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Ferrari's Maori Pit Crew

Ferrari fired their pit crew last week.

The announcement followed Ferrari's decision last month to take advantage of the New Zealand government's "work for the dole scheme" and to hire unemployed Maori youths.

The decision to hire them was bought on by a recent television documentary on how Maori youths were able to remove a set of car wheels in less than 6 seconds without proper equipment, whereas Ferrari's pit crew can only do it in 8 seconds with the aid of millions of dollars of high tech gear. As most races are won and lost in the pits, Ferrari was confident they would have a decided advantage over every other F1 team.

However Ferrari got more than they bargained for on Sunday when, during the first pit stop the Maori crew changed all 4 tyres in under 6 seconds - but within 12 seconds they had re-sprayed, re-badged and sold the car over to the McLaren team for ten cases of Waikato beer, an HQ Holden and a quick look at Lewis Hamilton's girlfriend in the shower.

Senast uppdaterad 2009-09-07 10:28