PUMA Motorsport News Archive
While Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa focused on their warm-weather training in Lanzarote earlier this week, Ferrari headquarters in Maranello was deluged by snow. With the all-important unveiling of the F2012 scheduled to take place today, the Ferrari drivers had to leave their training canoes on the beach and after flying to Italy, take specially-prepared Grand Cherokke SRT8 Jeeps to make the snow-bound journey to the factory.
Whenever I think of Interlagos I think back to 2003, when Giancarlo Fisichella won the Brazilian Grand Prix for Jordan Grand Prix. That race was so typical of the sort of dramas we have come to expect from this race: There was a massive smash in pouring rain, and the race was red-flagged.
Let me confess something: I love being in Abu Dhabi for the grand prix, but have not as yet been able to put my finger on the reason. I mean, it’s great to have a place relatively close to Europe where we can race in warm weather in mid-November, but that alone is not the reason.
Having visited India a few times on sponsor search missions as a team owner, I was really looking forward to returning here for the first Indian Grand Prix. During those visits I grew to love this place, and believe we can learn so much from the attitude of the people – many of them lead unbelievably hard lives, yet their eyes radiate a peace that is simply unique.
This seems to be a week of congratulations: Since I last blogged from Suzuka, Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing have secured a second consecutive world drivers’ championship, and equally significantly – certainly from my own perspective - is that PUMA has announced a new partnership with MERCEDES GP PETRONAS and Michael Schumacher.
All hopes Fernando Alonso and PUMA’s partner team Ferrari had of laying claim to the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship collapsed on Sunday when the Spaniard, World Champion in 2005/6, finished fourth in the Singapore Grand Prix, thus putting him out of mathematical reckoning for the title with five (of 19) races remaining.
Was it not simply glorious to see Fernando Alonso sneak past the three cars of him at the start of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix to lead Ferrari’s home race for five laps?
Fourth after starting eighth and vice-versa is hardly a dream result for PUMA’s partner team Ferrari, but that overlooks the extremely tricky conditions faced by drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in Sunday’s 44-lap Belgian Grand Prix at the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.