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    F1 Grill the Grid, Arrivabene utterly nails it! The guy is amazing and has such wonderful F1 history knowledge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FerrariSteve View Post
    F1 Grill the Grid, Arrivabene utterly nails it! The guy is amazing and has such wonderful F1 history knowledge!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEftr7OGnzQ
    Awesome!

    I need to brush up on my history, because I only got a few right.

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    https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/w...d-tag-1001295/

    Can someone post the full article ?

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    What Raikkonen must do to shrug off laggard tag

    Ferrari has hinted 2018 is Kimi Raikkonen's final, final chance. The statistics suggest the pace is still somewhere within him - but can he turn around the trend of his recent seasons?
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    At Ferrari's traditional pre-Christmas media dinner, president Sergio Marchionne said: "My personal opinion is that if we find the right key, [Kimi] Raikkonen drives like a God. But we need to find it."

    The trouble for Ferrari is that it has spent seven seasons, across two stints, trying to locate this key and so far failed to find it on a regular basis.

    Ferrari believes Raikkonen is a driver that works for its needs, though that doesn't necessarily mean he is the best available driver. The 2018 campaign will be his eighth with the team in total. That's some impressive commitment given that in Formula 1 world championship history, only six drivers have spent more time with a team.

    Raikkonen's position within Ferrari, though, has changed. Heralded as a potential star of the future capable of taking over Michael Schumacher's mantle in his first stint, Raikkonen gave Ferrari its most recent taste of world championship success - albeit fortuitously - in 2007.

    These days his role is more dutiful support act for Sebastian Vettel. He is capable of some strong results, and sometimes able to go for race wins - as he showed in Monaco and Hungary last year before having to put Ferrari's championship needs first.

    He seems to have accepted he is number two and dutifully toes the line. But in the last four years, there have been many who feel he hasn't even been a good enough number two.



    Marchionne has kept the pressure on throughout. Last June, two months before Raikkonen's contract was renewed for another year, Marchionne said: "I think Kimi has got to show a higher level of commitment to the process. There are days when I think he's a bit of a laggard, but we'll see." In December, he returned to that theme: "When things go right, it is a pleasure to see him driving. He has an incredible coldness. Otherwise, in other moments, it seems like he takes a break.

    "He needs more consistency in terms of performance, but it's important to find the right key to make him drive like in Monaco also on other circuits."

    Last year was Raikkonen's best in terms of points scored since he returned to Ferrari. In 2014, he managed just 55 points, rising to 150 in 2015, 186 in '16 and 205 last term. But his performance compared to Vettel, relative to other second drivers to their lead driver, hasn't been good enough.

    In 2017, Raikkonen scored 64.66% of team-mate Vettel's points. That compares with Valtteri Bottas scoring 84.02% of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's tally. To match Bottas's form of 2017, Raikkonen must improve his points tally by 30%. That's quite a daunting task and does not consider any performance improvement from his fellow Finn.

    "When things go right, it is a pleasure to see him driving. In other moments, it seems like he takes a break"
    Sergio Marchionne
    Raikkonen's 2017 percentage is his second-best tally versus a team-mate since rejoining Ferrari for 2014. His 2016 campaign was the strongest, with Raikkonen scoring 87.74% of Vettel's points that year.

    That was more impressive than what Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat managed against Daniel Ricciardo (82.81%) but Red Bull was obviously impacted by a mid-season driver change. That year, Mercedes duo Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were close, with Hamilton scoring 98.7% of his team-mate's tally as he just missed out on the world championship title.



    Looking at pure race performance, Raikkonen can take some heart. In 2014, he finished on average 32.968 seconds behind then team-mate Fernando Alonso (pictured above) when both drivers saw the chequered flag. That improved to 10.142s in his first year with Vettel in 2015, tailed off to 11.836s the following year and then improved last year to a best of 9.483s. In 2017, that gap was marginally better than the Red Bull partnership of Ricciardo and Verstappen, but 7.365s bigger than the Mercedes pairing.

    But how good a number two driver is Raikkonen? The most obvious comparison can be made with Bottas at Mercedes. If we keep Bottas and Raikkonen's results from 2017 and eliminate everyone else's, Bottas would have accumulated a virtual tally of 440, 99 more than Raikkonen. The Ferrari driver would only have finished ahead five times in 20 races - 20% of the time. That's not much good when Ferrari is trying to win the constructors' championship.

    Had Raikkonen always maximised the potential of his Ferrari between 2014 and '17 and therefore been right behind Vettel/Alonso each time both cars finished, how would that have impacted his points tally? Well in 2014, it would have represented a 76.4% increase in points, a 28.0% rise in '15, a 13.4% improvement in '16 and an increase of 33.7% last season. Using this methodology and taking last year as an example, Raikkonen would have scored 274 points instead of 205, to Vettel's 317.

    Adjusting the rest of the results, Ferrari would have scored 591 points rather than 522 but even though Mercedes would drop from 668 to 647 points, it would be still enough to win the championship. The gap is even bigger for the three previous years, suggesting Raikkonen hasn't been the significant reason for Ferrari's failure to win the constructors' championship for the first time since 2008.



    Monaco last year was Raikkonen's highest point since he returned to the Ferrari stable. The Finn got it all together in qualifying, for a change, to take his first pole since 2008. The race victory would have been his had Ferrari strategy not intervened and paved the way for Vettel to take what it felt could have been crucial points in the championship battle.

    But it was a rarity in a year where Raikkonen seemed to struggle to get it together over one-lap. His post-qualifying media sessions had a familiar tone. He would take the blame for making "little" mistakes and admitting he "threw it away".

    "I wouldn't be here if I didn't have the hunger to win"
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    Unsurprisingly, Vettel beat him 15-5 in the qualifying head-to-head, compared to Hamilton leading Bottas 13-6 and Verstappen beating Ricciardo 13-7. But when you look qualifying averages, with only the times in Q3 considered, Raikkonen performed reasonably strongly. In 2017, he was on average 0.335s behind Vettel, which is better than the 0.401s Bottas was adrift of Hamilton but just under a tenth slower than Ricciardo was compared to Verstappen.

    The previous season, Raikkonen was the most impressive number two team-mate, with data suggesting he was just 0.041s slower than Vettel on average across the season. That compares to Rosberg trailing Hamilton by 0.171s and Verstappen 0.287s adrift of Ricciardo. This would suggest that Marchionne is right that the true pace in Raikkonen remains and it's just a case of unlocking it consistently.



    Raikkonen starts 2018 on the backfoot. It took some time for him to get the right people around him in his inner circle at Ferrari, but that has now been disrupted with race engineer Dave Greenwood leaving the team and returning to the UK for personal reasons. Carlo Santi, Raikkonen's data engineer, is expected to fill in, but it will take Raikkonen some time to develop that relationship.

    He will also have the words of Marchionne in his mind, with the president having added that "if we cannot find the right key for Raikkonen, the choice will fall on a young driver". And Sauber's new fully-fledged junior team status, complete with Ferrari protege and Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc on board, shows there's a plan in place.

    Raikkonen isn't done with Formula 1 yet. In fact, despite being the oldest driver on the grid at 38, he seems keen to stick around. He's even joined Instagram to give fans a greater insight.

    "I wouldn't be here or next year on the circuit [if] I didn't have the hunger to win," he said. "I enjoy racing. I wouldn't be shy to say it's the only reason. I want to be in F1. So long as that [hunger] is there, it's the reason why I'll give my best."

    Raikkonen may well be a loyal servant who is happy with his lot at Ferrari - but that doesn't mean he has any interest in tugging around at the back. Every time he fails to win, it irritates him, but he quickly forgets about that, moves and starts thinking about the next opportunity. Winning the title won't be at the forefront of his mind heading to Australia, which makes sense given a championship charge is unlikely with Vettel's status at Ferrari. But he will be fully focused on winning that first race. And if he doesn't, he'll try again at the next one. And then the next one.

    Raikkonen knows what he has got to do if he wants opportunities to do that beyond the end of the season. The qualifying statistics suggest he has got the pace to earn that chance. The race statistics suggest it's going to be difficult. That has been the case for a few years now, but maybe this is the year that he'll find the key and shrug off his laggard label.

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    The analysis about Monaco in the above article is off base. Once again, Kimi was made to pit when he did b/c he was not running away from the pack (with his teammate behind him in 2nd to hold up and hold off said pack!) and was in grave danger of being undercut for the lead by the cars in 3rd and 4th b/c he was not driving the car fast enough.

    See what Vettel did when he got the lead and you will see where Kimi failed in that race.

    I'll believe Kimi is anything but a 2nd-rate laggard now when he proves otherwise to me. I bet I could close my eyes and blindly choose ten random drivers from the current F1 grid and they would get the same or better results than Kimi does driving a Ferrari.

    As for what Kimi needs to drive like a "god" again give him the perfect front end on his race car b/c Kimi can't drive a car to its limit when he doesn't like the feel of his front end...this is why Kimi sucks at passing people and always complains about lapped cars needing blue flags b/c KIMI CAN'T DRIVE W/ A LOOSE FRONT END!!!

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    Thank you :)

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    Attention 10 random F1 drivers who want a seat at Ferrari, You have to move over for Seb, he is #1. Do you still want to be Seb's, Ferrari's, #2 driver ? Ferrari seems to not be able to tighten up Kimi's front end the way he want's it? The car has to go out loose, no cure ? Seb lost to Lewis with all the preferences. Give Kimi a chance to be #1 driver, include a car he is cool with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brembo View Post
    Attention 10 random F1 drivers who want a seat at Ferrari, You have to move over for Seb, he is #1. Do you still want to be Seb's, Ferrari's, #2 driver ? Ferrari seems to not be able to tighten up Kimi's front end the way he want's it? The car has to go out loose, no cure ? Seb lost to Lewis with all the preferences. Give Kimi a chance to be #1 driver, include a car he is cool with.
    kimi's TOO old to be anything BUT a #2 driver....kimi's shining days have LONG been gone.....lol
    ...the new SF71H looks amazing. Let's hope it's gonna be as FAST as it looks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FerrariF60 View Post
    kimi's TOO old to be anything BUT a #2 driver....kimi's shining days have LONG been gone.....lol
    It looks that way with Seb TOO ! His last team ran him dry winning wise. Ferrari is not supposed to be second to anyone. Any driver who finishes behind too old Kimi should consider FE They don't have age as an excuse for Kimi beating them. Could it be getting Lewis is Ferrari's only hope forWCC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brembo View Post
    It looks that way with Seb TOO ! His last team ran him dry winning wise. Ferrari is not supposed to be second to anyone. Any driver who finishes behind too old Kimi should consider FE They don't have age as an excuse for Kimi beating them. Could it be getting Lewis is Ferrari's only hope forWCC?
    Don't worry Brembo. Leclerc is ready for 2019, and the good news is he's much younger than Vettel, who is younger than Hamilton!

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    Just thought I wouid post AND I don't want to turn this into a discussion about tax laws and blah blah. It's just an fyi so you could researcb if you wish.

    Former F1 boss Briatore facing tax evasion charges due to his yacht from the Italian Govt. Could do some time behind bars. I believe he is also Alonso's "consultant" and/or "manager."

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    Yes this is correct.

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    More news on the engine folks. Interesting!!!! (bold)

    Ferrari: promoted the 2018 engine that has the duration of the 7 GPs!

    Positive indications from the power unit come from Maranello, which at the counter would have reached a useful life to respect the constraints of the 3 power units during the season. Now a new headline is coming to increase performance.

    Ferrari are very busy: the engine that will start the 2018 season would have reached the reliability to last 7 GP. In the Sports Management the fire up of the engine mounted on the new Red was welcomed with satisfaction, although the first two set in motion have failed. Nothing serious: just a mumble before the liberating scream, because the bench tests have yielded positive results.

    The 2018 machine with a slightly longer wheelbase than last year is said to be very good at the canvas and aerodynamic level, while some doubts concern the duration of the power unit.

    If you consider that the V6 Turbo that will be mounted on the new Red starting from the test of Barcelona maintains a close acquaintance with the unit signed 063 that played last season, it seems clear that the engineers directed by Corrado Iotti have done a great job to extend the life of a powerplant that was struggling to complete 5 GPs in 2017.

    The chapter of the "burned" oil that characterized last year was closed definitively by the FIA, when the lubricants were used in an excessive way to bring in the combustion chamber the forbidden additives in petrol (it is rumored that there were those who last year he also added methanol to the anti-knock!), getting a "mixture" that allowed to significantly increase the power in some laps (we talked about 60 horses).

    Therefore, the Cavallino motorists decided to take a step back, before making a longer one forward. The 2018 engine, at least at the beginning of the season, will be in line with the power of last year, while it should count on an important development during the championship, when a new warhead will be available that was designed specifically to exacerbate the pre -combustion and the prevailing concept of Tji to challenge the Mercedes even in the dry lap in qualifying.

    The 6-cylinder turbo, however, will not have the pistons in steel alloy, as it should have been at the end of last season on the engine 4. The solution that was to be one of the cornerstones of the engine of Lorenzo Sassi was not adopted, as well as the project that was signed 064 and that was aborted in early summer.

    The well-known Tuscan technician, who will soon be serving Brixworth at the Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrain as soon as the gardening period expires, has adopted very strong solutions that did not give the results of reliability that the dt Mattia Binotto expected, so the its 6-cylinder was shelved and the 2018 engine was not born from a new project, but from the revised engine 2017.

    Without the abuses of the oil of 2017, it will be up to the oilmen to make a concrete contribution to the growth of power with gasoline with a high calorific value, despite the very restrictive constraints that the International Federation has wished to apply. Shell will have to show not to fear the comparison with Petronas, exclusive supplier of Mercedes, which on this hybrid era has always represented the reference point for all, Exxon Mobil and BP including ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgonzalesm6 View Post
    More news on the engine folks. Interesting!!!! (bold)
    The thing that although we have the reliability,we are in the same performance level as last year,doesn't sound so good.Remours say that Merc has increase the performance with the reliability of 7 GPs.And the same site had an article of a Mr X saying that from paddock rumours Merc has already a 50 hp difference from the others.
    On the other hand there where rymours that we also have a power increase.
    Let's wait and see !!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PURE PASSION View Post
    The thing that although we have the reliability,we are in the same performance level as last year,doesn't sound so good.Remours say that Merc has increase the performance with the reliability of 7 GPs.And the same site had an article of a Mr X saying that from paddock rumours Merc has already a 50 hp difference from the others.
    On the other hand there where rymours that we also have a power increase.
    Let's wait and see !!!!
    That doesn't sound good at all. Ferrari needs decent performance and reliability gains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giallo 550 View Post
    Don't worry Brembo. Leclerc is ready for 2019, and the good news is he's much younger than Vettel, who is younger than Hamilton!
    Well at the old age of 33, Lewis is still a long way from say 40, when a driver has to think about getting in and out of his ride. Finishing, WDC in 2017 with 72 poles 62 wins, I'd like someone at Ferrari with those numbers , age included. Leclerc is doing far to good to be told we have a #2 seat waiting for you @ Ferrari, just remember to "Let Him Pass" ! Leclerc IMO is not going to start a race , knowing he has to move over for the likes of Seb if it's called for. Bring back Massa ! Felipe can then say he broke Schumy's come back from retirement record!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brembo View Post
    Well at the old age of 33, Lewis is still a long way from say 40, when a driver has to think about getting in and out of his ride. Finishing, WDC in 2017 with 72 poles 62 wins, I'd like someone at Ferrari with those numbers , age included. Leclerc is doing far to good to be told we have a #2 seat waiting for you @ Ferrari, just remember to "Let Him Pass" ! Leclerc IMO is not going to start a race , knowing he has to move over for the likes of Seb if it's called for. Bring back Massa ! Felipe can then say he broke Schumy's come back from retirement record!
    IF the No2 driver can be faster then Vet from the beginning, im betting you that he dont have to stay behind. If he is slower for most of races amd happens to be in front fir a race ,yes then for championship points he will hace to do it.
    Never ,even in Shumi era had a drive forced to give his place while being faster in the first races.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PURE PASSION View Post
    IF the No2 driver can be faster then Vet from the beginning, im betting you that he dont have to stay behind. If he is slower for most of races amd happens to be in front fir a race ,yes then for championship points he will hace to do it.
    Never ,even in Shumi era had a drive forced to give his place while being faster in the first races.
    Austria 2002 ! But I for one hope you are right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PURE PASSION View Post
    The thing that although we have the reliability,we are in the same performance level as last year,doesn't sound so good.Remours say that Merc has increase the performance with the reliability of 7 GPs.And the same site had an article of a Mr X saying that from paddock rumours Merc has already a 50 hp difference from the others.
    On the other hand there where rymours that we also have a power increase.
    Let's wait and see !!!!
    if true this is sad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brembo View Post
    Attention 10 random F1 drivers who want a seat at Ferrari, You have to move over for Seb, he is #1. Do you still want to be Seb's, Ferrari's, #2 driver ? Ferrari seems to not be able to tighten up Kimi's front end the way he want's it? The car has to go out loose, no cure ? Seb lost to Lewis with all the preferences. Give Kimi a chance to be #1 driver, include a car he is cool with.
    Unfortunately Brembo, you've forgotten one important point. You earn your number 1 status. If you are considered a number 2 driver it's because you've earned that as well. Being a number 1 means carrying the team and performing better most of the time. Winning 1 or 2 races does not make you a number 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Bob View Post
    Unfortunately Brembo, you've forgotten one important point. You earn your number 1 status. If you are considered a number 2 driver it's because you've earned that as well. Being a number 1 means carrying the team and performing better most of the time. Winning 1 or 2 races does not make you a number 1.
    Very true. Seb earned his #1 seat @ Ferrari by being WDC with his last team. He got the shot [ well deserved at the time] but as you correctly say winning 1 or 2 races does not make you a #1 . Kimi knows he's nailed down as #2 driver, and thinks as one because of that. Switch them around and put him in as #1 preference and I believe he will do a better job. Meanwhile if how a driver does at his present team is the way to choose who should be next in Ferrari's #1 spot, at any cost Lewis is the man, 72 poles and WDC should do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brembo View Post
    Very true. Seb earned his #1 seat @ Ferrari by being WDC with his last team. He got the shot [ well deserved at the time] but as you correctly say winning 1 or 2 races does not make you a #1 . Kimi knows he's nailed down as #2 driver, and thinks as one because of that. Switch them around and put him in as #1 preference and I believe he will do a better job. Meanwhile if how a driver does at his present team is the way to choose who should be next in Ferrari's #1 spot, at any cost Lewis is the man, 72 poles and WDC should do it!
    You really think Hamilton is better than Vettel, Brembroski? I think Vettel would have won in last year's Mercedes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giallo 550 View Post
    You really think Hamilton is better than Vettel, Brembroski? I think Vettel would have won in last year's Mercedes.
    i think Vet would have won also; heck he almost won in the Ferrari last year with the troubles ferrari had....hands down Vettel in the same machinery is better then hamilton
    ...the new SF71H looks amazing. Let's hope it's gonna be as FAST as it looks.


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    Vet would not have lost to rosberg!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giallo 550 View Post
    You really think Hamilton is better than Vettel, Brembroski? I think Vettel would have won in last year's Mercedes.
    What about Kimi in Lewis' Merc? Same thing . How about Giallo 550 in Lewis car!! You would only lose to Brembo in Kimi's car!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brembo View Post
    What about Kimi in Lewis' Merc? Same thing . How about Giallo 550 in Lewis car!! You would only lose to Brembo in Kimi's car!!
    I don't think Kimi would have been able to beat Lewis in the Ferrari. Giallo 550 in a '99 Ferrari 550 Maranello would beat Brembo in the Mercedes W08!

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    Not Again! We will never be a step ahead if we continue to fire staff and Mercedes continue to hire them to learn our secrets.

    "Mercedes have signed Ferrari's former chief engine designer ahead of the 2018 season. Lorenzo Sassi left Maranello last summer after reportedly being sacked by Sergio Marchionne but, according to the James Allen on F1 blog, will soon join up with F1's world champions to work in the multiple championship-winning Brixworth engine unit headed by Andy Cowell.

    https://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2018/...mercedes-soon/

    WHY?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by No1.FerrariFan! View Post
    Not Again! We will never be a step ahead if we continue to fire staff and Mercedes continue to hire them to learn our secrets.

    "Mercedes have signed Ferrari's former chief engine designer ahead of the 2018 season. Lorenzo Sassi left Maranello last summer after reportedly being sacked by Sergio Marchionne but, according to the James Allen on F1 blog, will soon join up with F1's world champions to work in the multiple championship-winning Brixworth engine unit headed by Andy Cowell.

    https://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2018/...mercedes-soon/

    WHY?????
    why? Because one lives on fear and failure while the other generates success through engagement and input IMO....it's culture.

    With the amount of firings, Ferrari's SHOULD have had better results but due to it's culture it creates an environment that does'nt capture success. The other guys do. Plus they (Mercedes) get some "insider" info as well.

    I don't think I've heard anyone leaving Mercedes (only Paddy Lowe to Williams) to work for Ferrari or at least it has'nt made front page F1 news. Say what you want about Toto but the guy knows how to build and attract individuals into an amazing organization.

    Like the rest that have left Ferrari, I'm sure Sassi will be a success with Mercedes.
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    Of course sassi will be great the german structure in work place procedure is second to none failure is not rewarded with dismissal but is rewarded with a promise to achieve and the acknowledgement that with success comes also failure this is how mercedes operate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgonzalesm6 View Post
    why? Because one lives on fear and failure while the other generates success through engagement and input IMO....it's culture.

    With the amount of firings, Ferrari's SHOULD have had better results but due to it's culture it creates an environment that does'nt capture success. The other guys do. Plus they (Mercedes) get some "insider" info as well.

    I don't think I've heard anyone leaving Mercedes (only Paddy Lowe to Williams) to work for Ferrari or at least it has'nt made front page F1 news. Say what you want about Toto but the guy knows how to build and attract individuals into an amazing organization.

    Like the rest that have left Ferrari, I'm sure Sassi will be a success with Mercedes.
    I think Merc being based in England is a small advantage considering the F1 talent pool is the biggest in the UK. Ferrari also doesn't pursue foreign talent enough, the team is like an Italian national team. I can partially understand Newey not wanting to work for Ferrari considering he'll need to adapt hard to Italian culture and also everyone around him will speak Italian. So, in his mind he's better off at RB where there's absolutely no cultural barrier and plus he's at home in England. Heck, even from around the world most will prefer to work in England because everyone know English already.

    But to be fair, Ferrari has a unique working style anyway and if we manage to win with a mostly Italian team the success would be even sweeter.
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