The shadow hanging over Ferrari

The shadow hanging over Ferrari

Losing two crowns in title finales over the last four years has left its mark on Ferrari. Edd Straw looks at the legacy of Brazil 2008 and Abu Dhabi 2010, and wonders what it could mean for this weekend

Do not underestimate how largely the shadow of Fernando Alonso drivers' championship defeat in Abu Dhabi two years ago looms over Ferrari. The day the Scuderia threw away what should have been the Spaniard's third title with a spectacular strategic own goal, one for which head of race engineering Chris Dyer proved to be the scapegoat despite his long years of service, is a painful memory for everyone at the team.

"I still don't sleep well if I think about Abu Dhabi," said Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo during his annual Christmas press lunch at Maranello last December... over 12 months on from that day at Yas Marina. He even blamed the underachievement of 2011 on the after-effects of the disaster.

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