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A logical criteria

May 29, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Dear old friends and new,     Firstly, I would like to thank you for the numerous posts that have flooded in to us this Monte Carlo weekend. I can see with extreme pleasure that you have increased in number and in the frequency of the posts. This is pleasing and is a tangible sign of your indispensable appreciation of what we do. Having said this, we come to what is, without a doubt, the topic of the day: the episode that forced Michael Schumacher to start the GP of Monaco from the pit lane. Everything has been said and written about the incident. Despite this, I, personally, cannot say for certain what happened. Did he do it on purpose or not? In my opinion, no-one can know for sure apart from the man in the cockpit. Opinions aside, in my view, and this is the important point: how can one create such a precedent in the absence of objective factors? How was it just that all of Schumacher’s times were annulled rather than having him relegated five or ten places? What I mean is: what are the logical criteria behind the penalty, apart from the personal opinion that we all have the right to hold? The next time Alonso or Fisichella, for example, spin five minutes from the end of qualifying with the car in the middle of the track and Schumacher is on his fast lap, what will happen? This, for me, is the point. It was a decision that creates a precedent that could affect not only the outcome of this championship but also that of those to come. What do you think? Cari amici vecchi e nuovi,   innanzitutto grazie per i numerosissimi post che ci avete lasciato in questo travagliato weekend monegasco. Vedo con estremo piacere che siete considerevolmente aumentati di numero e in termini di frequenza cosa che, naturalmente, non può che farmi estremo piacere, segno tangibile del vostro indispensabile apprezzamento, nei confronti del nostro operato.  Detto questo, veniamo a quello che senza dubbio, dopo le ormai famose intercettazioni “pallonare”, è l’argomento del giorno: ovvero l’episodio che ha costretto Michael Schumacher a prendere il via del GP di Monaco dalla pit lane. A tal proposito, penso si sia detto e scritto tutto il possibile e l’immaginabile e anche di più…  Nonostante ciò però, personalmente, non ritengo di avere una certezza assoluta in merito al fatto contestato. L’ha fatto apposta, non l’ha fatto apposta? A mio avviso, nessuno lo può sapere con assoluta certezza, al di fuori di lui che era in macchina e questo credo in assoluto sia l’unico dato certo al 100%. Giudizi di merito a parte, sempre secondo il sottoscritto, è poi proprio questo il vero punto importante, ovvero: come si fa a creare un precedente così clamoroso in assenza di elementi del tutto oggettivi?  Come si fa ad annullare al pilota tedesco tutti i tempi e invece, per esempio, non retrocederlo di cinque o dieci posizioni? Intendo dire, qual’è il criterio logico di tale penalizzazione, al di là dell’opinione personale che ognuno ha il diritto di avere sul fatto in questione. E se la prossima volta, per esempio, Alonso o Fisichella dovessero incappare in un testa-coda a cinque minuti dalla fine delle qualifiche, con la vettura che rimane ferma in mezzo alla pista e Schumacher lanciato nel suo giro veloce, cosa dovrebbe succedere?   Ecco, secondo me è proprio questo il punto: una decisione del genere rischia davvero di costituire un precedente in grado non solo di condizionare l’andamento di questo campionato ma, anche e soprattutto, di quelli a venire. Voi cosa ne dite?
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Memory and masterpieces

May 8, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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I wanted to use this rather unusual title as I think they are two most salient things to chat about today. I would say that the first does not need an introduction and it is, of course, Michael Schumacher's win at the GP of Europe. The second needs a little more detail... Firstly, I have to give you all a ticking off as none of you remembered that the 8 May is the anniversary of Gilles Villeneuve's passing. The Ferrari star lost his life tragically at Zolder 24 years ago. It is a homage to perhaps the most loved driver in the history of Ferrari and it seems apt to bring this up especially by someone who goes by the title 'Red 27'; what do you think? If you would like to refresh your memories before replying, take a look at the monographs of the drivers who have made Prancing Horse history on the site. At this pourpose, just a little question, only for the real "tifosi": did you remember the GP in which this picture was made?Gilles Forever!!!
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Gentleman start your engines

May 6, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Good morning all,   It seems that the sun will shine here at Silverstone for three days in a row, unusual for England. In the pit lane, the FIA GT cars are already preparing for the second free practice stint before tackling the qualifying session in the afternoon. Yesterday, both the Ferrari Challenge and the GT3 timed sessions were run. In the Challenge series, an exciting Trofeo Pirelli race is expected as at least six or seven drivers are in with a real chance of victory in a 26 car grid. The European championship, on the other hand, should be a head-to-head between Ferrari and Porsche, with the F430 Challenge GT3 appearing to have the edge over its German adversary.   A large crowd will pack the stands and there are many events to keep them entertained, including an exhibition put on by helicopters from the British marines. The most striking thing is the different approach the English have to motor-racing: here it is an occasion for the whole family and not seen simply as a ‘sport’. Testimony to this is that a fun fair has been erected behind the paddock! The entire race weekend is to be enjoyed here, not just the two hours that the cars are on the track.   Take a look at the Corse Clienti site for all the news, results and images from the day while behind the scenes insights and comments on the outcome of the race can be found later on this blog.   PS, I have found out that live television coverage of the FIA GT will be provided by the many european TV channel. You should not miss tomorrow’s events as our F430 will be fighting it out it in GT2. The GT1 race, though Ferrari will be absent, will also be a gripping one as Maserati, Aston Martin, Saleen and Corvette tussle for top spot.
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Arrival at the circuit

May 5, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Hi all, It has been quite an intense day. Today began with the flight to London and then came my first experience of driving a right-hand drive car! I drove from the English capital to the circuit (a little over 100 kilometres) and I have to say that it was traumatic. It was very strange sitting on the right and changing gear with my left hand. In traffic there are few problems but alone in the country roads of Northamptonshire, I can assure you, is altogether another matter.By some miracle I managed to get the car to the paddock area, much to the amusement of my two passengers. Incidentally, they are also the photographers responsible for the images you can find in the Gallery. It is my first time at Silverstone and I have to say that it is an impressive circuit. The track layout can be modified in numerous ways and the facilities are extensive and modern. The pit lane building, however, maintains some features found on tracks some ten years ago. The paddock and garage is full of stunning cars that will compete in the various championships to be held this coming weekend. Obviously, all our attention is on the F430 GTC and the F430 Challenge that will dispute our European single make series. The fitting out of the motorhome and pit lane area coincided with the FIA GT and European GT3 championship qualifying sessions. For the sessions, cars ran on the ‘International circuit’ while the real fun starts tomorrow as they will use the ‘Grand Prix’ layout. As this is the first race of the season, there is much activity behind the scenes in the pit lane. The winter rust has to be shaken off and this counts for everyone, from the drivers to the teams that erect the hospitality tents. It promises to be an exciting weekend of racing and we are all eager to see what unfolds on the track. Before settling down to eat, I would like to reply to your comments regarding the previous post reminding you that all the images from the Ferrari championships and the GT races are available in the Corse Clienti’s photography download area (click here to go to the site). This evening’s images are much less captivating; I took them myself and photography is not my strong point. However, I hope that they give you a flavour of the pre-race atmosphere. Personally, I enjoy these moments as it is possible to live the paddock in relative calm, chatting to the drivers, taking a look at the cars close up and going into the otherwise out-of-bounds garages. Standing in front of the immense but empty stands is an eerie yet fascinating experience. Until tomorrow!Matteo
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We are almost there!

May 5, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Well dear friends,   The much awaited Nürburgring GP is almost upon us as is, above all, the day when fifty lucky members who were quickest in responding to the newsletter message will be able to take part in the F1 test. I would like, though, to reveal something to you, especially as many of you have displayed enormous enthusiasm for this third extraordinary event that the Scuderia has made available to you: the test day will not be the last! For all those who did not qualify for the 16 May date, we are already working on bringing you another exclusive event that will take place before the end of the year. This is a demonstration of how much we value your faith in us. Before that, we would like to encourage you to keep up your amazing support in Michael’s home race. Forza Ferrari!
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From Imola to Silverstone (via Hockenheim)

May 4, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Hi all, After an absence of a month I am back to posting a blog. It has been an intense period of work here in the office. A number of new sites have got off the ground and the work covering the Formula 1 World Championship is ongoing. Thanks to Sarah, though, you have already been given a glimpse of life in the editorial team. For me, recent work has been at trackside, first at Imola for the start of the Italian Ferrari Challenge season and then, last week, it was off to Hockenheim for the first Ferrari Historic Challenge race.   The new F430 Challenge made its race debut at the Santerno circuit; at full throttle on the track it is even more extraordinary than it is in pictures. Believe me, the new V8 berlinetta really does cover the ground and the Challenge drivers put on a great show in the four races. You can catch video highlights at www.ferraricorseclienti.it   Last Friday I left for Germany where the Jim Clark revival was being held on the same weekend as the Historic Challenge event. It is always a pleasure to see these motoring jewels in action. The model that impressed me most was the Ferrari 512 M, a car capable of generating 650bhp. It literally flew along the German straights and blew away the tough (but heavier) competition put up by the 512 BB LM.  There was a chill wind blowing at Hockenheim but at least the sun was shining apart from five minutes on the Saturday when it snowed! Thousands of supporters formed a splendid backdrop as they watched the many races in the programme. Among these was the TGP historic Formula 1 race that included Gilles Villeneuve’s classic T3. Making the weekend even more special was Ferrari’s Corse Clienti department who brought eleven Formula 1 single-seaters to the circuit, among them the world championship winning, F2003-GA and F2001. Needless to say, the crowds thronged around the Prancing Horse pit lane area. It was a great show, one full of passion in which over four hundred classic racing cars were the ingredients in a tiring, but very satisfying, weekend of work.   Tomorrow at 7.00 I will leave for Silverstone. This weekend will see the first Ferrari Challenge Europa FIA GT races being held. On the track will be the F430 GTC that we hope will bring us victory. I will have more of a chance to have an in-depth chat with you over the coming days when I will describe what the paddock atmosphere is like and how the races are going as I report from the motorhome at trackside. So, until Friday… Do not forget to track the F1 and GT events on Ferrariworld this weekend! As ever, there will be plenty of Prancing Horse excitement.   CiaoMatteo
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Only for you!

May 2, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Cari amici,   con i test della Scuderia che procedono a rilento, causa pioggia sia a Maranello che a Le Castellet, abbiamo pensato, tanto per non restare con le mani in mano…, di prepararvi una bella sorpresa, che vi anticipo in anteprima assoluta proprio in queste righe, anche per sapere che cosa ne pensate, come per ogni sorpresa che si rispetti... La sorpresa in questione infatti sarebbe quella, come promesso da tempo, di organizzare un secondo test F.1 riservato in esclusiva a 50 fortunati Y&F e, per di più, questa volta sul tracciato di Fiorano, alla presenza di almeno uno dei due piloti ufficiali della Scuderia. A questo proposito, se siete interessati (come suppongo...) restate sempre connessi: la prossima settimana, vi daremo tutti i dettagli dell’operazione che naturalmente solo i più veloci tra di voi avranno la fortuna di vivere in pole position!   Dear friends,   As the Scuderia test sessions are proceeding slowly owing to the rain both at Maranello and Le Castellet, we thought that we would surprise you with a little something! Here we will reveal a little of what is in store as we would like to know what you think. What we have in mind, and what we have long promised, is a second F1 test reserved to fifty fortunate Y&F members. Further, at Fiorano this time will be at least one of the two official Scuderia drivers. So stay connected as we will be giving more details next week. Remember, only the fastest among you will be lucky enough to experience the thrill of being in pole position!
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