Given that the long awaited Motor Show is drawing ever closer, as promised, we can reveal that there will be a pre-Christmas surprise reserved to you Y&F friends and that it will be reserved to all those who come to visit us at Bologna. In the next newsletter we will let you know where and when in the hope that it could be an occasion to exchange Christmas greetings and chat about the new Community. The new Community is growing more than ever especially as we are planning more new events, some spectacular, from the start of next year. As regards activities on the track, I would say that the three talking points are, without a doubt, the F1 tests starting up again at Barcelona, Valentino Rossi's win in the Rally of Monza and, let me just say, Alessandro Zanardi's astonishing return to a Formula 1 single seater. Until we meet at the Motor Show, I leave to it to you to consider which of these three is the biggest motor-racing story of the moment and why. I have no doubt, as you may have guessed...
In these days – just before the first Formula 1 and Moto GP tests - in the world of motorsports it’s without doubt Valentino Rossi’s performance that catches the eye. Again it’s him, this time at the Rally Worldcup in New Zealand. This appearance has - to my own surprise – in parts divided critics and opinion formers of a good part of the specialized media. Some called it a miracle, others just reminded some virtuous aspects of the phenomenon from Tavullia and still others declared as nearly disillusioned. Excuse me, but I have to say: Are you aware this was a real WRC World Cup race, one of the most difficult and hardest tests of the whole season, where all the big players participate? Are you also aware that a similar result would have been a sensational result even for a Formula 1 driver? Think about it a bit as if Michael Schumacher raced in an international Super Cross competition and comes in on the eleventh spot! Are you aware of what this means for one who, as a profession, usually tames about 250 bhp but on two wheels only? Are you aware that this man is the only driver in the world, and one of just a few of all the times, who has the taste and the capacity to go fast with every vehicle on two and four wheels? I think this is just incredible and spectacular at the same time; what do you think ....?
How wonderful, dear friends! How great it is, you would justly say, that almost all motorsports are in their winter break is in full swing, right? How great that the biggest motorsports event, the Milan Motorcycle Show, is currently taking place. As usual, I paid a visit recently, partly for work, partly to take a look at what was new in the motorcycling world and partly for pure pleasure as I am a hardened biker. What is fantastic is not only the motorbikes but also the atmosphere. This is a world away and more ‘human’ than car shows and I can say this having travelled around such shows throughout the world for many years. This is perhaps the reason why I love the Motor Show. Often snubbed by the big motoring companies, the Bologna motorshow has all the elements that very often distance real car fans from the motoring world and its main sporting issues. True emotion, sounds, colours and the chance, in a word, to touch the object of one’s passion, make it, in my opinion, the only show of its kind able to transmit what is usually seen only via a PC monitor or TV screen. The invite then, that some of you have already accepted, is to meet up in Bologna where I am trying to organise some exciting events for the friends of the community. We are also counting on making an absolutely unmissable announcement regarding the future of Y&F. Sticking to the two-wheel theme, did you see what Valentino pulled off in testing a DTM championship car? I think that he will reconsider his decision to switch to Formula 1 in a couple of years. See you in Bologna!
Dear friends, It has given me great pleasure to see the enthusiasm with which you have put forward suggestions and activities to expand and improve our new community. These suggestions have largely been promptly received and we are already working on them. Our only aim is to satisfy your needs and provide you with an environment that comes ever closer to meeting your expectations. As regards the length of time needed to gain access, this depends on the version of Explorer you use. The new community is designed for use with version 7.0 (the latest released a few days ago). We would advise you to download it as soon as possible as it should resolve such problems and allow you to appeciate the new functions in full. I will take the chance to thank, once again, all those who came to Monza, the kart event and to welcome Raikkonen's fans who are beginning to join our community. In my opinion, Kimi is a great driver. I repeat: what he does away from the track is his business, but don't worry as he intends to live in Milan so I can keep an eye on him...
Even though the Finali Mondiali ended almost a week ago, the enthusiasm that has been created by the celebrations in Monza did not cease, especially by the moving goodbye of Michael Schumacher and the whole team of the Scuderia Ferrari.
But how pleasant it is for me to see that your enthusiasm for our new Y&F also didn’t cease. As additionally for the game, I can see that it gains unanimous consent and more and more interest.
As someone among you has rightly underlined, it is now important to try to promote our Community as much as possible also beyond its traditional user basis, to try to increase the number of friends who will be able to interact, to produce new contents and to make their voices heard.
In fact after a very long gestation period I’m convinced that our Y&F is a nice product – technically as well as in terms of contents. And that is why I really think that it would be wonderful to come together here in a year with double the number of members we have today.
This is a goal – together with the numerous novelties we have up our sleeve for the upcoming months – we can definitely achieve.
With regard to this it is obvious that modifications, suggestions and/or advice as to the new Community and to the Ferrari x-Challenge are more than welcome!