During these three weeks, while the Formula One takes a break, apart from a breathtaking Valentino back on the highest step on the podium (a reference to motorcycle racing had to be made…), we could also follow the first rounds of some very interesting Championships, such as the Ferrari Challenge and especially the FIA GT Championships, where in the GT2 category the AF Corse Team’s F430 was victorious.
This is just a way to remember that in the end there are also other races apart from Formula One and that there is always a Prancing Horse around, able to win – although in this case it is a car with covered wheels. I tell you all these things because last weekend, maybe also caused by the bad weather, the grandstands in Monza where practically half-deserted. I think that the absence of the spectators was something really unjustified; especially when you consider the drivers of the starting field for example in the Trofeo Pirelli Italia, but also in the other races.
What bewilders me more and more is the fact that there are millions of people following the races on TV or on the grandstands at the race tracks, at any time of the day in any country on earth, to watch races, which in the end are decided in the pitlane. Personally what I like about races are overtaking manoeuvres on two, four, three wheels, covered or uncovered… just as in football I like the goals and dislike the chats. But as it seems, judging by the numbers, I’m left with just a few others, who think in the same way…. What do you say?
Well, well, well….., I’d say that this new season started in the best way possible for all of Ferrari. Beyond a car that definitely seemed superior to all of the rest, the team also showed that it has a drivers’ couple of a certain kind. Nevertheless after the disappointment of the Free Practice sessions even Felipe drove an extraordinary race, equal to that of his team mate, who was practically ahead of everybody else for the whole weekend. And all of that against those who claimed he had problems adapting to the F2007; that he didn’t know how to work with the Bridgestone tyres and many other things….. all rubbish! If someone is fast, he’s fast and that’s it, with any sort of car or tyres! And as far as fast people are concerned, did you see what Hamilton did? I really expected something great from this young Brit, but I did not expect anything like that. Especially as he was faster than Alonso, who’s not exactly slow, for almost the whole race. We should also not forget the very good race of Rosberg (just a few noticed him), who managed to leave behind both Toyotas, driving a not exactly brilliant Williams. He is, just like Kubica, a very good driver, and will have the opportunity to prove it and to shake off this unlucky Sunday. All this, to tell you, that in the end, even with a complete change of generations in the Formula One, several drivers with lead feet are there. What is missing is more the charisma than the speed. But in a Formula One where overtaking is less and less possible (it already seemed impossible but now it’s even beyond that…) and maybe unfortunately an unnecessary quality… However it is, at the moment we have something very big to console ourselves with – but also here in Maranello we are all perfectly aware that this season is still long and to be taken step by step. Certainly, who starts well…. What do you say?
Dear friends,I noticed with pleasure that according to you Casey Stoner's victory with the more and more surprising Ducati Desmosedici was a positive sign. As many of you might know, I have a great passion for motorbikes and especially the red ones from Bologna, Borgo Panigale, and I would say that my passion is more and more satisfied… As far as this is concerned, over the last days I was thinking about the upcoming season, which lead me to be slightly optimistic. I just tell it as it is, although it seems to be an impossible coincidence: do you remember that almost noone spoke about Stoner during last winter's tests, when he was always behind his team mate, always trying to get the grips with the GP7, always between the fame of the "Rolling Stoner" - a nickname he received last year, thanks to his exceptional and repetitive results - and the "Crazy Stoner"? Well, said and done, as if he wanted to show that everbody was wrong, the talented boy from Australia drove to victory ahead of his fierce competitors. Lots of speed, no mistakes, an incredibly perfect bike and a certain Valentino Rossi behind him for the whole race. Great job, by someone who worked behind the scenes over the last winter… he surprises everyone with something nobody expected. This is my outlook for Sunday, what is yours (obviously all are valid)?