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Passion...rouge

June 23, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Hi all, After the Valencia meet and the Ferrari Challenge weekend at Mugello, all the Corse Clienti vehicles will be heading for the paddock at Spa-Francorchamps where the Ferrari Days event will be held. This weekend will see over 400 Prancing Horse vehicles taking part. The rich programme will include Ferrari Challenge Europa and Historic Challenge races. There will also be F1 Clienti and FXX Programme (making its European debut) exhibition sessions held. To keep up with all the news and share the emotion felt whenever the cars visit Spa, consult the Corse Clienti section.   You all know that Spa can be considered the last of the ‘real’ circuits. It has been modified over the years to modernise it (though this has, in my opinion, got little to do with the sport) but its character is intact. It is a real circuit with numerous exciting curves in which the drivers have to do their best to set good times.   If Malmedy, Stavelot and Blanchimont evoke a thousand episodes and emotions, the real star can only be the fearsome Eau Rouge-Raidillon sequence. I think this is the most beautiful curve in the world. Coming out of La Source, it is straight onto the main straight (not that used for F1 starts). This is a short downhill straight that transforms into a right hander at the end. After skimming the wall, the driver steers the car towards the left in the Eau Rouge compression and has to fight the G-forces to turn the car right for the violent uphill. For the lucky drivers who come through the section unscathed, the danger is not yet over. Terrible accidents involving Alex Zanardi and Jaques Villeneuve are testimony to this. At the steepest point, the car has to be steered left again before stepping on the gas for the long Kemmel straight. For some years now, the run off areas around this section have been widened but they are still smaller than standard (maybe this is the fascination of Spa). However, they still offer protection against running into the barriers at high speed. Obviously, the facilities and wall protection are more sophisticated than tyres linked by iron wire as they were until a few years ago. The asphalt that separates the track from the guard rail, though, is not that reassuring. The driver has to hold his breath going through Eau Rouge and then there are six more kilometres before the lap is over.   The Ferrari Challenge Europa entrants will drive their F430s along the curves and dips of the circuits. The fantastic Historic Challenge vehicles will once more dip into the past as they race along the Ardennes track. If you have the chance to drop by the circuit, do so. It will be worth it.   Matteo
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Not allowed to overtake!

June 14, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Dear friends, here we are again. Unfortunately, Sunday's race at Silverstone highlighted the absurdities that afflict Formula 1: a lack of overtaking on a track renowned for just this. Do you not remember Nigel Mansell sweeping past his then team mate, Piquet, at Copse? Senna also enjoyed himself on the circuit and so did many other drivers. We are not talking of centuries ago. but only a decade or so... And now? Nothing, nothing. Not even the hint of excitement. As Morgana said in his post, if you go to watch a Ferrari Challenge race, for example, you would probably see in one weekend the same amount of overtaking that you would in a entire F1 season. What to do then? Would it be enough to modify the FIA regulations due to be introduced in 2008? I have an idea that I will put forward in an upcoming survey, first though, I want to hear your opinions...   Divieto di sorpassoCari amici ci risiamo, purtroppo anche la gara di domenica a Silverstone, come ho evidenziato nella cover, ha manifestato in tutta la sua assurdità il male oscuro che affligge ormai cronicamente la Formula 1: ovvero la mancanza totale di sorpassi, pur su di un circuito che sui sorpassi ha costruito la sua leggenda. Ma vi ricordate i sorpassi di Nigel Mansell, tipo quello all’esterno della Copse sull’allora compagno di squadra Piquet, idem dicasi per Senna e tanti altri ancora? E non stiamo parlando certo di preistoria delle corse ma solo di qualche decennio fa… E adesso invece? Niente di niente, neanche l’ombra di un misero sorpasso! Come giustamente ha fatto notare Morgana nel suo post, se vi recate ad una gara del Ferrari Challenge per esempio, probabilmente in un solo weekend sarete in grado di contare lo stesso numero di sorpassi che avrete l’opportunità di vedere in un’intera stagione di F1. Che fare allora, saranno sufficienti le modifiche regolamentari che la Federazione Internazionale vuole introdurre a partire dal 2008? Io un’idea ce l’ho e sto preparando a tal proposito anche un sondaggio, prima però vorrei sapere cosa ne pensate voi….    
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Comune denominatore: passione rossa / Common denominator: red passion

June 3, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Ciao a tutti da Valencia,fine settimana ad alto coefficiente di Passione Rossa qui in Spagna, con l'intenso week end dedicato a F1 Clienti, Ferrari Challenge e Historic. Lo spettacolo è dunque garantito e il menù sarà sicuramente in grado di soddisfare i palati più raffinati: si vedranno infatti in pista molte F1, per le quali è inutile aggiungere commenti, mentre il Challenge Europa offrirà come al solito spettacolo, divertimento e tanti sorpassi. Infine, per gli amanti delle Classiche, le vetture iscritte all'Historic Challenge costituiscono già da sole una gioia per gli occhi, figuriamoci se poi si esibiscono anche in pista! Non posso ovviamente esimermi dal sottolineare la bellezza di questa città, caratterizzata da uno splendido clima, atmosfera "vacanziera" e arricchita dall'eccitazione della Coppa America, che si percepisce tangibilmente fin dall'arrivo in aeroporto. Ovviamente non si può ripartire da qui senza essersi assicurati un gadget "velico": giovedì notte al nostro arrivo in città una enorme luna rossa campeggiava nel cielo specchiandosi sulla baia di fronte a Valencia, speriamo che sia d'auspicio, sia per la Ferrari...sia per Prada Challenge. Stessi colori, auspicabilmente stesse soddisfazioni nelle rispettive competizioni! Come al solito tutte le news, le cronache e le immagini dell'evento sono online su ferraricorseclienti.comMatteo--------------------------------------------------- Hi to all of you from Valencia,   It will be a weekend of Red Passion here in Spain with F1 Clienti, Ferrari Challenge and Historic races taking place. The programme is certain to satisfy the most refined palates. On the track will be numerous F1 cars, on which it is worthless passing added comment, while excitement and overtaking is guaranteed in the Challenge Europa. Rounding things up will be the vehicles that compete in the Historic Challenge, ones that are a joy to behold in themselves, let alone when racing.   I have to state how beautiful this city is. It has a fantastic climate, a holiday atmosphere and is fuelled by the clamour around the America’s Cup that is felt from the moment one arrives. Obviously, one cannot leave without a sailing keepsake.   A huge red moon welcomed us when we arrived on Thursday evening, mirroring the waters of the bay. We hope that this will bode well for Ferrari and the Prada Challenge. Same colour and the same satisfaction drawn from competition!   As always, all the news, information and images from the event are online at ferraricorseclienti.com.ciaoMatteo
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