Alonso: Ferrari will come good

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso said he is not concerned about Red Bull and that he is ‘more or less confident’ the Scuderia will have the best car in the next few races.

Alonso failed to finish the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend after an engine problem sidelined him with the finish in sight. However, while Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber did take a dominant 1-2 finish for Red Bull, the Spaniard re-iterated that they had it easy at Sepang after Ferrari – and McLaren – made a mess of qualifying and misjudged the changeable weather conditions.

“They have three pole positions, but the three wins I’m not sure [they would have done that], because we were very quick in Bahrain and we were maybe quicker than them in Australia,” said Alonso. “Here it was a strange race, too easy for them because we made a mistake in qualifying. We are not too worried at the moment.

“It’s a very long championship and we are capable of improving the car a lot. We know in which areas we need to improve the car, so I’m more or less confident that we can have the best car in the next few races.”

As for his engine failure, Alonso continues to insist that it is not something that will keep him awake at night.

“It is not a concern, for sure. We had some problems – and for sure we will investigate it. But overall I think the engines are more or less the same as last year so I think our engine guys have a lot of experience with this engine without any problems,” he added.

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He makes it sound like Ferrari are the only ones updating their car. While Red Bull failed to win the first two races. I doubt Vettel would have lost out to anyone if he made it to the end without car problems. Simply because the car is breaking lap records in qualifying. If Vettel needs to go faster during the race, I am sure he can.

In any case, one engine change in the first race as a precaution, a blow engine in the third race. Sounds like the problems Vettel had last year.

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Jimmyfish.. It was a spark plug that saw Vettel retire…Alonso did drive up behind Vettel though which says that Alonso May have had the faster car at that stage. However driving to him and driving by him are two different things…However Quali Red bulls are faster hands down. The big Question is, Can Red Bull develop at the same rate as Ferrari? Red bull surely need to be taking all the points they can at the start of the season..

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So Ferrari are buying Red Bull?

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If Alonso’s engine hadn’t blown he still would be tieing for the lead of the championship with Massa. However, he would have been leading due to more wins. I feel sorry for him.

Well done to Hispania for their excellent double-finish. Just getting the cars to Bahrain was an achievement, but that was good.

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They have already lost engines as well as sauber who they supply

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Well seein’ as it’s only the third race in, things are shaping up to be quiet a good season with already no less than six drivers wanting to be this years WDC.

Often Fernando has stated that he isn’t the fastest driver but a conistant one so obviously there will be times where he won’t be in the lead but always in the points and this years Ferrari is pretty quick but it has some issues that need fixing.

Fair play to him for getting the car into a possible points place in Malaysia with a downshift problem, even managing to set fastest laps, but then things got a little too hot for the engine. I’d say Alonso put that move on Jenson to try and get ahead and to get cool air going again into the engine. But too little too late.

Oh well, bring on Shangai.

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I Think It was On Purpose to Blow up the engine because if he didnt blow up the engine (as you know he had a gearbox problem) then he have to change the gear box which will cost him 5 places grid penalty….soo to prevent that penalty he blew up the engine which was already gone after along run with the problems….. thats what i think …

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Yeah looking good all right. If Vettel remains so fast I also hope that he is just as fragile. Want to see him work for his first championship. As fast as Webber is, Vettel seems to have him covered. Webber knows this and is always going to try and outsmart him. Good racing…

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#8 Maybe, maybe, you could be right but then (at the high risk of sounding redundant) the gearbox is seperate to the engine so it shouldn’t fall under the same rules regarding engine changes. I think where the problem started in Fernando’s gearbox was at the start of the Australian GP where he might have done what Rubens did at the start of Spa last year. And with the heat of Malaysia mixed with Ferrari’s engine cooling issues and being behind Jenson maybe it was a case of two things gone wrong at the same time. Who knows….

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* Not saying Alonso’s engine failing was Jensons fault, what I meant was there wasn’t any cool air getting to it.

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#10 … i read the rules and there was a long conversation between some of my friends…it was a really long post but according to the rules it looked like as i said before .. but then again who know wats the real deal here ….

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Mikkie – good point but that’s assuming they can’t fix the problem. It sounded to me more like a software problem. It changed up the gears ok, just going down there was a delay. I find it hard to believe they would sacrifice an engine penalty of 10 places (assuming they can’t make engines last rest of season) over gearbox penalty of 5 places. Question for you, if the engine blows do they automatically get a new gearbox? I would think that they still have to use the same gearbox after engine blow. This would mean that after engine blow they still have gearbox issue which would mean that engine blow was not planned…

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#13 Here Is it

For the purposes of this Article only, an Event will be deemed to comprise P3, the qualifying practice session and the race.

a) Each driver may use no more than one gearbox for four consecutive Events in which his team competes. Should a driver use a replacement gearbox he will drop five places on the starting grid at that Event and an additional five places each time a further gearbox is used.

Any replacement gearbox must be fitted with the same gear ratios that were declared under d) below and will only be required to complete the remainder of the Event in question. Any change to the gear ratios declared under d) below will incur a further five grid place penalty. In either case a new four race sequence may start at the following Event.

Unless the driver fails to finish the race (see below) the gearbox fitted to the car at the end of the Event must remain in it for three further Events. Any driver who failed to finish the race at the first, second or third of the four Events for reasons which the technical delegate accepts as being beyond the control of the team or driver, may start the following Event with a different gearbox without a penalty being incurred.

A gearbox will be deemed to have been used once the car’s timing transponder has shown that it has left the pit lane.

b) If a driver is replaced after the first, second or third of a four Event period, having finished the first, second or third Events, the replacement driver must use the gearbox which the original driver had been using.

c) After consultation with the relevant team the FIA will attach seals to each gearbox in order to ensure that no moving parts, other than those specifically permitted under d) below, can be rebuilt or replaced.

d) At each Event seals may be broken once, under supervision and at any time prior to the second day of practice, for the sole purpose of changing gear ratios and dog rings (excluding final drives or reduction gears). Competitors must inform the FIA technical delegate which ratios they intend to fit no later than two hours after the end of P2.

Gear ratios and dog rings (excluding final drives or reduction gears) may also be changed under supervision for others of identical specification at any time during an Event provided the FIA technical delegate is satisfied there is evident physical damage to the parts in question and that such changes are not being carried out on a systematic basis.

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Remaining part…..

e) Other than under d) above, a replacement gearbox will also be deemed to have been used if any of the FIA seals are damaged or removed from the original gearbox after it has been used for the first time.

“Here It Is” * correction to the earlier post

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Restrict aero

that´s the only way – they tried and then they declared the double diffusor as race legal last year which was good for the championship, made it exiting with Brawn YEAH! but didn´t help for making overtaking more easy.

As long you have dirty air – and car lapping > 1s quicker, still they cannot overtake, then its not an engine or whatever problem. Its aerodynamics.

Restrict the “dirty air” effect as bad

Slip streams are good though – so they could be even more important.

Beside – F1 must stay the pinnacle and fastest championship

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oops – that was the wrong headline, meant to be on the overtaking one

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At Mikkie. That means that Fernando will not have to be penalised bercause his gearbox had a problem, the cause was a clutch which wasn’t engaging properly so it wasn’t electronic, more than likely hydraulic which is in someway an outside source manufacturing problem and beyond the team’s and/ or driver’s control just like what happened with Vettel in Bahrain and Australia.

(For public at large)
Also Ferrari had to change pneumatic lines on both Ferrari engines so there must be a pressure lose somewhere in the intake/exhaust system which currently hasn’t been sorted and that may or may not have been a big factor in Fernando’s engine lunching itself with two/three laps to go. All I know is that it is generating an exciting season prospectus with no less than 6 drivers vying for the WDC crown, and I think that is what F1 has really been missing regardless of aerodynamics or whatever. There is at last some competition amongst the Driver’s (both within the teams and outside of the teams) which is very healthy for the sport because it gives off a fairly unpredictable outcome for the races because everyone is trying so damn’d hard to finish in the points

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Yes :) he is not going to be penalised :)

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Yeah Mikkie, that actually makes perfect sense. All the more reason to push to limit and try for buttons place. If the engine lasts he get a few more points, if the engine blow’s he gets a new gearbox. Best of a bad situation. Well spotted.

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