As an ardent fan of Ferrari, I just had to write this. Over the years Ferrari have produced some of the best sportscars and grand tourers. The F430 for example; Jeremy Clarkson of TopGear claimed that the Ferrari holds the road so well that “even the most butter-fingered, incapable driver could drive the F430 around their test track only one second slower than the most skilled test driver.” He has in fact proclaimed that the F430 is “just about the best car I’ve ever driven”. However, the road car division of Ferrari is merely secondary. Its the F1 division, the ‘Scuderia Ferrari’, that I’m more interested about.

There are many extremely interesting aspects about the Ferrari F1 team that sets them apart. First of all, there is the fact that they are the only team to have raced in every F1 season since its inception. Then there is the uncanny knack of producing geniuses(Jean Todt, Rory Bryne and Ross Brawn for example, in the recent years). And then there are the idiosyncrasies. Unlike other manufacturers, Ferrari supports its F1 team through the sale of road cars, not the other way around. The Ferrari team was even resistant to sponsorship till the late 1970s! But most of all it’s that immense Italian passion for motor racing that sets Ferrari apart.

Italians are known for their skill at producing great cars (Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati >> BMW, Audi, Porsche) and Ferrari is, to a large extent, godlike in Italy. Most of the people in the city of Maranello are Ferrari employees. For Italians, working for Ferrari is like being a part of the Indian Cricket team for Indians. There is a human element in the Ferrari team that I find lacking in McLaren or RedBull or any other team. There is so much history involved. Even the name “Scuderia Ferrari”, literally meaning “Stable of Ferrari” and intending to mean “Team Ferrari”, has such a strong feel about it. No offense to the fans of the other teams, but they seem so robotic in their approach.

Most of the Ferrari racers have gone on to be extremely successful: Alberto Ascari, Niki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, Alain Prost and arguably the greatest driver of all time, Michael Schumcher. After months of speculation, Ferrari finally announced Alonso would be joining Massa for the 2010 lineup. Although personally I quite dislike Alonso, he’s definitely the best racer around after Schumacher retired. Put him in a scarlet car and he won’t disappoint the many million Ferrari fans.