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Ferrari presents the F138 Formula 1 car in Maranello

Ferrari has presented its F138, the car with which the Italian squad hopes to return to championship glory in the 2013 Formula 1 season.

The car, whose name is a combination of the current year and a tribute to the V8 engines that will be used for the last time this season, is the 59th grand prix single-seater produced by the Maranello-based squad.

The F138 has been developed in the Toyota windtunnel in Cologne following Ferrari’s decision to shut down its own unit in order to upgrade it.

Ferrari described the F138 as an ‘evolution’ of the F2012, with pullrod suspension retained at the front and rear.

It has however made changes at the rear of the car to allow the exhaust layout to be changed. The air intake above the cockpit and the sidepod intakes have also been revised to boost the car’s aerodynamics.

The car is the product of two distinct design groups: one group working on the F138, the other on the team’s 2014 car.

Ferrari is seeking to hit the ground running with its new car after a dismal performance by its predecessor when it made its testing debut last year.

Despite that, the historic Italian outfit managed to stay in the championship fight until the end of the year, with Spaniard Fernando Alonso losing out to Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel in the final race of the season in Brazil.

“The key objective that we must have is of immediately delivering a competitive car to our drivers,” team boss Stefano Domenicali acknowledged.

“Unfortunately in recent years we have at the beginning of the winter unfortunately not been able to be right on top of what we are doing.

“We have tried to look at our organisation to be much more effective in the preparations over the coming week.”

Two-time world champion Alonso will be partnered by Felipe Massa again this year after the Brazilian secured a one-year contract extension thanks to his resurgence in the second half of the season.

Massa will be tasked with driving the F138 for the first time next Tuesday at Jerez.

Credits: Autosport.com

Ferrari names new 2013 car F138

The name is a combination of the current year and the number of cylinders in their V8 engines.

The V8 units, which were introduced in 2006, will be replaced in 2014 by turbo-charged V6s.

The Italian outfit, who finished second to Red Bull in 2012, will launch their car at their Maranello factory ahead of testing which starts next week.

Ferrari is the only team to have competed in every year of the Formula 1 World Championship and the F138 will be the 59th car to be built by the Scuderia.

The Italian team has won 31 championships – 15 drivers’ and 16 constructors’ – 219 race victories, 207 pole positions and 228 fastest laps.

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FP2: Sebastian Vettel fastest again

Sebastian Vettel was fastest again in FP2 with a 1:26.221s, he drove with the softer compound, other drivers drove with hard compound. https://i1.wp.com/www.aajkikhabar.com/en/uploads/images/300x300/hhh_707047.jpg

Teammate Mark  Webber was 0.018 Seconds behind Vettel on P2, o.599 Seconds behind Vettel was title rival Alonso.

Felipe Massa spun twice in FP2 and was ending in 15th Position (+2.075).  Sergio Perez was coming back into the Sauber Cockpit and ends in 12th Position (+1.957) ahead of Michael Schumacher (+2.001).

Timo Glock drove to 22nd (+4.892), this time he was faster than his Teammate Charles Pic (24th/+5.272).

Full Results of FP2:

1 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:26.221 35
2 2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:26.339 +0:00.118 +0:00.118 33
3 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:26.820 +0:00.599 +0:00.481 34
4 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.022 +0:00.801 +0:00.202 38
5 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:27.030 +0:00.809 +0:00.008 40
6 4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:27.131 +0:00.910 +0:00.101 38
7 3 J. Button McLaren 1:27.182 +0:00.961 +0:00.051 24
8 12 N. Hülkenberg Force India 1:27.233 +0:01.012 +0:00.051 37
9 10 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:27.397 +0:01.176 +0:00.164 36
10 19 B. Senna Williams 1:27.738 +0:01.517 +0:00.341 36
11 11 P. di Resta Force India 1:28.004 +0:01.783 +0:00.266 32
12 15 S. Perez Sauber 1:28.178 +0:01.957 +0:00.174 39
13 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:28.222 +0:02.001 +0:00.044 37
14 16 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:28.239 +0:02.018 +0:00.017 37
15 6 F. Massa Ferrari 1:28.296 +0:02.075 +0:00.057 23
16 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:28.455 +0:02.234 +0:00.159 40
17 18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:28.596 +0:02.375 +0:00.141 38
18 17 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:29.167 +0:02.946 +0:00.571 35
19 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:29.320 +0:03.099 +0:00.153 43
20 21 W. Petrow Caterham 1:29.606 +0:03.385 +0:00.286 22
21 22 P. de la Rosa HRT 1:30.950 +0:04.729 +0:01.344 37
22 24 T. Glock Marussia 1:31.113 +0:04.892 +0:00.163 35
23 23 N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:31.372 +0:05.151 +0:00.259 20
24 25 C. Pic Marussia 1:31.493 +0:05.272 +0:00.121 31

Felipe Massa raced Red Bull copy exhaust in Korea

Ferrari raced an all-new Red Bull-style exhaust on only Felipe Massa’s car in Korea last weekend, according to the Spanish newspaper 20 Minutos.

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The news would explain the Brazilian driver’s better pace than teammate Fernando Alonso in the sister F2012, and also the Spaniard’s confidence that he is still in the running to beat Sebastian Vettel to the title despite a new 6-point championship deficit and Red Bull’s recent dominance.

Indeed, 20 Minutos claims Alonso will be running the Massa-specification on his own red car next weekend in India.

The report also said Ferrari is working hard in former F1 team Toyota’s state of the art Cologne wind tunnel on a so-called ‘double DRS’ straightline speed-boosting system.

“Hopefully we make a little bit of a step in terms of performance and then we can fight for bigger things,” Alonso, having finished third behind both Red Bulls, said before leaving Korea last Sunday.

Team boss Stefano Domenicali added: “It is clear that we must make a step forward in performance to respond to the one made by Red Bull. We are well aware of that and we are working day and night to succeed.”

Source: Yallaf1.com

India names kerb after Felipe Massa

Following some embarrassing slip-ups, organisers of the Indian Grand Prix have named one of their kerbs after Felipe Massa.

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Over the course of the 2011 weekend, the Ferrari driver broke his front suspension against kerbs not once, but twice. The piece named ‘Massa kerb’ is on the apex of Turn 8, which is the rapid right-hander which is the first part of a high-speed chicane. In qualifying last year, the Ferrari broke its right-front suspension and ended up in the barriers after clouting the kerb at speed.

A day later, Massa’s race ended in the same way when he removed the left-front suspension following a hit with the other kerb on the exit of the chicane. Ahead of this weekend’s second race at the Buddh International Circuit, the kerbs of Turns 6, 7, 8 and 9 have been extended in width from five to 15 metres in a further bid to prevent drivers from hopping over the apexes. “We have added additional sausage kerbs to deter the drivers even more,” a circuit spokesperson told The Times of India.

“Last year there were questions raised by Ferrari, but Massa’s broken suspension had nothing to do with the kerbs.” At the inaugural event 12 months ago, Sebastian Vettel clinched pole position and led every lap of the race en route to victory for Red Bull.

Source: GPupdate.net

Ferrari denies Vettel 2014 rumours

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has denied reports that Sebastian Vettel is poised to join the team for the 2014 season.

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Although the Scuderia are set to confirm Felipe Massa that will be staying on with the team, the expectation that the Brazilian will only sign a one-year contract extension has given rise to repeats of reports from this summer that the reigning World Champion has signed a pre-contract agreement to partner Fernando Alonso in 2014.

However, di Montezemolo has told Italian radio: “I’ve always said that I don’t want two roosters in the hen-house. I don’t like that and it creates instability in the team.”

Vettel himself has previously played down suggestions that he is preparing to leave the team with whom he has already won two World Championships and is set to claim a third.

“I’ve been wearing a Red Bull helmet for almost my entire career. It is difficult to imagine another kind of life if you are so used to it. It would be like when you turn 18, 19, and you move out of your family’s home. I am very happy where I am right now and I don’t want to move on to anywhere else,” Vettel said in the summer.

Nonetheless, while Red Bull have also repeatedly insisted they expect Vettel to stay on, team advisor Helmut Marko has previously confirmed that the driver’s current contract, which expires at the end of 2014, contains a results-based opt-out clause.

“2013 is fixed for us,” Marko was quoted as saying in Bild. “For 2014 there is a performance-related clause in his contract -for him and for the team.

“It depends on the rankings in next year’s world championships. If Vettel and Red Bull slip in the drivers’ or constructors’ championship, he could go.”

Nor should Ferrari’s denial be considered the end of the matter. In June, Stefano Domenicali told the team’s own website that Alonso and Vettel were “both intelligent guys and they could easily coexist together”. Meanwhile, as recently as last month, Montezemolo admitted to Sky Sports News that Vettel was the driver he would most like to sign.

Source: Sky Sports F1

Sebastian Vettel to join Ferrari in 2014, but Massa remains for 2013

Ferrari will retain Felipe Massa next season in what is planned to be a stop-gap deal before the arrival of Sebastian Vettel in 2014.
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Sources inside Ferrari say they have signed a contract with Vettel, which is thought to be an option to join in 2014 depending on their results. The contract is likely to define a position Ferrari must occupy in the title race at a point in 2013. Ferrari have decided to keep Massa as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate until then. The Brazilian’s future had been in doubt during the summer after a shaky start to the year, but Ferrari were determined to retain him if he had a strong performance in the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend to confirm a revival in the second half of the season.

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Massa followed up a second-place finish in Japan – his first podium for two years – with another strong race in Korea at the weekend, qualifying sixth and finishing fourth – 6.2 seconds behind Alonso. The Brazilian is expected to be confirmed in the Ferrari seat for 2013, his eighth consecutive season with the team, in a matter of days.

Team boss Stefano Domenicali said of Massa after the Korean race on Sunday: “Very good, I’m very happy. “He did an excellent race, and an excellent qualifying. But I have to say he’s [been] doing an excellent job since a couple of races, so this is really very promising for the end of the season. “And if I want to anticipate the next question that I’m sure someone will ask, very soon you will know what will be our position in that respect. “For sure he’s understanding now better the car, he’s understanding better the tyres. We believe that he’s a very, very strong driver, there’s no doubt, because otherwise we would already have taken a different decision.”

Vettel’s arrival at Ferrari has been sanctioned by Alonso, who has a say in the identity of his team-mate. The Spaniard vetoed the idea of Lewis Hamilton joining the team earlier this year. Should it transpire, the line-up would produce a mouth-watering partnership which would undoubtedly be the strongest in F1 – with potential for huge friction. Vettel and Red Bull have denied the German has any arrangements in place with Ferrari, and the team insist he is under contract until the end of 2014. However, Red Bull adviser Dr Helmut Marko – the right-hand man of the company’s boss Dietrich Mateschitz – has already said the contract contains performance clauses. And if Vettel wants to leave, Red Bull could not make him stay. Vettel’s likely departure would leave Red Bull with a huge hole to fill and no obvious place to turn. The world champion’s team-mate, Mark Webber, is on a one-year deal until the end of 2013 and could well retire at the end of next season ahead of the introduction of new chassis and engine regulations in 2014.

Hamilton has recently signed a three-year deal to join Mercedes, Alonso is under contract to Ferrari until the end of 2016 and Jenson Button is under contract to McLaren until the end of 2014.

Source: BBC Sport