Things have gone from bad to worse at Ferrari with technical boss Pat Fry saying he is “disappointed” with the pace of the F2012 chssis and progress so far. The BBC’s Andrew Benson said that Alonso was quoted in the Spanish media as suggesting that Ferrari have a lot of work to do and must grit their teeth and try to progress little by little.
This comment from Alonso comes on the heels of his already very public proclamation that the car was “complex” and that usually isn’t good. For Fry’s part, he says that the team are trying new things:
“The change we made to the exhaust position has put us a bit on the back foot,” Fry said.
“We’re just trying to optimise for that. We’ve got a lot of work going on at the factory. We’ll have new bits to test in Melbourne.”
That is coupled with the fact that the team are having a difficult time getting data from the car according to Alonso last week. One wonders if Mercedes AMG Petronas may have found their moment to shine and pass Ferrari in the rankings but then days are early and anything can happen in Formula One.