- Feb 4, 2013
- Audi A3 1.8t
I suspect James Allison's departure played a significant role, perhaps not the only role but his departure would have had an affect throughout the team. James Allison left at the end of July, and in July you've got Austria, Britain, Hungary and Germany. Germany being the first race without James Allison at the team coincidently the car was poor and they were no where near Red Bull at that race. Odd since they at least appeared to be competitive with Red Bull in the previous 3 races if not a little off during qualifying. They have 1 podium in July which is Austria at the beginning of the month however they bungled the strategy on that race so they could have done much better. The next race will mark the end of a streak for Ferrari, up until Silverstone Ferrari have a car on the podium every single race. Though interestingly it's in part because they got unlucky with the pitstops. If I remember correctly they switched to inters early with a bunch of other drivers which would have paid off if not for the VSC which effectively gave those who didn't a free pitstop and track position. Ferrari went from a pretty solid 2nd place and on their way to challenging Mercedes to 3rd place and then quickly spiralled to the point where 2nd was no longer a realistic goal. Coincidentally the race after James Allison leaves is also the race which Red Bull overtook them in the constructors. I don't know for sure but my hunch is that not only would Ferrari have kept 2nd with James Allison but they'd probably have a better looking car this year as well.