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Australia and coffee

March 31, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Buongiorno! Siete ancora tutti svegli o vi siete rimessi a dormire dopo le prove? Posso continuare a dirvi che siete fantastici? Tutti svegli per seguire i risultati, chi in compagnia degli U2 (anch’io li adoro!) chi semplicemente al pc… Il nostro amico max ha già informato tutti dell’andamento delle prove… Un sesto piazzamento per Michael e una decima posizione per Felipe. Il team si dichiara soddisfatto dei risultati, e credo a ragione.  Il punto cruciale torna ad essere la temperatura delle gomme, Ross Brawn dichiara: "Giornata abbastanza positiva, le macchine sembrano essere ben bilanciate e non abbiamo avuto problemi di sorta. Le temperature dell'aria e dell'asfalto sono un po' più basse del previsto e dunque ci vuole più tempo per far rendere al meglio le gomme: una volta raggiunta la temperatura d'esercizio, il comportamento degli pneumatici è buono". Se volete leggerela dichiarazione di Brawn per esteso, e le altre dichiarazion dei piloti e del team, potete leggerle nelle news di FerrariWorld. Nel frattempo, tra un mio caffè e l’altro  potete trovare le nuove immagini dell’Australia nella Community. Leggo entusiasmo e pronostici positivi da parte vostra, anch’io sapete ho questa sensazione? E lo spero, almeno le ore di sonno perse in questo week end saranno ampiamente ripagate! Vi aspetto all’alba di domani… -----------------Hi all!  Are you awake or back in bed after qualifying? Can I say once more that you are all fantastic? Everyone up to catch the results, those accompanying U2 (wow!), those just at their PC... our friend max has already informed everyone of how gualifying went: a sixth place for Michael and tenth for Felipe. The team has stated that it is pleased with the result, and I think that it is right. The crucial factor is still the temperature of tyres, declared Ross Brawn. "Quite a positive day. The cars seemed well balanced and we didn't have any particular problems. The air and track temperatures were a little lower than expected and so more time is needed to get the best out of the tyres. Once they are at the working temperature, they perform well, explained Brawn. If you would like to read more of what Brawn had to say, as well as the declarations of the drivers and team, you can read the FerrariWorld news. In the meantime, between one coffee and another , you can find the new images from Australia in the Community. I have seen enthusiasm and positive predictions on your part; I too have the same feeling...I hope that a good result makes up for the lack of sleep this weekend! See you tomorrow at dawn time...  
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One to One

March 28, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Dear friends, here at Maranello our attention is firmly focused on the coming weekend in Australia. The race, as per tradition, will be previewed tomorrow on FerrariWorld. The star of the ‘one to one’ will be Chris Dyer, Michael Schumacher’s track engineer. Having mentioned this, though I shouldn’t…I can reveal a couple of key discussion points that will, especially the second, generate debate.   The first is related to the race strategy and the second is about Schumacher’s possible decision to consider bringing an end to his glorious career at the end of the season. Dyer himself has expressed some perplexity and, in his opinion, Michael has no intention of retiring and appears more motivated than ever.   And if Dyer, who sees more of Michael than his wife does, says so, he is to be believed, isn’t he? What do you think?
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Gli amici di Y&F... - Y&F friends...

March 28, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Cari amici blogger, come va questo inizio di settimana? Ieri qui a Maranello ho avuto il piacere di conoscere ancora un gruppo di voi affezionati, che ha vinto la sfida dell’e-Challenge. Ogni volta per me è una sorpresa! Voglio dire che è entusiasmante scoprire chi si cela dietro gli username che vedo ogni giorno, vedere la passione che spinge i tifosi qui in Fabbrica dall’Australia, dall’Olanda, dalla Francia, Geramania, e i nostri amici italiani, scoprire che tutti hanno una storia unica e particolare; che persone che in realtà potrebbero non incrociarsi mai nella loro vita, si incontrano e diventano amici. E’ anche questo il bello della Community: tutto un mondo collegato grazie alla passione per la Ferrari! Siete davvero grandi, amici! Spero che via siate divertiti anche a cena, e immagino che abbiate finito in bellezza con il solito “balcony party” sulla terrazza dell’hotel! Non sapete quanto mi spiace non aver partecipato, ma la redazione ha lavorato fino a tardi (per voi ; nella foto vedete il “cuore” del nostro tavolo delle riunioni….) Non mancherà occasione di vederci, prossimamente… p.s. avete visto la novità? Da ieri i blog editors possono caricare ben 3 immagini nei propri blog! ------------------------------------ Dear blog friends, How are things at the beginning of the week? Yesterday I had the pleasure of getting to know a group of you, the winners of the e-Challenge. Each time is a surprise! It is great to put a name to a face behind a username I see every day, to see the passion with which fans come to the Factory from Australia, Holland, France and Germany, as well as from here in Italy. It is wonderful to see that each of you has a unique background; that people who may never meet in real life can develop friendships. This is the value of the Community: it brings the world together with a shared love for Ferrari! You are really good, friends! I hope that you also enjoyed the dinner. I imagine that the evening ended with the usual ‘balcony party’ at the hotel? I cannot tell you how disappointed I was not to have been there but the editorial department worked late (for you ; in the photo you can see the ‘heart’ of our table from the meeting…) I will not miss out on seeing you next time… p.s. Have you noticed that starting from yesterday the blog editors can upload 3 pictures in their blogs?!
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Al lavoro! - At work!

March 23, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Cari amici del blog, la nostra famiglia si allarga sempre di più! E’ un piacere leggere i vostri commenti e i vostri blog, ma siete sicuri di non essere scrittori di professione?! Vista la giovane “età” del nostro blog, e la sua particolarità, mi interessava a questo punto sentire dalla vostra viva voce che cosa vorreste sapere di noi e del mondo Ferrari? Quali sono gli argomenti che vi hanno sempre interessato ma che “non avete mai osato chiedere”? Abbiamo già rubriche di persone ultra competenti che ci danno il loro punto di vista personale sulla Formula1, quindi, oltre a questo, perché non usare la nostra voce “meno ufficiale” per conoscerci meglio? Date libero sfogo alla vostra fantasia e scrivete! Nel frattempo, ho pensato di portarvi proprio all’interno della redazione di FerrariWorld: eccomi mentre lavoro per voi! Sarah ---------   Dear blog friends,Our family grows ever bigger! It is a pleasure reading your comments and blogs; are you sure you are not professional writers?!Given that our blog is new and unusual, I would like to know what interests you about us and the world of Ferrari. What have you always wanted to know but have never dared ask? We already have a list of competent people who give us their views on Formula 1 and so, aside from these, why not use our 'less official' voice to get to know each other better? Give flight to your imagination and write! In the meantime, I thought I would give you a look at the FerrariWorld editorial team: here I am at work! Sarah
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Reds on two wheels...

March 23, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Dear friends, today I have decided to speak to you about something not strictly related to our beloved Prancing Horse. However, I am certain that it will be of interest to many of you: the start of the Moto GP season. The undersigned is a big fan of...? Do you really want to know? Well, apart from Valentino Rossi, a living legend, I am a Ducati fan and owner. Is it because, in my opinion, Ducatis are two-wheeled Ferraris? When you own one, it is impossible to switch to another marque (I am on my fourth). This is how things stand... All I know is that the reds from Borgo Panigale are an authentic passion, on a par with our other beloved Reds. Now, naturally, I am looking forward to learning about your preferences. Why not also give us your predictions for the GP of Australia? This will enlighten things as we have been quite busy in the office lately. I almost forgot... This weekend will see the Ferrari Challenge get underway at Imola. The event will see the F430 Challenge make its debut. Be sure to drop by if you are in the area, otherwise visit the new site dedicated to Ferrari's Corse Clienti. A little self promotion never hurt anyone!
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Incredible but true...

March 20, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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  Dear friends, naturally, without getting carried away prematurely, it seems that the problem that caused the substitution of Massa and Schumacher’s engines has been identified and resolved. Jean Todt, the Prancing Horse’s General Manager, stated as much in his usual post-race press conference published on FerrariWorld. As you know, the blog is reserved to Ferrari talk, the Scuderia’s results and everything to do with the beloved ‘Red’ world.   Saying this, in my opinion the blog is also a meeting place where discussions can be held with those who, like us, share a great and unique passion. This makes the heart beat faster and has done since we were children. Call it the need for speed, engine sickness or whatever you prefer. The essence is the same: we understand each other! Related to this is a theme that is close to us and which some of you have introduced into the blog. It is a theme important not only to we Italians but all racing fans. Unfortunately, it is that concerning the prohibition placed on hosting motor races at autodrome of Monza if a certain noise level is exceeded. Aside from Formula 1, GP2 and the newly created GP Master series – the best in competition in Italy – are affected.   And do you know why? Because some inhabitants who live close to the autodrome have realised that emissions during race weekends exceed the limits laid down by the law. Now I ask myself, a) did these families not realise when they purchased their houses that there was a ‘small’ circuit close by where cars race?… b) even worse, how can they deem it reasonable to risk creating a situation where a number of families will become unemployed and where the city itself will suffer due to the fall in revenue? The city, practically, depends on the autodrome. Please excuse me but it seemed right, as a fan, to share my delusion with you. I am waiting to read your responses.
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Promessa mantenuta - A promise maintained

March 19, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Cari amici di You&Ferrari, purtroppo quest’oggi l’umore a Maranello non è proprio dei migliori, come immagino un po’ quello di tutti i tifosi ferraristi in generale. E credetemi, non tanto per l’andamento della gara che, al contrario, in virtù dell’ottima strategia, ha fruttato il miglior risultato possibile, quanto piuttosto per l’affidabilità dei propulsori che ha pesantemente condizionato le qualifiche e conseguentemente l’intero weekend della Scuderia. A parziale consolazione di questo stato di cose, c’è la grande prestazione di Felipe Massa che come ho evidenziato nella cover story di quest’oggi ha davvero compiuto una gara straordinaria, specie se si considera che il pilota brasiliano ha preso il via dalla ventiduesima posizione, mantenendo così fede alla promessa fatta nel suo post di giovedì, di compiere un GP tutto d’attacco. Adesso la speranza comune è però ovviamente quella di riuscire a risolvere il prima possibile il problema che ha causato la sostituzione di entrambe i motori sulle vetture di Felipe e Michael, con l’auspicio che in Australia le cose vadano meglio, specie a partire dalle qualifiche. Da ultimo, fatemi fare i miei più sinceri complimenti a Giancarlo Fisichella che, ancora una volta, ha dimostrato che quando la fortuna non gli volta le spalle è in grado di giocarsela alla pari con il suo compagno di squadra.---------------------------------------Dear You&Ferrari friends, unfortunately the mood at Maranello today is not the best. I suppose it is the same for all Ferrari fans. Believe me, this is not because of the outcome of the race as, owing to a fine strategy, the best possible result was gained. It is more to do with the reliability of the engines, a factor that compromised qualifying and, as a consequence, the Scuderia's whole weekend. A partial consolation was Felipe Massa's excellent showing. As the cover story details, he enjoyed an extraordinary race in coming back from twenty-second place. In doing so, the Brazilian maintained his pre-race promise to attack. Now there is a general desire to resolve the problem that led to the substitution of both Felipe and Michael's engines. The hope is that things go better in Australia, especially in qualifying. Lastly, let me conclude by congratulating Giancarlo Fisichella. Once more, he showed that he is able to compete with the best when he does not have fortune against him.
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Here I am too

March 17, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Hello all, I have spent a week trying to dedicate some time to the FerrariWorld.com blog but things are always tight in the office. Finally, after a busy weekend with the opening race in the 2006 F1 world championship and an intense week of preparation ahead of the GP of Malaysia, here I am to describe what it is like once through the Ferrari gates. Over the past few weeks, the company, and as a consequence the entire editorial team, has been working on the debut of the new model: the 599 GTB. There is always much excitement at times like this as, after so much work and effort, the creation is complete and revealed to the world. The feeling of great pride is palpable the day after the Geneva motorshow as the 599 was warmly received. How does one judge the general mood at Ferrari? It is simple; just take a trip to the coffee machine and listen to the topics of conversation!!! However, if you want a close up look at the 599, we have constructed a section of FerrariWorld that may interest you (click here to visit the 599 dedicated area) As you can imagine, the other important event was the GP of Bahrain that saw the Reds back on form. Michael performed very well, as did Felipe who pushed his team mate and seven-time world champion close in qualifying. In the office, after having seen the +0.0047 gap at the end of the session, we all thought: the boy is quick!!! Then, to tell the truth, Felipe is especially close to our hearts as he has been our blog neighbour for a few days now. How can we not appreciate the time he is taking out? I can assure you that he is very pleasant and extremely down to earth; this makes him an even nicer person. We have been concentrating on the GP of Malaysia for a few hours now. I will be in the office tomorrow morning in order to catch the new and exciting qualifying session. After that it will be time for a coffee... I will be waiting here on the blog for a few 'as it happens' comments. Until tomorrow! PS, about the qualifying system, the Bahrain sessions gripped me but many newspapers voiced their criticisms. These were mostly based on the fact that the spectacle is 'constructed' by mixing the cards on the table. What do you think? PPS While the guys on the team suffered in the heat of Bahrain, check out the Maranello conditions at the weekend... CiaoMatteo
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New rules; old debates!

March 14, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Dear Y&F friends, I would like to take the chance to reply to the questions that many of you have posed in the days following the race. Firstly, to clear up Schumacher's notorious unrecognised qualifying lap. The reason Michael had to make a pit stop that lasted a few tenths longer than Alonso's was down to the new regulations. These state that the driver has to take on board the fuel that he has used up in the final qualifying session and that he has to complete all the laps in a time that should not exceed 110% of his fastest lap time. Unfortunately, Michael ran one such lap during qualifying, meaning that the fuel could not be "given back" by the FIA technicians. Second, the concerns expressed by some teams over the legality of Ferrari's rear wing were proved to be groundless. The FIA certified that it met all regulations during a check carried out at the track. Lastly, in response to "mondello" who asked where the mythical photo of Gilles seen in my first post was taken, the answer is the GP of Germany in 1979 and the circuit was Hockenheim. So, now I have to say goodbye and get back to my work in editorial. Here at Maranello things are very hectic ahead of the GP of Malaysia. Don't worry; I will be back before the weekend. In the meantime, continue posting!
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Pronti, via! - Ready, set, go!

March 10, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Ragazzi ci siamo! E' finalmente giunto il momento tanto atteso: ovvero quello dell'inizio del Campionato del Mondo di F1 2006. A questo proposito, immagino che un po' tutti quanti voi si domanderanno come andranno in questo primo appuntamento e, soprattutto, nel corso della stagione, le nostre due amate Rosse? Bé, cari amici, ce lo chiediamo anche noi... Si perché, credetemi, non è simpatico dover scrivere per un'intera stagione di sconfitte e delusioni, specie dopo aver dominato la scena per ben sei anni. No, non è affatto facile e neanche divertente, anche perché ovviamente il clima generale all'interno dell'azienda ne risente in maniera significativa e non potrebbe essere altrimenti, dato che le corse sono, dalla sua nascita, l'anima e l'essenza stessa della Ferrari. Detto questo però, posso anticiparvi che l'umore dalle parti di Maranello è decisamente migliorato in queste ultime settimane. La 248 F1 sembra nata bene e i ragazzi della Ges (Gestione Sportiva), la divisione che all'interno della Ferrari segue tutta le attività agonistiche del Cavallino e naturalmente anche la F1, sembrano fiduciosi, già per questa prima trasferta. L'unica piccola preoccupazione è l'affidabilità, specie a seguito delle vibrazioni indotte dall'architettura del nuovo propulsore V8 che pare abbiano dato qualche problema durante i test. Problemi che però paiono essere stati brillantemente risolti. Che dire, speriamo bene, non ci resta che attendere poche ore per verificare se le nostre previsioni si materializzeranno o meno... Comunque sia, noi ci crediamo e voi? ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Finally, the moment has arrived! The long awaited occasion is here: the opening of the 2006 Formula 1 World Championship. I imagine that many of you will be wondering how things will go, both in this first race and over the course of the season. Well, dear friends, we are asking the very same question. Believe me, it is not very enjoyable writing about defeat and disappointment for a whole season, especially after dominating for six years. It is neither easy nor enjoyable. This also felt in the atmosphere around the company given that races have been, since the company's creation, the very soul of Ferrari. Saying this, we can reveal that the mood around the company has decidedly improved over the past few weeks. The 248 F1 seems to be on track and the GES team (Gestione Sportiva - who run the Prancing Horse's competition side) seemed confident from the start. The only small worry is over reliability, especially after the vibrations caused by the design of the new V8 engine that have created some problems during testing. However, these appear to have been brilliantly resolved. What is there to say? We are hopeful and there is nothing left to do but wait to see if our expectations are justified. We are full of hope, and you?
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