Greed for money is driving new managing director Stefano Domenicali, who is still being pushed by US owners Liberty Media, to search for millions. Even a banker’s son, born in Imola on May 11, 1965, wants to get rid of the GP’s sacred cows.
‘Many countries are on the waiting list’
The former Ferrari boss is planning to return to South Africa after 20 years (which has already earned him Hamilton’s applause). They also want to continue fulfilling the contract with China soon – and in the US, after Austin, Miami and Las Vegas in 2023 are already on the agenda on May 8.
“Other interested parties are lining up,” Domenicali says, not giving Europe any high hopes. Germany has already been buried, and now the classics of Monaco (where the traditional Thursday has already been cancelled), the Spa as well as Le Castellet have to jump over the blade first.
“It doesn’t matter where it is broadcast!”
Certainly, in Europe big money hasn’t been paid for a GP show for years (perhaps least in Monte Carlo). But now the dollar must roll. No matter where, dictators can rub their hands all over the world.
And what do the officials in the Formula One Control Office say? “TV fans don’t care where the races are shown. It’s exciting!” What arrogance.
Because this is where you are wrong. Most fans look forward to the European races because they can easily travel there. But who is traveling to Japan, South Africa, Abu Dhabi or Saudi Arabia?
Ferrari had to wait a long time
So world championship leader Leclerc should try to win his race on May 29 this year for the first time. And Monegasse shines ahead of the home race with Ferrari this week in the all-sold-out Imola.
In Melbourne, he won the first major championship of his career: pole, fastest lap of the race, win and all laps in the lead. He is the twenty-sixth pilot to do so. The last Ferrari driver was Alonso in Singapore in 2010. The record holder is Jim Clark (8).
Who can stop Leclerc?
So far, Leclerc has collected all three bonus points for the fastest lap of the race. In 2020 and 2021, the Reds didn’t have the fastest single lap!
Leclerc won in Australia by 20.5 seconds ahead of Perez (Red Bull Honda). Ferrari’s last star by far was Michael Schumacher in Spain in 2002 – 35.6 seconds ahead of Montoya (Williams BMW).
The last Ferrari driver to take pole in Melbourne was Kimi Raikkonen in 2007. He became world champion. Since then, they have been waiting for the driver’s title in Maranello.
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