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Is the Ferrari F2012 The Worst Car Ever to Challenge for a Title?

Jun 08, 2021
It's not often that I create an entire video based on a formula one car and don't get me wrong, there have been some legendary and history altering machines throughout F1 that deserve to be talked about and remembered, the incredibly beautiful and iconic McLaren Honda driven by airton senna, any of the incredible

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-winning cobbler

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s or even any of the lotus ground effect cars from the 70s that inspired the regulations we will have in 2022, all of these cars have their place in the pantheon of the greats and historic formulas. one, but today I'm going to talk about a car that is possibly more infamous, from the looks to the performance to the season the car had.
is the ferrari f2012 the worst car ever to challenge for a title
In this video, I'm going to talk about the Ferrari. f 2012 from the 2012 season and hopefully also in the process we will answer questions like was it as bad as people thought it was and could it also be one of the

worst

cars of all time to compete for a

title

and reach a decisive match. Now, to start, I really want to put into perspective and paint a picture of where Ferrari was at that time because watching this video after the car that Ferrari just built in 2020, it's very easy for your mind to keep comparing

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ything I say to what Ferrari just did.
is the ferrari f2012 the worst car ever to challenge for a title

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It happened last year and this video is not really about that because the circumstances and expectations were completely different back then, after 2011, it was a disappointing season to say the Ferrari lease in a season where Sebastian Vettel dominated behind the wheel of his rocket red bull, which featured the highly innovative

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with blown diffuser, was left with the remains, achieving 10 podiums and only one victory, which was obtained by fernando alonso and even that was a big step back from the previous season in the who scored five wins and 15 podiums in 2010, how

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, we come to February 3, 2012 and the launch of the Ferrari F2012 and after months of anticipation and excitement like F1 fans do every year before the car's launch, the covers They took off and Our jaws hit the ground.
is the ferrari f2012 the worst car ever to challenge for a title
The most striking part of the car, which ironically has almost become iconic in some ways when we look back on 2012, was the new nose of the car, which was called the stepped nose and was designed around the new nose regulations for 2012. .which was aimed at improving safety now almost every team in 2012 had some iteration of the stepped nose, the only ones that did were mclaren marusia and hrt, but while some teams softened and designed liveries that almost tried to hide the horrible new noses to For example, I've always liked what Lotus did that season with their nose design and livery combination.
is the ferrari f2012 the worst car ever to challenge for a title
I thought they did a decent job integrating the new nose as smoothly as they could. Ferrari's stepped nose looks so aggressive and so strange as if it were literally missing. one piece and in fact many people referred to the car as the brick nose, unsurprisingly it immediately drew criticism from formula one fans and I think Ferrari was lucky that social media wasn't as big as they are now because social media and that auto in 2012, if it was as big as it was today, the internet would have had an absolute field day back then. The funny thing is that the car was so eye-catching that even drivers who normally have to make their way during a launch and keep going. repeating how much they love the car and how much better the delivery is in the field, they had to almost carefully admit how much they didn't like the new nose with new regulations on nose height, many of the 2012 cars have been described like ugly, we still have to get used to this nose, which is very strange because of the new rules, but a part of the nose of the car is very aggressive, it is very nice and I hope we will see a very competitive car from start to finish. final and although this technically has nothing to do with the performance of the car, I can't help but mention the really boring decoration or maybe I should say the lack of real decoration that car had in 2012, I don't.
I even know if the word boring does it justice, I mean a flat color throughout the car and a small amount of white on the wings, which contractually had to be there due to Santander sponsorship and also a really unimaginative placement of their logos. just look at the Fiat logo on the engine cover, it's so small, it's so pathetic, random and out of place, it's literally like the Ferrari designers want to send the delivery design at the last minute and get it home as soon as possible possible. Now I'm not saying that delivery. Previous years' designs were better or something, but somehow that horrible arrow on the car made the already bad livery look even worse, which I guess is kind of an achievement in itself, but anyway, the aspect itself, as I said, has almost become iconic. why how bad or good, depending on your point of view, they were in that year's car, but hey, in the end it's not about looks, it's about speed and if the 2012 f was fast then that's all that matters However, things didn't exactly start well.
Ferrari, by their own admission, was not only disappointed but surprised by how bad the car was during testing, and although Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets on a few occasions, people close to the team said they were mostly racing races. glory with little fuel and soft tires. In reality, not only did the car seem to be off the pace on long runs, it was just a bad car to drive in general and, in fact, this is what Stephano Domenicali himself said the first day we put the car on the road. track: it was a little a little more than a little it was a big surprise the expectations were totally different there is no reason to hide that I am sure I remember very well that we had the problem of speed a lot of resistance a lot of instability and a traction problem a lot of things we know that this type of competition is also a psychological game if you shout outside the product you have inside does not help it was a moment where we had to regroup and try to solve knowing that you do not have any magic touch.
You can't show things from one night to the next morning. I think it was a moment that I would say was the most difficult of the season at the end, to no one's surprise the team was nowhere near the likes of Red Bull or McLaren, but I don't. I don't think anyone expected them to be as far away as they really were, especially in qualifying. The first qualifying session of the season was a disaster, to say the least, with Fernando Alonso qualifying in 12th place and Felipe Massa in 16th. It was a shock to say. the least and it wasn't helped by the fact that McLaren had locked down the front row and the two Red Bulls were inside the top six, but it was the gap to the top that was most shocking as Alonso was the faster of the two they had still Qualified 1.5 seconds slower than pole sitter Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren and no one expected Ferrari to be so far behind in the race Fernando showed the car was at least competitive on Sunday and moved up to fifth place after some fortuitous crashes , but even so Ferrari was so far behind its title rivals in terms of pure performance that if they ever wanted to be in the title conversation at the end of the season improvements needed to be made and fast to Ferrari's credit. they developed the car and developed it fast enough to be able to compete for the title.
In my opinion, Ferrari's 2012 season can be divided into three phases. The first phase was during the first four races between Australia and Bahrain, in which The car was so far off the pace in qualifying that each race was a recovery run through the midfield to try and fight for a decent position in the points. The second phase was between Spain and Hungary, just before the summer holidays. This phase was a lifesaver. for ferrari they managed to bring improvements in spain and from there the car improved drastically during this phase ferrari and also benefited greatly from the fact that in 2012 we had a crazy manic season with seven different winners in the first seven races, the first time for In formula one this was vital because while mclaren and red bull were still trying to find their feet and making mistakes and even mercedes and williams were scoring wins, alonso's quiet consistency actually meant that he would lead the championship until the summer break and Finally, the last phase would be the second half of the season, from Belgium to the final race in Brazil, and although Fernando seemed to be going to another level in terms of consistency, achieving a podium in each race he finished, it would be a great opportunity. second half without victories, as red bull and mclaren jumped ahead of ferrari and alonso and in the last nine races, eight of them would be won by red bull and mclaren and the final victory would be for kimi raikkonen, so why the f 2012 was so infamous?
Is it really as bad as people think and if so, how did it end up in a title decider? In terms of performance, as mentioned above, the car in qualifying was ridiculously off the pace, especially at the start of the season, and to prove it here. its a graph showing how far the fastest ferrari was in qualifying for pole position, similar to what i mentioned above with the phases, ferrari started ridiculously off the pace struggling to even get to q3 let alone fight for the pole position with an average difference over the The first four races were approximately 1.2 seconds to pole position.
The start of the European leg of the season was also when most teams got their first big improvements and Ferrari really started to make big strides closing the gap in the following races to the front. -The teams that run, however, the gap even over here was still around 4-6, tenth mark. Ferrari was gaining momentum and actually managed to take two pole positions in a row, courtesy of Fernando Alonso, however, they are a bit misleading because both pole positions. The positions were established in wet conditions, which we know reduces the pace deficit of the slower cars and, although Alonso qualified in, for example, Poland, Hockenheim with the same quality, Massa was eliminated in Q2, so It wasn't as if the wet conditions came on suddenly. made Ferrari the best in the field, those two consecutive pole positions in wet conditions would unfortunately be the only ones for Ferrari of the season because when we got to the second half of the season, the other teams by then had already achieved their act together and Ferrari struggled to maintain the consistency they had developed during the first half of 2012.
The ranking statistics don't exactly paint a pretty picture either. On average, Alonzo's qualifying position was 6.01 which was the fourth highest in the field and the masses were 9.85 which was only the tenth highest average in the field and when it comes to being eliminated from the ranking surprisingly, none of them were eliminated from Q1 throughout the season, which is definitely an achievement, though, although Alonso was eliminated twice in Q2. He had made it to Q3 18 times, which was pretty respectable for that season given Veto had the same record. Felipe Massa only made it to Q3 10 times with 10 yes, 10 eliminations from Q2 and that's why just reading those kinds of statistics can give you a little bit.
To get an idea of ​​how much they needed to make up on Sunday, it was actually notable how much better the Ferraris were in the races, especially after the improvements in Spain. The real, true performance of that car seemed to be unlocked on race day. with more fuel, it was also pretty good on its tires compared to the other teams around them and, more important than anything else, if there's one thing that car did well it was reliability. Ferrari didn't have a single reliability issue all year with both. their cars and that was the most positive thing about the car and what really kept them in the hunt for the title, the team itself also has to be said and it almost seems crazy to say this out loud considering what we have been going through in terms of strategy of ferrari now, but in 2012 most of the time they did a great job in terms of strategy and used alonso's attacking driving style and the car's ability on the tires to apply aggressive tire strategies that helped alonzo fight in the field from a bad grade. positions and then, of course, there is Alonso himself.
Now I could have made a 30 minute race by race video of how good Alonso was in 2012 and why, in my opinion, that will always be his best ever season in Formula One, even better. than any of his campaigns to win the title, but I'm going to try to keep this part as brief as possible in terms of the battle with his teammate. There is no doubt that Fernando carried Ferrari on his back and absolutely dominated Felipe Massa in terms of Fernandohe beat Felipe 18 out of 20 times and in terms of the races they both finished in, Fernando finished ahead in each and every one of them and only had two DNFs all year, one of which, of course, was as a result of that famous accident in Spa. in 2012 between roman grosjean and lewis hamilton in which fernando alonso was wiped out as an innocent party and there are many people who believe even to this day that if it had not been for that accident, fernando would have at the end of the season won overall title alonso was in full attack mode since race 1 in 2012, he didn't start slow and put pressure on the team the best way he could by talking on the track in what was at the beginning of the season, with machinery below of the pair, took, by his own admission, his biggest race victory in the second race of the season in Malaysia, where, if you remember, the car was at its

worst

at the beginning of the season and yet in condition changing. he produced a miraculous victory when no one expected that car at the time to be even close to the podium let alone a race victory.
Ferrari is going to get rid of all the problems they have had in testing. Fernando Alonso wins a Malaysian grand prix. prize takes the win this is one of the most beautiful this is one of the most beautiful, we are very proud of you, very proud of you and the team, every time the conditions got wet, Fernando took the opportunity and used it to his favor, the victory in Malaysia, the consecutive pole positions in wet weather sessions, but more than anything. His consistency was absolutely incredible, he took advantage of every opportunity that came his way staying out of crashes and taking rare wins, like even in Valencia where he started 12th, he stole that win from Sebastian Vettel after he dropped out of the lead by a reliability issue and yet again it was Fernando who picked up the pieces, however despite his consistency and getting everything he could out of that car, in the end it wasn't enough compared to the other two teams throughout all season, Red Bull managed to achieve it. five wins, eight poles and 14 podiums on their way to the drivers' and constructors' world titles, McLaren took seven wins, eight poles and 13 podiums and, in my opinion, were easily the most disappointing team of that year, while Ferrari only he managed to get three wins two poles, of course, all coming from fernando alonso, but 15 podiums i still think that looking at all those statistics it's crazy that mclaren has had more than double the wins and that both red bull and mclaren have quadrupled the number of poles throughout the entire season compared to Ferrari, but it is those podiums that kept Alonzo within the title, in that Ferrari led the title in the second half of the season, as I mentioned before, and from Belgium onwards he finished on the podium in each In a single race, his teammate only managed two podiums all season.
The problem for Ferrari was that by then Red Bull and Vettel had managed to get their act together and Vettel won four races in a row, overtaking Alonso in the championship and despite a big fight. of Ferrari and Alonso trying to hold on to Vettel's rear wing Alonso and Ferrari ultimately lost the title by just three points in one of the most important and title-defining races of all time, even now one of the most iconic images of the history of formula one What everyone knows is that famous photo of Alonso looking into the distance, locked in disbelief that the fact that he had given everything and more and still came up short is a powerful and iconic image that , in my opinion, is perfectly reflected in other powerful people.
Photographs and images of Seb celebrating his third consecutive world title with his childhood hero, Michael Schumacher, in what would also be his last race in Formula One. It was an emotional conclusion to one of the greatest Formula One seasons of all time. times, so in the end, what will it be like? The infamous 2012 F should be remembered well, there is no doubt that while it may not be as bad as some people made it out to be, I mean, it was still a good car that was capable of achieving podiums and the odd victory there and there, reality.
What remains is that that car should not have been anywhere close to a championship fight, much less a title decision; At best it was clearly the third best car in the field and it's strange to think that these days people can't even see the second best car. in the field entering a championship decider Ferrari and Alonso in 2012 in the 2012 F did so in the third best car in the field, however, something else to remember is that Ferrari and Alonso were very lucky. 2012 was a very competitive seventh season. different winners in the first seven races, plus Red Bull and McLaren having competitive cars and drivers, meant that points were being taken from all the drivers, as it wasn't just one person who ran away with the championship and was ahead and shoulders.
Above everyone else, if it hadn't been for all those things that came together to save Ferrari, there's no way they would have been where they ended up, so whether or not the 2012 f is the worst car ever taken to a final title, it's ridiculously hard to say because it's hard to compare different eras and different title fights, let alone different cars, and ultimately it all comes down to what you believe as an individual from what you've seen for yourself. same, but there is no doubt that for me personally, in terms of the modern era of formula one, this is by far the worst car I have ever seen that somehow ended up in a title decider thanks to the arduous Ferrari's work to improve it throughout the season and thanks to the brilliance of Fernando Alonso at his absolute arrogant best f 2012 will always be controversial disappointing victorious it will be all of those things and more but in its own strange way it will also be memorable and iconic well guys there you have it, that's my video on the infamous 2012 f now let me know your thoughts in the comments box below and let me know what you think in your opinion is the worst car to enter a title final.
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