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F60‘s performance rediscovered

May 9, 2009 · Posted by Staff

Barcelona – This season’s first GP on a European race track, at Montmelò, and the Ferrari F60 is right there. This is good news. Although, there’s also bad news for Raikkonen, who will only start from position 16, due to his elimination in Q1. Tomorrow Felipe will start from the second row from the fourth position. His best result so far in the qualifyings in 2009. Kimi will start from the eighth row, due to a mistake in estimating the situation during Q1. “The performance is there,” Stefano Domenicali said after the qualifying, “it’s a shame we used only half of it.”

One could already see during the third free practice session in the morning that the two Ferrari single-seaters were in top form: both did a lap in 1.20'5", which is more or less the same time it took Jenson Button to conquer the pole position for tomorrow’s race. Today Felipe was ready. He drove this morning’s best lap time and he was on top of the time sheet in Q1. In Q2 and Q3 he drove the fourth fastest times, with just four tenth behind the pole position’s lap time. Kimi set the same lap times with his new super-light chassis, missing Q2 by a whisker; he might have been able to gain a much better position on the grid, but now he’s got a difficult pursuit race ahead.

Sebastian Vettel managed to place his car between the two Brawn GP single-seaters on the grid, with his Red Bull teammate Webber on position five, right behind Massa, followed by the Toyotas with Glock and Trulli, Alonso on eight, Rosberg and Kubica. The reigning World Champion Hamilton will start from position 14. The temperatures during tomorrow’s race will be around 25C with the track temperatures at around 37/39C, which shouldn’t stress the tyres too much. The start will be a crucial moment, because overtaking is extremely difficult on this circuit. The F60, with its new aero package and the KERS, is ready for the challenge. We, the Ferraristi, have to believe in it: we need your support for tomorrow’s demanding race at 2 pm CEST.


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18 responses so far

  • Sunday, 10 May 2009 10:18 by xiaoya
    GO! pursuit race is also amazing!
  • Sunday, 10 May 2009 02:37 by Braga
    Ferrari, what can i do? Bad, very wrong. See u.
  • Sunday, 10 May 2009 03:15 by HANNACHE Tarik
    hello, I have an idea to increase the ADER F1 when braking but I do not know who to contact you soumetre. thank you in advance for your response. Tarik
  • Sunday, 10 May 2009 10:56 by cleri
    I can't believe that Felipe lost 2 positions due to lack of GAS!... Amazing!... This was the supposed comeback race of the Ferrari team... The miracle upgrade package that still is far behind what's needed to fight for points in the championship. Is quite clear to me that Felipe was not the season winner last year due to the screw-ups of the team and this horror scene seams like a endless story. Get your acts together!... is time to make some hard decisions!... The team is not performing and this is compromising years and years of F1 leadership. Felipe's words in the radio show how desperate the pilots are to get responses from the team "what should I do???.. I'm fighting for a position here!!!". The team is even screwing up when opening the radio communication to the TV, !. It's only showing how messy things are in the team!... Its a shame!!! No further comments
  • Monday, 11 May 2009 02:25 by Pablo Ross
    I have been a Ferrari fan all my life; it is really disapointing to see so many strategic and tactical mistakes, like in Barcelona, were Kimi is out in Q1, because he doesn´t go out again, and Felipe´s short fuel which prevented him from a 4th place.
  • Monday, 11 May 2009 02:48 by Dude
    It is extremely hard for me to believe that the team I watched racing this weekend was the one that dominated the sport since 2000. Good job! Focus on 2010 ...
  • Monday, 11 May 2009 08:51 by Mark Stephens
    Dear Team: the car is progressing nicely, it's been a rough year so far and there are things that will be fixed as you go along. Best part of it all is it's still Ferrari and the others know it won't be long before you are on top again. Either way this family supports the entire Ferrari Team and we look forward to Monaco! Forza Ferrari!
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2009 01:32 by nicholas
    Stop rearrange or shuffling our team members around and give a 110% of concentration on the new F60 performance, reliability, further upgrades and improvements... Please stop saving those tires for Q2 & Q3! We need to qualify better to gain higher position in the race itself so the we can aim for the race victory... Now we got the winning aerodynamic package on the car itself, so now we only need some minor twigs and maybe some large performance parts for the upcoming race.. Try to maintain the 056 engine fuel consumption or maybe it got something to do with the refueling rig on Massa's race pit stop... Also focus on the car's reliability, as seen on Kimi's car is totally unacceptable... We're casing for our cars performance, but always bare in mind that our car's reliability must be bullet proof! No more minor mistakes like the wheel/hub cap gone off while in race itself.. My opinion here is, concentrate on the harder tires to get most out of it, we know that the softer once suit us well.. Hopefully our team will perform well in the next upcoming races, and please no mistakes this time, keep our heads together and show that Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team can do it! This is Ferrari World!
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2009 04:14 by Ch Lin
    I have faith in Kimi. He will drive that F60B to victory soon.
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2009 07:46 by Raizal Rafman
    Being a long time Ferrari fan, I think the car is wrongly named... maybe why the team is experiencing not-so-good luck. As the late Enzo named the F40 as a road supercar, I think the name F60 is to be used for a road supercar to commemorate the Ferrari's 60th anniversary where it will be used for a long time compared to less than a year for an F1 car. Just my 2 cents... was surprised to see the choice of name for the F1 car and now am surprised at the unlucky performance of one of the best teams in F1.
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2009 07:49 by Robert
    After the tempest, beautiful and sunny time will arrive! For Ferrari F60 here is the moment. At Monaco's GP!!!
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2009 10:24 by Adrián
    It's hard to lose points due to these mistakes, but on the other hand the overall car's performance was quite good. The team at the factory did an excellent job, but now it's time to avoid this silly mistakes at the weekend GP. I'm sure Ferrari will come back, simply don't give up and keep pushing hard! Cheers, Adrián.
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2009 05:34 by Lynn
    In Monaco, Kimi in his F60 will show them it can win races! Like the man said we know how to win. Great he's positive when others have given up. Go Kimi, go Ferrari!
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:57 by Ksu
    Please, stop wasting Kimi's and Felipe's talents!!! Settle at least the matter with the tactics! You are the greatest team and you know how to do it, don't you? Wish you just inspiration!)))
  • Thursday, 14 May 2009 02:42 by Raghav V S
    I completely support you guys. You are the best team that has been there in F1. But, one suggestion, check out the floor and the rear structure of RedBull cars - they seem to have good downforce, which is giving them the speed. And, try to incorporate the light-weight chassis for Massa as well, it will help him with the KERS. You guys are the best there is in F1. Whatever happens, you will always have my support! Cheers, Raghav
  • Thursday, 14 May 2009 06:44 by guawar
    Bernie not forget one thing: money means more research-evolution obturate resources if this means the evolution-involution is the biggest crap-with these regulations had allowed all teams to evolve by itself-without obstruction of any kind, type: single engine identical systems .. .. etc.Ferrari machines, Mercedes, Renault, Toyota, BMW powerful companies that are evolving at all levels-you can not stop the evolution of machines just for the sake of regulation dork! It's like the world stops evolution .. as someone wants it!
  • Thursday, 21 May 2009 10:57 by nw
    why doesnt ferrari start its own racing format and just sell f1 style cars to the teams that enter. f1 has been wrecked this year, what is going to go on next.
  • Friday, 22 May 2009 03:26 by Nicholas
    Seeing Formula 1's races without the world top team has no sense, I hope it'll not happen but I understand your rights and accept every decision you'll take, even to defend your history and fame against the little cars that maybe will run next year in a really poor F1. I'm with you 4ever.



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