Tifosi, First of all, I have to appologize for taking so long to write my new blog. I'm currently switching jobs and moving at the same time. The delay, in no way represents my excitement for being chosen as an "official blogger." I was ecstatic the day I received the email congratulating me on becoming an "official blogger." I would like to take this opportunity to thank the You & Ferrari Staff for choosing my topic, I couldn't be more excited. My name is Mark, 24 yrs. old, and I'm from the USA. I've been a Tifosi for over 10 years now, but I have to be honest and say that I've only watched Formula One for the last 5 years or so. Unfortunately, Formula One isn't very popular in the states, as I'm sure most of you know, and I was very late to discover it. I don't even want to mention it, but Nascar has swallowed up our nation's race fans, to my dismay. I don't know about all of you, but watching 20+ American cars driving 500 laps around a "cirlce track" isn't my idea of racing. No disrespect to American racing, of course. Anyway, the excitement of Formula One is unmatchable and I wish it would catch on here in the USA. In the States, Speed Vision televises all of the races and there isn't any other source of Formula One programming, analyzation, etc. Not to say Speed TV doesn't do a great job, cause they do, but I would love to watch the other F1 shows that some of you have mentioned in your blogs. Our biggest disadvantage in the USA, amongst other things, is that we never get to experience a Formula One weekend as you all do in Europe and the UK. Which brings me to my topic. I want to hear how a Formula One weekend is in your particular country. The passion, excitement, TV coverage, Scuderia Ferrari popularity, and every other aspect that goes along with an F1 GP weekend in your country, town, region, etc. I always envy all of you outside of the US, because I know F1 is very, very popular overseas, as I've obviously seen over the years. With all of your comments, I want to be able to visualize an F1 GP weekend in your country!! Make your comments detailed, paint me a picture of the GP weekend!! Thank you all very, very much for your time. Till next time...FORZA FERRARI!!!PS. I want to hear from the staff too!!!Ciao,MarkPennsylvania, USA
Hello everyone!I am Vassilis from Greece and the purpose of my blog is to express my opinion about Ferrari's performance in the races, errors etc as objectively as possible!So, the 1st race was in Bahrain! I was very happy with our performance there! I was a bit sad about Felipe's spin but i m sure he ll become more experienced as races pass. Generally, his performance was very impressive!Going to the 2nd race, i must admit my feelings were quite different. First of all, i never expected us to have reliability problems. This disappointed me a bit but what gave me hope was the though of a smart strategy! Going to the race however, i must say that Michael's strategy didnt seem that smart. Massa's one was amazing but i believe Michael should also be on 1 pit stop. I ve really missed Mr. Brawn's amazing strategies that gave us wins some years ago. The last one i can remember is 2002 Magny Cours. I certainly dont believe Mr. Brawn has forgot to think of winning strategies. So, personally i m expecting a bit more from that sector.Performance-wise i was very happy! We really seem to have the speed and this is very encouraging. Both drivers also did a great race! It seems that our reliability problems will get solved before Australia (if not already) and this is even more encouraging!To close my 1st post, i really hope that 2 things will happen! First, our wings to prove to be legal (and if not, to be altered) and second, to see our team risk and push! I really believe that if we risk we ll have more chances to get the championship!I would like to thank the Y&F Staff for giving me this opportunity!See you all at the next race ;)Vassilis Alexiadis
Wow, thanks for all your replies & kind compliments! I really enjoyed learning what sort of TV coverage you get (totally envious of RTL) & also I loved finding out what you all get up to behind closed doors.I have a sneaky suspicion some of us are more superstitious than we like to admit.
The photo is of a little wooden plaque that hangs on the wall in the farmhouse kitchen. On the apron it says “If it`s not one thing, it`s your mother!”I am that mother. Not that I`m the short, sweet, apple-pie baking, grey-haired maternal type – I have my moments but, no. As matriarchs go I`m more the Lily Munster/ Morticia Addams sort.I am also the mother that put the Bridget Jones “You have no messages, none whatsoever, not one - not even from your mother” on my sons` voicemail - just to keep him on his toes! Well, he can forget to call me once in a while but does he really expect me not to notice?Yes, I have to admit it, in the GP for embarrassing parents I`d run JB`s paternal shadow a very close 2nd. "You can choose your friends but not your family” as the saying goes. Have you any examples of embarrassing (but printable) parent stories out there?
March 26th is Mothering Sunday. For some of us at least, that means Mothers Day. You have hereby been reminded!
I bet, like me, you`ve often been asked why you support Ferrari? I go through all the obvious reasons – the history, the excellence, the passion……"But it`s a just a team – like any other.”(Shock, horror) “No, it`s not! It`s a …. well, it`s a family.”“Oh, yea? Why?“Urm…...”
Now, those that know me will tell you being lost for words is not a condition I usually suffer from.Family. It`s a term we always use about Ferrari but have you ever tried explaining why? It`s not easy!We share a love & passion for the red cars but, I`m sure, others feel the same way about their own chosen teams.We support them through good times & bad, as family should but, again, that sort of loyalty isn`t reserved solely for the Prancing Horse, is it?No, there`s just something which makes Ferrari different, that much more special, something which really does make it a family - & a family we have chosen to be part of… but what?
Tell me what you think it is &, maybe, the next time I`m asked “Why is Ferrari a family while the others are just teams?” I`ll have an answer I can actually put into words….. your words!