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To get back to winning ways

April 4, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari

Maranello, 4 April –The Melbourne race left a bitter taste in the mouth. There were no plus points, the two drivers finished up against the protective barrier but luckily both escaped unhurt. The gap to the top of the classification is a substantial one. The only point of note is that once Michael’s tyres reached the right temperature, he kept pace with the best. This signifies that there is the potential to be competitive. What we have to do is put together the pieces of the puzzle and be competitive for an entire weekend and not only a single phase of the race. We have to try to be quick in qualifying to avoid those inevitable risks at the start that disrupted Felipe’s race. He was not at fault in the incident that ended his weekend a few hundred metres from the start. We have to place Michael in a position where he is not handicapped at the start and can exploit the innate sense of rhythm that sets him apart from the rest. Now we have two weeks of work ahead of us - there will be little time for rest – before our home race at Imola. From today we will be at Vallelunga for the first of three days of testing. On the track will be Luca Badoer in the 248 F1 and Marc Gené at the wheel of the limited power V10 F2004. Michael will appear on the track tomorrow and Thursday. Next week we are off to Barcelona. On Tuesday 11 it will be the turn of the test drivers then, from Wednesday to Friday, Michael will partner Felipe. We have important development work to carry out on a new aerodynamic package, new rear suspension and engine modifications that should resolve the problems that have recently compromised the car’s reliability. We will also be working hard on the tyres to try to get the best out of them even when we have conditions similar to those experienced in Melbourne. As you can see, there is a lot to be done. At Imola we have to get back to winning ways.  


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  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    I m looking foward to seeing the first images of the 248F1 EVO.Sunday april 23th I ll be at Imola to see the legendary Ferrari to get the top.I m sure we ll celebrate a wonderful red double.We believe that at the S.Marino GP the scuderia will start leading F1 as well.Come on guys realise our fast and red dreams again :)) All the best for all u our friends !!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Dear Felipe, sh$$ happens and Christian had got his "revenge" a few laps later! We are confident about Imola for you and "Michel" - as we say here in Alsazia :)
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Today Michael set the best time at Vallelunga !the beginning of the revenge :))
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    dear felipe, Do you remenber in 2004 race of champion, a guy who's told you" see you next time un red". I'm very happy to see you like second driver in Scudéria Ferrari. Work hard men, continu listen all personc said and learn. Show us your potentiel and win a lot off race for us. Bye Felipe. Eric
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Firstly well done to Michael for putting in those hot laps before the incident as mentioned it does show we have raw speed when everything is right. Also I wanted to say thank you to the team for the amount of work you are putting in so we can suceed. I can't wait to Imola as it's a special track and hopefully things will run smoothly. Matt
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    How Ferrari is doing in the test in Barcelone is very promising.The 248 F1 is improving thanks to important developments.We can look foward Imola with optimism:)
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    just curious to know if you feel that we are really lacking in the area of tyre development, or do we need to improve the whole package to get back to our winning ways?



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