A working Monday in Maranello
| The two F2012s that took part in the Monaco Grand Prix did not take long to get back home. Chassis 294 and 295, used by Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso respectively, were already in the Car Assembly area this morning, to undergo the usual post-race rebuild. In fact, there's no time to lose given that these same cars and all the technical equipment has to be sent off to Montreal for the next Grand Prix on Saturday morning.
And someone else also lost no time in coming back to Maranello, namely Fernando Alonso. The championship leader got here shortly before lunchtime and immediately headed for the simulator to see at first hand the test that Davide Rigon was running in it: then tomorrow, it will be the Spaniard's turn to get in the cockpit.
The attention of the whole team is already focused completely on Canada, a race that often throws up some surprises. There is certainly no time to enjoy the fact that Fernando is heading the Drivers' classification, because everyone is aware that there is still a lot of work to do in order to aspire to the title. Clearly, the steps forward made in relation to the very first races of the season are beginning to make themselves felt and the podiums in Barcelona and Monaco did not happen by chance. However, the team needs to keep going down this path, with the number one priority of avoiding the slightest mistakes, which can carry a very high price in such a closely contested season. This is why reliability in every area is so important, as is the need to pick up the pace of development on the car: a few small updates are still needed to find some more tenths which would produce a step forward that could be decisive.
| Turning the page without forgetting the lessonMaranello, 25 November – In Formula 1 you never stop. The 2013 season only finished 24 hours ago but heads have already turned towards the next one: indeed in little more than two months we will return to the track at Jerez de la Frontera for the first of three pre-season tests. |
So there's not a moment to lose because at Ferrari we know that every bit of energy must be focused on the new car and preparation for the next championship. It's true that the fundamental choices have alread....
| Emotional One - Two for Red Bulls in BrazilSAO PAULO, Brazil – It was a day of high emotion for Infiniti Red Bull Racing in Brazil as Sebastian Vettel signed off the 2013 season with another historic win and Mark Webber brought the curtain down on his illustrious F1 career with second place to seal the team's fifth one-two finish of the season.|
Seb began the race from his 45th pole position but a poor start allowed Nico Rosberg to steal the lead in Turn One. The Mercedes man wasn't there for long, however. Seb powered past his ....
|Brazilian GP - Only emotions rainedStefano Domenicali: 'We have ended a difficult season with our heads held high, once again front runners in a Grand Prix that had a bittersweet outcome. Today, we witnessed a very aggressive Ferrari, in a wonderful race for Fernando, while for Felipe it was over when he was handed a penalty, which honestly, I find a bit extreme and forced. Because I don't think Felipe's move gave him any advantage. With the points he could have scored the outcome of the Constructors' championship could ha....|
|Brazilian GP - The year ends on the podiumInterlagos, 24 November – Fernando Alonso and Ferrari finished the 2013 season on the podium, as the Spaniard came third at the Carlos Pace circuit, behind the all-conquering Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. In the early stages, it looked as though Felipe Mass would finish right behind his team-mate, but a drive-through penalty cost him dear and the Brazilian ended his final race in a Prancing Horse car in seventh position. The goal of finishing second in the Constructors....|
|Brazilian Grand Prix - Brazil On His SkinInterlagos, 22 November – Felipe Massa is wearing a special Brazilian Grand Prix race suit at the Interlagos circuit for the finale of this long Formula 1 season. For his home race and the final one at the wheel of a Ferrari, the Scuderia wanted to pay a special tribute to the Brazilian driver, producing the suit in conjunction with its official supplier, Puma. The suit reprises the graphics seen on his helmet and the Brazilian national colours. It's just a small token of the great affect....|
|Brazilian GP - Wet PracticeInterlagos, 22 November – The Brazilian Grand Prix weekend got underway this morning with the first free practice session at the Carlos Pace circuit. As the cars took to the track for the nineteenth and final round of the season, the expected rain had indeed arrived. Quickest was Nico Rosberg who did a 1.24.781, ahead of his Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton (1.25.230.) Third was Sebastian Vettel (1.25.387) in the Red Bull. The two Ferraris were fifth and eleventh courtesy of Fernando Al....|