When a team like Scuderia Ferrari is upset in Formula One, people are going to hear about it one way or another. Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo was furious at the new, slower teams in F1 after Fernando Alonso was held up during the Canadian Grand Prix.
Alonso was trying to pass Lewis Hamilton after the leading McLaren went into the pits after a bit of pressure from Alonso.
Yet, the Spaniard was slowed down by one of the slower teams on his in lap and he eventually came out of the pits behind Hamilton, who would later win the race.
Things kept getting worse for Alonso, who lost second to Jenson Button after he was slowed down by another slow newcomer.
The Italian boss was livid with the new boys after the race had finished, having seen his driver’s chance at a win slip away with the help of the slower cars.
"Cars who perform at GP2-level should not be allowed to participate in F1 races because they are supposed to race on Sunday mornings," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Our car’s race pace was good enough for victory.
"Let’s hope that, in the future, there won’t be mistakes in pushing a button nor in lapping cars that put us at a disadvantage, because we’ve already gone though that."
Alonso has one win in his first season with Ferrari and is currently fourth in the points behind Mark Webber and the two McLaren drivers.
Mark Webber’s recent run of success hasn’t gone unnoticed especially by the very team that he drives for. With the Aussie leading this year’s F1 Drivers Championship standings, Red Bull Racing rewarded its 34-year old racing ace with a contract extension for the 2011 Formula One season.
Webber’s extension, coupled with team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s upstanding multi-year contract, means that Red Bull’s driver line-up for 2011 has pretty much been set in stone already. The extension also appeases growing concerns on whether Red Bull was planning on retaining Webber for next year amidst speculation that former Formula One world champion and Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen would make his return to F1 with Red Bull.
We’re really happy for Webber for having his recent performances be rewarded by Red Bull. Sure, they have the best car in the entire F1 grid, but somebody still has to drive the thing, right? And, as of now, Mark Webber’s doing it over and above everyone else this year.
So congratulations, buddy, err, mate. You deserve it.
Some of us are content with high-def video games, but for a team with an exponentially bigger budget like Red Bull, video games are about as high-tech as a wooden bicycle. No, these guys don’t roll like that.
What they have are race simulators and pretty awesome ones at that. On the lead-up to the Barcelona Grand Prix, team driver Mark Webber got to sit behind one of the mock RB25 race simulators to try to get acclimated with the circuit before the race this Sunday. That’s the kind of technology that’s pretty prevalent in Formula One and that you won’t be able to find in any other racing series in the world.
This is actually the second video brought to us by Red Bull. A little over a week ago we posted the video of Sebastien Vettel as he made his practice runs on the simulator.
As for the rest of us, being allowed to drive this simulator is completely out of the question so we’ll have to settle for just watching the video.