Dear friends, what a Sunday…or should that be what a weekend?! Unfortunately, things did not go as we expected them to. In fact, they went much worse that we ever imagined that they would. Having said this, we do need to remain optimistic and not be too downcast by the race result.
I know that many of you are confused, fearing that we could be in for another season like 2005. Others worry about the performance of the 248 F1. I can understand you. Doubts creep in for us here in the office and we see things from the inside so I can imagine what you are thinking. Believe me though, things are not and will not be like 2005. Let me explain myself, the 248 F1 project is a well researched one. The reliability problems with the engine have been resolved and it now is on an absolute par with the other power units. The drivers are also keen to do well, Michael for his own reasons and Felipe his, and prove that that this belief is well founded. Many modifications have been made to the aerodynamics and the engine and this will be seen at Imola. Also, I would like to draw your attention to some key factors: in Malaysia, if the cars had not had to drop ten places on the grid and subsequently finish fifth and sixth, they would almost certainly have challenged for the podium. Secondly, at least in Michael’s case, this could also be said for the GP of Australia.
Given what I have said, it is obvious that nobody wants to negate the fact that there are problems and that there is a lot to be done to take the 248 F1 to the top. Believe me, its true worth was seen at Bahrain and not in the last two races. The team at the Gestione Sportiva are so convinced of this that they say that proof will be seen at Imola. What do you think? Is it worth a bet?