Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jerez Day Three: Is Ferrari’s F2012 a Lemon?

It’s official, tifosi all over the world are becoming increasingly worried that Ferrari’s F2012 is a lemon! After a third consecutive day spent at the bottom of the timesheets and a morning hydraulics problem, which meant that Fernando Alonso could only complete 67 laps, the Italian team’s latest challenger is looking far from promising.

Technical director Pat Fry even admitted to being disappointed after testing today when he stated “I’m not happy with where we are at the moment, there’s a lot of space to improve from where we are.” The Englishman also conceded that the snow in Maranello had negatively affected Ferrari, stating “We were obviously set back a little by the foot of snow we had in Fiorano, certainly the first morning with Felipe (in Jerez) was spent doing what we would have done there.” I am assuming that Fry was talking about all of the ‘promotional filming’ that the team missed out on. Perhaps the reason why the F2012 is so far off the pace is not because it is slow, but actually because Felipe and Fernando wanted to pose nicely for their close-up with the cameras!

Whatever the reason for Ferrari’s lack of speed (both serious and sarcastic), they certainly don’t have much time to figure out how to turn the F2012 into a championship contender. With only nine days of testing remaining before the first race in Australia and teams like Red Bull and surprisingly Lotus displaying few teething problems, all we can do is wait and hope that Ferrari are either sandbagging or that the F2012 finds its form soon.

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