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60 years of races....

May 25, 2007 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Sixty years. Sixty. Many years have passed. Today we remember the first, the historical success of Franco Cortese in Rome behind the wheel of a car that by then was just one of many hardly known racing cars on the grids of the first motor sport events after the war. It seems almost impossible today to talk about it: It’s a bit like thinking about the days when Coca Cola was still some fizzy drink as any other unknown by many people; one of the things, one can hardly imagine, especially when you have a certain age. That is exactly why we decided to tell you about the atmosphere during these years and why we want to relive these unbelievable days, which - although the drivers were absolutely unaware of this fact – were to become one of the milestones in motor sports and not only in this field. Thanks to some images and some until today unpublished documents we found in our official historical archives, we hope, as usual, that we managed to create something you will enjoy, something that will refresh your memory of one of the most beautiful and most important chapters of the entire history of Ferrari. This anniversary coincides with the final stages of the “Ferrari 60 Relay”. There is still the opportunity for the best amongst you to participate personally in the final celebrations of the Tour, scheduled for 23rd and 24th June in Maranello, by answering the questions of the “Ferrari 60 Grand Prix” correctly in the shortest possible time. Let me guarantee you that this is something you definitely should not miss…. Last but not least, as we here in the newsroom never cease to offer you the best of the best, Sarah thought about preparing a special about the Mille Miglia for you, which in these days celebrates its 50th anniversary. We give it all. Now we just have to wait and see what you think, because for us you are always the only verification that counts.  
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Kimi's nature

May 17, 2007 · Posted by staffFerrari
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What I want to talk about today is related to what happened after the Spanish GP. Everything went well, brilliant race, excellent work done by Felipe, undisputed and unchallenged victory and everybody is happy, but… yes, there is a “but”. I’m sure someone amongst you can already see what I want to say; for the others I want to be a bit more explicit. I’m talking about how much Kimi Raikkonen presumably is liked, or better, is not liked inside the team and by the tisofi. I want to talk to you about that issue, because it is something I really want to talk about. The press campaign concerning the Finnish driver, which is on its way, seems really unfair to me. Personally, as many amongst you might know, I never liked those cool, “aseptic” drivers, just like Schumacher, whom I always have seen as slightly too “detached”, especially during the first years of his career. Although today things seem a little bit different to me. We all know Kimi’s nature and also his value as a driver – which is, I’d say, extraordinary high. It is exactly his reserved way and being concentrated on his job, which can make him to be liked by someone and to be disliked by someone else. Just the way it happens with every work all over the world in every company around the world. That does not mean in any way, that inside the team the members have to side with one or the other driver; I think that would be absolutely irrational. Especially, because until last year we could hear exactly the opposite, when Felipe had Michael as his teammate. As far as the public is concerned, the only thing that matters is the result. As soon as Kimi has completed his apprenticeship with the F2007 and the new Bridgestone compounds, there will be tears; and I’m even ready to bet on it… what do you think???    
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Good Bye Gilles

May 8, 2007 · Posted by staffFerrari
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25 years, and I mean twenty-five, have passed since this cursed 8th May! It was 13:52h on a grey Saturday on the Zolder circuit, which from then on should have been a bleak one, when the idol of myself and of millions of other fans disappeared forever, together with his legendary Ferrari with the number 27. I remember that I was just 10 years old and that it was just because of this Canadian guy with an angel?s face, that I was interested in Formula One. To be precise: from this Sunday afternoon in September 1979 at Monza, when Ferrari won the longed for title with Scheckter and where I for myself thought about the extraordinary race driven by Villeneuve, who practically followed his teammate to the chequered flag, without ever trying to overtake him, although he had the possibility and also the necessity, as also he was still fighting for the title. Ever after, admiring the heroic deeds of a driver who by many was considered a car-wracking fool, I got the bug of the famous "Villeneuve Fever" which, I am sure, many of my contemporaries have not yet forgotten. In these years I also understood without any doubt, that my future and my life were indissolubly connected to the world of racing and cars in general.All of this happened, thanks to this man, who for me and for everybody else was practically some kind of immortal half-god, able to interpret in a crystal clear way, just like a rough diamond, all that was and all that was about to come the authentic spirit of racing.I remember that when he died, first it seemed impossible to me and later I felt as if a friend had passed away, a loved person, someone I was connected to, as if he had been part of the family or my group of friends. Today, remembering Gilles many years later, I think that it was exactly his pure way, being beyond all the present and future logics, what made him one of all of our families; someone you like, because, deep inside, you want to be just like him. The fact that today I am in Maranello and write this short article about a great man with a certain emotion has also to be attributed to him, which is something I can never forget. I wanted to write these lines, which are reflecting my personal memory, hoping, that every single one of you does the same, and that you will be able to appreciate the special prepared with lots of care, even more.  
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Formula America's Cup...?

May 3, 2007 · Posted by staffFerrari
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In un momento di relativa tranquillità per ciò che concerne la stagione di Formula 1, anche se il lavoro non manca di certo con i test di Barcellona in pieno svolgimento, vorrei parlarvi di un argomento del quale ho già in parte avuto modo di accennarvi, qualche settimana fa. L’argomento in oggetto è l’America’s Cup di vela, l’evento che sta tenendo incollati davanti agli schermi di pc e televisori milioni di telespettatori, molti dei quali – tra cui il sottoscritto -, decisamente poco avvezzi a strambate, bulbi, boline, match race e compagnia cantando. Ma che c’entra l’America’s Cup con i motori, si chiederanno la maggior parte di voi? Nulla, ragion per cui chi vi scrive non è mai stato particolarmente appassionato di vela, né in grado di capirci un granchè, salvo comunque ritrovarsi ad ogni edizione della tanto celebrata Coppa America incollato davanti al televisore, senza riuscire a perdere una regata che sia una. Un po’ quello che succede alla maggior parte dei non appassionati di calcio durante i mondiali o di motori quando c’è la partenza di un GP, tanto per capirci. Brutta razza, direte voi e anche qui mi trovate d’accordo! Ma non è di questo che voglio parlarvi quanto, piuttosto, di una riflessione spontanea che mi ha indotto in questi giorni a considerare più approfonditamente l’intera faccenda. Dico io: ma come è possibile che undici barche, tutte diverse tra di loro, con profili e filosofie costruttive differenti, per di più in mare aperto, diano tutte vita a regate entusiasmanti che terminano dopo quasi due ore sempre sul filo dei secondi. Porca miseria, qui c’è qualcosa che non va, mi son detto! Addirittura, il più delle volte ci si emoziona più che durante un intero GP, possibile? Delle barche senza un motore, in mare aperto, che si superano pure ripetutamente, come diavolo sarà possibile, mi domando il più delle volte? Certo, qualunque velista, potrebbe darmi dell’ignorante assoluto quale, per altro, sono effettivamente in materia, perché ciò accade piuttosto di frequente in qualsiasi regata velica, dai laser ai maxi. Anche il più esperto velista converrebbe però con il fatto che un simile livello di competitività, specie nell’America’s Cup che è unanimemente definita la Formula 1 della vela, è decisamente sorprendente. A questo punto, la mia domanda sorge spontanea: se qualcuno è riuscito a rendere simili le prestazioni di undici imbarcazioni, costruite da progettisti differenti, appartenenti a consorzi differenti e con budget molto differenti tra di loro, mi spiegate come è possibile che non si riesca a fare lo stesso anche in Formula 1. Poi è ovvio e anche evidente, esattamente come sta avvenendo a Valencia, che alla fine a prevalere siano le barche con la maggiore esperienza ed il miglior budget, però che spettacolo… Una barca come +39 che rischia di battere BMW Oracle o Mascalzone Latino che batte New Zealand, ma vi rendete conto: è come se la Toro Rosso in alcune gare riuscisse a stare davanti alla McLaren, uno spettacolo insomma… Premesso quanto sopra, in conclusione, mi chiedo perché non si riesca a trovare un regolamento che anche in Formula 1 sia in grado di avvicinare, almeno un po’, le prestazioni delle vetture, a far si che le stesse magari riescano anche ogni tanto a superarsi. Se ci riescono in mezzo al mare, senza motore, sarà pure possibile riuscirci su di una pista, per di più con 900 cavalli a disposizione, che ne dite…?
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