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Mysterious Culling At FerrariSeptember 14th 2008 in Monza: The Tifosi storm the track and congregate in front of the podium and for the first time since 2006 they get to listen to the well-familiar combination of the Deutschlandlied followed by their own Italian Anthem. However, the man on the top step on the podium wore a dark overall and only the loud bit in the back of his car was called Ferrari.
One man who had a major influence on the proceedings was Massimo Rivola, who was subsequently hired by Ferrari for the job of sporting director. The Italian, believed to be one of the closer friends from Vettel’s Toro Rosso days, has now been shown the door, along with a Logistics Manager and a Chef.
The circumstances are somewhat mysterious. Ferrari has so far said he’s “absent for personal reasons”, while McLaren were quick to deny that Rivola would be on his way to their team.
There is one interesting thought though: A Logistics Manager (who procures and moves a lot of stuff), a Chef (who needs a lot of stuff that needs to be procured and moved), and someone from a fairly high level in the food-chain… That sounds suspiciously like some grocery shopping trips, and the currency spent on them, did perhaps not square up exactly with the amount of nuggets withdrawn from the treasure chamber?
The VJM7.5 is coming, really…There’s been a veritable side-show this year – a fierce battle between Mercedes and their customer Force India to determine what can be postponed the most frequent – Lewis’ Hamilton’s contract signing or the appearance of the VJM08.
Force India had charged ahead 2 months into the match by not only postponing the VJM08’s debut until the Austrian Grand Prix, but also revealing that it won’t in fact be the VJM08 at all. Instead a clapped-out version of the current Frankenstein car VJM7.2 was announced.
Mercedes have since then tried to reduce the gap by substituting the young, but ultimate too inexperienced chatterbox Toto Wolff for veteran bullshitter Niki Lauda, who used all his experience to lob a few meaningless denials and a very exquisite ‘really soon now’ curve-ball at the opposition.
It was Force India’s Mexican prodigy Sergio “This time for real, I swear” Perez, who restored the comfortable lead of the Silverstone squad with a thundering postponement from thirty yards out, announcing that the VJM07.5 will be delayed until Silverstone.
All eyes will now be on Mercedes. Can the giants from Brackley come back from that?
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