Todt says Ferrari back on track for both titles

Posted: July 17, 2006 by Neeraj in Bridgestone, Drivers, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Formula-One, Indianapolis, Jean Todt, Magny Cours, Michael Schumacher, RaceTracks, Renault, Teams, Tyres

Jean TodtAs reported on motoring.co.za

“Both championships are still up for grabs,” Ferrari’s Formula 1 team chief Jean Todt said after Schumacher won Sunday’s French GP here. “There are seven races remaining this season and, as we have always said, we will do all we can to meet our targets.”

Okay .. I take my words back that Indianapolis was a flash-in-the-pan from Ferrari. Given the French GP, Ferrari & Bridgestone has really taken a few steps ahead of Renault and undoubtly are looking strong. As for Schumacher, his chances of winning World Championships are more possible if Massa starts finishing above Alonso.

But all said, I think most of the people [including me] does downplayed Ferrari’s pace in Indianapolis & majorly miscalculated the pace of development they have put up [thus putting a very good use of $27M extra they have got]. Well, that’s what happens when even the Ferrari chief downplays his team chances himself [or was he trying to mislead others ?].

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  1. F1-Watch says:

    I don’t think we can go so far as to say that Ferrari have leapfrogged Renault yet.

    It looked to me, throughout the weekend, as if Renault were troubled by something : possibly some engine issue, or some tyre related problem. There was no other way to explain the poor qualifying for Alonso.

    Also, even during the race, if not for their mid-of-the-race switch of fuelling strategy, they would not have gotten the second place.

    Maybe we need to wait and see what happens at Hockenheim and Hungary, before we can definitively conclude anything. They still have comfortable leads in both championships. So, it won’t be easy to defeat them consistently.

    I would like Ferrari to win as much as anyone else, but I don’t see Renault being dominated totally. It is likely to be a close contest, if Ferrari can keep this pace up.

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