Published on 17th March 2012 14:34
The mist might have lifted slightly over the mysteries of the current hierarchy in Formula 1 this season, but unfortunately that mist has been replaced with a black cloud hanging over the Scuderia Ferrari garage after what was a disappointing afternoon. If this is unsurprising because of the honest assessment the team has given in recent weeks, about its winter testing activities, the degree to which the two F2012s failed to deliver was worse than expected. However, it has to be said that Fernando Alonso was looking comfortable to get into Q3 which at the very least means a top ten grid position, but the Spaniard proved that even double world champions are not infallible, getting caught out and spinning into the gravel trap, before he’d had a chance to do a really quick lap on new rubber.
As for team-mate Felipe Massa, the Brazilian and indeed his engineers, remained baffled at the fact he could not get the car balanced the way he wanted and was fighting it around every corner. Without starting to add all sorts of excuses, that is why the Prancing Horse drivers will see the start of the opening round of the season here in Melbourne from the sixth and eighth rows of the grid