Drivers or Car: Which Is the Weak Link for Ferrari?

Mustafa SariContributor IMarch 31, 2009

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari drives during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 29, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Australian GP started with a big hope for Ferrari because in testing, F60 had good pace in longer runs. In race this scenario was in trouble. In soft and hard tyres, F60 struggled to get the grip.

In the end, all cars were retired because of suspension failure and hydraulic problems. Now this is the question, what should Ferrari improve in team ?

Drivers, Car or both. I think answer is both because when team got a frontrunner car like brawn car. Jenson and Rubens showed their real pace with reliable and fast car. It is same in Ferrari and for others.

But Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Buemi showed great driving skills with midfield cars so car should not be a excuse for a driver. F60 had reliability issues in testing. In Melbourne, it got worse.

Drivers had a car which has no pace and no reliability in Melbourne. Massa had a strategy problem too but Kimi had the same strategy of Kubica. This detail shows, Ferrari still didn't learn anything from last year's mistakes.

Kimi is a talented driver and Massa learned lots of things from his advisor Schumi but these things didn't work for them in race. Kimi spun and Massa was slow. Ferrari had problems in city circuits in recent years.

In Malaysia, I hope Ferrari will be more nearer to frontrunners than Melbourne. In conclusion, My main idea is Ferrari has great drivers, they are fast but problem is organization of the team.

Also car's behaviour for tyres and reliability. Kimi and Massa must work a lot with the team. They have a example of Schumi. Ferrari has always have a team spirit to do great cars with great crew.

In the light of that information, Dominicalli's crew must act like past. Cars are fast but not reliable. Team must learn the key thing about reliability and they must give drivers like schumi's Ferrari's not cars like old Newey designed Mclarens.