Dear friends, well, I hope that your week has started well, especially after the Monza weekend. I don’t know about you but we here in the editorial team are exhausted. Exhausted but satisfied at the work carried out on the new Community. Naturally, we hope that you have had a chance to sample it, the game and everything that we created during the weekend. If so, you will be in the best position to track the weekend’s events, and what an exciting event the Ferrari World Finals was… I have to say that it was a real pleasure meeting some of you, together with Sarah, particularly at the kart race. It was great to exchange ideas, opinions, sensations and share thoughts on how to improve our work and give you an ever richer end product. These events - the kart race, was, I think, one of the best we have put on – are a way to meet and chat as well as have fun. The 45,000 fans who flocked to Monza to pay tribute to Michael and the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro did so with enthusiasm. Now that the engines have been switched off for a while, we will begin working on some new projects we have prepared for you next week. Aside from this there is Thursday’s newsletter. Well, I will not say anymore as I do not want to ruin the surprise, but be ready!
First of all, I hope you liked the tribute to Michael Schumacher that we have made for you on the official website. Then, in my opinion, I think that the Grand Prix of Brazil was certainly Felipe Massa's finest race. As you are aware, scooping the home race for a Brazilian is almost like winning the title. This should not be forgotten as a Felipe deserves recognition for his extraordinary weekend as he shone from start to finish. Maybe though, and this is the odd thing, it was also Michael Schumacher's best drive. He excited everybody, fans and non-fans alike. Seeing Michael drive as he did, despite all the problems he suffered during the weekend, took me back to the era reigned over by the great champions of the past. Ayrton Senna at Donnington comes to mind, a classic race in which he lapped everybody in the pouring rain. Gilles Villeneuve’s performance at Jarama is another occasion to remember when his Ferrari turbo held off a posse of determined pursuers for the entire race. In my opinion, a great driver should not only be judged by the number of races he has won or titles claimed. More often, single episodes, like Sunday, are more telling. What do you think?
Did you see what happened on Sunday at Estoril? Incredibly true or, more accurately, incredible but true... Hands up those of you who thought it would turn out as it did? Obviously I am talking about the episode that has probably cost poor Nicky Hayden the title. Hayden was blameless as his team mate ran into him, denying him the chance of defending the twelve point advantage he had built up over Valentino Rossi.
Obviously, nobody wanted to see an incident like this (though this is a long way from saying that we were unhappy about it...). Valentino could have beaten Hayden on the track, as he has done regularly over the course of the season...
Once more the incident has shown that nothing in racing is absolutely certain until the chequered flag is flown (and, in this case, we had to wait for the verdict of the race officials). This is why we should not take for granted the outcome of the upcoming race in Brazil. Taking into account what I have said, I would also urge you not to take for granted the event that we are organising for the World Finals at Monza, the famous endurance kart race. Talking about the event, I could not help noticing that transfering the site of the race has led to some drop off in interest. This, naturally, is disappointing especially given the efforts that we are all putting in
to guarantee a greater number and exclusive activities than ever before. Remember that the decision to shift the race to a new location was made solely for logistical reasons, that is to make it easier to combine the 'walkabout at Monza' with the kart race. With the new community and the game to be launched by the end of the month we had to cut one of the two. We did not want to do this to not penalise you in any way, with great sacrifice, as regards what was promised at the start of the year. So, now it is down to you to show your appreciation for initiatives that, I can assure you, will be as exciting and exclusive as anything you would have experienced at Kerpen!
Ci eravamo dimenticati....
Purtroppo è successo quello che tutti ci eravamo praticamente dimenticati potesse succedere, ovvero il più frequente e logico inconveniente che può capitare su di una vettura da corsa: la rottura del propulsore! Alzi la mano chi si ricordava quel GP di Francia di sei anni fa in cui Michael ruppe in gara il suo ultimo motore alla guida di una Ferrari. Alzi la mano chi, quando ha visto quella macchia Rossa sul proprio teleschermo, non ha pensato ad una Spyker o Midland che dir si voglia. Alzi la mano, infine, chi non ha provato stupore, incredulità, sgomento, nel vedere quel inequivocabile fumo azzurognolo uscire dal posteriore della 248 F1 numero 5. Già, perchè tutti noi ci eravamo quasi dimenticati che i guasti e le rotture fanno parte delle corse, per la maggior parte delle scuderie ne sono anzi una componente quasi costante, una sorta di compagna di viaggio inseparabile... E, proprio a questo proposito vi dico: onore al merito a tutta la squadra ed in particolare a Michael che da profondo conoscitore delle umane vicende agonistiche ha perfettamente compreso quanto ciò che è accaduto in Giappone, rientri perfettamente in quella che noi occidentiali chiamiamo "sfiga" e gli orientali fato. Premesso quanto sopra, come detto, le corse sono così, ragion per cui non è il caso di fasciarsi la testa prima di essersela rotta. C'è ancora una gara da disputare e due Titoli Mondiali in palio che, come ha detto il nostro Presidente, si concluderanno all'ultimo metro dell'ultimo giro del GP del Brasile.
We forget about it...
Unfortunately, what everyone had forgetten about happened. The most frequent and logical of problems a car can suffer: engine breakdown. Raise their hands those of you who recall France six years ago, a race in which Michael last had an engine problem. Hands up who those thought the car was a Spyker or a Midland when it flashed on screen. And hands up who was astonished to see telltale bluish smoke pouring from the back of the number 5 248 F1. Yes, we had all forgotten that breakdowns and technical glitches are part of racing. For most scuderias this is an almost constant factor, a companion on a lonely journey... And so I say: the team and, Michael in particular, should be proud of the very human way they behaved after the disappointment in Japan.
It was an example of what we in the West call bad luck and in the East 'fate'. Racing is like this and this is why it is unwise to complain too much. There is still one race to go and two world titles up for grabs. As our president stated, we will compete until the last metre of the final lap in Brazil.