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Down Under

March 31, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari

Melbourne, 31 March - Down under: this is what the English call Australia. In truth, from Italy these are Antipodes here in Melbourne, the setting for the third race of the season that will be run on Sunday. This is the longest trip of the year in terms of distance travelled but many of us left Italy on 5 March! As you may appreciate, there is some homesickness among us, despite that fact that Melbourne is a very pleasant city. It is no surprise that those who chose to take time out between the Grand Prixs of Malaysia and Australia arrived in the capital of Victoria last week.    It would be great to climb onto a plane home having collected the first win of the season. It would be fine compensation for the efforts on the track and those at Maranello following events on a daily basis.   Today's two hours of free practice bode well for the weekend, though it is too early to make predictions on the Friday. Both Michael and Felipe declared that they were satisfied with the handling of the 248 F1 that did not have any reliability problems. The only question mark concerns the time needed to get the tyres up to temperature, considering that the conditions are decidedly autumnal. Today we worked in a slightly different to normal, concentrating mainly on the best set up of the car. We have clear ideas for the tyres. We will see what the weather is like tomorrow before deciding if it is worth trying the other set of tyres Bridgestone has supplied. There was a downpour in the late afternoon but tomorrow, according to the forecast provided by our partners, Meteo France, rain is not expected.   I think that we can go for a slot on the front row, even though the opposition is tough. McLaren, Honda, Renault, Williams, BMW and ourselves: there are at least twelve cars that are, potentially, pole position hopefuls. At least two of these will be disappointed, surprises aside. To find out how things go, the session will take place at 14 Melbourne time (5 in Italy and Central Europe).


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6 responses so far

  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Caro Luca Vi desrideroil massimo per questo fine de settimana, e complimenti a tutti per il lavoro fatto. Marc Teixidó
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Many thanks for the information and tell the whole team we are with them!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    lol - The TV qualifying coverage starts at 3.30am in the UK *groan*- this is where loyalty verges on madness! Hope everything works well for the team this weekend. I`m there in spirit if not in person. Have a great race & a safe journey home. Forza Ferrari! Ann
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Very interesting information .So we should wake up early tomorrow mornig but it is worth for our team .Hope we see an all red frond row .Forza Ferrari!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Good Luck....Michael and Felipe
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    All our support to the whole Ferrari team :)) A long weekend is started under the rain I think reading the times of the free saturday practice.6th Position for Felipe,7th for Michael.... We ll see what it's going to happen,anyway the situation is continuing to seem very promising.
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    I would call this qly a major set back. The car does not seem to be quick. I was shocked to see that the some cleaning devises were on the car when shumi went on to the track. Ferrari calm down. We have to get back to where we belong and I feel that 248 has the potential. Any way "All the best for the race" We and our support are always there with you no matter what the situation is. Naren



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