August 26, 2003


Ferrari has won the last three world championships but drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello are struggling this year to maintain the marque’s dominance. The Hungarian round of the Formula One championship has provoked this front-page response from La Repubblica:

We saw Barrichello losing the wheel and crashing as if he were driving a Trabant. And Schumacher paddling as if he were shipwrecked. They’ll tell us it  was the tyres ... well, just go to the tyre man and change them. They’ll tell us others have made enormous progress but not why Ferrari are resembling a  bus.

A partial translation is available here. Maybe Ferrari should hire Mark Webber.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 26, 2003 01:40 PM

My 575M Maranello also drives like a Trabbie.

I'm trading it on this.

Posted by: pooh at August 26, 2003 at 02:01 PM

Ferrari has a larger budget than a lot of third world countries, but when was the last time Burkina Faso produced a half decent quad cam V12?

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 26, 2003 at 02:03 PM

Sorry. Try this.

Posted by: pooh at August 26, 2003 at 02:13 PM

Well, when Italy were eliminated from the World Cup by South Korea last year, the Italians managed to demonstrate that they were the worst losers in all of human history (which is saying something). This is just a small continuation of the trend.

Posted by: Michael Jennings at August 26, 2003 at 07:15 PM