Ferrari’s season “a rollercoaster of emotions”

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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali admits his team have had an up-and-down start to the season so far.

“This championship seems to be a real rollercoaster of emotions,” said Domenicali. “Following on from a good weekend comes a bad one. That was the case in the first four races outside Europe and nothing has changed now we are back on the old continent.”

Ferrari began the year with a strong second place for Fernando Alonso in Australia, but he crashed out early on in Malaysia. He bounced back with a win in China, but in Bahrain his DRS broke and team mate Felipe Massa suffered two punctured.

After that Alonso scored a joyous home win in Spain but Monaco did not go according to plan. He slumped to seventh in the race while Massa had a pair of heavy crashes.

“We didn’t get carried away when we won, nor did we beat ourselves up when things did not go as well as expected,” said Domenicali. “But from now on, it will be important to establish a consistent level of performance.”

“The championship standings are very close and the number of strong opponents is ever increasing,” he added, following Mercedes win in Monaco.

“It’s a scenario in which each point is precious and each hundredth of performance becomes important and obviously we are well aware that one less reliability problem can be very significant in terms of how the championship pans out. We have a lot of work to do in the coming days to be as well prepared as possible for Montreal.

“We have all rolled our sleeves up and are focused on the tasks that lie ahead of us.”

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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