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Strong performance by Ferrari on home soil

Sep 8, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

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Despite losing ground to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull in both championships, Ferrari will be celebrating tonight following the team’s best performance since the Spanish Grand Prix back in May.

After qualifying fourth and fifth on Saturday, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso made good starts to lie second and fourth respectively at the end of the first lap. Alonso pulled off a gutsy move on Mark Webber through the second chicane to move up to P3. Predictably, the Spaniard then passed Massa with relative ease, but he was unable to catch Vettel at the front. In fact, Alonso’s greatest challenge came from Webber who, after leapfrogging Massa in the pits, remained within a second of the two-time world champion for the rest of the race, only to be slowed down by a problematic gearbox.

Nevertheless, the result marks a return to form for Ferrari after a troublesome spell that has seen Red Bull pull away in the constructors’ championship and Alonso lose ground on Vettel. However, the Italian marque has now overtaken Mercedes to move up to second place in the constructors’, trailing Red Bull by 104 points.

Unsurprisingly, Alonso was welcomed onto the podium by a rapturous support of scarlet-clad fans who had made their way onto the track after the checkered flag. The Spanish driver even took a second to take a picture of himself and the fans, uploading it to Twitter soon after the race.

  1. apexassassin - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Luke you have a great sense of humor…. Ferrari did nothing but make their terrible pitwall decisions all weekend. Seriously, Brawn and Todt with Schumi and Rubens would have came 1-2 on strategy alone. Just saying… Failerrari isn’t getting it done again this year…

    now next year with Rory Bryne… now that should be a car that’s capable of outperforming the idiot management decisions.

    And yes, I do think I could do a better job.

    • hughmaniv - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      You seriously believe you could do better? Delusions of granduer .

  2. worknman24hours - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    It is a very strange set of years at the Ferrari team ,having to tell Felipe Massa to continuously move aside so that Fernando can pass him.

    I guess that is at least out in the open unlike the way that the Red Bull team shoves the knife in Webbers back every race weekend.

    Nice picture Fernando-you should have at least invited Felipe up into the frame so he could share in it.

  3. hughmaniv - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I love the way the author says FA easily swept past Massa, its always easy when your team mate moves aside for you! That’s the way it has always been in F1, a #1 driver and a #2 to hold the other teams back and take points from them, like it or not that’s the way it is.

    • Luke Smith - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      That was insinuated by using “predictably” – Massa also admitted after the race that he did move aside.

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