Wednesday, May 28, 2008

F1 Calendar

2008 F1 Schedule

Photobucket Australia - 16th March

Photobucket Malaysia - 23rd March

Photobucket Bahrain - 6th April

Photobucket Spain - 27th April

Photobucket Turkey - 11th May

Photobucket Monaco - 25th May

Photobucket Canada - 8th June

Photobucket France - 22nd June

Photobucket Britain - 6th July

Photobucket Germany - 20th July

Photobucket Hungary - 3rd August

Photobucket Europe - 24th August

Photobucket Belgium - 7th September

Photobucket Italy - 14th September

Photobucket Singapore - 28th September

Photobucket Japan - 12th October

Photobucket China - 19th October

Photobucket Brazil - 2nd November

Domenicali Confident Of Ferrari Comeback In Canada

Stefano Domenicali has declared himself confident of a Ferrari comeback in Canada, after a truly appalling Monaco GP.

For the first time since 1979, 2 Ferrari’s locked out the front row in Monaco but poor weather and a series of bad decisions and accidents led Felipe Massa to finish 3rd and Raikkonen to finish 9th. With Lewis Hamilton winning the race, it pushed Raikkonen off the top of the drivers title race and heads were certainly convinced to be rolling back in Italy.

However, the team principal is sure his drivers can take the fight to McLaren in Montreal where Lewis Hamilton scored his first ever race win last season.

“It’s easy to say but difficult to do it. For sure, in terms of preparation, we are much more confident of the situation ad hopefully it should be different from what we saw last year,” said Domenicali.

“We want to be positive for Canada because we take the same kind of approach but we need to be humble because the competition is always very strong.

“As we always said, we mustn’t forget that we won four races out of six, and that’s something important. As I’ve always said, the championship will be very very long.

“In these conditions, you’re going to lose some points, then the situation that happened with Lewis today means he’s leading the championship, so it will be very, very long.”

Stefano Domenicali

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ferrari To Hit Indian Roads By Next Year

Italian car major Fiat group is eyeing to launch its premium car brand Ferrari in India, which will soon lighten on the Indian roads by next year (2009).

Ferrari’s entry into the Indian market is mainly aimed at ensuring speed delivery of vehicles to the customers.

Ferrari kicked off its India campaign by launching the 'Magic India Discovery Drive' with elephant as its mascot, to give 50 journalists from across the globe a feel about India.

Mr Davide Kluzer, head of press office for Ferrari said, “During this tour, we will understand the technological challenges we are going to face in India and we will collect experience from here.”

Hormaz Sorabjee, editor of Autocar India said, “The base Ferrari model is available for Rs 2.2 crore, including the import duty. Upon entry in India, the costs may go down slightly by about a couple of lakhs.”

Ferrari, which entered China in 2004, sold 177 vehicles last year, 27 more than predicted. It expects China to become its fifth largest market in six years. Ferrari is using its China strategy in India.

Currently, the vehicles are directly shipped from Italy by the buyers in India. Ferrari’s initial plan is to open showrooms in the country.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

So farewell then Jean...

TodtJean Todt has stepped down as Ferrari CEO(having already handed over control of the racing team to Stefano Domenicali) and has been replaced by Amadeo Felisa. To be quite honest there will be few who will be sad to see the Frenchman go. He was definitely not the most popular guy in the paddock. But, on the other hand, Todt was never trying to win popularity contests and his unique obsessional and ruthless approach to Formula One brought him and Ferrari extraordinary success. Some say that the Scuderia has already returned to a more charming and attractive mood without Todt goading everyone in and out of the team. But there are risks involved here. What would you rather have, a friendly team that loses its way or an aggressive, cynical and ruthless outfit that wins?

Pic of Todt and Michael by makeroadsafe via flickr

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Turkish Grand Prix - Sunday Race - Massa Wins

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa scored his third successive victory at the Istanbul park circuit and his second of this season as he staved of the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton to take the chequered flag at the Turkish Grand Prix. Pole-sitter Massa was briefly challenged - and passed on the 24th lap - by an aggressive Hamilton but his two-stop strategy compared to Hamilton’s three-stop-strategy stood him in good stead and he clinched victory by just under four seconds. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was third in a bravura display in spite of a damaged front-wing and an engine that was into its second race. BMW and Renault were the usual best-of-the rest with Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld finishing 4th and 5th with Fernando Alonso in 6th. Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg took up 7th and 8th place respectively.

Would You Pay $11M for a Ferrari?

May 20, 2008
Well, somebody just shell out close to $11 million just to get this Ferrari. A 1961 Ferrari California Spyder was recently sold for $10,894,900 at an auction in Maranello, Italy.

According to RM Auctions and Sotheby’s, the amount is the highest price ever paid for a vintage car in an auction. The previous record of the most expensive car in an auction was held by a Ferrari as well, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and this car fetched $10,756,000 in 1990.

The high price of the Ferrari was a reflection of the strong demand for vintage Ferraris in Europe. It was noted that in recent months, Ferraris have been selling privately between collectors for amounts exceeding $11 million. But what makes the California Spyder extra special aside from the fact that this is a Ferrari? This car was once owned by James Coburn, an actor. Coburn bought the car in 1964 shortly after finishing the movie, ‘The Great Escape’.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ferrari History Of Ferrari

Ferrari S.p.A. is an Italian sports car manufacturer based in Maranello and Modena, Italy. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929 as Scuderia Ferrari, the company sponsored drivers and manufactured race cars before moving into production of street legal vehicles in 1947 as Ferrari S.p.A.. Throughout its history, the company has been noted for its continued participation in racing, especially in Formula One, where it has largely enjoyed great success, especially during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, late 1990s, and 2000s. After years of financial struggles, Enzo Ferrari sold the company's sports car division to the Fiat group in 1969 to ensure continued financial backing. Enzo Ferrari retained control of the racing division until his death in 1988 at the age of 90. Earlier that year he had overseen the launch of the Ferrari F40; the last new Ferrari to be launched before his death.

Ferrari also has an internally managed merchandising line that licenses many products bearing the Ferrari brand, including eyewear, pens, pencils, electronic goods, perfume, clothing, high-tech bicycles, cell phones, and even laptop computers. Financial Times named Ferrari number one on its 2007 list of the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe.