Domenicali: Why does Webber have so many failures on his car?
27 December, 2012
Dec.27 (GMM) Red Bull also has a clear number one driver according to Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has alleged, claiming that more often than not it is Mark Webber who suffers technical failures to his cars.
The Italian team is open about its policy of hiring a clearly superior top driver – presently Fernando Alonso – alongside a capable ‘number two’ such as Felipe Massa, as they did during their record breaking Michael Schumacher era with Eddie Irvine and later Rubens Barrichello playing the secondary role.
In Austin last month, this policy was highlighted when Ferrari deliberately incurred a gearbox penalty on Brazilian Massa’s car in order to give Alonso a better grid position.
“If the others don’t like it, we don’t care,” Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is quoted by Marca sports newspaper. “Others are critical but do the same, although less transparently.”
Team principal Domenicali picks up the theme, “Why does Webber have so many failures on his car? Because the best parts go to the driver getting the better results.”
Meanwhile, Domenicali admitted that Ferrari is looking forward to 2013, even though Red Bull and McLaren had superior cars this year and the rules are not changing much.
Ferrari, though, thinks that the banning of DRS on Saturday is a “major change”, while Pirelli will supply softer tyres.
“This year it took us between two and five laps to heat the tyres,” said Domenicali.
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