Ferrari was being too clever, Whitmarsh suggests
8 September 2012 – Martin Whitmarsh has hinted that Ferrari was attempting to be too intelligent by asking its drivers to help each other in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.
Knowing the Mercedes engine holds the advantage in Italy, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa used slipstreaming to decrease their lap times. However, Alonso was unable to follow Massa in Q3 due to a broken rear anti-roll bar.
“I think it was possible to be a bit too clever about it, but we just concentrated on our own thing,” Whitmarsh told Sky Sports before Alonso’s issue was confirmed. “A lot could happen but it’s still quite nice to have the front row. It will be an interesting first corner – hopefully not too interesting (laughs) – and hopefully we can do a good job.”
Lewis Hamilton’s fourth pole position of 2012 confirms the third all-McLaren front row, as the 2008 World Champion also beat Button to pole in Australia and Malaysia.