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A long and legendary story

May 29, 2010 · Posted by Staff
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1950, British Grand Prix. 2010, Turkish Grand Prix. Sixty uninterrupted years of Formula 1 in which time Scuderia Ferrari has always rallied to the call, fielding its cars on race tracks around the world. Sixty years in which the Maranello team has taken part, putting its name to important pages in the history of this sport, all signed off with an unmatched run of records: 15 drivers titles, 16 constructors, 211 wins, 203 pole positions and 221 fastest race laps.

Tomorrow, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro will reach a landmark total of 800 Grands Prix at the highest level of motor sport. There are various initiatives in place to celebrate this significant moment for our team, and also for Formula 1 itself: a special livery on the F10, quotes from drivers who have played their part in Ferrari’s history, your own memories of exciting moments experienced as Ferrari “tifosi” and the launch of a new Scuderia Ferrari section on the internet (go to formula1.ferrari.com.)

A good result in tomorrow’s race would make the event even more special. Unfortunately, our cars will not be seen at the front end of the grid, when it gets underway. Felipe Massa is eighth and Fernando Alonso only twelfth: the F10 was not quick enough in qualifying trim.

Tomorrow’s race will consist of 58 difficult and taxing laps, although at least the F10 demonstrated in free practice that it has a good pace over a long distance.

Stefano Domenicali pulled no punches: “We have to react,” and that starts tomorrow.
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Fresh start in Europe

May 8, 2010 · Posted by Staff
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Spain, Montmelo. Formula 1 is at home here, given that in the past, this was the place where the F1 Circus carried out most of its testing. After the first four races a long way from home, not forgetting all the additional hassle of getting back to base from China because of the volcanic ash cloud which was hovering over the Old Continent creating air traffic problems, the European season is finally underway. And as is traditional, all the teams have introduced updates developed over the past weeks.

On the F10, our most important update, although not the only one, is what is known as the blown rear wing, a system that produces a top speed advantage when the car is on the straights. The other modification, approved by the FIA, in full compliance with the current regulations, is to the engine, aimed at improving its reliability.

It’s definitely a busy weekend therefore, with a packed programme completed prior to the cars nosing out of the garage for the start of qualifying to decide the grid positions for tomorrow’s Grand Prix. In the end, it turned into a private duel between the two Red Bull drivers, as their car, which has been quickest in the early part of the season, seems to be out of reach of the rest of the field this weekend here in Montmelo. However, right behind them, it’s all very close.

Fernando Alonso drove out of his skin to take fourth spot, despite problems with grip that have troubled him this weekend. Felipe Massa faced the same difficulty with insufficient grip and took ninth place on the grid.

In the last nine Spanish Grands Prix, the win has gone to the pole man, so one could think that tomorrow’s race is a foregone conclusion. Will that be the case? One variable that none of the teams can afford to ignore is tyre wear over a long run, not to mention the remote chance that rain could make an appearance tomorrow.

As usual, we will be trying our hardest to bring home the best result possible.
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