We`re well enough in to this blog to have learned a bit about each other but I`d like to know even more.Ferrari brings us all together & photo #1 is of the first Y&F baby. Alix & Sarah`s little Samuel.Seems he has all the charm of his Mum & cheek of his Dad! Just for once on this blog, no talk of Ferrari or F1 – let`s talk of us. To get the ball rolling, I`ll tell you a little about where I live.
Our parish (on the coast of one of the UK`s National Parks) is just over 1570 acres in size.In 1821 the population hit a high of 130. It`s down to about 40 now. Sheep probably outnumber humans 100-1 so there are plenty to count – should be no trouble getting to sleep here. Unless, that is, it`s April – lambing.April is renowned as the month we all stop talking to our neighbours ….. self-preservation. If you`ve been up most of the night checking four-legged mothers-to-be that have an amazing habit of going belly-up at the slightest opportunity then you probably wouldn`t be at your most sociable either. It brings a whole new meaning to the old saying “Ne`er cast a clout till May be out”. Luckily we don`t have sheep ourselves but we don`t want to be on the wrong end of the clout – so we keep our heads down with the rest & wait for the all clear.
A traveller passing through in 1832 wrote "This sequestered village, reached by rugged & precipitous roads, not to be traversed except on horse, donkey or on foot, and not without a guide, while the thinly scattered and wild looking population suggest the idea of a foreign country - when gained the place seems to be seated in the wildest solitude."Not changed much then – particularly the odd looking population.Sounds like it scared him but then, until 5 years before, this was the haunt of a centuries old smuggling band (I`ll tell you about it sometime, but not today) & strangers were, understandably, looked on with suspicion.
Living here is not to everyones` taste – too isolated for some – although we`re only half an hour or so drive from most of the action. If, like us, you love natural beauty & tranquility, it`s hard to beat, though.
They say you need to have lived here for 30 years or 3 generations to become a true local. Next year will be our 20th year so, while still not true locals, we have been told we can consider ourselves well in.
Do you live in the countryside, a town, a city or by the coast & what is it like there?
At first I would like to thank staff for the opportunity to create my own blog. I will dedicate my blog to the streetcars and share my passion for historic cars with you. I cannot post regularly - I have a job *sigh*, but I am confident that you will like it.What about the title many of you may ask? Every time we are in Maranello we try to get room 504 in Planet Hotel - because someone told us years ago that this is the room where Rubens normally slept - and I am - still - a fan of Rubinho. You may have read also about the meeting of community members for the last GP of the year in Maranello and the "legendary balcony party" in the forum. And to give you a slight hint I added a picture from our meeting in 2003. Everyone is welcome for this meeting because it is one thing that unites us all: FERRARI! So the title is a sign for our friendship with all "tifosi"!And now in my own language, maybe some Germans will write something too (they are so quiet) Zuerst möchte ich dem "staff" danken, meinen eigenen "blog" zu schreiben. Ich widme meinen "blog" den Strassenfahrzeugen und möchte meine Liebe zu historischen Fahrzeugen mit Euch teilen. Ich kann nicht regelmässig schreiben - ich habe einen Job *seufz*, aber ich bin sicher, es gefällt Euch.Was ist mit dem Titel mögen sich manche Fragen? Immer wenn wir in Maranello sind, versuchen wir Zimmer 504 im Planet Hotel zu gekommen - weil uns jemand vor Jahren erzählte, dass dies das Zimmer ist, in dem Rubens normalerweise schlief und ich bin - immer noch - ein Fan von Rubinho. Ihr könntet auch über der Treffen der Mitglieder zum letzten GP des Jahres in Maranello und die "legendäre Balkon-Party" im Forum gelesen haben. Und um Euch einen kleinen Hinweis zu geben, füge ich das Fotos unseres Treffens von 2003 bei. Jeder ist zu diesem Treffen willkommen, weil eine einzige Sache uns alle vereint: FERRARI!Somit ist der Titel ein Zeichen für die Freundschaft mit allen "tifosi"See you once all in Maranello/Sehen wir uns alle irgendwann in MaranelloAndrea
Hi all!The weekend at Melbourne was one that we would want to forget. However, I'm sure Ferrari have memories of that weekend lurking in their minds, so that they know they must improve and we, as fans, need to remember Melbourne so we can look back at it years from now and recollect how Ferrari made a come-back.That is Hope. Hope that arises out of Faith. A Faith that we have in Ferrari and what it has meant to us all these years. A Faith that we've put in Michael Schumacher, in Ross Brawn, in Jean Todt and every single person that contributes to what Ferrari is today. Faith in the entire process that is in place.Instinct leads me to believe that in Imola, things will change. I have been wrong about Malaysia and about Australia, but I still believe come Europe, things will be better for us. How much better? That remains to be seen. Facts may not endorse that hope as the last couple of races haven't gone the way we hoped. Our flexing wings have been removed and the tyre situation doesnt seem to be that good atleast for us. However, what we believe, our hope and our instincts are sometimes a little more powerful than reason. And that's the best thing about life. So lets hold on to that hope and lets have the belief that Ferrari will strike back, will climb that mountain and reach the top!Thanks for reading,ciao,-Dilip.
As promised on my 1st blog, here are my thoughts after the 3rd race of the season.The weekend didnt seem to start well at all! After the Practice sessions i was quite optimistic but the qualifying killed me! Maybe i m wrong but i believe that we play it safe on the 1st sessions of the quali in order to save the car etc. If thats the case, we all saw that this is not right. First of all, Massa was very close to being left out on the 1st session! Then, on the 2nd, i think Michael wasnt pushing enough from the begining. For sure the car was not fast but i believe that if he left the garage from the 1st second he would have done a satisfying time as he would be able to run for several laps before the rain came. Overall, after Saturday, i really think we should push on the quali, do a good time and then pit. We dont have to wait for the last minute.Going to the race, i was hoping for a smart strategy and 10th place wasnt bad overall as i new that Michael would be able to climb up. Massa was in a much worse position but again i had a belief that he would be able to climb up. Fisi starting last gave me one more hope as Michael's 10th became 9th and Massa's 15th, 14th. After the race started, it was obvious Michael was not fast (thats where i hoped that we are on a 1stop strategy) but it seemed that the tyres couldnt go up to temp because of the safety cars (as Michael said). After the 1st stops, Michael was on a great position (5-6?) and i could see he could come even up to 3rd! The chase to button was very encouraging up until the terrible point where he crashed out. To be honest with you, i couldnt believe Michael was able to do something like that. He is 7 times world champion and i m sure he can know the limits of the car. That shunt was like seing a rookie driving a Ferrari. He did good to push and i was very happy seeing that as i ve missed it but push the car to its limits. Not beyond them. Anyway, i m sure he is disappointed even more than i am and he wants to win more than any of us do. There is not much to say about Massa's race since it was very short unfortunately.So, until the next gp, i hope we test as much as possible, doing as many kms as possible and as many racing distances as possible! I really hope the upgrated car will be a winner! If not, this year seems to be pretty difficult!See you in 3 weeks!