Fernando Makes First Trip to Ferrari

Negative CamberCorrespondent INovember 6, 2009

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 30:  Fernando Alonso of Spain and Renault lines up for a team photo before practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on October 30, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Just when some of you were starting to appreciate Ferrari’s press releases , well, I think the team may be back on your bad side.

Fernando Alonso took his first trip to Maranello today, and Ferrari offered up the following :

Alonso’s first day in Maranello

Maranello, 6 November 2009 – Today early in the morning, just after 8am. Fernando Alonso arrived at the gates of the Scuderia Ferrari for his first contact with the new team, although still not as an official member due to his contractual commitments regarding image management, which still tie him to his previous team and his sponsors.

The first meeting was with Stefano Domenicali, who then left him to the technicians, who started to work with the driver on the upcoming season’s programme. Between meetings connected to the new single-seater’s project Fernando visited the wind channel to see the model and worked on the sitting position in the car’s cockpit, while the day ended just after 5pm. Before leaving Maranello, Alonso was received by Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, who personally wanted to welcome the Spaniard at Ferrari in a cordially meeting of around half an hour.

Today’s intermezzo was a couple of laps on the Fiorano race track with the 458 Italia, naturally in red: as he couldn’t yet drive a red Formula 1 car Fernando wanted to feel the emotion of driving a Ferrari on the track where all the Prancing Horse’s single-seaters are born and raised.

Good to see the team is back with the safe corporate speak. Those literary allusions and veiled comments about Max Mosley killing off Formula One were too much.

More seriously—Alonso is not wasting any time, is he? I wonder though if that is enthusiasm for his new team or worry about just how bad the car really is.

Final side note and fun fact: When I got contracted on to F1B and made my first visit to the mid-America corporate HQ, I also got an opportunity to take to the track. Of course, it was in an old Yugo with the F1B logo. Still, pretty fun to throw it around.

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