Ferrari: Miserable year is harsh reality

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Ferrari are facing a failure of large proportions. A failure that has not been seen from this team in many years. Their 2009 season has failed to score any point in the last three Grands Prix. They seem unable to come to grips with the regulation changes for 2009 and while a new, recently approved double-decker diffuser may help, Stefano Domenicali, team boss, is reluctant to say this is the sole source of their pain. (as grace and I pointed out in the last podcast). Where is Ferrari? What is happening to this team? Why is the performance so elusive?

Before sulking, as a Ferrari fan, I must remember that McLaren, BMW and Renault are also caught in this rip in the space-time continuum that seeks the utter breaking down of F1’s top teams. We’re discussing the situation here and as far as we can all tell; there are many reasons..including fanboi accolades and bravado. But what does Stefano think? Well, Autosport says this:

“I think for sure we will see after Spain where we are. In that period we will see really what can be the situation – so when we come back to Europe basically.”

Although much has been made of the advantage that the ‘diffuser gang’ of Brawn GP, Williams and Toyota have enjoyed in the first races of the season, Domenicali does not believe that copying their rear-end concept will be the whole answer to Ferrari’s woes.

“No. The situation is much more complicated than that,” he said. “That device will give you a benefit. But it would be wrong to believe that it is the only key. We have seen, for example, the Red Bull car has done a really great job.

“They had more time, they switched their project much earlier than us and that is the reality and we need to consider it. The other thing that we have to understand well is that today in certain conditions, look at the first part of the race, our car was not too bad at all. So we need to understand a lot of things.”

Domenicali added that he would not be forced into a panic about Ferrari’s situation, or revise the team’s targets for the season.

“I think we have to wait,” he said. “We need to stay cool. It is not easy, I know, but we need to stay cool because there are too many things that can change very quickly. The priority number one is to move from zero points.”

That doesn’t bode well folks.

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