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Arrivederci Ferrari.


Arrivederci Ferrari

The mythical and magical name, the essence of Formula 1 and Motor
Racing, Scuderia Ferrari, is threatening to leave the big show.

By Nasir Hameed

Mention motor racing or red cars to any racing aficionado, or the prancing horse, it only means one thing – – Ferrari. The blood of Italy, and dream that flows in every young driver aspiring to be world champion. The legacy and legend left behind by a man who endured the triumphs and tragedies of the sport in his “terrible joys”.

Those were the days

Scuderia Ferrari takes pride in competing in the FIA world championship since the beginning, 1950. A little piercing of history books will show the prancing horse failed to gallop to the inaugural round at Silverstone that year.

But the history books will also reveal the success of this team is unmatched. When the curtain came down on the 1958 season in Casablanca, Ferrari had powered the first British world champion in Mike Hawthorn. Three years later it would take Phil Hill to the top of the world as the first American world champion. The second American world champion, Mario Andretti, drove a Lotus in his glory year, 1978, but seven years earlier his first taste of F1 victory came in a Ferrari at Kyalami.



Each and every round of the 1950 season, excluding the Indianapolis 500, was won by Enzo Ferrari’s ex-employer and then arch rival from Milano, Alfa Romeo.

In round five of the second season, July 14th. is the day that will remain in Ferrari-famy. It was “Pampas Bull” from Argentina, Jose Froilan Gonzales, who gave prancing horse its first Formula 1 victory in the 1951 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

“That day I felt like I stabbed my own mother”, such was the impact of this victory on Enzo Ferrari. One has to wonder how he felt when his own fellow Italian, Alberto Ascari, gave him back to back championships in 1952 & ’53.

Fury & the future

The halls of FIA head office are not immune from financial meltdown the world is enduring these days. The sport’s governing body has decreed budget caps for next season, teams that comply with this will have greater technical freedom than those who wish to spend what they deem is necessary for their operation.

This two-tier Championship has shades of turbo and non-turbo cars era.

Luca di Montezemolo, man in charge of the most symbolic of F1 teams and history, has lashed out against new regulations and wasted no time in proclaiming Ferrari will leave Formula 1. He has the support of his team’s board of directors.
Piero Ferrari, Enzo’s flesh and blood, has also come out and spoken in support of his team’s decision to depart from the top league. He told the British newspaper The Guardian: “This is not a war of press releases”. The Scuderia maintains it’s not possible to control budget cap.
The younger Ferrari continued, “They’re not acceptable at all. Everybody on the grid has to start with the same rules, otherwise there’s no competition and it’s somebody else deciding who’s going to win."
Flavio Briatore, the colorful team boss at Renault, was very clear where he stood on the matter, “Our aim is to reduce costs while maintaining the high standards that make Formula One one of the most prestigious brands on the market.
"We want to achieve this in a co-coordinated manner with the regulatory and commercial bodies, and we refuse to accept unilateral governance handed out by the FIA”.
John Howett of Toyota and Red Bull billionaire, Dietrich Mateschitz has also taken a stand against Max Mosley’s idea of cost control. Their anger stem from Max’s modus operandi where the participants in the billion dollar show have no say in how the stage is set.

BMW’s Dr. Mario Theissen also feels FIA’s ruling is not healthy for the sport.

The missing link is the power behind the current world champion and championship leader, Mercedes-Benz. The Star of Stuttgart has been tarnished in the past two season by shenanigans by their F1 partner, McLaren and both only recently escaped multiple race ban following the
“lie-gate” episode in Australia.

McLaren’s silence may be golden for Max and his group. A united front from FOTA (Formula One Teams Association) members will force his hand to agree to their terms and conditions.


Will prancing horse leave the barn?

Bernie Ecclestone was right on the money, as he always is on such matters, when he said Ferrari and Formula 1 is a marriage made in heaven. Can anyone even imagine the separation of Vince Lombardi and NFL, Mohammed Ali and Boxing?

Ferrari enjoys the same stature when you hear the sound of racing engines.
It will be a sad, sad day when the sound of these magnificent machines from Maranello is no longer heard going into Parabolica at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, or dive into Eau Rouge at Spa-Francorchamps.

Luca can look into sports car racing and re-visit the glory days of Le Mans 24-hour race. Then there is always the last hope, the lucrative American market where Tony George would give Luca a princely welcome to the pagoda.

Boys will be boys. Let’s hope they grow up by the May 29, 2009, the deadline for entering the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.


F1weekly podcast # 346



Podcast number 346 Clark and Steve give you the Barcelona review.

Brawn GP continue their domination of the 2009 season with Button taking the checkered flag.

Rubens Barrichello surprised to have not taken the victory in Barcelona.

Red Bull’s Mark Webber with great pit stop strategy takes the final podium position.

Ferrari telling Felipe to conserve fuel allows Vettel and Alonso through for fourth and fifth.

More trouble for Max Mosley as more teams join the budget cap protest.

Rubens Barrichello on Sunday made clear I’m not playing number two again.


The Spanish Grand Prix
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain;
66 laps; 307.104km;


Pos Driver Team Time
1. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1h37:19.202
2. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) + 13.056
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 13.924
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) + 18.941
5. Alonso Renault (B) + 43.166
6. Massa Ferrari (B) + 50.827
7. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 52.312
8. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 1:05.211
9. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
10. Glock Toyota (B) + 1 lap
11. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 1 lap
12. Piquet Renault (B) + 1 lap
13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) + 1 lap
14. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap

Fastest lap: Barrichello, 1:22.762

Not classified/retirements:

Driver Team On lap
Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 18
Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 8
Trulli Toyota (B) 1
Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1
Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1
Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1

Mid week race updates.

Brands Hatch Goodie Bag
Season Finale

A1GP Powered by Ferrari


Adam Carrol: Luck of the Irish was smiling as title challenge from Team Switzerland melted away after Neel Jani’s qualifying woes. That was all the gin and tonic Adam needed as he grabbed pole position for both sprint and feature races and turned them into race wins. He may be a regular on the F1 grid next year with one of the new teams.


Maple Leaf on Cedar Tree: Talented Toronto driver Daniel Morad is a man of international flair. His father is from Iran and mother from Austria. But he represented Team Lebanon, birth place of his grand father.


Smile. You’re on Candice camera: Motorsports power house Brazil has been win less since Nelsinho Piquet won both the opening races at Brands Hatch on the birth of this series in September 2005. His services may be available soon.


Pretty Portimao: In this day and age of doom and gloom it is refreshing to see new beautiful circuits emerge, such as the Algarve location in Portugal, above, and San Luis in Argentina. Thanks, but no thanks, Tilke.


The Old and New Glory: Sausalito ace JR Hildebrand gave Team USA a San Francisco treat by qualifying on the second row on his debut and finished fourth in the sprint race. Regular driver Marco Andretti is set to start practice at the Brickyard this week so missed the Brands Hatch finale.

F1 weekly brings you news, views and conversations with leading personalities of motor racing. Past, present and future.



Toyota on pole.


Bahrain Grand Prix cleared for take-off: After season opener in Australia, and two races in Asia, the Formula 1 show has landed in Bahrain for round four in the 2009 World Championship. The desert fox for the past two years has been Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who now finds his team in a hole after three pointless races.

Championship leader Jenson Button would be looking to put Brawn racing back on top while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, winner of last round in China, would be looking to continue their stampede.

Nico Rosberg recorded the fastest lap on his debut here in 2006. He would be looking to score his first Grand Prix win. Also threatening to win their first ever Formula 1 race is the Toyota team.

Sebastien Bourdais and Nelsinho Piquet may find their careers on shifting sands if they do not bring in the expected race finishes. If Sebastien Buemi out qualifies and out races teammate Bourdais it may be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.

F1 weekly invites you to listen to our regular podcasts for news, views and information from the world of motor racing.

For an historic trip down memory lane we invite you to listen to a conversation with Sir Stirling Moss on podcast # 339.


Jarno Trulli takes pole position for Toyota.

Timo Glock completes a first ever Toyota front row.

Sebastian Vettel starts the second row with third for Red Bull.

Mark Webber is blocked by Sutil and fails to get out of Q1.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:32.779 1:32.671 1:33.431
2. Glock Toyota (B) 1:33.165 1:32.613 1:33.712
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:32.680 1:32.474 1:34.015
4. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:32.978 1:32.842 1:34.044
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:32.851 1:32.877 1:34.196
6. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.116 1:32.842 1:34.239
7. Alonso Renault (B) 1:33.627 1:32.860 1:34.578
8. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:33.297 1:33.014 1:34.818
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.672 1:33.166 1:35.134
10. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:33.117 1:32.827 1:35.380
11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:33.479
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.221
13. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:33.495
14. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:33.377
15. Piquet Renault (B) 1:33.608
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:33.722
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:33.753
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:33.910
19. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:34.038
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.159

Pos Driver Team Weight (kg)
1. Trulli Toyota 648.5
2. Glock Toyota 643.0
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 659.0
4. Button Brawn-Mercedes 652.5
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 652.5
6. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 649.0
7. Alonso Renault 650.5
8. Massa Ferrari 664.5
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 670.5
10. Raikkonen Ferrari 671.5
11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 678.5
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 680.9
13. Kubica BMW-Sauber 698.6
14. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 696.3
15. Piquet Renault 677.6
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 679.0
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 678.5
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 652.0
19. Webber Red Bull-Renault 656.0
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 667.5



Qualifying in Shanghai.



Sebastian Vettle gives Red Bull their first pole in Shanghai.

Fernando Alonso in his Renault completes the front row.

Mark Webber takes up P3 with Rubens Barrichello in fourth.

Flavio Briatore continues his trashing of Brawn GP.

BMW ‘s Robert Kubica fails to get out of Q1.

Jenson Button content with fifth on the grid.

Trulli completed the top six for Toyota, followed by Nico Rosberg.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.565 1:35.130 1:36.184 11
2. Alonso Renault (B) 1:36.443 1:35.803 1:36.381 21
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:35.751 1:35.173 1:36.466 19
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.701 1:35.503 1:36.493 21
5. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.533 1:35.556 1:36.532 19
6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.308 1:35.645 1:36.835 21
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.941 1:35.809 1:37.397 23
8. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:36.137 1:35.856 1:38.089 19
9. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:35.776 1:35.740 1:38.595 17
10. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.284 1:35.965 1:39.321 21
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:36.525 1:35.975 14
12. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.646 1:36.032 10
13. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:36.178 1:36.033 11
14. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.364 1:36.066 14
15. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.673 1:36.193 13
16. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.906 10
17. Piquet Renault (B) 1:36.908 10
18. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:36.966 8
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.669 10
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.672 10

 Pos. Driver Car weight:

1. Vettel 644.0kg
2. Alonso 637.0kg
3. Webber 646.5kg
4. Barrichello 661.0kg
5. Button 659.0kg
6. Trulli 664.5kg
7. Rosberg 650.5kg
8. Raikkonen 673.5kg
9. Hamilton 679.0kg
10. Buemi 673.0kg
11. Heidfeld 679.0kg
12. Kovalainen 697.0kg
13. Massa 690.0kg
14. Glock 652.0kg
15. Nakajima 682.7kg
16. Bourdais 690.0kg
17. Piquet 697.9kg
18. Kubica 659.0kg
19. Sutil 648.0kg
20. Fisichella 679.5kg





Memories from Sepang.

 F1 weekly listener Christi Paul at the Malaysian Grand Prix.


Long time listener Christi Paul lives less than an hour away from Sepang International Circuit. He was at the inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix in 1999 to see his racing hero, Michael Schumacher, make a dramatic and “defensive” comeback from his leg injuries suffered in the British Grand Prix. The Red Baron embarrassed the field and especially his teammate, Eddie Irvine, who was attempting to become the first world champion without ever winning a pole position. In the race Schumacher gifted the lead to Irvine and sheltered him from the “Hak” attack.

Christi’s most memorable moments in Formula 1 include Schumacher’s victory in the 2000 Italian Grand Prix, equaling Senna’s number of wins, and his last hurrah in Brazil 2006.

Our thanks to Christi for sharing the images from last weekend’s race at Sepang.



Christi Paul in Sepang


Court of appeals decision will change the course of the Championship, Kimi.

Mercedes very disappointed with the current situation at McLaren.

More rumors… Alonso has already signed with Ferrari for next year.

McLaren called before the World Motor sport council in Paris April 29th.

FIA statemant:

– on 29 March, 2009, told the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix that no instructions were given to Hamilton in Car No. 1 to allow Trulli in Car no. 9 to pass when both cars were behind the safety car, knowing this statement to be untrue;

– procured its driver Hamilton the current World Champion, to support and confirm this untrue statement to the stewards;

– although knowing that as a direct result of its untrue statement to the stewards, another driver and a rival team had been unfairly penalised, made no attempt to rectify the situation either by contacting the FIA or otherwise;

– on 2 April, 2009, at a second hearing before the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix, (meeting in Malaysia) made no attempt to correct the untrue statement of 29 March but, on the contrary, continued to maintain that the statement was true, despite being allowed to listen to a recording of the team instructing Hamilton to let Trulli past and despite being given more than one opportunity to correct its false statement;

– on 2 April, 2009, at the second stewards’ hearing, procured its driver Hamilton to continue to assert the truth of the false statement given to the stewards on 29 March, while knowing that what he was saying to the stewards was not true.

Photos by: Christi Paul