How Ferrari has turned it all around in 2012

How Ferrari has turned it all around in 2012

Things didn't look good for Ferrari when the F2012 first hit the track, but now Fernando Alonso has a healthy 40-point lead in the title race with nine rounds to go. Tech boss Pat Fry tells Edd Straw how the team turned things around

Fernando Alonso leads the Formula 1 World Championship by 40 points. Think about that for a moment. A Ferrari that was all over the place during pre-season testing, and was a marginal Q3 contender in the early races of 2012, has taken its driver to a formidable position at the mid-season break. It's far from an insurmountable gap, but it's a remarkable turnaround from where it started.

Before we go any further, don't be fooled into thinking that the negativity at Ferrari pre-season was a construction of the media. The F2012 was an unwieldy car that lacked pace and balance. As technical supremo Pat Fry admits, had you told him five months ago what the situation would be now, he would have been staggered.

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