Stella expects Ferrari challenge

Andrea Stella, the race engineer of two-time world drivers’ champion Fernando Alonso (5/1 Race Winner), is expecting Ferrari to challenge for victory at this weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Ferrari’s F2012 car has enjoyed some impressive races of late as Alonso has taken first and second place respectively at the European and British grands prix to leave him 13 points clear of Mark Webber at the top of the current drivers’ standings (Alonso 7/4 Formula 1 – World Drivers’ Championship 2012).

And Stella is confident that the Hockenheim circuit will also suit the F2012 so he cannot see any reason why Alonso in particular will not be scrapping it out amongst the frontrunners on Sunday.

Stella, who feels the upgrades to improve the car’s traction has played a part in the recent good results for the Spanish driver, said: “The car was good in Valencia, it was also good in Silverstone. And as Hockenheim is a mix of the slow speed of Valencia and high speed of Silverstone, I would expect Ferrari to be competitive in Germany.

“In the past in Hockenheim, managing the tyres was difficult, especially the front left and sometimes we also saw blistering on the rear tyres. So it could be an interesting weekend from the tyre point of view.”

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