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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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  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    Gianpolo, I know it's been more than a week since you've posted that, but I appreciate your responses to our queries. I haven't had a chance to thank you as well, for your time you've sooo generously devoted to us. It really gives me butterflies to see that the Ferrari Staff does soooo much to treat all of us like a part of the team. I think I can speak for most when I say that we all feel like insiders, ahhaha. Thank you again!! You've all done a great job with this blog. Keep up the good work!! Forza Ferrari!! Ciao Mark USA
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    Gianpolo, Oh yeah, you've gotta write your blog entries in English as well, ahhaha. I know you've been doing it in both, but one time you didn't. It was a pretty big entry, that's why I mention it. Though I understand it's a pain to have to write one blog entry in two different languages. I know you're busy, so I guess you don't always have to write it in english. ahah Thanks. Ciao Mark USA Forza Ferrari!!!
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    Gianpolo, What is your position at Ferrari? I appologize if you already told us in another blog. Thanks. Ciao Mark USA
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    Grazie per la spiegazione, ti volevo chiedere la cortesia se fosse possibile avere le vostre risposte anche in italiano, sai il mio inglese si è un po arrugginito ;P Domanda: olympus non è più sponsor ne partner?
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    I heard last friday that Ross Brawn was a little disappointed because the weather in Barhain wasn't so hot like it was some weeks ago when Ferrari tested in the same track.It means that Bridgestone will work fine in Malaysia,this is really good with hot conditions.Maybe right now Bridgestone works better with hot respect Michelin anyway we ll see......... The excellent pace that Williams had seems to confirm it
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    Visto questa discussione sul consumo di benzina credo di non aver capito troppo bene quali sono le disposizioni della FIA al riguardo: qualcuno potrebbe spiegarmi cosa dice il regolamento rispetto la benzina da utilizzare in qualifica(e nelle sue varie sessioni)? SEMPRE E SOLO FORZA FERRARI MaRa
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    PER AAAE7078,ti allego un parte di un articolo dove spiega il motivo dei 2,75 chili in meno di benzina imbarcati da schummy ciao.Jean Todt ha anche aggiunto che Michael avrebbe potuto vincere se avesse avuto nel serbatoio carburante sufficiente per un giro in piu' (corrispondente a 2,75 chili), come era stato originariamente programmato dai tecnici della Scuderia. La FIA non ha invece riconosciuto una delle tornate compiute da Michael in qualifica dato che il suo tempo aveva superato il limite del 110%, fattore che ha fatto la differenza tra la vittoria e il secondo posto: "Odio rimuginare su cose passate e su cui non si puo' piu' intervenire, ma in effetti con un giro in piu' sarebbe entrato ai box con 3 decimi in piu' rispetto ad Alonso, e questo avrebbe significato riuscire a passarlo".
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    Thanks for clearing that up and also that's a really cool photo.
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    From f1.live....Ross Brawn stated about Ferrari's wing: "The elements of the wing are more rigid than they have to be"and also added"Last year,no one was interested in our car.If they are complaining now,we must be good again".Well said Ross!!
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    Thank you Gianpaulo for your reply to my query. Perhaps I am getting too nostalgic but my preference has always been to have an chassis which does not quite cope with the power being put down and so the driver's skill must compensate. Your photo of Gilles is a good illustration of this point. Michael
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    Ciao asnaghimax grazie mille per la tua risposta che mi ha permesso di capire un pò di più di quanto accaduto; ma a questo punto ti chiedo anche un altra precisazione:a cosa ti riferisci parlando di "aver superato il 110%?" Scusa per la domanda magari banale ma ancora non ho avuto tempo di cercare su internet informazioni dettagliate sul nuovo format di qualifiche... SEMPRE E SOLO FROZA FERRARI MaRa
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    risposta per AAAE7078: e' come negli anni passati, chi era con tempi superiori al 110% dal primo non si qualificava ciao
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    IN REALTA IL 110% DEL TEMPO, ORA S INTENDE DEL MIGLIOR GIRO DEL SINGOLO PILOTA CIAO
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    Guardando la livrea della 248F1 e non leggendo il simbolo Olimpus mi sa che non lo sia più.Ma forse non l'ho guardata attentamente e può essermi sfuggita la scritta Olimpus:)
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 10:26 by
    guarda che la scritta olympus non c e piu perche il nuovo sponsor e martini rosso

 

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