Drivers: Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa
2012 Constructors position: 2nd
2012 Driver position: Alonso 2nd, Massa 7th
Ferrari were lucky to secure second in the constructors championship in 2012 after Lewis Hamilton was taken out of the Brazilian Grand Prix. They started the season well winning the Malaysian Grand Prix and consistently finishing in the points courtesy of Alonso. The drivers title looked like it was to be won by a Ferrari driver but Vettel beat Alonso to the title after a dramatic Brazilian Grand Prix. The Ferrari car looked promising in the early stages but could not beat the Red Bull in the latter Grand Prix. This led to some controversial decisions on part of the team, forcing Massa to take a grid penalty in order to benefit Alonso in Austin. A decision that ultimately proved futile and led some to question whether Ferrari really deserved to win the title.
Alonso should be expected to challenge for the title after contesting the 2012 championship. Massa would be a long shot to even have a chance for the title on recent form, even if he improved as the 2012 season progressed. Even if you consider that he nearly won the 2008 season it is hard to comprehend that whilst Alonso is at the team Massa will be allowed the chance to challenge for a championship. 2013 also looks as if to mark Massa’s last year with Ferrari. The team made no secret that they were looking elsewhere for 2013 and with suggestions that Sebastian Vettel could be on his way to Ferrari, Massa must know that he will be potentially looking for employment at another team in 2014.
During pre-season testing the car has looked competitive however it has been difficult to compare it to other teams on race runs. The car should be capable of challenging Red Bull and the other front runners.
Predicted 2013 Constructors position: 2nd