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So, dear reader, it comes to this.

Hovering in front of the glass wall that is my iPad screen, I was day dreaming ideas for my next article when my curiosity prompted me with; "Why not ask ChatGPT?" So thinking that would be a good use of five minutes, as I'd been meaning to try out ChatGPT for some months now, I swiftly downloaded the official app from the iOS App Store, and after a pain-free registration process I was up and running.

The "GPT" bit is an acronym for "Generative Pre-trained Transformer", which is to say, it is a large body of software and data that has been pre-trained on large data sets to then generate unique solutions which are not pre-coded, and transform your question into a unique answer. It is based on an LLM - a Large Language Model - being a large neural network with billions of data points that it has weighted itself via free-roaming, and semi-supervised training.

Think a teenager who pays half attention to what you tell them while scribbling notes on a billion Post-It notes that are then semi organised using the Post-It note colours to define topics, which it then relates via crayon etched on the tiles of your kitchen floor to each pile of notes... That's close enough for our purposes... Don't ever say Pitpass is nothing if not striving to provide definitions in an increasingly undefined world!

Thus, as a result of my rather spiritual post about Gilles and my mother, your curious scribe felt a dive into the developing universe of Artificial Intelligence was required. So I posited the following to ChatGPT... "Write an engaging article on how Ferrari can return to winning the Formula One World Championship".

Moments later I was provided the following... I hope you enjoy the result of my arduous typing of a sixteen word question... I'll see you again after ChatGPT's initial Max Noble inspired Pitpass article... with a few more views on the power of the human spirit...

(ChatGPT - start)

Title: Resurrecting the Prancing Horse: How Ferrari Can Reignite its Formula One Dominance


Ferrari, a name synonymous with Formula One glory, has faced a challenging period in recent years. As passionate fans eagerly await the return of the Prancing Horse to its former championship-winning days, the question looms large: how can Ferrari reclaim its position at the forefront of Formula One? In this article, we delve into the steps Ferrari can take to reignite its racing prowess and once again capture the coveted Formula One World Championship.

1. Technical Mastery:

To regain their winning ways, Ferrari must focus on technical excellence. Investing in cutting-edge research and development will be vital. Fine-tuning their aerodynamic capabilities, optimising power unit performance, and enhancing overall car dynamics will give Ferrari the edge they need. The Scuderia must harness innovation and embrace emerging technologies, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the track.

2. Cultivating Talent:

A successful Formula One team is built on a foundation of exceptional talent. Ferrari must identify and nurture promising young drivers, providing them with the resources, guidance, and support they need to flourish. Simultaneously, recruiting seasoned veterans with a wealth of experience can bring a winning mind-set and valuable insights to the team. Striking the right balance between youthful exuberance and seasoned expertise will fuel Ferrari's resurgence.

3. Fostering Team Unity:

A harmonious and collaborative team environment is paramount to success. Ferrari must foster a culture of unity, where every member of the team works towards a shared goal. Transparent communication, mutual respect, and a focus on continuous improvement will foster an atmosphere conducive to achieving greatness. By aligning the entire organisation, from the engineers to the pit crew, with a singular vision, Ferrari can create a formidable force that rivals will fear.


Ferrari's return to Formula One glory hinges on a comprehensive strategy that encompasses technical mastery, cultivating talent, and fostering team unity. Through relentless pursuit of engineering excellence, the nurturing of talented drivers, and the creation of a cohesive team environment, Ferrari can reignite their winning spirit. The Prancing Horse has a storied history of triumph, and with determination, resilience, and unwavering passion, they can once again claim their place atop the Formula One World Championship. The road to victory won't be easy, but with the right combination of strategy, expertise, and the indomitable Ferrari spirit, a glorious comeback is within reach. The Tifosi eagerly await the return of the red army to the pinnacle of motorsport.

(ChatGPT - finish)

Well, dear reader, not bad for a first attempt. Readable, if a bit clunky on repetition towards the conclusion. If I'd claimed to have written every word, rather than inspired them, would you have believed me? (The punctuation's better! - Ed) Would it matter?

Well indeed yes. Yes it matters. Consider this a Coda to my "Hey Gilles, say hi to mum for me!" article. It is our very humanity, our spirit and fallibility that gives our existence transcendence.

Gilles was never World Champion, yet he is more fondly remembered than many who achieved that goal. My mother is remembered for her stoic nature and kindness to others not her business achievements.

Williams said years ago that the engineers could drive the software controlled cars of that age around the circuit faster with the driver removed. Would we the fans turn-up race after race to watch the world's largest remote control cars battle it out, never making a mistake?

Remove the human, remove the spirit and you remove the transcendence that makes any sport more than a collection of robotic movements. Insert the human, insert fallibility, ignite the passion, enflame and embolden the heart to try unto the dying breath. Then one has a sport worthy of being followed.

Am I, the fallible human, going to add ChatGPT as a tool for my every day pondering, as my spirit wanders this Earth forever seeking those rare moments of personal transcendence? Oh yes! Will I bounce article ideas off it to see what new concepts might be revealed? Yes again!

Am I, other than when clearly spelt out like today, going to get Chat GPT to do my work for me and write entire articles I claim as my own unique creation? Ah, no. Never.

My mum would encourage me to explore ChatGPT to see what positive aspects it could add to my life. She would then remind me of Shakespeare's words about all the problems we ferment when first we seek to deceive.

Gilles injected fragile human ability and fallibility into a car whose brand was already legend. It was the man that built the legend further, not the brand that built the man.

My mother's spirit lives on in all who knew her, and any act of kindness, support or aid that they make with an echo of the memory of her within it.

Pitpass will continue to be created by humans for humans, with a fine dose of feline input. Yet it will continue to be enabled by technology. Internet research tools, the amazing communications network which is the modern internet universe, and my glass wall, my iPad.

Long may the spirited Formula One enjoyment of my mother, and the remarkably spirited driving of Gilles be at the heart of the, oh so human, sport of Formula One. That's just how us true believers love it. That is where the driver's see the face of God, and we dedicated fans can vicariously share that brief moment of transcendence.

So to our continuing conversations with the glass wall. Will my iPad and I transcend more than daily news, or Wordle? Well, my beloved glass-faced friend supports all of my writing, so none of my Pitpass articles would live without it. Does that a soul make?

To cheekier antics dear reader! Enough Zen and Spirit! ChatGPT and I need to be chasing a contract to write scripts for the first season of "One", so we had better get cracking. Any requests for plot twists? (Sorely tempted, but they would never be allowed - Ed)

Max Noble

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1. Posted by Chris Roper, 05/07/2023 17:49

"On the basis that ChatGPT is the great supercomputer, Deep Thought, the most powerful computer ever built, with one exception. It was designed by hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings, who wanted to know the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.

Then the problem is not the answer, you jut never understood the question :>)

Sorry Max but someone had to draw the parallel.


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2. Posted by Max Noble, 17/06/2023 1:04

"@Laz - happy too! Glad you enjoy… Now finger’s crossed for an excellent GP this weekend. It looks like we could have a few folk fighting for the podium…!"

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3. Posted by Laz, 16/06/2023 22:42

"Keep writing your "crazy thoughts" in your own words Max and I'll keep reading and enjoying them. Cheers"

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4. Posted by Max Noble, 16/06/2023 7:33

"I’m only doing this once…
@Laz ChatGPT had this to add…

Title: The Prancing Horse’s Struggles: Analyzing Ferrari’s Formula One Setbacks

Ferrari, a legendary name in the realm of Formula One, has faced a tumultuous period of underperformance in recent years. As fans grapple with the team’s current struggles, it is crucial to dissect the key factors contributing to Ferrari’s decline. In this article, we explore the challenges that have hindered Ferrari’s success, offering insights into why the Prancing Horse is currently lagging behind its competitors on the Formula One grid.

1. Aerodynamic Woes:
One significant factor hampering Ferrari’s performance is its aerodynamic shortcomings. In recent seasons, the team has struggled to develop a car with optimal downforce and efficient airflow management. Poor aerodynamic efficiency has resulted in reduced cornering grip, compromised stability, and difficulties in maintaining tire temperatures. Ferrari’s inability to extract the maximum potential from their aerodynamic package has put them at a significant disadvantage against rivals who have excelled in this area.
2. Power Unit Deficiencies:
Another critical aspect impacting Ferrari’s performance lies in their power unit. Over the past few years, the team has struggled to match the power output and reliability of their competitors. With stringent regulations and limited development opportunities, Ferrari has failed to find the right balance between power delivery, energy recovery, and fuel efficiency. This deficit in power unit performance has proven detrimental to their straight-line speed, compromising their ability to overtake and defend positions during races.
3. Internal Turmoil and Leadership Challenges:
Ferrari’s struggles on the Formula One grid have not been limited to technical deficiencies alone. Internal turmoil and leadership challenges within the team have also contributed to their decline. Frequent changes in management, a lack of stability in key decision-making roles, and reported discord among team members have disrupted the overall harmony and focus required for success in the highly competitive world of Formula One. This lack of stability and clear direction has hampered Ferrari’s ability to develop a consistent and coherent long-term strategy for success.

Ferrari’s current struggles in Formula One can be attributed to a combination of aerodynamic deficiencies, power unit limitations, and internal turmoil. The team’s inability to optimize their aerodynamic performance, match the power output of their rivals, and establish stable leadership structures has resulted in a decline from their once-dominant position. However, it is important to remember that the nature of Formula One is cyclical, and teams can regain their competitive edge with the right strategic changes and diligent efforts. As the Prancing Horse strives to address these shortcomings, it will require a comprehensive overhaul of their technical approach, decisive leadership decisions, and a renewed commitment to excellence in order to restore Ferrari’s former glory on the Formula One stage.

…and yes one could write this about any team other than Red Bull… it is what most F1 sites tend to blurt out every day… Which is why I try to give all my articles an unusual angle, and why esteemed editor Balfe works hard to keep this site relevant, insightful, and on occasion simply fun…


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5. Posted by Laz, 15/06/2023 22:29

"This is such a generic/cover all bases description that actually applies to every motor sport team - and just about any endeavour in existence with a few subject specific changes - no real Intellectual input at all.
Just substitute "Ferrari" with any other name and "Bingo" you have the ultimate article that can cover every subject piece but with "nothing of real substance to be read here".

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6. Posted by Superbird70, 14/06/2023 21:32

"I know that ChatGPT has the poential to good, maybe great things. Unfortunately, my skeptical side sees it ending up a mix of the M5 from Star Trek and the berserkers of Fred Saberhagen.

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7. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 14/06/2023 18:46

"Ferrari needs to move to the UK if they want the talent. Maranello has been a tough sell to attract the best talent. Speaking Italian isn't helping them either."

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8. Posted by Max Noble, 14/06/2023 12:41

"@everyone - so pleased (as ever) to see positive engagement… That’s what makes us human, and makes PitPass such a wonderful forum! I am personally boggled by what Chat GPT can generate, and there is no closing Pandora’s Box now. I’ll share anymore insights as I generate them… in the meantime may we all harness the power of computing while remaining human!"

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9. Posted by Chester, 14/06/2023 11:05

"I am saddened by ChatGPT. My fears:
1. How do you keep poor quality/incorrect data from tainting the training?
2. How does the ChaptGPT answer not reflect a consensus/lowest-common-denominator opinion?
3. How do you keep kids from being weakened by not thinking for themselves?
4. How do we deal with the inevitable mistrust of any written document?

I am glad to have grown up in the old days where your wits and ingenuity were ALL you had. God bless you young folks. No wonder so many don't know who or what they are."

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10. Posted by Hobgoblin, 14/06/2023 7:59

"The ChatGPT response sounds like a large number of 'management consultants' and their over-expensive, and bl**dy obvious, conclusions."

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11. Posted by Superbird70, 13/06/2023 22:03

"It's the old GIGO syndrome. As @Spindoctor alluded to the AI is only as good as the information used to train it. Imagine the difference in two AI, one trained by Adrian Newey, and one trained by anyone else."

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12. Posted by Spindoctor, 13/06/2023 20:29 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 14/06/2023 9:04)

"An interesting & amusing experiment. ChatGPT's effort may seem stilted, cliched & repetitive, that's because it has "learned" from the data available - sources such as The Daily Mail, Sun etc. The software engineers are constantly tweaking the algorithm: refining its searching & expressive capability. As this progresses & it absorbs more data from additional sources the probability is that the responses will become more sophisticated.

Like @Max Noble I'll be adding ChatGPT to my armoury of tools (it can write moderately competent html, for example). But as he points-out it will never be more than a tool and one requiring the close attention of a human being to be truly useful.
Similar to all the other potentially dangerous tools humanity has conjured, AI will have a plethora of vital helpful uses, but sure as eggs is eggs there will be a Hiroshima moment when a human uses it to do something terrible.


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13. Posted by ClarkwasGod, 13/06/2023 19:41 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 14/06/2023 9:04)

"@ Max
Maybe, if you had posed the same question to GPT on Sunday, or yesterday it might have some up with a more succinct response:
"Move the WEC Hypercar Design and Engineering team to F1""

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14. Posted by overdriver, 13/06/2023 18:48 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 14/06/2023 9:04)

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15. Posted by Burton, 13/06/2023 12:07

"Amusing idea, but disappointing outcome (I mean ChatGPT's answer!) as it serves for any team and not the Scuderia alone. I guess when it compiles info for the reply all the accumulated cries of frustration from fans, the erratic acts of sepukku that constitute SF's management and so forth are all lost to it."

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