Dear friends, I noticed with great pleasure that my last post met your approval; something I really had no doubt about, but nevertheless I am extremely proud of and it shows that our Blog is not followed by hooligans of any kind at all. I even want to pick up Francesco’s provocation. As you know I am a huge fan of kartsport and considering the sophisticated technology we could almost take it into consideration…. Kidding aside, what I want to tell you today has to do with the Blog itself, or rather with Blogs in general, or what is a spontaneous movement, which allows users to interact with the other side, which is what differentiates it from newspapers. With this in mind I thought that from now on first of all I need to learn how to use this wonderful way of communication in an appropriate way. So now I immediately want to put into practice what I’ve just said, inviting you to tell us what you think about our new special, we’re preparing for you for the start of the upcoming Formula One season. The special will be divided into different sections, with one I will take care of personally and which will deal with the most important/significant situation/s Ferrari experienced in the past in every single one of the 18 GPs of the upcoming Formula One Championship. For the GPs in Singapore and Valencia there will be a simple description of the track, while for all the other races I want to take into consideration the entire story of the specific GPs; for example as far as the French GP is concerned, when it was held at the circuit in Reims up to the current track of Magny Cours. Please let me know if there are any other editions of the races, which are worth posting, or if you have any anecdotes (even personal ones) you want us to highlight… Australian GP:Raikkonen 2007; Malaysian GP: Schumacher 1999; Bahrain GP: Schumacher 2004; Spanish GP:Villeneuve 1981/Schumacher 1996; Turkish GP: Massa 2006; Monaco GP: Ascari 1950/Villeneuve 1981; Canadian GP: Villeneuve1979/Alesì 1995; France GP: Baghetti 1961/Villeneuve 1979; British GP: Gonzales1951/Collins 1958; Deutschland GP: Ickx 1972/Regazzoni 1974; Magyar GP Ungheria: Mansell 1989/Schumacher 2004; Belgian GP: Schumacher 2004; Italian GP: Fangio 1956/Berger 1988; Japanese GP: Schumacher 2000; Chinese GP: Barrichello 2004; Brasilian GP: Schumacher 2006/Raikkonen 2007
Dear friends, I want to benefit from the overall optimistic mood, caused by the extraordinary lap times produced by our cars during the test sessions at the Sakhir circuit, to go back for a second to the question Francesco asked a couple of days ago. Lewis Hamilton has been insulted during testing at the Jerez circuit, which is something that should not be underestimated; especially considering that also in motorsports this is nothing really new. Probably someone amongst you might still remember when stones flew in the direction of Alain Prost at the race track of Monza, when the French driver was battling against Alboreto for the title, or the nails on the roads of the Rally Monte Carlo for the cars competing against the Frenchman Auriol. One might say that it is some sort of widely spread malpractice, but not so much amongst the fans on the Iberian Peninsula, who are (as you can see at the MotoGP and on many other occasions) famous for their fairness and their spontaneous enthusiasm. Despite personal sympathies or antipathies we, as motorsport enthusiasts, have to be indignant about this episode and make it clear that these people are not part of our world. The FIA did well by intervening and considering penalties for the organizers at the Spanish track, if anything like that happens again. I think that this is the only right way to go, to not let what happens in football happen in motorsports; because we absolutely do not need anything like that... Having said that and with the start of the season coming closer, I’d like to announce to you as a premiere a true stunner: from the first GP on Ferrariworld will have a very exclusive envoy at the races: Marc Genè will comment on the race weekends and also tell us about what’s happening behind the scenes in the Paddock! Obviously this is just the beginning of a season, which indicates to be a great one….