Ferrari were sandbagging during F1 winter testing believes Salo

Mika Salo

Mika Salo

Ferrari is yet to unleash the full potential of its 2014 Formula 1 world championship challenger.

That is the view of ex F1 driver Mika Salo, who raced a few times for the fabled Italian team in 1999 and is now a pundit on Finnish television.

Many believe that, in the 2014 pecking order, Ferrari trails most of the Mercedes-powered teams, but 47-year-old Salo is not so sure.

“Ferrari has been pretty much hidden,” he told Finnish radio Nova. “When you look at the sector times for the tests, some are very good but some are ridiculously bad. They are covering up their pace and no one really knows where they are.” (GMM)

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  • Vaibhav Vashisht

    I wish

  • Virender


  • =El Presidente=

    it is an entertaining thought… but, no.

  • ninjamonk

    I really don’t see how, you would be stupid not to test your car at the maximum pace in testing than leave it to the first race. wishful thinking and press headline grabbing stuff to get him in the spotlight

  • Spiros

    I ‘m not sure that Ferrari were sandbagging. What Salo says is that they may have given their best effort to one- two sectors each time… By this way, they have a picture of their performance despite they haven’t made any headlines….

  • Ambientereal

    And that where not sandbagging, then in every magazine I have seen the sector times and the comparison with other teams. Also the race pace doesn´t compare to Mercedes or Williams.

  • Spiros

    If you want to “mask” your performance, you can use variable methods. Different reference points etc… Anyway, we are going to find out everybody’s true performance soon….

  • Carbisc

    all highly possible, just by using the throttle at 90-95% via software , it would be sandbagging , we’ll know who is where in the pecking order come Sunday night in OZ I hope there at least 4-5 teams fighting for top spot on Sunday


    the FINS ARE AT IT AGAIN….. hehehe
    If fellow Fin Kimi was not in the Ferrari, then Mika would not be saying that in the media.
    Wishful thinking. With new rules, new cars, new tech to test.
    No team can afford sandbagging. Not even front runners like Mercedes and Williams could afford sandbagging as was displayed with unexpected lap times comparable to last years Q3 times in Bahrain.
    We are all guilty of supporting our countrymen hey. Expect Mika to say a few good things Valteri’s way as well before Friday FP1.