Ferrari break curfew to get Alonso up to speed

2 November, 2012

Ferrari garage.Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday 1 November 2012.Nov.2 (Reuters) Ferrari broke a Formula One curfew on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, at Yas Marina Circuit, to help Fernando Alonso in his world title battle with Red Bull’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

F1 technical delegate Jo Bauer reported in a statement on Friday that the Italian team had used up one of their four allowed exceptions.

He said the Ferrari mechanics had been “within the confines of the circuit during the six-hour period which commenced at 04:00″.

A Ferrari spokesman said that the staff had arrived after daybreak and, extolling the quality of the team’s espresso coffee machine, suggested with a smile that they had simply wanted to enjoy a “nice Italian breakfast”.

Abu Dhabi is the 18th round of the 20 race season and Alonso is 13 points behind Vettel, who has won the last four grands prix.

The race is the only one on the calendar to run from daylight into the night and the late start means the curfew at Yas Marina runs from 04:00 to 10:00 local.

Alonso will take part in first practice later after telling reporters on Thursday that he would need three perfect weekends to overhaul his rival and expected everyone in the team to play their part.

“We need to find extra time from every single person in the team, every single mechanic, engineer, driver, pitstop, whatever,” the Spaniard said.

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  • John

    As reported elsewhere they used up one of their allowed four jokers to work on the car. Which is within the rules. But it’s really there to allow emergency work to be carried out on the car, if for instance it was damaged in a crash and needed extra work. It’s not really to allow upgrades to be installed. And that is what they were doing: Installing upgrades.

    Ferrari are in a very grey area on this one.

  • alonso_is_slow

    “We need to find extra time from every single person in the team, every single mechanic, engineer, driver, pitstop, whatever,” the Spaniard said.

    This reminds me of Montoya when he said he needs support from Ralf Schumacher for the title, after being hostile with Ralf in each occasion.

    What does Alonso think? After bashing his own team and saying they were not working to bring him updates, and almost tweeting against them, who in the team will be motivated to help him?

    Let me guess: nobody.

  • kk

    dude… alonso_is_slow… you just live on yallaf1, don’t you? trying to find a topic to bash ferrari/alonso? Get a life man !

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