The issue I want to talk about to you today is definitely a bit special and I want you to know that what I will express over the next few lines is just a consideration and completely personal.
The consideration in question came to my mind through the presentation of the new Honda RA107, the weapon in the hands of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button, with which they should carry home the successes in Formula One the Japanese colossus is still missing. I do not want to speak to you about the performance of the car, but about something purely philosophical. In this case it is connected to the new and highly discussed livery, which carries the planet earth on it and is destined to make the public aware of the problems of pollution and its impact on the environment.
Having said that, Honda is a brand I do admire and respect a lot, on two and on four wheels, from a philosophical and a technical point of view. Although spontaneously the questions arises what the impact on the environment has to do with Formula One? Maybe it’s true that I’m still an old romantic: one for whom races even today have to smell of fuel, oil, burned tyres and this monstrous noise, which almost makes your eardrums burst….
But in an era of blocked traffic on Sundays, Euro 4 and many other things of this nature, they do not even want to let us have the smell of the races (and the events go more and more in hiding anyway)… I ask myself: what remains? I might be biased, I confess, but I think that the wisest decision has been taken by someone called Schumacher (Michael; editor’s note…), who made the sensible decision to go back to kart racing and I think, in a short time, even full-time……
What do you think?
I especially want to thank you for your appreciation in the area of the “Ferrari 60 Grand Prix” our competition, which has been created to test your knowledge of the “Red” and above all to give you the opportunity to be a protagonist in the final weekend of the “Ferrari 60 Relay” in Maranello on 23rd and 24th June. Amongst other things I also have to confess that you really surprised me; not just with your knowledge of the Prancing Horse - because I was sure that you really know a lot about it - but how super prepared and how fast you are.
Obviously the road is still long, but some “bumps” I’ve seen were really impressive: sincere congratulations. Regarding that, I just have a little suggestion: as some not very nice episodes already happened in the past, I want to suggest that you absolutely stick to the rules of the competition, otherwise you might be penalized with an automatic exclusion. It is unnecessary for me to spell it out for most of you, but it is better to be precise from the beginning. And as far as precision is concerned I have recently seen - especially in the forum – that some members of the community left some “not very nice” (euphemistically speaking) comments on others. As long as we can see that these comments (in the boundaries of general politeness) are directed to the editors and their work, we try (as we have been always) to listen to you and try to use your comments wisely to be able to offer you a product which becomes better and better; but when these comments become offensive and turn against other members of the community it is our duty and responsibility to take action. Even if this might be unappreciated and even unpopular, it is still in the interests of all of you. As you well know You&Ferrari is a community with restricted access, where you pay a membership fee and where you have to accept certain rules, which we always rigorously defend and will defend in the future without respect for any kind of distinction such as background, ethnicity, gender, religion etc…..
Whoever does not abide by these rules, has the “freedom” to migrate to other shores, which will be obligatory in the case of this kind of behaviour in the future.
As you’ve already had the opportunity to personally explore the activities around the 60 years of Ferrari, which will become more and more numerous and won’t stop. The new competition has been online for a number of days, and while here some minor details, which remain to be cleared (as some of you courteously pointed out) there is lots of information at hand to keep you updated about the Tour. As far as the Tour is concerned I do not only invite you to surf the site and its various sections dedicated to the “Ferrari 60 Relay”, but I also want to do something slightly different and give the floor to one of our workers, who had the opportunity to participate in a class about journalism I gave over the last couple of weeks. I think that spontaneous contributions like this will give all you enthusiasts a very precise idea of what it means for the many people who work for Ferrari even after the many years they have been working here.
“60 years ago I was not even born and my father was 22 years old. It was the year 1947, the year Italy had to be reconstructed. Enzo Ferrari was a man who had desires, ideas and character. Born in Emilia-Romagna in the city of Modena he found in Maranello not just the place but also the people to enable him to become famous all over the world. My father was not a Ferrari kind of guy. He was not born with such an economic and social background and not even his character was that way, to become a person to ‘shape history’. Nevertheless he contributed in his very own way.
I grew up just five kilometres away from Maranello and when we listened together to the sound the red cars emitted, he said to me: ‘You should be proud to live in a part of the world, which is famous for its race car constructors!’
Today I can hear that sound even more than when I was a child, because I am personally part of it.
After a period of working in different metalworking plants, today I can dress in the prestigious red overall of Ferrari and you should see the eyes of the fans who come to visit Maranello when they see me dressed in red!
My work is not taken on camera or written about in the newspapers, but, as many others here, I think it is very important for the results. In fact I work in the stack-room at the Meccanica of the Motor Sports Department, where the basic materials for the engines of the world famous red cars pass every day.
Every morning when I come to work I know that I have a new day ahead, and none is the same.
This is what it means to work in Formula One.
After 60 years of the birth of Ferrari I am proud to have been born in Modena and to be part of a legend.”
Siamo dove, diranno la maggior parte di voi…? Siamo all’inizio del Tour dedicato ai 60 anni della Ferrari che noi della redazione di Ferrariworld vogliamo celebrare con un sito, online proprio a partire da quest’oggi e raggiungibile all’indirizzo www.ferrari60relay.it, consultabile per l’intera durata del Tour stesso. Tour che si concluderà a Maranello il 22 e 23 di giugno con una serie di celebrazioni ed un concorso d’eleganza che, posso garantirvi sin d’ora, saranno assolutamente indimenticabili. Detto questo, abbiamo pensato che fosse giusto dare anche a voi, amici di Y&F, la possibilità di prendere parte attivamente al suddetto evento, mettendo alla prova, con tanto di cronometro…, la vostra abilità in materia di Ferrari. Dalla prossima settimana, sarà infatti online un concorso interamente dedicato ai “60 anni” che permetterà, ai 12 più bravi tra voi, di essere nostri ospiti durante il suddetto weekend, oltre naturalmente alla possibilità per tutti di aggiudicarsi numerosi premi. Un'altra opportunità per farvi sentire quanto la vostra passione è da noi ricambiata e quanti sono i vantaggi di essere un membro di Y&F. A tal proposito, fatemi fare anche un ringraziamento particolare a Marco, Matteo, Laura e Sarah che, in quest’ultimo mese, hanno lavorato davvero alacremente a questo progetto, sul quale mi attendo quanto prima un vostro feedback, in termini di contenuti e grafica. A presto e mi raccomando: allenatevi! I posti disponibili in griglia saranno solo dodici…“Where?” most of you might ask now… We’re at the start of the Tour dedicated to the 60 years of Ferrari, which we from the Ferrariworld newsroom want to celebrate with a website, online as of today at the URL www.ferrari60relay.it. The site will be online unil the Tour ends on 22nd/23rd in Maranello with numerous celebrations and a Concours d'Elegance, which – and I can personally guarantee for that – will be absolutely unforgettable. Having said that, we thought that it might be the right thing to do, to offer you – Y&F members – the possibility to be an active part of the event: So with a stop watch we wanted to test your abilities as far as Ferrari is concerned …Starting next week, a new game, which is entirely dedicated to the “60 years”, will be online. The 12 best will be invited to the final weekend of the Tour in Maranello, while all the other participants will have the possibility to gain lots of exciting prices.Another opportunity to show you how much we admire your passion for Ferrari and how many advantages there are for the Y&F members. By the way, let me also thank particularly Marco, Matteo, Laura and Sarah who have worked really hard on this project; and please let me have your feedback in terms of contents and graphics very soon. See you soon and: get ready! The spots on the grid will be just 12…!!