First of all I have to beg pardon to many amongst you, who came all the way to Mugello, to celebrate the weekend of the World Finals with us, for not having been able to give you all the attention you merit.
As you know for us this is a period of restructuring the organization, and considering also the growing mountain of work, this can lead to some stress-related problems...
But let me take the opportunity to officially thank Sarah, who, as some of you might already know, will leave our news room after three years of dedicated work for the Community, to make new personal and professional experiences. Thank you so much, Sarah and good luck for your future. And I’m sure many amongst you support those best wishes.
But what is there to say about the weekend of the Ferrari World Finals celebrations? As usual it was a wonderful event (this year maybe even more so, because of the win of both championships). It also was an important occasion for all our tifosi to get together and last but not least meet all the men from Ferrari, who contributed to another extraordinary success.
But the World Finals were also an occasion to see many races, many cars on the track, many exciting duels and lots of Red passion! Just as many amongst you wrote, replying to my last post on the blog, Ferrari is not just Formula One, but Ferrari is much, much more!
The titles gained in the FIA GT (in the GT2 class) championship and in the American Le Mans Series, but also the work and dedication of the men from the Corse Clienti department clearly show that this is true.
Hoping that this is just the kick-off for more and new undertakings, making the glorious tradition of Ferrari shine in the various motor sport categories.... a big hug to all of you and bye for now!
That’s what I said last week when we were talking about the mysterious twists history sometimes takes. Do you remember? Do you also remember what I said at the beginning of the season about possible surprises (Kubica, Rosberg and Hamilton)?
Well, if nothing else, it means that the one who’s writing these lines still knows something about racing and maybe also about history, which, indeed, has always been my preferred subject. In fact it’s through history that one understands men and companies, investigating the inscrutable ways of destiny - which often might seem accidental – to bring forward obscure dramas, turning into spectacular events.
This is the case of what happened last Sunday at the Interlagos circuit, where Kimi Raikkonen and the Scuderia gained the title in the drivers’ and the constructors’ championship. I want to highlight the constructors’ title, because after the FIA World Council had adjudicated the title, last Sunday, at the end of a suffered and intense season, the team gained its victory also in this classification.
A season in which “believing”, just the way I did back in 1986 with Prost, was crucial.
In our case it was not just one driver, but the whole team believing in the possibility to win, and contrary to the other final with three drivers with the possibility to gain the title, not even Justitia had to come to rescue this year.
In the end justice prevailed on the race track at the end of a season, where the Finnish driver managed to catch up 17 points in two races - something that in the past only Nino Farina managed to do in the early 50s, when we were in the early stages of what we now call Formula One. We now have an appointment for Mugello for the Finali Mondiali Ferrari. We hope to see you there! To celebrate the end of an extraordinary season! Don’t miss it!
That’s it! Everything is ready for the last race of the season, which looks to be as hot as never before. Three drivers, three completely different characters ad two cars, which in the end might not be that different at all…. but which, in terms of their management from behind the pitwall, are really far apart.
Obviously only one driver can win at the end of this season, which, however it will end, will be remembered – apart from the legal occurrences - as one of the most contested seasons of the last decade.
The renewed contract with the Scuderia until the end of 2010 will provide Felipe with the necessary calmness to deliver a great race in front of his home crowd, just like last year.
And this might be a factor, which is probably a bit underrated, but nevertheless one that might make the difference in the end with all the possible combinations the three competitors have. Well, we’ll see. It’s for sure that it will be a great race and we’ll have some great fun, although unfortunately it seems that there will be no rain this time….
Now it starts to be really wonderful! Unbelievable! In less than two weeks we will be in Brazil with three drivers fighting for the title; something nobody would have put his money on just a couple of months ago. In fact it hasn’t been like this for 20 years now: in the year 1986 when there were three contenders in the drivers’ championship in the order Prost, Mansell and Piquet. Maybe the younger ones amongst you don’t remember how it all ended back then. I myself do remember very well what happened, as I have always been a huge fan of Mansell.
The favoured Englishman didn’t have any luck on the day of the crucial race, which was to happen another two times in his career, when he was just a step away from the title. In the end it was the two drivers from Williams who benefited, but the one who gained the title was Alain Prost (who turned up at the last race of the season exactly seven points behind the leader…). Prost had chased his two competitors for the whole season. That history often takes some mysterious twists and turns has been almost scientifically proved… and the idea that what we have in front of us today could be one of these turns we can’t yet exclude. The drivers from the Scuderia seem to be ready to rely completely and utterly on their own force.
There are many different variables in Formula One and most of the time they are also inscrutable, at least for us ordinary mortals. In the sense that the performance of the top single-seaters varied quite a lot in the course of the season, as did the strategies and the race management in a really substantial way from one track to the other.
We have always been very competitive in Brazil, although this year, as sporting director Stefano Domenicali emphasised, there won’t be the possibility for Ferrari to choose the tyres most adequate for the race track, but the team has to consider itself satisfied with the two compounds (soft and extra-soft) that Bridgestone will bring to Brazil.
At this point the hope comes up that this will not tip the balance in the fight for the title to be fought, as I hope, on the track by tenths of a second, just as it was the case in China. As you could see my omen for another race on a wet track worked out and it was not only profound but also favourable for another great race. So instead of starting night-races they should actually wet all the circuits artificially during the races.
What do you think? Without spending a lot of money on expensive technical revolutions, we just need a nice watering system and we’ll give it a go… this would add, not only some fun but also the “human factor” would play a bigger part again. Kidding aside, as our friend Ianiva said, performances such as the one by the young German Vettel, or, as I might add, by the Italian Liuzzi, would not have been possible with their single-seaters under normal racing conditions. What do you think? Long live the rain!