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