and Fernando Alonso victory even as Sauber’s Sergio Perez won hearts challenging Fernando Alonso till the end of the race and being the faster of 2 cars almost throughout the race.

The race was well dominated by the McLarens before they lost the plot in tyre strategy and before Jenson Button turned out to be an idiot clipping the back of Narain Karthikeyan’s car who wasn’t a back marker as the Brit tried to pass him and was infact racing for position. This damaged his front wing and he had to pit. Needless to say this cost him the race.

Later on Jenson Button accepted blame for the unfortunate? accident

“I was struggling to keep the tyres up temperature and it was totally my fault,” Button admitted.

“I hit the brakes, I lost the rear. I was struggling to get the car slowed down. I tried to get around the corner but I couldn’t do anything but hit him really.”

Moving onto the happy story of the day though, luck favoured Alonso as the Spaniard even though a full 3 seconds slower than second place Perez on most laps clinched the chequered flag.

“It’s an unbelievable result, a great job from the team,” Alonso said.

“It’s a big surprise to win. We were not competitive in Australia and we were not competitive in qualifying here.”

Sergio Perez on the other hand was disappointed, although the second place result was more than what Sauber Ferrari driver would have ever hoped for, Perez was much faster than Alonso and just couldn’t pass him. In the end it had to do with racing experience which Perez didn’t seem to have a lot of.

“Today a win was possible,” Perez said.

“I was catching Fernando and I knew I had to get him soon because  the sectors with high speed I was losing the front tires.

“I touched the curb and I went onto the dirty side of the track. It was completely wet and I lost the win.”

This young lad can go a long way , just needs the right guidance.

Lewis Hamilton in his superfast McLaren was third. The McLarens are easily the pick of all the cars, superfast, super slick, they were off the grid at the start at such a pace that all other cars looked like 800cc cars of the past.

For a more detailed report, you can go through our live blog (previous post).

After Malaysia we head to China now, lets see how the race unfolds in Shanghai !

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