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Luca Colajanni is back
Ex Ferrari Head of Communications Luca Colajanni is back! TJ13 is a big fan of the man and his way with words and as reported reading The Horse Whisperer was just not the same without Colajanni.
Fear not… if you are a Marussia fan! Colajanni has been appointed Partnership Director for Marussia and also joins the Executive Management Team. This will see the ex Ferrari man contribute to defining Marussia’s development strategy as well as advising on its relationship with its Technical and Commercial Partners. Ferrari of course is one of them as the team now supplies the powertrain for the team.
In the press release Graham Lowdon said, “We are very pleased that Luca is joining us at this stage in our development. He has a substantial depth of Formula 1 experience from his role with Scuderia Ferrari. I know that Luca will make a significant contribution to our Team, as he helps to develop the many relationships we now have with our Partners.”
Being exiled to the Middle East Street Car Division, with a little help from Alonso, he is now back in the paddock. As can be expected Colajanni is happy.
“I am happy to be joining the Marussia F1 Team because, although it has been in Formula 1 for a relatively short time, the people behind it have an amazing motor sport history and a passion for racing is at the heart of everything they do.
“It was this enthusiasm that prompted me to accept a new challenge and leave a company with whom I have worked for over twenty years. I would like to thank Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo for having given me the chance of working for an amazing company like Ferrari and I am pleased that my new role with Marussia will continue to see us working together to a great extent.”
It appears Marussia is growing up. Having a man on board like Colajanni is good for them but one cannot but wonder why another team would not be equally keen to get him unless… No one knows exactly what the deal with Ferrari entails and it could be that, like Toro Rosso, Marussia will be come the “little” Ferrari team and Il Padrino wanted one of his own men in there to make sure the right messages are being communicated.
Now what will Marussia call their magazine… Pony whisperer?
Red Bull crisis returns with force in Bahrain (GMM)
The worry lines at Red Bull eased temporarily on Friday, as Daniel Ricciardo had a better deal at the wheel of the troubled RB10. “A big improvement everywhere,” said the Australian driver in Bahrain, “and a much more optimistic outlook now I think.”
The optimism, however, was short-lived, as the Renault-sponsored gremlins returned with a vengeance on the penultimate day of pre-season running in Bahrain.
Sebastian Vettel hardly turned a lap all Saturday. But McLaren’s Jenson Button says he has sensed some pace from the reigning world champions.
“When they do get reliability, if they do, they’ll be very competitive,” he said.
Ten days into the winter, a clear pecking order is emerging, and Mercedes is right at the very top. Lewis Hamilton, however, is rejecting the favourite tag.
“We have a strong package but I don’t feel we are guaranteed to be the guys ahead,” he said. But rival big-hitters Ferrari and McLaren are clearly not quite on the Brackley team’s pace.
“We need more downforce,” Button conceded. And Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso admitted the new F14-T “could be better in both performance and reliability“.
The situation is giving the other two Mercedes-powered teams, usual midfielders Williams and Force India, an opportunity to scoop up big points at the start of the season.
“At this test the Mercedes is still as quick as it was, and the Williams too, but you also now have the Force India that is competitive,” said Button.
Ousted McLaren driver Sergio Perez, now at Force India and quickest on both Thursday and Friday in Bahrain, said: “Right now everything seems possible.”
Bahrain Test day 3 comes to an end
Continuing the trend we’ve seen over the last couple of days, actually ever since the 2014 tests started, Mercedes set the pace while Renault Powered cars were struggling.
Felipe Massa took his Williams FW36 over the line in 1m33.258s, the fastest time of the seven days at Bahrain. However it is still just over 1s slower than last year’s pole time of 1:32m330 set by Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes but those that were fearing the cars will be slower than a GP2 car… only if you drive a Renault powered car.
Kvyat was the fastest Renault powered car today, 1m36.113s but almost 3s down on Massa. The soon to be ex reigning World Champions and their WDC started the day 2 hours late only for Vettel to break down half a lap later. After spending more time fixing the car Vettel again set off however this time he did not even make it out of the pit lane.
Below gives a whole new meaning of “keep on pushing”!
— TheBestF1 (@TheBestFormula1) March 1, 2014
For a detailed report, check out Matt and Vortex Motio’s Test report later this afternoon.
Ferrari’s secret uncovered
Seen in the pits in Bahrain, the Ice Warrior is from a different planet…