The various strands of the Ferrari Formula 1 team still need to work more closely together, despite sharing a single Italian base, according to new team principal Marco Mattiacci.
The former CEO of Ferrari North America has conducted a thorough review of the Scuderia's working practices since taking over from Stefano Domenicali ahead of April's Chinese Grand Prix.
The high levels of cooperation between Mercedes' separate engine and chassis bases at Brackley and Brixworth are considered crucial to its success this season, suggesting a team like Ferrari - with a single base in Maranello - should also have had an advantage under this year's new rules.
But Mattiacci refuted this suggestion when quizzed by AUTOSPORT.
"What you say is counter intuitive; [that teams based] all in the same place should be faster than people that are [separate]. It is not necessarily [the case]," he said, when asked by AUTOSPORT why teams with separate chassis and engine bases, such as Mercedes and Red Bull, might be making faster decisions than Ferrari.
"It's not just the decision of process, it is the way people cooperate with each other.
"It is not because if you have different geographical areas that necessarily [you] should be slower than teams in the same building like we are.
"We are working very much on that area. We have to be more reactive, and we have to be more integrated."
Felipe Massa wrote:I will think twice, because I believed him would not move his car, I believed him. You can’t believe now when somebody who is paying so many penalties and causing so many problems, you can’t believe… I will not trust him anymore, definitely. When I will be behind him again I will think about three times where I need to go because I don’t know what he is going to do.
tifosi77 wrote:God dang it...... now I'm in a bad mood.
Safety car periods will be followed by standing race restarts from the grid next season, Formula One's governing body announced on Thursday.
The measure, which replaces rolling restarts, is aimed at making grands prix more exciting but has been criticised by some drivers.
"I understand the start is one of the most exciting times for the fans but it sounds very extreme and I hope it's not going to be done. It's going too far with things," Mercedes' championship leader Nico Rosberg said at last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.
tifosi77 wrote:I've driven through the Corkscrew....... well, let me say that accurately...... I was driven through the Corkscrew in a rodded out Focus SVT that was being pedaled by a CART pace car driver. (At the time, all their pace car drivers were women, which I thought was kind of cool) They only went about 7/10ths on those Fast Laps, but you still got a good ride. The thing about the 'Screw is that the approach is totally blind and you actually aim the car at a tree when you turn in, because the corner itself is completely unsighted until you apex the left. But it's much more fun to watch cars go through there than to actually run the corner. It's only dramatic if you get your braking wrong, or if your name is Bryan Herta.
Rainey Curve is a much better corner. It's fast, but it feels like it goes on forever, the camber is all screwy cos you're going downhill, and the track is crazy bumpy even a foot or so off line.
Highlight of the lap was being overtaken by Mario Andretti in a Corvette doing a VIP lap for someone.