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.”

Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.

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