Yeah. Massa said in an interview after Monaco that they tried a setup specifically for that race, and that it greatly improved the car. He also said he thought it would translate well to other tracks, too.
Naturally, I assumed the new setup had something to do with ride height/rake and softer suspension settings, because that's simply what a car needs around a very short circuit like Monaco where mechanical grip is paramount. But, I didn't think that was necessarily the translatable part of the equation due to the fact that a soft suspension can play hell with aerodynamic grip. So, I thought something else was going on, something underneath the surface.
That said, if it really took them six races
to figure out that they needed more rake and a softer rear end, I might just blow a gasket. Seriously.
I made a MASSIVE
deal out of those exact
needs during winter testing. I pitched a fit and everything. In fact, there's not one person who regularly follows this thread who doesn't know that the F2012 needed a higher rear-end ride height to allow for a softer setup that would improve traction out of slow corners, which was an early Achilles' Heel for this car. We all just assumed that such settings were impossible because of the car's ineffective exhaust solution.
In other words, we gave the team the benefit of the doubt that they knew what they were doing.
Autosport wrote:"Felipe Massa says his improved form in Monaco was down to discovering that the set-up required for the Ferrari F2012 on the slow street circuit suited him better than previous settings - and now hopes it can be adapted for future races."
So, yeah. If Autosprint is correct, and Ferrari only stumbled upon the need for a softer rear end in Monaco - where they didn't even so much as try to seal the diffuser, by the way - I'm definitely gonna be...something.
For what it's worth, I'm not saying these things to stake any sort of claim of vindication - well, maybe a little. But, mostly I'm saying it because someone who can't do simple arithmetic mentally shouldn't be among the first to recognize a Formula One car's
problems. I find that incomprehensible.