The Ferrari 488 Spider: performance and effortless driving for maximum drop-top fun

Posted: 28.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Official unveiling scheduled for Frankfurt Motor Show  

Maranello, 28 July 2015 – Ferrari announces the launch of the 488 Spider, its most powerful ever mid-rear-engined V8 car to feature the patented retractable hard top along with the highest level of technological innovation and with cutting-edge design.

Ferrari was the first manufacturer to introduce the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) on a car of this particular architecture. This solution ensures lower weight (-25 kg) and better cockpit comfort compared to the classic fabric soft-top. Just like all previous spider versions of Ferrari’s models, this is a car that is aimed squarely at clients seeking open-air motoring pleasure in a high-performance sports car with an unmistakable Ferrari engine sound.

Every area of the car has been designed to set new technological benchmarks for the sector: from the aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell to the new turbo-charged V8, aerodynamics that reconcile the need for greater downforce with reduced drag along with the specific cabin air flow demands of an open-top car, and vehicle dynamics that render it fast, agile and instantly responsive.

The world premiere of the 488 Spider will be at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September but can be seen from today finished in the new Blu Corsa livery at www.ferrari.com.

The heart of the 488 Spider

Beneath the engine cover throbs the 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 that debuted just a few months ago on the 488 GTB. Its performance levels are nothing short of extraordinary: a maximum power output of 670 CV combined with maximum torque of 760 Nm at 3000 rpm send the 488 Spider sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds flat and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.7 seconds. This is also an exceptionally efficient engine as it is not only 100 CV more powerful than the previous naturally-aspirated V8 but also has lower CO2 emissions.

The turbo V8 has a unique character, delivering increasing levels of power right across the rev range, and completely eliminating the traditional turbo lag with a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds. This is thanks not merely to components such as the turbos, but also to a sophisticated production process only made possible by Maranello’s leading-edge facilities which are shared with the Scuderia to foster the transfer of racing technologies to the road cars.

In line with Ferrari tradition, this model has its own absolutely distinctive soundtrack created using solutions such as exhaust headers with longer, equal-length piping and a flat-plane crankshaft. It was also further enhanced by an in-depth study of harmonics and tonality at different engine speeds. The sound is seductive but never invasive when the top is dropped, with both volume and clarity increasing as the engine instantly responds to the accelerator pedal and revs rise, reinforcing the sensation of massive performance.

Sculpted by the wind

This is also the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever built, thanks to a series of complex aero solutions designed to guarantee optimal downforce whilst reducing drag, two normally mutually-exclusive objectives. Maranello’s engineers managed to achieve both goals simultaneously by introducing several innovative devices, including a blown spoiler and an aerodynamic underbody incorporating vortex generators.

The air flow studies also took into account factors relating to in-car comfort. The electric glass rear wind stop can be adjusted to one of three positions to guarantee maximum comfort when the top is lowered. Fully lowering the wind stop allows the occupants to enjoy the engine soundtrack even with the roof raised regardless of the weather or driving conditions.

Form and function sculpted in aluminium

Designed around the concept of the retractable hard top, the 488 Spider has a spaceframe chassis made of 11 different aluminium alloys combined with other noble metals, such as magnesium, each one used in a highly specific way.  This yields the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness figures as the coupé, improving the chassis’ performance by 23% over that of its predecessor. An extraordinary result, given that the roof is structural, that is only possible thanks to the expertise of the Scaglietti centre of excellence that engineers Ferrari’s aluminium chassis and bodies.

The RHT folds backwards in two overlapping sections to rest flush on the engine in a very compact solution. The mechanism is exceptionally smooth and takes just 14 seconds for the top to fully retract or deploy.

Working with aluminium is important not only in functional terms but also because, by tradition, it demands every detail be treated sculpturally to express the technical excellence of the project through its beauty. Cases in point are the flying buttresses which optimally channel air flows to the engine cover, the ribbing on the engine cover and the air intakes with sculpted mesh grilles which lend that area of the car a sense of incredible dynamism. To achieve this result the Ferrari Styling Centre completely reworked the aesthetics compared to the 488 GTB.

Speed and control across the board

The introduction of a sophisticated simulator, similar to the one used by the Formula 1 Scuderia, allowed the human factor to influence the car’s design from the earliest stages by giving the engineers instant feedback from the test-drivers long before the first 488 prototype was physically built.

To make its dynamic behaviour even more engaging, the development team honed the car’s mechanical set-up in tandem with its electronic systems which are now fully integrated with the SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control System, resulting in 12% faster acceleration out of corners than the 458 Spider.

Over all, response times are 9% more rapid than the previous Spider without any compromise whatsoever being made in comfort. The car’s design was adapted to efficiently meet the typical the demands of open-top driving and use. In fact, the Spider’s dynamic behaviour is effortless on even the most challenging routes. It is remarkably easy to drive on the limit thanks to flawless handling even on the most demanding of roads.

Ferrari 488 Spider

Technical specifications

ENGINE

Type 90° V8,  turbo-charged, dry sump

Total displacement 3902 cc (238.1 cu. in)

Bore and stroke 86.5 x 83 mm (3.4 x 3.3 in)

Maximum power * 492 kW (670 cv) at 8000 rpm

Maximum torque * 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear

Specific output 172 cv/l (2.07 kW/cu. in)

Compression ratio 9.4:1

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Length 4568 mm (179.8 in)

Width 1952 mm (76.9 in)

Height  1211 mm (47.7 in)

Wheelbase 2650 mm (104.3 in)

Front track 1679 mm (66.1 in)

Rear track 1647 mm (64.8 in)

Kerb weight** 1525 kg (3362 lb)

Dry weight**  1420 kg (3131 lb)

Weight distribution 41.5% front – 58.5% rear

Boot capacity 230 l (8.12 cu. ft)

Fuel tank capacity 78 l (22.7 US gallons)

TYRES

Front  245/35 ZR20 J9.0

Rear  305/30 ZR 20 J11.0

BRAKES

Front 398x223x36 mm  (15.7 x 8.8 x 1.4 in)

Rear 360x233x32 mm  (14.2 x 9.2 x 1.3 in)

TRAMISSION AND GEARBOX

7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission

ELECTRONICS CONTROL

E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High-Performance ABS with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, SSC

PERFORMANCE

Maximum speed > 325 km/h (203 mph)

0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) 3.0 s

0 – 200 km/h (0 – 124 mph) 8.7 s

0 – 400 m (0 – 437 yd) 10.55 s

0 – 1000 m (0 – 1093 yd) 18.9 s

Dry weight/power ratio 2.12 kg/cv (6.35 lb/kW)

CONSUMPTION ***

11.4 l/100 km

C02 EMISSIONS***

260 g/km

* with 98 octane fuel

** With optional equipment

*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)

 

 

Challenge North America – Anassis, Imperato and Cagnazzi master CTMP

Posted: 26.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Bowmanville, 26 July – Today saw the final North American race of the weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, located just an hour north of Toronto, Canada. The racing spectacle brought by the 25 drivers delighted the Ferraristi. And the 2.5-mile circuit played host to not only the group of 458 Challenge EVO racecars, but also to the lapping of a LaFerrari and 599XX, one of the XX Programmes very special cars.

Trofeo Pirelli. Emmanuel Anassis (Ferrari Quebec) celebrated his second victory of the weekend at the top of the podium steps. Sitting on the pole again for the start Race 2, Anassis completed the race with the fastest lap time of 1:22:686. At every lap, Anassis was able to further bridge the gap ahead of his rivals. The true competition remained between Damon Ockey (Ferrari of Ontario) and John Farano (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) who battled for set the order on the podium. Ockey from Ferrari of Ontario finished second and John Farano claimed a third place finish.

Trofeo Pirelli Am. The Trofeo Pirelli Am class saw the most exciting duels in today’s race.  First, yesterday’s victor, Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) maintained a tight contention with James Weiland (Ferrari of San Francisco) throughout the 35-minute race. Both battled for a podium finish, but ultimately Muzzo would celebrate with champagne on his home track coming home third. A little further down the field, Gregory Romanelli (The Collection) and Steve Johnson (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) had a tight contention at the midpoint of the race. The race went to Anthony Imperato (Ferrari of Long Island) first in his class,Mike Zoi (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) in second and Muzzo, as said, in third place.

Coppa Shell. Rookie Chris Cagnazzi from Ferrari of Long Island had quite a successful weekend, stepping on the podium twice in Mosport. He improved his finish yesterday’s finish with a victory in his Coppa Shell class.  Joe Courtney (Miller Motor Cars) would find himself again on the podium in second place and Dan O’Neal (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) in third. The weekend’s special achievement award was given to Barry Zekelman of Ferrari of Ontario who advanced five positions, the most of anyone in the field. The Ferrari Challenge North America returns for the sixth round of the 2015 championship at Circuit-Mont Tremblant on September 11-13.

 

Ferrari Challenge North America – Anassis, Muzzo and Saada Win At Mosport

Posted: 25.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Bowmanville, 25 July – This weekend sees the fifth round of the North American Ferrari Challenge held at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, formally known as Mosport. The circuit, renowned for its high elevation changes, saw 27 drivers and 458 Challenge Evos race for victory in Race 1.

Trofeo Pirelli. Ferrari Quebec’s Emmanuel Anassis continues his successful streak, leading races and points in the 2015 season. As today’s polesitter, Anassis recorded the fastest lap with 1:22:453, and never had to look back. He held off John Farano (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) for the entire race with a consistent 5-second gap. But the competition to highlight was between the Ockey brothers from Ferrari of Ontario. Damon and Ryan worked together to pursue their advance ahead of James Weiland (Ferrari of San Francisco). The final podium finishers for the Trofeo Pirelli class were Anassis in first place, Farano in second and Damon in third.

Trofeo Pirelli Am. It was a glorious race for Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) as he brought home the victory in his class. Muzzo who qualified second in the Trofeo Pirelli Am category, maintained a constant battle with Anthony Imperato (Ferrari of Long Island). Both drivers raced an elegant ballet through the tight turns and apexes of the track. Ultimately, Muzzo overtook Imperato halfway through the race to finish first. Imperato would come in second and Weiland finishing third.

Coppa Shell. One could say Jean-Claude Saada (Boardwalk Ferrari) had one of his best races this year. Saada started first in his class, ahead of his friendly rival Joe Courtney of Miller Motor Cars, and throughout the 35-minute race sequesters himself amongst the Trofeo Pirelli AM drivers. Although he spun out toward the end of the race, he still managed to fight his way for a first place finish. Courtney finished second and rookie Chris Cagnazzi (Ferrari of Long Island) came in third. The Challenge returns to Mosport tomorrow for Race 2 at 2:20 PM EST. You can download Periscope and follow @FerrariUSA for a live stream of the race and daily activities.

 

Ferrari Challenge North America – The battle moves to CTMP

Posted: 24.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Bowmanville, 24 July – The North American Ferrari Challenge returns to Canada for the sixth round of the 2015 season. Racing this weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, 27 drivers and 458 Challenge EVOs will race on the 2.5-mile circuit, formally known as Mosport.

Trofeo Pirelli. Frontrunner Emmanuel Anassis of Ferrari Quebec currently holds the lead in the championship with 138 points. But standing on the podium steps at nearly every race this season, has not been an easy feat for the Canadian. His biggest contender this season is the young Gregory Romanelli (The Collection) who has truly showcased a valiant effort in racing this season. Romanelli took the victory twice in Montreal last month and is looking for another triumph this weekend. And the 2014 champion winner, Ricardo Perez, continues to chase the checkered flag, currently holding 82 points.

Trofeo Pirelli Am. This is an inaugural year for the drivers of the Trofeo Pirelli AM. With competitive notion and talent drive, Mike Zoi of Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale has competed at every race this season, and tasted the champagne on the podium. Leading his class with 111 points, Zoi has the championship victory on his mind. But he has much competition. Carlos Conde (Miller Motor Cars) and Anthony Imperato (Ferrari of Long Island) are also looking for a chance at a win. Both share 88 and 80 points respectively in their class, but also have drivers like Arthur Romanelli (The Collection) and Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) looking for the lead.

Coppa Shell. Rookie Chris Cagnazzi (Ferrari of Long Island) has had a spectacular season racing in the North American Ferrari Challenge. Although a tight contention, Cagnazzi leads his class with 100 points, just one point ahead of Joe Courtney of Miller Motor Cars. Dan O’Neal (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) follows in a close third with 91 points. Drivers will engage in two practice rounds today, with Race 1 at 2:05 PM EST (8:05 PM CET) on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday is scheduled for 2:20 PM EST (8:20 PM CET). And don’t forget to follow @FerrariUSA on Periscope to see the latest happenings on track and in the Ferrari Challenge Paddock.

 

 

Circuit Hungaroring
Date 26.07.2015
Laps 69
Distance 302,249 / 187,849 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF15-T 311 Scuderia Ferrari 1.
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF15-T 309 Scuderia Ferrari retired / energy recovery system

 

Hungarian Grand Prix Budapest, 26 July 2015

Posted: 26.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “A fantastic win! Over the past few weeks, we had had comments from people who said we were in a slump­, people who obviously can’t or don’t want to read the numbers. As a matter of fact, we had anticipated long time ago that there could be ups and down in the course of the season,  but that does not mean that we were stepping back. This weekend started with a horrible Friday for us, so we knew we only had P3 on Saturday to properly set the car up. We calmed down and managed to recover, but still we didn’t know we could win the race. We were only confident that we could fight at the front. Then both Seb and Kimi had a tremendous start and being able to drive in clean air surely made a difference in terms of tyre management, as we knew the first two sets of Options would perform very well. I am very disappointed, though, that Kimi din not make it to the end, because he was having a great day. Congrats to him. This is Formula One and we must accept the lack of reliability as another challenge for the future. We won today, but still keep our feet on the ground and remain humble and committed”.

Kimi Raikkonen: “It’s a shame what happened today in the race, but when you have no luck you have no luck, we did our best today. The start was really good for both of us, probably the best since the beginning of the season; we had good speed and were able to pull away and stay in front. The speed was always there today and I was expecting to push right to the end, but at one point I heard something strange in the car, the sound was getting different and then got worse and worse. We tried to fix it but it was not possible so I decided to retire. As a  team we had a pretty good day with Sebastian’s win, but I think that  we deserved a better result today, more than just a win. Without my problem we could have got a one-two finish very easily but things seem to always go in the worst possible way. Overall in the first part of the season we had the speed but it has been a bit unlucky. There was always something dictating the final result of the race quite badly. The most important thing now is to get rid of all the problems, we’ll  keep pushing and hopefully luck will turn on our side and we’ll get what we deserve.”

Sebastian Vettel: “It has been a week with a lot of ups and downs and as I said after the race I dedicate  this win to Jules and his family. The race was difficult especially at the end with all the thoughts coming through my mind but for sure I’m very happy with the result. Our race was very strong from the beginning, we had a great start and after that we had great pace and were able to control the race. Of course the safety car in the end was not helping us, but we still managed to stay on top and win the Grand Prix. It was fantastic to see all the guys of the team around as I looked down from  the podium, they were all very happy. Today we proved that the pace we showed has nothing to do with luck. In fact, if anything we were a bit unlucky with the safety  car, but our pace on the Prime tyre was really good so we kept pushing  and still  managed to come out on top and never allowed the people behind to come into the range of DRS. For sure it was a great race from all the guys and a great recovery from Friday, especially after we had heard strange rumours about the team facing a crisis… Thanks to all our partners for their support and to Shell for helping us with more power”.

Race

Pos. Time Gap Laps FL L
RAIKKONEN NC 1:27:06.025 DNF 55 1:26.954 24
Pit-stop 1st stop Lap 22 Old Soft
2nd stop Lap 43 New Medium
3rd stop Lap 52 Old Soft
VETTEL 1st 1:46:09.985 69 1:26.772 63
Pit-stop 1st stop Lap 21 Old Soft
2nd stop Lap 43 New Medium

Weather: air 27 °C, track 40/44 °C. Sunny

 

Hungarian GP, Sergio Marchionne

Posted: 26.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

“A win dedicated to Jules Bianchi”

Maranello, 26 July 2015 – “We dedicate this victory to the memory of Jules Bianchi, a fantastic guy whom we all miss terribly,” said Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne, following Sebastian Vettel’s win in the Hungarian Grand Prix. “Unfortunately, today in the end, we were unable to celebrate a one-two finish which was within our grasp because of a problem with Kimi’s car. That’s a clear sign we must never drop our guard. We will continue to work on closing the gap to those ahead of us, but without ever ignoring the reliability factor. We will soon be pausing for the summer break, after which I’m sure everyone in the Scuderia will return even more ready and determined than ever.”

 

This is for you Jules”

Posted: 26.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari dominates the Hungarian Grand Prix with a win for Sebastian Vettel. An unlucky race for Kimi Raikkonen

Budapest, 26 July – A 69 lap charge around the Hungaroring ended in a win for Sebastian Vettel. The German took the lead right after the start, with a forceful move on the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Vettel saw his 30 second advantage wiped out when the Safety Car came out on lap 42. Seb kept his concentration, doing a good job of managing the final third of the race, to take the chequered flag in first place for his second win with Ferrari, his first ever in Hungary.

Kimi Raikkonen was very unlucky today. The Finn was lying second for much of the race, thanks to a great start and a determined overtaking move on Rosberg under braking for Turn 2. Kimi was right behind his team-mate for two thirds of the race, but his chance of a podium evaporated on lap 56 when a problem with his energy recovery system meant he had to retire.

 

Hungarian Grand Prix – Budapest, 25 July 2015

Posted: 25.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a pretty normal qualifying, but we did not get the ideal result. We had some difficulties here and there and did not manage to put a very good lap together. This morning we had some issues and could not run with the soft tyres: for sure this did not help and it was a bit of unknown for qualifying, but it was not too bad and the behavior of the car was pretty good. Tomorrow I’ll be on the clean side of the starting grid, we’ll try to make a good start and see what happens in the first few corners. The race will be very long and obviously the Mercedes will be very strong, but if we cannot challenge them we’ll try to be second best. We’ll keep pushing and do our best.”

Sebastian Vettel: “We had a great recovery from a bad day yesterday. For sure it was not easy to catch up, but all in all I’m proud that we stayed calm, improved the car and had a good turnaround from yesterday, with an optimum result. We know it will be tight tomorrow, but we’ll give our maximum. Remaining realistic, Mercedes is very strong and it would be very tough to beat them, but we also have to look behind us, at teams like Red Bull and Williams which are very strong. Red Bull in particular had a very good Friday but we still managed to outqualify them today, which showed that we are quicker.”

RAIKKONEN – Chassis 309

VETTEL – Chassis 311

Q1 P5 1:23.596 New Medium – 4 laps
New Soft – 3 laps
P3 1:23.312 New Medium – 5 laps
New Soft – 3 laps
Q2 P5 1:23.460 New Soft – 3 laps P3 1:23.168 New Soft – 3 laps
Q3 P5 1:23.020 New Soft – 3 laps
New Soft – 3 laps
P3 1:22.739 New Soft – 3 laps
New Soft – 3 laps

Weather: air 33/34 °C, track 52/53 °C. Sunny

 

Hungarian Grand Prix – Seb third, third row for Kimi

Posted: 25.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

The Scuderia’s SF15-T both in top 5 in Hungaroring qualifying

Budapest, 25 July –In torrid conditions at the Hungaroring, where the air temperature hit 33 degrees, the track on 55, qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix went well for Scuderia Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel was third fastest with a 1.22.739. Kimi Raikkonen was always a front runner, ending up fifth in 1.23.020. Pole position went to Lewis Hamilton who did a 1.22.020 in his Mercedes to finish just ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg (1.22.595.)

 
 
 

Hungarian Grand Prix – Seb first of the rest

Posted: 25.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Vettel third in FP3, spot of bother for Kimi

Budapest, 25 July – Sebastian Vettel took his Ferrari to third place in the final free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix with a lap in 1.23.886. Ahead of the German’s SF15-T were the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.22.997) and Nico Rosberg (1.23.095.) In the other Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen was sixteenth with a 1.25.661, having had to spend time in the pits following a loss of hydraulic pressure. The Finn only did 12 laps on the Medium tyres in the last session prior to qualifying, while his team-mate managed 19, doing his final run on the softer compound.

 
 

Hungarian Grand Prix – Budapest, 24 July 2015

Posted: 24.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was not a very clean day, in fact it was a slightly different Friday than normal. We had some issues and missed some running, but we were more or less able to follow our program. The feeling with the car was not too bad and the tyres were behaving pretty ok, but the laptimes are still not right. I don’t know exactly what happened with my front wing, it just broke suddenly and came off damaging the tyre. The team is looking into it and hopefully they will find out the reason. Today it was only Friday, we had been trying many different things to see where we are. I think we can improve for tomorrow and find a bit more speed for the rest of the weekend.”

Sebastian Vettel: “Well, all in all we didn’t have the best day. There were two or three things that slowed us down and cost us some time. We were stuck in the garage this morning with a shortage in the electric system, and this afternoon Kimi had a problem with the front wing, so we both couldn’t run as much as we wanted. Now there is a lot to clean up, but for tomorrow we should do well and have a decent qualifying. Concerning Red Bulls performance, it was a bit expected but it is Friday and you don’t know what people are doing with their fuel loads, still you could see already in Silverstone that they did a step forward. We didn’t get into the rhythm today, now we need to sort out things for tomorrow, then we should have a much smoother weekend.”

RAIKKONEN – chassis 309

VETTEL – chassis 311

First Session P3 1:25.812 23 laps P6 1:26.395 14 laps

Weather: air 30/31 °C, track 38/44 °C. Sunny

Second Session P5 1:25.134 30 laps P7 1:25.660 26 laps

Weather: air 34/35 °C, track 51/53 °C. Sunny

 

Hungarian Grand Prix – An exploratory Friday

Posted: 24.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Ferraris fifth and seventh fastest in FP2

Hungaroring, 24 July – Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and seventh fastest respectively in their SF15-Ts in the second free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on this first day of track action.
Raikkonen completed 30 laps, the quickest in 1.25.134, while Vettel did 26. Both men worked on set-up and car balance. They ran both Pirelli compounds, Medium and Soft on the scorching hot Hungarian track, with temperatures hitting the 53 degree mark. Having been quickest in the morning, Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheet again for Mercedes in 1.23.949. Behind him came the Red Bulls of Danil Kvyat (1.24.300_ and Daniel Ricciardo (1.24.451.)

 

Hungarian Grand Prix – A busy morning

Posted: 24.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi third and Sebastian sixth in first Free Practice

Hungaroring, 24 July –The Ferraris ended the first free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, which sees the Formula 1 World Championship up and running again after a three week break, this time at the twisty track on the outskirts of Budapest. Quickest was the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.25.141) and Nico Rosberg (1.25.250,) ahead of Raikkonen in the SF15-T (1.25.812.) On his final lap, the Finn lost the front wing after going over a kerb. Vettel set the sixth fastest time having spent a good part of the session in the pits with an electrical problem that manifested itself on the installation lap. He got back on track, completing 14 laps with a best in 1.26.395.

 

Hungarian Grand Prix – “Shaping up in the background”

Posted: 23.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Seb reckons progress is not always visible

Halfway through the season here’s my recap: I think we had a very strong start, obviously it was fantastic being on the podium at the first race, my first race with Ferrari, and the first win at the second races was phenomenal, but also after that I think we were able to be very consistent, we got a lot of podium finishes. We knew from the beginning of the season that there is a team that is very difficult to beat. Overall it was very positive, especially considering the fact that we are starting to shape up in the background, which obviously you don’t see here and you don’t see immediately on the car. It’s very promising, I think the project is ongoing, I’m quite confident for the future. I think Ferrari has done a big step out of all the teams, I don’t know why it’s so difficult to appreciate. Inside the team we are very proud, very happy of what has been achieved. We always try to win a race and if I could choose a second one that would be Monza. Obviously with the competition that we have with Mercedes being so strong is not that easy, we have to be patient. It’s already a miracle what we have achieved . This circuit potentially has the chance to favor the rest of the pack a bit more than others, maybe because it’s a short track, but we still need to extract a perfect weekend to be in a position to benefit from circustamnces or attack Mercedes.

 

Hungarian Grand Prix – “We need to clean it up”

Posted: 23.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi recaps the first half of the season

Compared to last year, the first part of the season has not been ideal but not a disaster, even if we did not get the results we wanted for many different reasons.
We have the speed and everything to do better results, the feeling with the car is good but we keep having mistakes or issues here and there and this cost us a lot of points. As a team we want to be fast and more consistently in the front, to really challenge the Mercedes. I’m sure if we can clean up things and get rid of all the issues we can do a good job and get much better results. It’s hard to say how far is Mercedes still ahead, it seems to vary from circuit to circuit and different conditions. We know there’s still a lot of work to be done but I think we’re going in the good direction. It was a very sad thing to lose Jules, and the circumstances of his accident made it even sadder. Motorsport is dangerous sport and things can go easily wrong , we all know but we never expect these things to happen. I send my condolences to his Family.

 

Hungarian Grand Prix – Esteban: “heat plays a key role”

Posted: 22.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

Gutierrez’s view

Maranello, 22 July –Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver, Esteban Gutiérrez, describes the salient points of the Hungarian circuit to ferrari.com. “In Budapest, we usually encounter high temperatures and this factor has to be born in mind, because it can cause the tyres to overheat excessively. It’s a demanding circuit because the track surface is quite bumpy and many of the corners run together. For example, in the second sector, there are several corners following each other in quick succession, starting with turn 5, immediately followed by 6, then there’s a chicane and it goes on from there all the way to turn 12 without a break. While you’re driving you have to think not only about tackling the corners, but you must also ensure you don’t overheat the tyres too much, otherwise driving the rest of the circuit becomes a real nightmare. All the same, it’s a track I like a lot, where I have won quite often in other categories. When we get to Budapest, we also know this is the final Grand Prix before the summer break and that usually makes for a positive atmosphere.”

 

Hungarian GP – A lap of the track with Sebastian Vettel

Posted: 21.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

A circuit that rises and falls

Maranello, 21 July –Ferrari.com has found itself the ideal guide to describe a perfect lap of the Hungaroring. “This track features a lot of gradient changes,” says Sebastian Vettel “and it’s very important to keep to the right line. After Turn 1, which is very tight, you drop down towards the second corner, which requires heavy downhill braking. Next comes Turn 3, which is very quick and leads to a blind corner, number 4 and you have to carry your speed all the way to the next corner. After a short straight, you have to brake again, before the chicane that leads to turns 6 and 7. Then you come to one of my favourite parts of the track, because there’s barely time to breathe. “Turns 8 and 9 are actually very flowing and so it’s vital to have a good car set-up so as to control it. The next right hander, 10, leads to the quickest turn on the track, number 11. You can catch your breath again at Turn 12, when you also have time to change a few settings on the steering wheel. At Turn 13, the apex is right on the inside kerb and then we come to the final two quick corners. Once again, you have to be careful on the throttle, otherwise you risk spinning the rear wheels, especially when you get to the final corner, which is one of the longest on the Formula 1 calendar and really seems to be never ending. You have to try not to scrub off any of the speed you’ve built up in order to tackle the start-finish straight.”

 

 

Every Ferrari is a masterpiece

Posted: 21.07.2015
Source: Ferrari

The great French artist Bertrand Lavier visits Maranello

Maranello, 21 July 2015 – “The greats all have one thing in common: an ability to get to the top and stay there, balanced, without ever starting to go downhill. That was the case with Mozart, who composed extraordinary music his entire life and never descended into mediocrity. Likewise for Van Gogh, who painted masterpiece after masterpiece. Nothing he ever produced was any less than that. Ferrari is the same: every single one of its models is a work of art.”

The words of Bertrand Lavier, one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, who has visited Ferrari at the invitation of Style Centre director Flavio Manzoni. The 66 year old French sculptor’s work centres principally around turning ready-made objects – such as cameras and cars, including a Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 shown at the Paris Exhibition in 2005 – into art. But this was not the artist’s first visit to Maranello. “Jean Todt invited me to visit in 2004 and coming back here is always an emotion. This is a fascinating place, both because of what you create and the structures themselves, all these buildings by the great architects.”

During his meeting with the Ferrari Design staff, Mr Lavier spoke about his own personal creative path, particularly the cars he has used in his art, from the Alfa GTV of 1983 to the more recent Ferrari Dino 308. He also made clear the importance of tradition in innovation, regardless of whether that refers to art or Ferraris: “There is a slender thread that links classical art to modern art, that runs from Caravaggio to Warhol who, although they expressed their creativity very differently, asked themselves the same questions every time they set about making a work of art. The same applies to Ferrari: when I look at the wonder that is the FXX K, I see a window that reminds me of the 1960s GTO and I say to myself that everything is connected. Another thing: there are certain Ferraris that were not greatly appreciated when they were first launched but then, as the years went on, people realised their beauty: time and distance allowed us to fully appreciate them and their value. And wasn’t that the case for many artists?”

 

 

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