• 20th March 2012

    by Published on 20th March 2012 17:01
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    The history of Scuderia Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix can be divided into two phases. The first, from 1999 to 2008, was full of success, some of them astonishing: like Michael Schumacher in the wet in 2001, the inaugural race with the same Schumacher who played good cop bad cop in qualifying and the race to let his team-mate Eddie Irvine win, then in 2008 with a simply mighty Kimi Raikkonen. But from the Finnís success onwards a wretched period began for the Prancing Horse in the furnace of Sepang: no points in 2009 and just sixth place for Massa in 2010, a feat repeated last year by the same Brazilian who beat team-mate Fernando Alonso to the flag.

    Itís true that all three of these grands prix have been characterised by unusual episodes Ė rain in the 2009 race and in 2010 qualifying, then contact between Alonso and Hamilton in 2011 Ė but itís also true that in recent years the Scuderia has never been competitive at the highest level in Sepang. ...
    by Published on 20th March 2012 10:58
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    The Malaysian Grand Prix is synonymous with heat and above all with humidity. There is no other race on the current Formula 1 calendar at which these factors weigh so heavily both on the cars and drivers and also on the team personnel.

    The cars sprout thousands of apertures on the bodywork to allow the engine and control units to breathe, but thatís just not possible for the drivers as the suits they wear inside the cockpit are governed by technical regulations which cannot be modified in any way. Therefore the only line of defense comes from being as well prepared as possible physically. We asked Edoardo Bendinelli, who along with Fabrizio Borra has been responsible for several years now for this vital aspect of Fernando Alonsoís preparation, to explain how the Ferrari driver will tackle this event.