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Formula 1 2012: Was Ferrari’s Car as Bad as They Tried to Make Us Believe?

Verbal Kint told us in The Usual Suspects that “the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” Did Ferrari manage to do the same thing in 2012? If you ask any watcher of Formula 1 what they thought about the Ferrari F2012, there would be almost universal agreement that it was an inferior car to its Red Bull Racing and McLaren counterparts—but was it? It certainly wasn’t a car that dominated qualifying—it appeared on the front two rows of the grid on only six out of the possible 40 occasions—but it was a car that came to life in races. Fernando Alonso managed to secure no less that 12 podium finishes, two more than world champion Sebastian Vettel. The car was mech...

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