A very special Grand Prix
July 9, 2011
All success stories start with a first chapter: in the case of the Scuderia Ferrari this chapter was written here in Silverstone 60 years ago. It was on 14 July 1951 when José Froilan Gonzalez, behind the wheel of a 375 F1, gained the first victory for Ferrari in the Formula 1 World Championship. This was the first chapter of a long story with 215 victories and 31 World Titles in Formula 1 so far. Naturally the Scuderia’s goal is to add some more important passages to this story as soon as possible.
To reach this goal the men and women working in Maranello have been giving it their all over the last months to gain the advantage of the best back. Finally today the qualifying for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix gave a first, important feedback, paying off all the invested energy: Fernando and Felipe conquered the second row on the grid, but what is even more important: with the smallest gap to the pole sitter so far this season. All this despite the fact that the characteristics of this track here in England aren’t favouring our Ferrari 150° Italia. The novelties introduced here in Silverstone, combined with the updates at the last races gave a different response. Both our drivers confirmed that they know how to also use the hard compound. This, after the problems during the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, lets us hope for the upcoming race.
Naturally also tomorrow’s race comes up with some unknown factors: first of all the weather, as we could already see over the last two days here in Silverstone. It was the rain, which didn’t let the teams collect enough data regarding the tyres for planning the best possible strategy. Another point is the new regulations regarding the exhausts, able to generate downforce: well, actually nobody knows what will happen in the race. Despite everything Fernando, Felipe and the entire team have the serious intention to try and end Red Bull’s domination.