--
 
2018 Merc G-Class spotted in SA

A reader has sent us photographs of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class undergoing hot weather testing in Mpumalanga. Check out the images of Mercedes' new 4x4.

Refreshed VW Golf 'Mk7.5' driven

Meet the VW Golf Mk '7.5'... It's not quite the Golf 8 yet but it's definitely a taste of what's to come. Wheels24's Janine Van der Post drives the facelifted Golf in Spain.

Ferrari: Top driver, best parts

2012-12-27 13:20

SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS: Ferrari team boss, Stefano Domenicali, claims all teams focus on their number one driver.

MARANELLO, Italy – Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali claims Red Bull has a clear No.1 one driver, on whom the team focuses.

The Italian team is open about its policy of hiring a clearly superior top driver - presently Fernando Alonso - alongside a capable No.2 such as Felipe Massa.

NUMBER ONE GETS BEST

This policy was highlighted in Austin, Texas, in November 2012 month when Ferrari deliberately incurred a gearbox penalty on Brazilian Massa's car in order to give Alonso a better grid position.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said: "If the others don't like it, we don't care. Others are critical but do the same, although less transparently."

Domenicali said: "Why does Webber have so many failures on his car?  Because the best parts go to the driver getting the better results - this is normal and it seems so logical that we never say anything. We don't like to speak of the others but the others like to talk about us."

Meanwhile, Domenicali admitted Ferrari was looking forward to the next season, even though Red Bull and McLaren had superior cars throughout 2012 even if the rules are not changing much in 2013.

Ferrari, however, thinks the banning of DRS during Saturday practice and qualifying will be a "major change".

NEXT ON WHEELS24X

Inside Wheels24

Here are F1 driver line-ups for 2017

Valtteri Bottas has been named Lewis Hamilton's new team mate at Mercedes. Here are driver line-ups for the 2017 Formula 1 world championship.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.