Posted by: pumzy | July 21, 2008

Alonso to Ferrari, Please

What happened to the pace of Ferrari yesterday? After six races of dominating the fastest lap (by Kimi) table, Ferrari was down to third in Germany. The two red cars were both no match to the silver cars of McLaren-Mercedes. Ferrari looked like a bit more of a mid fielder in Hockenheim than a front runner leading the constructor’s championship.

Had it not been for the safety car interruption after Toyota’s Timo Glock accident, Hamilton could have easily lapped Raikkonen, and possibly even Massa with Lewis racing over at least a second a lap faster than any other cars. Ferrari had another chance to steal the race when during that safety car period, Hamilton did not pit with the rest of the front runners. After the yellow flags, all the front runners except Hamilton were already racing to finish. A second pit stop for Hamilton left him behind his teammate in fifth place.

I thought Massa would be able to at least show some class and overtake the one-stopping Piquet of Renault or at the very least defend his second place position against Hamilton. But of course Hamilton won’t be denied. He easily overtook his teammate (or Heikki just let his Lewis pass him by) and then Massa who did not even tried to defend his position as he gave Lewis too much of a room to maneuver his car for a pass. Schumi would simply not let that happen if it was him driving the scarlet car! Kimi would also try his best to defend and retain his race position if it was him in that Ferrari. Massa was a marshmallow yesterday.

Fast forward to the post race press conference, Massa even appeared giddy for his compatriot and looked very happy for Piquet. That’s not how champions act. He should have been fuming and disgusted that he did not only won the race, he lost to a rookie driver driving for a struggling mid fielder team! Even Lewis and Nelson had that uncomfortable look when Felipe started that congratulations speech as if Nelson was his crush or something LOL.

Anyway… I hope Ferrari considers signing Fernando Alonso to drive for them next season. Ferrari + Fernando should equate to an unbeatable combination. For Massa? He should be relegated to driving tests duties or even released.

Here’s a table of the Hockenheim fastest lap race timing from Formula1.com.

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time Of Day Avg Speed Time
1 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 52 15:14:54 216.700 1:15.987
2 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 17 14:24:49 216.552 1:16.039
3 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 66 15:33:20 215.692 1:16.342
4 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 63 15:29:26 215.261 1:16.495
5 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 19 14:27:34 215.241 1:16.502
6 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 17 14:25:08 214.937 1:16.610
7 12 Timo Glock Toyota 24 14:34:28 214.652 1:16.712
8 15 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari 20 14:29:11 214.484 1:16.772
9 6 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 66 15:33:10 214.099 1:16.910
10 14 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 63 15:29:49 213.935 1:16.969
11 9 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 18 14:26:53 213.866 1:16.994
12 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 17 14:25:13 213.785 1:17.023
13 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 17 14:25:16 213.530 1:17.115
14 10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 20 14:29:15 213.278 1:17.206
15 7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 34 14:48:15 212.799 1:17.380
16 16 Jenson Button Honda 56 15:22:03 212.097 1:17.636
17 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 23 14:33:43 211.947 1:17.691
18 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 66 15:34:13 211.408 1:17.889
19 17 Rubens Barrichello Honda 30 14:42:45 211.145 1:17.986
20 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 67 15:35:21 210.546 1:18.208
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