April 17, 2006
Future Ferrari Line-up
The drama surrounding where Kimi will drive in 2007, whether Schumacher will continue in F1 as driver and for whom he will drive is getting, interesting than on track events that happens over 18-19 weekends every year. While idea of Kimi & Schummi driving for Ferrari will be of interest not only to Tifosi fans but to general F1 audience. Given history of Ferrari which has had strict pecking order, about number 1 and number 2 drivers in team, and that Schummi has enjoyed the preferential treatment in Ferrari, whether Kimi will be happy to drive next to Michael.
About the other half of story where Flavio Briatore is trying to allure Michael to Renault, sounds very logical possibility, the logic being, with departure of Fernando Alonso major Spanish sponsor Telefonica is in two minds whether to continue its association with Champions Renault. It would really require some name like Michael Schumacher to hold them back or get another big sponsor. With tobacco manufacturers exiting F1 end of 2006 there is a flux on sponsorship front & lots of big names in drivers being wooed is just another spin-off of this.
As much as I may blame Mclaren Bosses for being blue blooded corporate than red blooded racers ,at the moment they are sitting pretty with a World champion driver ready to drive their car and big sponsors like Johnny Walker ,Emirates Air & Vodafone to fund their future in racing world.
Schumacher assures Tifosi
Speculations aside about his future in F1,Michael appears confident to put on better results in front of Italian fans at Imola coming weekend. The Ferrari detractors are claiming that the form in season opener race in Bahrain was more a result of extensive winter testing team did on Sakhir circuit, the next race at Sepang the Ferrari suffered with engine reliability issues and Melbourne was a big bad dream for the team. Will Imola mark the return of Ferrari we all will find out this time next week.
RBR3 how will it be?
The star designer shares his vision of what is on offer from his side to Red Bull Racing team. And if one goes by the MP421 car that was his parting gift to Mclaren team, Newey fans can be assured that given his talents and Red Bull funds ,we should expect to see another beauty running on the F1 circuit. Question remains how much reliable will be the Ferrari powered customer engines, for the team to hope to build upon the solid foundation that they built since last season