Ferrari boss hits out at slow cars

June 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Report by Autosport

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has renewed his attack on Formula 1′s slowest cars – claiming that if outfits are not quick enough they should not even be allowed to take part in grands prix.

After seeing Fernando Alonso’s chances of victory in the Canadian Grand Prix wrecked when, on two separate occasions, he lost time and momentum behind backmarkers, di Montezemolo has again hit out at the backmarkers.

“Cars who perform at GP2-level should not be allowed to participate in F1 races because they are supposed to race on Sunday mornings,” di Montezemolo was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Our car’s race pace was good enough for victory. Let’s hope that, in the future, there won’t be mistakes in pushing a button nor in lapping cars that put us at a disadvantage, because we’ve already gone though that.”

Di Montezemolo has said on several occasions that F1 would be better off allowing the big teams to run three cars, rather than bringing in new competitors to boost the grid.

In response to what Di Montezemolo has crapped out of his mouth this time…

And that is all that I have to say.

(Does this man EVER stop sputtering such nonsense? I can’t believe I used to support this man and his team.)

“We really, really, reeeeaaaaally want a third car! Pleeease?”

May 25, 2010 Leave a comment

From Autosport:

Ferrari has expressed a keen desire to tie up with an American team in the near future if it can see through its idea to allows teams to provide a third car.

Ferrari is yammering about the whole “we want a third car” thing again! Has any other team ever expressed interest in that? I don’t think so. I think some were actually against it, if I recall correctly.

So what happens if the third car rule never happens? Will Ferrari NOT help any Americans in F1 or what? What a strange group, they are. I’m certainly happy to be on the Mercedes train now, let me tell you! There’s a lot less of this foolishness for sure.

Schumacher’s Penalty

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The Monaco Grand Prix finished under the safety car, yet Schumacher decided to pass Alonso for position, finishing 6th rather than 7th. Everyone condemned him for passing when he isn’t supposed to, myself included.

But then…

Around the time that Schumacher is handed a 20 second penalty, dropping him to 12th, word flies across the internet that Schumacher made the pass because a green flag was deployed. That’s right, the flag that indicates that the race is on was waved. Schumacher did exactly what anyone would do. He saw green, so he made a move on Alonso.

Many people are now against the penalty due to the whole green flag aspect of this interesting situation. This same people are criticizing the FIA for penalizing Schumacher while Felipe Massa, who mucked with the rules in both qualifying and the race, was not even spoken to. Massa broke two safety regulations while Schumacher did nothing wrong, due to the green flag being out.

It makes you stop and wonder, doesn’t it? Schumacher was a victim of circumstance it seems, while Ferrari continues to avoid the wrath of the FIA.

I wonder if it has anything to do with the little Frenchman running the show now?

Oh Ferrari, you certainly do amuse me!

May 7, 2010 Leave a comment

About a week or two ago, international doctors started making a stink about the barcode on the side of the Ferraris.

They wanted clarification on what the image represented, and an investigation to determine whether or not the barcode was a form of subliminal advertising for Marlboro cigarettes was also suggested. Ferrari was not pleased with this, and here is what they had to say.

Today and in recent weeks, articles have been published relating to the partnership contract between Scuderia Ferrari and Philip Morris International, questioning its legality.

These reports are based on two suppositions: that part of the graphics featured on the Formula 1 cars are reminiscent of the Marlboro logo and even that the red colour which is a traditional feature of our cars is a form of tobacco publicity.

Neither of these arguments have any scientific basis, as they rely on some alleged studies which have never been published in academic journals. But more importantly, they do not correspond to the truth.

The so-called barcode is an integral part of the livery of the car and of all images coordinated by the Scuderia, as can be seen from the fact it is modified every year and, occasionally even during the season. Furthermore, if it was a case of advertising branding, Philip Morris would have to own a legal copyright on it.

The partnership between Ferrari and Philip Morris is now only exploited in certain initiatives, such as factory visits, meetings with the drivers, merchandising products, all carried out fully within the laws of the various countries where these activities take place. There has been no logo or branding on the race cars since 2007, even in countries where local laws would still have permitted it.

The premise that simply looking at a red Ferrari can be a more effective means of publicity than a cigarette advertisement seems incredible: how should one assess the choice made by other Formula 1 teams to race a car with a predominantly red livery or to link the image of a driver to a sports car of the same colour? Maybe these companies also want to advertise smoking!

It should be pointed out that red has been the recognised colour for Italian racing cars since the very beginning of motor sport, at the start of the twentieth century: if there is an immediate association to be made, it is with our company rather than with our partner.

To those unfamiliar with this situation, Ferrari may have a good argument. However…

“The so-called barcode is an integral part of the livery of the car and of all images coordinated by the Scuderia, as can be seen from the fact it is modified every year and, occasionally even during the season. Furthermore, if it was a case of advertising branding, Philip Morris would have to own a legal copyright on it.”

Ferrari is saying that the barcode is a Ferrari design, then. That it is their own creation, a Ferrari invention. Alright, then would they care to explain what I am looking at on the Moto GP Ducati bike?

Now why would a design by Ferrari appear on a Ducati bike? In the same location where Ducati used to have Marlboro logos displayed? Hmm, very interesting!

According to Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, this entire situation is “verging on ridiculous” and he heavily insists that red is a Ferrari colour. Yes Luca, it is. However, people are not questioning the colour of the Ferrari, or the red that surrounds and fills this peculiar barcode design. It is that very design itself that people are curious about, as it appears on all Marlboro sponsored bikes and cars that are not permitted to display cigarette brand icons, logos, and names.

You would have to be dense as a brick to not realize that the barcode is a Philip Morris invention and is used to exclusively represent Marlboro. While it’s kind of hard to look at the barcode and see cigarette advertising, it’s impossible to ignore what the barcode really is once you know that it is the mark of a cigarette company.

Despite Ferrari’s stance, they decided to remove the barcode yesterday.

Together with Philip Morris International we have decided to modify the livery of our cars starting with the Barcelona Grand Prix.

This decision was taken in order to remove all speculation concerning the so-called ‘barcode’ which was never intended to be a reference to a tobacco brand.

By this we want to put an end to this ridiculous story and concentrate on more important things than on such groundless allegations.

So now they actually admit that the barcode is Philip Morris’ doing, but they say that it has nothing to do with advertising cigarettes? Make up your minds, Ferrari.

So, what did they replace the barcode with? It’s funny, actually.

The image speaks for itself, doesn’t it? I don’t think I need to say anything! Just wow, Ferrari. Wow. All one has to do is look at a Ferrari livery from approximately ten years ago to realize that this is a massive step back.

I have a feeling that this isn’t over yet . Not by a long shot.

“Why are Massa slow? We not understand!”

May 5, 2010 Leave a comment

That’s what Ferrari are saying after the Spanish Grand Prix. Apparently they’re a little confused by the lack of pace from the Brazilian.

Isn’t it obvious what’s wrong? Massa is probably suffering from what I like to call Olivier Panis Syndrome.

THIS is what’s wrong.

Or, more correctly, the result of the above is what’s wrong. Regardless of the fact that Massa wanted to jump right back into the car after being injured, and ignoring the fact that he was able to complete laps in testing, something isn’t the same anymore. This is exactly what happened with Olivier Panis as well. He was doing a stellar job in 1997 in the Prost, but after returning, he just never looked the same. He wasn’t “on it” as much.

I really do feel bad for Massa, but I am not going to say nice things just because of what he went through. Ferrari ditched the wrong driver. Yes, I believe that Raikkonen should have been retained. The man won a championship with the team and he gets the shaft? I suppose it wasn’t too difficult for Ferrari, since they dropped Schumacher a few years back as well. Dropping highly successful drivers who I happen to like is basically the reason why I’m on the Mercedes train now, but my feelings don’t affect my common sense or logic. “Felipe baby” retained his seat because he was a team player and because Ferrari would not in their right mind drop an injured driver.

History will remember Raikkonen as the superior of the two, so it’s truly a shame that things didn’t turn out differently.

Categories: Formula One

F1 2010 – What’s Known So Far

May 4, 2010 2 comments

After reviewing the developer diaries pumped out by Codemasters, as well as after checking additional sources of information, I put together a list of what is currently known to be in F1 2010.

  • Release date is in September 2010 for PC, Playstation 3, and XBox 360.
  • Based on the Ego Engine that DIRT, DIRT 2, and GRID used.
  • All new drivers, teams, and tracks will be represented.
  • Anthony Davidson assisting in the development of game by offering advice and input on how the cars should handle. Car handling will be consistent and predictable, but nervous and twitchy in corners to simulate a real Formula One car.
  • All drivers and key team personnel are fully modelled in 3D.
  • Cars will behave realistically. Downforce settings will be felt significantly in corners, and cars will change their handling drastically at high speeds.
  • “We don’t want to make the game as realistic as real life, otherwise you’ll be spinning off left, right, and center,” says Anthony Davidson.
  • Tire temperatures and wear will be present and will be very important in the races. Marbles, water, rubber on the track, etc. will also affect tire performance differently.
  • During pit stops, mechanics will change aero settings, replace tires, and replace damaged or broken car parts.
  • The most complicated weather system ever seen in a racing game. Weather is unpredictable and will change in real time.
  • Falling water will cause the race track to slowly lose grip. Trees and trackside objects will be able to shelter areas of the track from rain.
  • Performance changes and parts on the car being upgraded throughout the season will be present.
  • AI drivers currently lap at nearly the same times as their real life counterparts.
  • Players will be able to interact with the media, allowing them to answer questions, criticize their team, and so forth. This will affect the off-track gameplay in career mode significantly.
  • Career mode will also involve interacting with your fans and sponsors.
  • AI drivers will know when to defend and attack, and individual drivers will have personality characteristics that are meant to mirror the real life drivers that they are based on.
  • No spectator mode in online racing.
  • Race engineers will inform you in real time what is happening in the race. Your brakes, lap times, gaps to your opponents, and events going on around you will all be dictated to you.
  • Career mode will be 3, 5, or 7 seasons long. The player may choose how long they want it to be.
  • Beating your team-mate in career mode often will make your team favour you more, allowing you to be the first to have new car upgrades.
  • Puddles will cool your tires if they are overheating.
  • No mechanical failures.
  • There will be no safety car.
  • Players will be able to design their own character for career mode and can spray champagne on the podium.
  • Ability to “choose” a rival in career mode.
  • Formation laps will not be present in the game.
  • All kinds of flags will be present.
  • “Flashback” feature from DIRT 2 and GRID may be in the game.

I’ll make updated posts like this around the start of each month with every bit of known information, though I will make two posts regarding F1 2010 in June, since the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) occurs in the middle of that month, and the game will likely be presented at the show.

RaceFansTV and a thank you to Mark Webber

May 3, 2010 Leave a comment

I received an email today containing a link to a very interesting website that I feel is worth mentioning to anyone who happens to stumble upon this blog, which is suprisingly more than I honestly expected lately due to a slight increase in traffic. The funny thing about the increase is that I have Mark Webber’s funny faces to thank! Yes, according to the search engine terms in my blog’s dashboard, most people who end up here without my help (meaning those who didn’t click my various forum signatures and such) did so by looking for funny pictures of Mark Webber. Thanks Mark!

Anyway, the link I received this morning is for a new site called RaceFansTV. No spaces in the name it seems, which I think makes it easier to remember the url as well, which is simply RaceFansTV.com. You can’t forget that, surely.

To give you an idea of what to expect from the site, I will quote RaceFansTV.

RaceFansTV is an international initiative led by motorsports enthusiasts to bring back much of the great historical racing footage that has been captured over the past 80 years – since the video camera was invented.

Because motorsports is a global industry, we have team members working from 4 continents and collaborators sharing content and helping us manage the system from at least 15 different countries.

So while an ¨About Us¨ section might be particularly interesting on some websites; here, there is nothing special. We are like you, passionate about motorsport and highly motivated to keep all the classes of racing alive for future generations. Therefore, we hope you will join us and this section can be about you too!

Good honest people with a very ambitious and exciting sounding website! They have a very innovative site, so check it out.

RaceFansTV – http://www.racefanstv.com/

Tomorrow I’ll write up an information piece about F1 2010 on the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. In a few more months we’ll have our hands on it, so I figure it’s time to start storing information on this destined-to-be-good Codemasters racing game.

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