Liverpool, England 25-Jan-2006 [JP]: The Ferrari Formula 1 team fired their entire pit crew yesterday. The announcement
followed Ferrari’s decision to take advantage of the UK government’s youth
opportunity scheme and employ young people from Liverpool.
The decision to hire them was brought about after a recent documentary on how
unemployed youths from Liverpool were able to remove a set of wheels in less
than 6 seconds without proper equipment, whereas Ferrari’s existing crew can
only do it in 8 seconds with millions of Euros worth of high-tech equipment.
Prime Minister Tony Blair went on record as saying this was a bold move by
Ferrari management which demonstrated the international recognition of the UK
under New Labor.
As most races are won and lost in the pits, Ferrari now has the advantage over
every other team. However, Ferrari may have got more than they bargained for. At
the crews first practice session the Liverpool pit crew successfully changed the
tires in under 6 seconds, but within 12 seconds they had re-sprayed, re-badged
and sold the vehicle to the Mclaren team for 8 bottles of Bud, 12 wraps of
speed, and some photos of David Coulthard’s girlfriend in the shower.
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