Ferrari break curfew to get Alonso up to speed
2 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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