I believe LL might have gone for good now, but should they be reading…
The problem with your posts is that you appear to have some ignorance of F1 history. That in itself is no bad thing- nobody can have complete knowledge, especially if they are relatively new to the sport, and it takes time to build up knowledge. I once had terrible ignorance of F1′s past, and I’m undoubtedly sure I am still ignorant of large parts of it.
The problem lies in you using that ignorance as reason for why something can’t be true. I understand your position. As you don’t know about the ‘special treatment’ for whatever reason, it must be hard for you to believe it was allowed to exist- F1 is a massive sport after all, and the idea of it being biased is nonsensical. However, it is true that they received favoritism/priority, in situations many other have already described. Research this yourself if you don’t know it. You cannot assume it to be fictitious or a conspiracy theory just because you don’t know about it first hand, even if it seems illogical. Whether it eluded you or you simply didn’t watch F1 until recently I don’t know. Asking for some evidence is fine, but demanding of people to find sources better than an ex-driver and manager, and then insulting them- saying they must believe in flying saucers as their facts are a little illogical to you- comes across as rude. This leads me to link to another thread where you claim you will leave this site. You seem to have been a little victimized, but made things worse by rubbing people up the wrong way, whether intentional or not. Perhaps you will see sense and return to what is a wonderful site, as it is one of the best places for frank discussions of F1. But you need to both be less personal when attacking others arguments and react less as though you are being personally attacked when they debate back. Reading through this thread is interesting, but whereas there is debate in some places, many of your comments come across as confrontations (as I’m sure this will, but I’m merely trying point out how recent events have lead to your departure) instead. It would be a shame to lose anybody from the site, regardless of how long they’ve been around, especially if people are already bemoaning the loss of a community feel.
On a more related note, I don’t like Ferrari because of the much discussed cheating, FIA bias (thought to be in the past, although last years lack of a substantial punishment for Germany says otherwise) and false sense of entitlement. Also, I was put off by the Schumi years, and haven’t liked any of their drivers since I started watching, with the exception of Kimi. I do, however appreciate their passion and think F1 would be poorer without them. Their history is also impressive, and will forever be a part of the romantic image of F1′s ‘golden years.’ I also like how iconic the Ferrari red is, even if I associate it with a team I dislike. A season where a Ferrari isn’t competing for wins is strange and to some extent a little sad- after all, they are the most successful and the idea of a team falling away is disappointing, especially if you consider how many great names have faded in the past. That Lotus, Tyrrel, Brabham are gone is a shame, and I wish Williams weren’t fading into obscurity. Although old teams shouldn’t be treated specially by the sport, on a fans level it is nice to have a team with a long and illustrious history, especially if the 246 dino is in their back catalogue.
There is a lot of discussion about statistics declaring Ferrari to be the most winning team. This is undoubtedly true. However, statistics can be used cleverly, and gloss over or highlight things. For example, in 1998, which I believe is when the ‘special treatment’ became official, although they were the longest serving team they were not the most successful. Williams had 1 more WCC, and McLaren had the same number of WDC (taken from the beginning of 1998). Half of Ferrari’s championships are from the last 12 years alone. I just find it interesting how Ferrari are now undisputed the most successful, but that the 00′s aren’t just part of the reason for that, they are largely the reason. It makes me appreciate why Scumi was so big for them- his coming to the team not only heralded their most successful run, but nearly half of their overall WCCs and success. I joined F1 properly in 2004 and it seems strange to me that the team who have always been presented to me as ‘the best’ by far from across the history of the sport were only 5 years previously level-pegging with both McLaren and Williams.