FER­RARI

BIG­GEST DIS­AP­POINT­MENT

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It’s been a funny old year, what with Brexit, Don­ald Trump, and no pop star of the 1970s and ’80s be­ing safe from the in­dis­crim­i­nat­ing grasp of the Grim Reaper, but one thing you can rely upon – one touch­stone of cer­tainty in these trou­bled and un­pre­dictable times – is that Fer­rari will be rub­bish.

Ev­ery year we hope – nay, we’re as­sured – that Maranello have turned things around and that their lat­est car will be more than a match for what­ever their ri­vals can build. And then, af­ter a few glim­mers of early hope, those dreams are bru­tally ex­tin­guished in a shower of in­com­pe­tence, tawdry in­fight­ing and re­volv­ing-door hir­ings and fir­ings.

This sea­son the team lost a key as­set, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor James Al­li­son, when chair­man Ser­gio Mar­chionne de­cided to re­struc­ture Al­li­son’s depart­ment over his head. Al­li­son will no doubt go on to a de­cent gig else­where, while Mar­chionne has had to of­fer tele­phone-num­ber salaries to the very few se­nior en­gi­neers out there com­ing to the end of their con­tracts. He may as well doo­dle the 2017 car.

Stu­art Codling

This had ev­ery­thing.yes, the race started be­hind the Safety Car and had nu­mer­ous red­flag stop­pages, but when the race went ‘green’ we wit­nessed some ex­tra­or­di­nary stuff. Max Ver­stap­pen was the star of the show, putting in a drive worthy of com­par­i­son with great wet-weather per­for­mances of the past – in­clud­ing an amaz­ing ‘save’ when he just stayed out of the bar­ri­ers at high speed.

Many oth­ers were not as for­tu­nate, in­clud­ing Felipe Massa. He lost con­trol of hiswilliams and crashed out in front of his home fans in the penul­ti­mate grand prix of his ca­reer.

As he climbed out of his bat­tered ma­chine, he found a Brazil­ian flag, waved to the crowd and what fol­lowed next was ex­tra­or­di­nary. He was given a guard of hon­our by his me­chan­ics and ap­plauded by ri­val teams. Greeted in the pit­lane by his fam­ily the tears came flood­ing out.what a farewell.the 2016 Brazil­ian GP will live long in the mem­ory by all those who wit­nessed it.

YEARS

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