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Sebastian Vettel moving to Ferrari is a bad idea

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Well, as long as Fernando Alonso is there anyway.

Sir Jackie Stewart has urged Sebastian Vettel not to trade Red Bull for Ferrari unless there is a major shift in power among the teams this 2012 F1 season or after.

In case you didn’t know, Sebastian Vettel has been linked with a move to Ferrari for the 2014 season where he will link up with former World Champion Fernando Alonso. Since joining Red Bull in 2009, Vettel finished runner-up to Jenson Button in his first season with the team and then went on to win back to back titles.

With this in mind, Stewart does not believe that the German should leave the Milton Keynes squad to go head to head with Fernando Alonso. “No I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t do that at this time. I think Alonso’s far too strong for that. I think Alonso is so mature that he would see anybody off because of the relationship he has already built within Ferrari,” Stewart told James Allen on F1.

“I think it’s much better to let that pass for the moment and stay with Red Bull because he’s got a team of people that he knows intimately now who are really imperative for him to have and they feel that it’s imperative for them to have him. I wouldn’t break that mold at this time. In fact I would almost wait until I had a very bad year with a Red Bull before I would think of leaving.”

“Then my option would be ‘who am I going to get who is going to provide me with what I need’ – and it may not necessarily be Ferrari.”

Stewart paid tribute to Vettel whom he says has achieved…

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari rumours heat up again

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

You know what, I have a feeling we’ll see this tandem sooner rather than later.

As the 2012 F1 season heats up, Stefano Domenicali believes Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso could “easily coexist” at Ferrari, igniting rumours of a pending switch for the German.

As the ‘Sebastian Vettel to Ferrari in the future’ reports refuse to die down – with some publications even claiming he has already signed a pre-contract for 2014 – the Italian team’s boss has once again thrown fuel on the fire. Sitting down with Bernie Ecclestone for an interview with Auto Bild, Domenicali and the F1 surpremo were shown a picture of Vettel made to look as if he were wearing a Ferrari race-suit.

“All drivers want to drive for Ferrari at least once in their career, don’t they?” was Ecclestone’s response while Domenicali coyly said: “In life one should never say never!”

Pressed as to whether it would be problematic having Alonso and Vettel at the same team, otherwise worded as ‘two cocks cannot live in the same hen house’, Domenicali said: “I think they are both intelligent guys and they could easily coexist together.”

The Italian’s comments were backed up by Ecclestone.

“That wouldn’t be a problem: both are drivers who are always looking for a new challenge and to be in the same team would be a new and big challenge,” said the 81-year-old. “They would both think they can bear the other one, as they are sure of themselves and Stefano would do what was required to so that they were…”

Ferrari eyeing Jenson Button to replace Felipe Massa

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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Looks like the Italian F1 team just wants to get rid of Felipe.

With Felipe Massa having one tough outing this 2012 F1 season, Ferrari remains determined to find another guy to be side by side with Fernando Alonso in the immediate future.

And that guy is indeed, Jenson Button. But according to some reports, the team wanted Button to be Alonso’s teammate even before the season began. I guess Felipe Massa was just that bad already.

Jenson Button reportedly had an “offer” from Ferrari last season to leave McLaren and replace Felipe Massa at the Italian stable.

Having won the World title in 2009 with Brawn GP, Button was linked to a role with Ferrari. However, instead the Brit opted to sign a two-year deal with McLaren which included an option for a third, 2012.

That, though, didn’t seem to dampen Ferrari’s interest with reports in the Brazilian media claiming he was approached by the Italian stable last season when they were looking for someone to replace the under-fire Felipe Massa and team up with Fernando Alonso. But instead of swapping over, Button opted to commit his long-term future to McLaren.

Asked to comment on the report, Button told Estadao Esportes: “I was happy to see that my work is appreciated. I heard what some teams had to offer me.”

Still, Button has said he wouldn’t mind teaming up with Fernando…

Alonso doesn’t expect Ferrari to do good in Malaysia

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

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Talk about a confidence boost.

Fernando Alonso says Ferrari should not expect a sudden leap to the front of the field in Malaysia and could in fact finish even worse than they did in Australia this 2012 F1 season.

Ferrari had a disappointing start to their campaign with neither Fernando Alonso nor his team-mate Felipe Massa making it into the final top-ten shoot-out in qualifying. And although they showed better race-pace on the Sunday in Melbourne, they were still nowhere near fighting for a podium finish with Alonso down in fifth place. Massa failed to finish after crashing out.

Alonso has warned that the problem last time out was not the track, it was Ferrari‘s lack of competitiveness, which he expects will continue in Malaysia.

“I don’t think the change of circuit will make much difference to us. We have tested at Jerez, Barcelona and then we went to Australia and I think, for all teams, the cars here are pretty much identical to the first race, so there will not be any surprises here,” he said.

“We will try and adapt the car to the circuit. In pure performance, we are not as competitive as we would like, but in the race anything can happen: if you make a good start and have a good pit stop strategy you can put yourself in a decent place.”

“We will try and do the same again and score as many points as possible even if we cannot expect any miracles here. In Australia no one thought we could finish fifth as there were many people quicker than us, but in the race, with events that happened…”

Ferrari is not ready for the F1 season – Fernando Alonso

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Oh no he didn’t just said that.

Fernando Alonso reckons Ferrari still have a lot of work to do before the opener of the 2012 F1 season in Melbourne, saying they are only “20 percent” there with their new F2012.

Ferrari’s first pre-season test got off to a subdued start with the Italian stable failing to match the lap times set by Red Bull, McLaren and even Lotus. Yes, even Lotus. Thankfully, that changed on the final day when Fernando Alonso clocked a 1:18.877 to finish Friday’s running at the very top of the timesheets and second overall, his time only slower than Romain Grosjean’s from Day three.

“It is still early and there is much work still to do to understand the many changes to the car compared to last season,” Fernando Alonso told Spanish daily AS. “We are maybe at 20 percent of what we need to know but in the next test we will try to achieve the rest.”

The one aspect, though, where Alonso is confident Ferrari have improved and have a great understand is with regard to the Pirelli tyres. Last season the Italian stable struggled in qualifying as they were not able to get heat into the rubber, especially with the harder compounds.

This year Alonso reckons Ferrari, who hired Bridgestone’s former F1 chief Hirohide Hamashim early in January…

Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari just started trending again

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Can you imagine that?

While the 2011 F1 season comes to a conclusion, it seems business is just starting to pick up, as far as one particular driver is concerned. And a talented one at that.

And in case you missed this article’s headline, yeah, I’m referring to Lewis Hamilton. And yes, the rumors about him moving to Ferrari is starting to become more of a fact.

How? Well, the fact that he had a tumultuous season with McLaren this year, add that to his breakup with his Pussycat Doll girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, everything points to a switch of environment for the former F1 world champion.

Because that will give him the clean slate that he needs.

And if Lewis Hamilton did move to Ferrari, that will reunite him with his former teammate – turned – rival – then – friend – again, Fernando Alonso.

Oh in case you didn’t know, the two exchanged praises this season on more than one occasion, unofficially ending their rivalry that started back in McLaren.

According to some reports, Lewis Hamilton isn’t happy with McLaren anymore. The reason? His teammate Jenson Button’s upsurge in pace and popularity.

Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know, Hamilton developed this feud…

Ferrari to settle for second in the 2011 F1 season

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Yeah, they’re probably saying, ”fuck it, we’ll just go for second place.”

With Sebastian Vettel lording over the 2011 F1 season before eventually winning his second straight title, Ferrari have not given up hope of securing second place in the 2011 Drivers’ Championship.

And these guys can probably win it through Fernando Alonso. Alonso is currently third in the standings – 13 points off second-placed Jenson Button – with only the races in Abu Dhabi and Brazil still to go.

Alonso, though, will be up against it given that Jenson Button has been the only driver to really challenge World Champion Sebastian Vettel at the front of the grid in recent races.

“Clearly, we are not pleased (with how the season went), as we have said so often,” team principal Stefano Domenicali said during Ferrari’s World Finals event at Mugello.

“In the remaining two races, we want to try and get on the podium and try all we can to get Fernando to second place in the Drivers’ classification. Meanwhile…”

What if Sebastian Vettel signed with Ferrari?

Friday, October 7th, 2011

seth-edward-oneal.jpgIt looks like Sebastian Vettel wants to drive for Ferrari still.

Red Bull’s Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel continued to pay lavish compliments to Ferrari, joking he would finance a holiday for Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa so he could drive the red car.

Asked what he would do if he could not drive the Red Bull once the 2011 F1 season is done, Vettel told Gazzetta dello Sport, ”Probably I would offer a holiday to Alonso and Massa. Even if I’m not sure they would shake my hand.”

The 23-year-old German has often maintained it was every driver’s wish one day to race for Ferrari but his continued comments make uncomfortable reading for the title holders Red Bull, even if he thanked them for their work.

”My dream is to race one day for Maranello. Anyway, I’m still young, there’s time. And for the moment I’m happy to be at Red Bull, without them I would never have arrived in F1.”

He added to other Italian media, ”I would like a podium at Monza with Ferrari. And one day I hope to have a Ferrari in my garage. Despite being at Red Bull there are lots of Italians supporting me.”

Alonso finished second to Vettel in last year’s championship…

Can McLaren and Ferrari catch up to Red Bull

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

seth-edward-oneal.jpgNobody can’t seem to catch up to the Bulls.

In case you haven’t been watching the 2011 F1 season, Red Bull has been all over the podium. Sure they miss out on the top of the podium here and there but they still get there anyway and nobody has figured out a way to keep them off it.

However, F1′s midfield teams believe it’s only a matter of time before McLaren and Ferrari catch Red Bull out on track.

Red Bull had a dominant start to the Championship with Sebastian Vettel winning five of the opening six races to take a commanding lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

But, in the last five races, Sebastian Vettel has claimed just one victory with McLaren triumphing on three occasions and Ferrari just once. And although Red Bull have stated on several occasions that they are still up at the front, Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn reckons it won’t be that way for much longer.

“It is impossible to predict what will happen from Spa-Francorchamps, but we saw that Ferrari and McLaren have been ahead in the last three grands prix and will continue to evolve,” Brawn said.

Renault’s MD Steve Nielsen agrees with Brawn, explaining that it’s the fact that McLaren and Ferrari were so far behind Red Bull that is giving them scope to catch their title rivals.

“The fact that Ferrari and McLaren have evolved in aerodynamics…”

Alonso and Hamilton to be reunited in Ferrari?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

seth-edward-oneal.jpgThey are only rumors at this point.

Yes, there are rumors that claim Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton could find themselves as teammates. It won’t be this 2011 F1 season but according to some sources, it could be closer from happening than we think.

In case you didn’t know, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso endured a tumultuous time as teammates at McLaren but Hamilton reveals the Spaniard helped him become a better driver. The pair spent the 2007 season together at the Woking-based outfit in what was Hamilton’s debut season.

The year was dogged by controversy as the two highly competitive drivers didn’t gel, with both disobeying team orders as the McLaren hierarchy struggled to deal with the rivalry.

It was rumored that the pair were not on speaking terms for much of the year and it came as no surprise that Fernando Alonso and McLaren mutually agreed to terminate the Spaniard’s contract at the end of the season. Despite this turbulence, Hamilton reveals that he learned a lot from Alonso during their time as teammates.

”Alonso is a very, very fast driver, incredibly fast, with extraordinary talent and incredible speed. You know that he will always give his best,” Lewis Hamilton said.

”I learned a lot with him as a driver, I improved my driving thanks to…”



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