Articole cu eticheta ‘Marele Premiu al Germaniei’

Rusine Domenicali si Ferrari!

28-07-2010

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.

Why?
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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Formula 1 preview: Miza pe german

7-07-2009

Sebastian Vettel spera sa obtina victoria in cursa de casa de la Nurbrugring, dupa ce l-a batut pe Jenson Button pe terenul acestuia, la Silverstone.

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Pentru foarte multi ani de zile, germanii au fost fani Ferrari. La Hockenheim si la Nurburgring, nemtii veneau in valuri pentru a urmari succesele lui Michael Schumacher, cel care a fost idolul lor. Insa acum toata suflarea din Germania este alaturi de noul erou al motorsportului din aceasta tara, Sebastian Vettel. Tinarul pilot de la Red Bull Racing a facut pina acum un sezon absolut senzational, fiind singurul care a reusit sa il bata pe Jenson Button si pe cei de la Brawn GP.

Scurta istorie

Daca multumita in mare masura lui Vettel, Marele Premiu al Germaniei va avea parte anul acesta de o audienta numeroasa, sa vedem ce s-a intimplat in trecut in aceasta cursa. Etapa germana a facut parte din calendarul Formulei 1 inca din 1950, anul in care aceasta competitie a luat nastere. Pe atunci, cursa se desfasura pe celebrul Nordscheleife, versiunea veche a circuitului de la Nurburgrin, care avea o lungime de peste 20 km. Prima cursa memorabila pe circuitul localizat in nordul Germaniei, in zona Eifel, a avut loc in 1957. Juan Manuel Fangio a reusit o revenire spectaculoasa, prinzind din urma masinile Ferrari pilotate de Mike Hawthorn si Peter Collins. Dupa ce a batut de mai multe ori recordul pe tur, Fangio i-a depasit pe cei doi si a obtinut o victorie remarcabila.
In 1968, Jackie Stewart a fost responsabil cu spectacolul. Pe o ploaie torentiala si pe o vizibilitatea extrem de scazuta, scotianul s-a impus la comenzile unei masini Matra l-a un avans de peste 4 minute fata de urmatorul clasat! A venit insa si tragedia din 1976, cind a avut loc ultima cursa pe Nordschleife, care a fost abandonat din motive de securitate. Masina Ferrari a lui Niki Lauda a iesit in decor si s-a transformat, brusc, intr-o minge de foc. Ceilalti piloti au oprit si l-au salvat pe austriac, care s-a ales doar cu numeroase arsuri. |n ciuda acestui accident nefericit, Lauda a revenit si a mai cistigat inca doua titluri de campion mondial dupa tragedie.
Insa Nurburgring si-a pierdut locul in calendar, Hockenheim devenind gazda Marelui Premiu al Germaniei. Si acest traseu a fost unic in Formula 1 timp de multi ani, mai ales datorita celebrei portiuni de viteza din zona impadurita. El a fost insa modernizat si redesenat, pentru a oferi conditii mai bune de siguranta pentru piloti. Recent, Marele Premiu al Germaniei se alearga alternativ la Hockenheim si Nurburgring.

Revansa lui Button?

Inaintea ultimei etape din acest sezon, cea de la Silverstone, as fi spus fara ezitare ca Brawn GP sint favoriti la Nurburgring. Insa Red Bull Racing a demonstrat o forma foarte buna si a venit in Anglia cu o masina extrem de competitiva, cu care Vettel si Mark Webber au dominat fara probleme tot weekendul. Dupa ce l-a batut pe Jenson Button chiar pe terenul acestuia, teoretic Vettel pleaca drept favorit pentru etapa sa de casa. |n plus, se stie ca monoposturile Brawn GP nu se comporta prea bine la temperaturi scazute, lucru sustinut de cursa de la Silverstone. Vremea in regiunea Eifel este extrem de schimbatoare, iar ploaia poate aparea oricind. In aceste conditii, piloti ca Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton sau Kimi Raikkonen se pot descurca de minune. Insa daca ne luam dupa performantele masinilor Renault, McLaren Mercedes si Ferrari, se pare ca doar Raikkonen ar avea sanse sa le strice socotelile favoritilor. Pentru puncte se vor mai bate si Toyota sau Williams, dar sansele lor la victorie nu sint prea mare pe acest circuit.

Nashul Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, pilotul german al echipei Red Bull Racing, va deveni “nashul” unui viraj al circuitului de la Nurburgring, care va purta numele sau. Astfel, invingatorul ultimei etape din Formula 1 va imprumuta numele sau virajului cu numarul 6 al circuitului modern de la Nurburgring, viraj care pina in prezent nu avea nici un nume.

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