The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Trot of the prancing horse

It is amazing how fortunes change so dramatically.

 

Ferrari have dominated Formula1 for years, and ended the 2008 season with 172 points, way ahead of nearest rival McLaren who had 151.

 

Lying ninth out of the eleven constructors who participated last year, Honda Racing got a mere 14 points.

 

Ross Brawn, the ex-technical director of Honda Racing bought over the Honda team after the car maker pulled out of the 2009 season. A new team – Brawn GP – emerged.

 

It has been an astonishing turnaround.

 

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With four podium finishes after three races (Australia, Malaysia and China), Brawn GP lead the constructors’ table with 36 points, almost twice as many as their closest rival, Red Bull-Renault. McLaren lie in fourth place with eight points.

 

And, Ferrari, after three races, have yet to notch up a single point, their worst ever start in Formula1 since 1981.

 

The prancing horse that is on Ferrari’s logo is barely trotting at the moment.

 

It is embarrassing, to say the least, for a team that has won 15 drivers’ championships. There have been signs that the team has been unable to cope with the rule changes that have been introduced, and their race strategies have also been lacking in imagination. Add a failure to correctly assess the conditions on the track on race day, and you have all the ingredients in the recipe for failure.

 

Jenson Button of Brawn GP, with 21 points, has two first and one third place finishes this year, and is really looking good. Team-mate Rubens Barichello is at 15 points, in second place.

 

The 2008 champion driver, Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, is struggling, with just four points in three races, well behind Jenson Button. Felipe Massa, who narrowly missed the drivers’ title last year, and third-place finisher Kimi Raikonnen, and got 172 points between them, have yet to get onto the score-sheet.

 

That’s staggering.

 

The Formula1 caravan now moves to Bahrain for the next race on 26th April, and unless Ferrari, in particular, and McLaren can conjure up something magical, and quickly, it will be hard for them to challenge the runaway leaders.

 

Team Ferrari has considerable experience and technical resources, and will surely rebound as the season progresses. By the time this happens, though, it might be just about too late to salvage anything out this year’s championship.

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April 20, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that, Formula 1 racing | , , , ,

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