Posted 27 November 2012 - 16:52
I've been waiting for my post for a couple of days, so my ideas would settle and everybody else had a chance of writing their opinions so I could read it.
I had the luck of meeting first time Fernando when he was 13 years old, so everytime I see him in his red car I remember that determined kid, still unpolished, that I met first.
Also I've been Ferrari fan since mid seventies, so enjoyed the performances of Lauda, Gilles, Alboreto, Mansell, Prost, Alesi and Schumacher. But I had never the chance of knowing them personally before they became Ferrari drivers.
So I feel a special conection with Fernando. I'm not going to join the debate of the best driver ever or worthy champions et al, because those are not facts but just opinions and debatable.
What I wanted to share is how special Fernando has made me feel as a Ferrari fan, how connected he made me feel with the team, how human the Scuderia feels with him, and also with Felipe, Stefano, Andrea, ..., now I feel much more in one with my team that ever before.
It would have been wonderful to win the title this year, because everyone in the team and at the factory deserved, but all we fans and Ferrari workers have to feel proud of what we achieved, even if was not in the end the victory we dreamed so hard.
In the defeat, is not easy to be united as a team. Look what has happened with McLaren, when all went wrong Hamilton (my second favorite driver) split with the team.
But we, Ferrari, are stronger than ever, even if the car was not what we wanted, we still will have complete faith in our engineers, in everyone of Ferrari.
I'm so proud of all you, that something this means much more than a victory.
Thank you Fernando to make me feel special as a Ferrari fan.