Rusine Domenicali si Ferrari!

28-07-2010, categoria Formula 1

Toata lumea a vazut ce s-a intimplat in Marele Premiu al Germaniei, cind Felipe Massa l-a lasat pe Fernando Alonso sa treaca pe primul loc in cursa. Nu mai are nici un sens sa comentez ce s-a intimplat pe pista. In schimb mi se par absolut jenante raspunsurile lui Stefano Domenicali, directorul sportiv al Scuderiei Ferrari, la intrebarile lui Adam-Hay Nicholls, de la revista GP Week. Aveti mai jos interviul in original si va invit sa trageti propriile concluzii.

GPWEEK: Can you explain the team orders situation in Formula One, and why this wasn’t team orders?
DOMENICALLI: I don’t know if I have to explain to you what are team orders. What I can say from my side is that if you are referring to the situation we have in mind, we gave information to Felipe about what was the situation.
Because we have already seen in the past that certain situations could not give the best result to the team. That was the information we wanted to give and we leave the drivers to understand and take notice of it in order to make sure the team, in terms of the global results, gets the best.

How is this different from Austria 2002?
Honestly, I don’t know. What we said to him today was an information about the situation behind. That is what we said today.

Do you not think it was obvious that this was a call to Felipe to let Fernando pass?
That is what you say, I did not say that.

After so much politics and critics, can you really feel so happy after this 1-2 finish?
Yes, for sure I am very happy. I understand from your comments that of course I am not happy about the outcome of this great performance of the team because of the pressure that we have from the outside on this specific element.
It is something that is part of the feeling that I have now, but I need really to keep up, as a first priority, that the team has done a great job and recovered a very difficult situation after three very, very heavy Grands Prix – so I am pleased for them. That is very important.

After today’s situation, is it now clear that you have a number one and a number two driver?
No. No.

Because otherwise I would have said yes.

Do you think Felipe still has a chance to fight for the championship? If so, if they are together in the same situation, is it better for Felipe to give away to Fernando?
No. I can answer to you that Felipe, first of all, I am very happy with the performance that he did, no doubt.
It is consequential to the answer I have just given, by the fact that Felipe will have the chance and for the benefit of the team he will push for the championship, no doubt at all.
There is no 1-2.

Did you not consider the human side of it all, especially on the anniversary of what the win would mean to Felipe?
For sure, we know that it was very important for Felipe and that he will deserve a victory very soon. He has shown that he is keeping up, and next time I would like to share with him the victory to show what he said to your colleagues on the other side.

Over the television we heard several radio messages. Why did Rob Smedley apologise to Felipe after he had let Fernando past?
It was not an apology this way … You have to consider the fact, and you can check with his communication on the radio several times in the past, that Rob Smedley’s is correctly in a very good conjunction with Felipe. This is the key of their success.
He gave the information to Felipe and he saw what happened and he was not happy about the situation of the car that was not so fast – sorry – was slower than the other one.

Felipe said in the press conference that the reason why the pass happened was because he was struggling with the hard tyres. But how do you explain that at the beginning he was struggling, then he built a gap of 3.5 seconds and then Fernando caught up?
We wanted to control the race. We gave them certain targets in order to control and respect the pace from behind without any risk.
We saw Vettel coming up; we informed our drivers that both were catching up. We were also managing that in order to protect the engine we had some laps with the same situation for both drivers, to have a little bit of saving on the engine.
When we saw Vettel coming again, we said okay let’s go up and push it because they are getting close. That is what we did in terms of management.

This is a different situation from Austria 2002 because then you were dominant with no reason to do it, while here you are playing catch up and can make the decisions. Is it silly to have to go through this charade, or is it better to let teams just do what they want?
It is a difficult question. I understand what you saying but at the end of the day there is always a merit and a logic for both of the scenarios.
I think what is part of the situation is that, first of all, on one side there is the clear indication to protect the fight that every driver has to make sure they do whatever they can as fast as they can.
You also have to think that the two drivers are a part of the team that is really a key factor of this situation.
But the point is that it is a matter of consideration in order to make sure that there is no discussion.

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