What a weekend, really incredible; I have no other words to describe it! Without any doubt, this was the best I've experienced since I came to Maranello more than three years ago. I think that our friends from the Community, who were able to win a participation in the "Ferrari 60 Grand Prix" (by the way, my compliments again) can confirm my impression: 1,040 cars, amongst them some of the most rare and most beautiful models I have ever seen in my life. Actually I don't even know where to start: with the cars entered in the Concours d'Elegance or the present drivers, with the spectators or the presentation of the historical F1 cars? In the end I might go with the latter, as the emotions were flying high, with Lauda, Arnoux, Alesi, Scheckter, Irvine and obviously Schumacher driving by in their stunning racing cars. An incredible spell at this really unique anniversary; these are the impressions I want to pass on to you, while I'm still here in the office, uploading the latest content for you onto the website. Apropos website, I hope you like our new WebTV project, which I think is the new internet frontier and more than anything else, as the Ferrari President said in the press conference, it is a way to make all tifosi around the world feel closer to Ferrari. Now I would like to hear from you, what you have to say and what you think about this special anniversary, from the ones, who had the luck to be here and from those, who experienced it from the outside. It's your turn now, and once again: Happy Birthday, Ferrari!
While the preparations for the final celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Ferrari – scheduled, as you all know, at the upcoming weekend in Maranello - move on, we could witness a successful attempt by the great Eugenio Molinari to set up a record on Lake Como on board of his boat, fitted with the F430’s V8 engine. Fortunately I was able to witness this umpteenth attempt by the constructor from Lariano, crowned by his 71st record…. And I can assure you that there was lots of emotion involved, especially when you imagine that there was a 71-year-old man on board; that shows once again, how will and determination can move mountains.
Having said that and having congratulated this great man of aquatic sport once again, I had promised you a surprise for the 60 years of Ferrari – and a surprise it will be! Next Friday we will officially launch the world’s first Web TV Ferrari, implemented and designed not only to celebrate the 60 years of the Prancing Horse, but also to give you the opportunity to relive the most important moments of its history: with photos and articles dedicated to the most decisive men and cars.
We hope that all this will be a further stimulant for all of you to visit our institutional website more often and above all that you will take part in the initiatives our community is offering, such as the one during the upcoming weekend, where the 15 winners of the “Ferrari 60 Grand Prix” will be our exclusive guests for the final celebrations of this spectacular event.
Not let me conclude, thinking about the people, who make all these things possible every day. Obviously I’m talking about the fellows at the newsroom. I want to thank them for the hard work they have done to update the Community over the last months, working on the special website, which follows the events around the 60 years of Ferrari, and I also want to thank them for making the demanding and ambitious Web TV Ferrari project possible. Now obviously it is your turn, but please let me offer my congratulations to Ferrari for these exceptional 60 years and I am sure you all want to join in….
Well, well, in actual fact there’s no real reason to be too cheerful, after the outcome of the Canadian weekend… in actual fact to cheer me up there are some other things: One of them that I just came back from a weeklong holiday on the Isle of Man, where I went with my motorbike to be present at the TT: the most beautiful and incredible race I’ve ever seen in my whole life. I’m sure that who vaguely knows what I’m talking about here will understand! For sure I will talk again about this issue because – although it might not be completely relevant - it is something that definitely deserves to be deepened. The second thing that cheers me up is that finally I can see some movement inside the blog, with some pleasant new-entries as for example Ianiva and Enzobharath, who I want to welcome officially, but also some comeback, as the one by Morgana. Having said that, I think that Francesco has already summed up the weekend very well; up to the point that I do not need to add anything else other than a short reflection, which you may want to consider. The reflection I want to talk about is the following: taking as a starting point the fact that also I really liked Sato overtaking Alonso the way he did (the syndrome of David against Goliath has always been tormenting big and small… ) and I really enjoyed seeing a Williams on the podium (the last private constructor left in Formula One) and the first victory of the rookie Hamilton; but behind all this there is a lowest common denominator, which might be overseen very often but which is of great importance. The lowest common denominator, even in this super technological and hyper-electronic Formula One, is the human factor. Indeed! Just take Super Aguri as an example, until a couple of months ago the Cinderella of Formula One, and now they even manage to stay ahead of their official team and the multimillionaires at Toyota. What happened? What has changed? A certain gentleman who leads the team and who’s name is Daniele Audetto, a well know personality in Maranello and able to create a group of people who know how to work together for a common goal and with a clear strategy. The results? Well, I’d say that the results speak for themselves and they say exactly the opposite of the one’s of the official team, which dove into an abyss since they have fired Richards. As far as the rest is concerned, the things that affect us, what is there to say? Let’s hope that we “fuelled up” over the weekend and that we will soon see the light at the end of the tunnel, hopefully already at the next weekend in Indianapolis…