Equally, Scuderia Ferrari shows two faces in Australia. The smiling one comes courtesy of Seb on the rostrum, as Best of the Rest behind the Mercedes duo, putting to good use a well-prepared, one-stop strategy, which enables him to jump Massa on a track where overtaking is always a challenge.
The grumpy face, a pale one, is Kimi Raikkonen’s. His blistering race pace does not compensate for a poor start, after which he gets squeezed between F1 debs Sainz and Nasr, ends up with a damaged floor on his Ferrari and eventually pays the price of a small mistake during his first pit call, resulting in irreparable damage on his rear left wheel once his car stops again for fresh tyres.
The sky is brighter than anywhere else, too bad for
the chilly evenings.
Fans are warm Down Under, often thanks to their Italian roots.
But the atmosphere inside the Scuderia garage is even more special, and not just because of Charlize Theron, a Venus in white, making a regal appearance.
The answer comes in a cloud of champagne spray, and while the Mercedes drivers mercilessly douse Sir
Jackie Stewart on the podium, Seb looks down to a sea of red shirts and points his finger at every Tom
and Dick and Harry, that’s yours, too, mate. His first outing as a Ferrari driver was a success, now we’ll
see what future holds. “I was an incognito Ferrari fan. Now I can call myself an official Tifoso”.
And a good-mannered one, too.