Motor Legend Festival – F1 Clienti and XX Programmes conquer Imola
Posted: 21.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Imola, 21 April 2018 – Day two of the Motor Legend Festival at Imola’s Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari with more than twenty cars of the special F1 Clienti and XX Programmes activities of the Prancing Horse.
F1 Clienti. Some of the most incredible single-seaters from the last three decades lapped at high speed the Italian circuit, including an F1-89, an F2007 and an F2008. Alongside the Formula 1 cars there was also an F333SP, the prototype who won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1998. Fans at the event also had the chance to see two examples of the F2002 car and one F2003-GA, both winners at the San Marino GP held in Imola.
XX Programmes. Customers also drove the 4,909 metres of the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit behind the wheel of the cars of the exclusive XX Programme. Eight FXX Ks and one FXX K Evo were on track. These are the most powerful Ferrari ever produced with more than 1000 hp. Tomorrow, on the last day of the Motor Legend Festival, two more session are scheduled for both F1 Clienti and XX Programmes.
Ferrari to star at Motor Legend Festival – F1 Clienti and XX Programmes on track at Imola
Posted: 19.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 19 April 2018 – The Motor Legend Festival kicks off on Friday at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola. The festival aims to offer full immersion in the world of two and four-wheeled sports competitions, celebrating the champions of yesterday and today through some of the most iconic vehicles in the history of motorsport. The event programme will be enriched by F1 Clienti and XX Programmes, two of Ferrari Corse Clienti’s most exclusive activities.
Horsepower and technology. Only a very few cars of the XX Programmes are produced and they are all created exclusively for track use. At Imola there will be three FXXs, the progenitor car of this activity, twelve 599XX and 599XX Evos, front engine cars equipped with very sophisticated technology, and nine FXX Ks. The FXX K was presented at the Finali Mondiali 2014 in Abu Dhabi and since 2015 has been used on track by special customer-testers assisted by professional technicians and drivers to help them perfect their driving style and obtain the most out of their cars. Among the FXX Ks there will be one equipped with the new Evo kit, presented at the Mugello Finali Mondiali last November. This is an aerodynamic kit that increases the aerodynamic load and allow for even more extreme performance from the over 1000 hp delivered by the 6-litre V12 engine and the Hy-Kers hybrid system.
Legendary single-seaters. F1 Clienti will field more than ten cars that have made the history of the category, illustrating the last 30 years of Formula 1. Fans will be able to admire an F1-89, the first single-seater to be fitted with a semi-automatic gearbox on the wheel, a car that won on its debut in the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix with Nigel Mansell. Fans will be thrilled to see three cars from the Michael Schumacher era lap the track, two F2002s and one F2003-GA that won at Imola in 2002 and 2003. Among the most recent single-seaters there will be two F2007s belonging to Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, one F2008 driven by Kimi and two 2011 F150° Italias belonging to Fernando Alonso.
Programme. From Friday to Sunday the cars of the XX Programmes and F1 Clienti will perform two sessions a day. Maranello cars are expected to be the big stars of the Motor Legend Festival, with Ferrari customers all set to enjoy the big crowds.
Ferrari Portofino Tour kicks Off 20 cars to drive across Europe
Posted: 16.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 16 April 2018 – The Ferrari Portofino will be the undisputed star of a Europe-wide tour that hits the road on 16 April. The famous Ligurian town, that both gave the car its name and played host to a world premiere attended by hundreds of clients last September, provides the starting line from which 20 examples of the new Ferrari will depart to over 60 cities across the continent.
The Prancing Horse’s most loyal enthusiasts and collectors will be treated to a truly exclusive preview of the car’s prowess as they take turns behind the wheel of the Ferrari Portofino on Europe’s most beautiful roads and experience the car’s performance across a wide variety of conditions.
Three alternating itineraries will crisscross very different terrains, ranging from the rolling Tuscan hills to the slopes of the Alps, the Cote d’Azur, the Scandinavian Peninsula, Stockholm Bay and the Port of Belfast. Settings that will provide the perfect showcase for the driving pleasure and versatility of this stunning convertible GT, permitting clients to savour the V8 engine’s 600 cv, the handling and superior in-car comfort that put it at the top its category.
We Race Comic: Scuderia Ferrari enters the world of comic
Posted: 13.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
A new editorial project born at the intersection of the passion for racing and the world of comics.
Thanks to the collaboration with Riccardo Burchielli, one of the well renowned illustrator in sci-fi comics, and Giulio Gualtieri, scriptwriter and editor-in-chief of remarkable projects, We Race tells a story about a young driver’s battle against himself facing a great challenge.
The tale of this passion takes shape into a distant future and endures through the ages defying all limits: because the world may change, but certain thrills never do.
Ferrari announces voting results from its Annual General Meeting
Posted: 13.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Maranello (Italy), 13 April 2018 – Ferrari N.V. (“Ferrari” or the “Company”) (NYSE/MTA: RACE) announced today that all resolutions proposed to Shareholders at the Ferrari’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (the “AGM”) held today in Schiphol-Rijk, the Netherlands, were passed.
The Shareholders approved the 2017 Annual Accounts and a dividend in cash of Euro 0.71 per outstanding common share, totalling Euro 134 million. The outstanding common shares will be quoted ex-dividend from April 23, 2018. The record date for the dividend will be April 24, 2018 on both MTA and NYSE and the dividend on the outstanding common shares will be paid on May 2, 2018. Shareholders holding the Company’s common shares on the record date that are traded on the NYSE will receive the dividend in U.S. dollars at the official USD/EUR exchange rate reported by the European Central Bank on April 19, 2018.
The Shareholders re-elected all current directors of Ferrari. Sergio Marchionne was re-elected as executive director of Ferrari. John Elkann, Piero Ferrari, Delphine Arnault, Louis C. Camilleri, Giuseppina Capaldo, Eduardo H. Cue, Sergio Duca, Lapo Elkann, Amedeo Felisa, Maria Patrizia Grieco, Adam Keswick and Elena Zambon were re-elected as non-executive directors of Ferrari.
The Shareholders appointed Ernst & Young Accountants LLP as Ferrari’s independent auditor until the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.
The Shareholders also delegated to the Board of Directors authority to purchase common shares in the capital of Ferrari up to a maximum of 10% of Ferrari’s issued common shares as of the date of the AGM. Pursuant to the authorization, which does not entail any obligation for Ferrari but is designed to provide additional flexibility, Ferrari may purchase shares of its own common stock from time to time in the 18 months following the AGM, at a price not higher than 10% above or not more than 10% below the average of the closing price on the NYSE and/or MTA for the five business days prior to the date of the purchase.
Concurrently with the AGM, the Company published its 2017 Sustainability Report. This Report was prepared in accordance with the new GRI Standards, the main international framework for reporting on governance, environmental and social themes.
“Today’s result was definitely not the one we were aiming for, given that we were starting from the front row. Our race pace wasn’t bad, but this was a Grand Prix in which the many variables made the difference. Kimi made it to the podium and Sebastian limited the damage in a car which, after the collision, was not in the best of conditions for a fight. Now it’s important for us to maintain concentration and determination, already thinking about the next race in Baku.”
quote It was quite a painful race and not a very enjoyable one. At the start I had a good jump, but then I had to back off and this cost me a few places. After the pit stop the car was pretty fast and the feeling was good; at that point we were behind, but I could see the other cars at the end of the straight. The safety car helped us, at that time we had fresh tires. I would say it took us back in the race. In the end I had a decent speed with the Mediums against the guys that were on the same tires, but getting close to them and try to follow was really tricky. For sure we were faster than Valtteri, but when you get close it becomes more difficult, you lose so much grip in the process and lose so much downforce, especially in this kind of circuit. I just couldn’t get enough of a run on him. Today we take the third place, but obviously when you start from the first row it’s far from ideal. We’ll try to do better next time.”
“I was lucky to end my race. After a collision like the one I had, I think we could have even stopped there. Obviously, the lucky thing is that the car was still working, even if the balance was gone. We lost the lead after the pit stop and that was not ideal. We were quite sure we would have come out in front, but we didn’t. The timing of the Safety Car was bad for both me and Valtteri, because we had no chance to react. After that it was clear that Red Bull was faster and I think there was no point to resist much at the way Daniel approached from behind, and then the same happened with Max. I gave him some room just in case he had a bit of tire lock-up, but then obviously he had a big one and that’s why we crashed. I think he realized he was wrong. We were both lucky to continue but it was not necessary. However, I appreciated the fact he came to me straightway because that’s the way to solve things like this, face to face. But obviouslyM this is not the result we were looking for.”
Chinese Grand Prix – A podium and regrets
Posted: 15.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Kimi third but Seb gets hit and finishes eighth. The Safety Car called the shots
Shanghai, 15 April –This race was decided by the arrival of the safety car and tyre strategy. Scuderia Ferrari finished on the podium thanks to Kimi Raikkonen’s third place, but having started from pole, Sebastian Vettel had to settle for eighth place after Verstappen ran into him, thus dropping him down the order. However, the German still leads the Drivers’ championship classification.
Both SF71Hs were on the front row, but the start was closely contested. Seb maintained his pole advantage, but Kimi had to give best to Bottas and also came under attack from Verstappen, who had the advantage of running the Ultrasoft tyres and had also passed Hamilton. The race leader extended his lead to a couple of seconds, to stay out of the DRS range and Kimi was also fending off Hamilton. At the moment, the very long Shanghai straight was not the scene of any overtaking.
Over the radio, it was time to discuss strategy. Red Bull did a double tyre change on lap 18 and Kimi made the most of the clear air to set his fastest time, while Hamilton headed for the pits to fit Mediums. One lap later (number 20) it was Bottas’ turn to pit and Ferrari reacted, but the pit stop took a few tenths too long and coming out of pit lane, Vettel found himself behind Valtteri, who had pushed really hard on his out lap.
Now there was a group of three: Raikkonen, yet to change tyres, was attacked by Bottas, but held him off at the hairpin. This allowed Seb to close and when Kimi had to give best before pitting, the number 5 car was in the DRS zone. Time for another thrilling duel, the third in as many races. On lap 32, the Safety Car came out to allow debris to be cleared away after the two Toro Rossos had collided at the hairpin. Our boys stayed out and Kimi gained ground on Ricciardo who had pitted.
The race resumed on lap 36 and, on new Softs, Ricciardo attacked Kimi who had lost time with Verstappen. Max himself went off track while attacking Hamilton, and Ricciardo got past. The Red Bull pair had the edge in terms of tyres and Verstappen was thus able to repass Hamilton, while Ricciardo got ahead of Seb. Verstappen also tried to get ahead of the German but instead, he tipped the Ferrari into a spin on lap 44. The Stewards investigated the incident and gave Verstappen a 10 second penalty.
Kimi was third, faster than Bottas, who had lost the lead to Ricciardo, but Sebastian had dropped down to seventh with damage to the side of his car, so that even Alonso barged past him. The world champion could do nothing other than defend his eighth place from a last attack from Sainz.
Chinese Grand Prix – Another front row lock-out…
Posted: 14.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Seb: “The car was amazing”. Kimi: “We’ve been pretty consistent”
Shanghai, April 14 – Just one week after the Bahrain lock-out, Scuderia Ferrari once again qualified both cars on the front row as Seb Vettel beat Kimi Raikkonen by a mere 0.087 seconds in the qualifying session for the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix. This result marks pole number 215 for the team, the 7th for Sebastian in Ferrari colours. In very different weather conditions from the ones encountered at Sakhir last weekend, the SF71Hs delivered a strong performance with both the Ultrasoft and the Soft compound, the latter being the one with which both drivers start on tomorrow.
“It’s been a great result and I am really happy for the team”, said Seb. “Today the car was amazing and it was great fighting for the front row with both cars on our own. It was very windy and not easy to get the right feeling. However, when the car is quick and works, you get a lot of confidence and that helps. We didn’t expect to be so strong compared to our competition. We made some small changes today on our car, but it was pretty good yesterday already. I made some mistakes during my first lap in turn three and six, where I had oversteer. The tires here are very sensitive, so I knew that if I kept it clean, then the final part of the lap would be better. I didn’t know what the others were doing, but I was quite sure about getting the pole because I think I was one of the last cars and so could profit from track evolution. Tomorrow the weather should be sunny, which makes the asphalt hotter. We’ll see how it works, but I think we’ll be very close”.
Kimi added: “We have been pretty happy with the way things have been so far this weekend. Qualifying today was pretty close; we had two good laps, but unfortunately I lost some speed in the last sector and couldn’t improve. Obviously I wanted more, but tomorrow is another day. We ‘ll start the race with the Soft tires and our rivals start with the same compound: that will be slightly different compared to the other cars and I think it will be better like this. We did what we think is the best for us and is supposed to give us the best result in the end. Our aim is to win, first of all we need to do a good job tomorrow and take the most out of it. I think we have been ok in all the races so far; we have been extracting more out of the car and learning more about it. We have been pretty consistent and happy with things, obviously we need to improve here and there but that’s a normal and never ending process”.
Chinese Grand Prix – Ferrari front row in Shanghai
Posted: 14.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Seb on pole, with Kimi alongside him
Shanghai, 14 April – It was a closely contested qualifying for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix. At the end of the session, Vettel took his 52nd pole position, the seventh with Scuderia Ferrari, in a time of 1’31”095. Kimi Raikkonen was second in 1’31”182. The two SF71H cars ran the Soft tyres (which they will use for the start tomorrow) and Ultrasofts. Qualifying took place under overcast skies, in cold and windy conditions, but it stayed dry. Tomorrow’s race gets underway at 14h10 local time, 08h10 (CET.)
Chinese Grand Prix – Ferrari quickest in P3
Posted: 14.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Seb ahead of Kimi in a cold Shanghai
Shanghai, 14 April – Final practice at the Shanghai International Circuit was held under cloudy skies in cold conditions, with temperatures no more than 12° (16° on track.) Sebastian Vettel was fastest for Scuderia Ferrari with a lap in 1’33”018, with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen second in 1’33”469. Both men ran the same tyre programme, using Ultrasofts. Qualifying starts at 14h00 (08h00 CET.) At the moment, the forecast is for dry conditions.
Chinese Grand Prix – “A pretty good base to start from”
Posted: 13.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Kimi and Seb comment on free practice in China
Shanghai – Practice at the Shanghai International Circuit was ended prematurely by drizzle when Kimi and Seb had nearly concluded their long-runs, after setting second and fourth best times on the timesheet. Nearly all drivers set their best times on the Ultrasoft compound, while various types of rubber were tried in race trim simulations. The Chinese track is 5.451 Kilometers long and features a total of 16 challenging corners, but it looks like the fight for tomorrow’s qualifying session will be as close as ever.
“It was a pretty good Friday”, said Kimi “and I’m quite happy with the feeling of the car. I think we have a pretty good base line to start from, it looks pretty good. The car has been quite straightforward since the beginning, so it easy to fine tune things. On one lap we had some traffic, I’m sure we could have gone faster. In the long run we never really got a proper idea due to the conditions: it started to rain and we had limited running, so it’s a bit tricky to know where we are. Today it was close, but then tomorrow who knows what the weather will be; things can change a lot from one day to the next”.
Seb commented: “I think at this track it is very important to find the right feeling with the car and its setup. The track is long and the tires struggle here. But, overall, I think we are quite close. However, the car is not yet where I want it to be. So, we are still looking at how we can improve. I think the SF71H has the pace, but you need to make sure it works. Today it’s been a mixed day and I think in the afternoon it was a bit better and I was a little bit happier. Hopefully tomorrow I’m going to be very happy!”
Chinese Grand Prix – First day of practice over in China
Posted: 13.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Kimi 2nd, Seb 4th
Shanghai –The first day of free practice has come to an end at the Chinese track and the Scuderia Ferrari drivers were second and fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen’s best lap being a 1’33”489, while Sebastian Vettel’s quickest was a 1’33”590. The Finn used Soft and Ultrasoft tyres, while his German team-mate ran the Medium and Ultrasoft. The Scuderia Ferrari drivers concentrated on single fast laps, followed by some long runs in race configuration. But rain in the closing stages brought the work to a premature end. The final free practice session starts at 11h00 local time, with qualifying at 14h00.
Chinese Grand Prix – Free Practice in China starts cloudy and windy
Posted: 13.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Kimi and Seb 2nd and 6th fastest
Shanghai, 13 April – A few days after the Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula 1 is back in action on a completely different track, with fast corners and a 1.2 kilometre long straight. It’s also cooler than at the two tracks visited so far this year, with an air temperature of about 20° and on track, with strong winds. Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest for Scuderia Ferrari with a lap in 1’34”358, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel was sixth in 1’34”861.
Kimi used Medium and Ultrasoft tyres, while Sebastian ran the Soft and Ultrasoft. The second session gets underway at 08h00 CET.
Chinese Grand Prix – “The car is in good shape”
Posted: 12.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Seb and Kimi ahead of China: a demanding track, a different challenge
Shanghai, April 12 – Preliminaries to the third round of the 2018 championship took place under cloudy skies and lower temperatures than expected. Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen reflect on the challenge ahead, before the action starts on Friday morning at the Shanghai International Circuit.
“I think we should be alright here in China” says Seb, “even if it is difficult to know. So far there have been only two races and both were very good in terms of results, but they were quite different and here, the track is quite different too. Conditions are not the same as in Bahrain and Australia either. So, we’ll see how it goes, but I am quite confident. I believe that if we have the right balance, then we should be competitive, I just don’t know how much yet. However, we’ll try to win. After this race I think we’ll be able to tell a little bit more, but overall the car is in good shape and it is working, so I know we can be competitive.
This track is quite demanding for tires, so in terms of strategy you try to make all of them work, to understand which one has the best chances. It will be an interesting challenge, so we’ll see. Temperatures are very important here too, because it is colder and it changes the balance of the car, and the limit of the tires. But it is difficult to predict and we need to be patient. We always try to do ourjob well and even if the first two races were ok, they are behind us now. We keep learning and look ahead”.
Kimi’s comments are on the same page as his teammate’s: “This track is completely different, and the layout and the surface of a circuit make a bigger difference than any other factor. Whether this is going to favour someone, or it is the same for everybody, we don’t know yet. We have had good speed at both tracks so far, so I don’t see why it shouldn’t be the same here. We’ll start tomorrow, see how it is and do our normal program. Let’s see how it is going to play out over the weekend, if it will be raining or not. The weather can be a bit tricky here, it’s a bit hard to predict what will happen. It will be interesting to see where we are”.
Chinese Grand Prix – The symbol-shaped circuit
Posted: 11.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Traffic, smog and charm
In the space of a week the scenario changes completely from the rocky desert of Bahrain to the giant metropolis of Shanghai, as Scuderia Ferrari hits China off the back of the victory in Sakhir. The majority of the team came straight here, while a few reached Shanghai after a brief stop in Maranello. Naturally, Francesco Cigarini also went home, after the unfortunate incident during last Sunday’s pit stop. He has undergone a successful operation on his left leg and is now convalescing.
Shanghai and Sakhir have probably just one thing in common, namely that they both first appeared on the calendar in the same year, 2004 and both resulted in wins for the Scuderia for Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher respectively. The tracks themselves are completely different, as the one in China puts the front tyres under a lot more strain, leading to understeer. The Shanghai International Circuit, shaped like the Chinese symbol “Shang” which means “to aim high” also boasts one of the longest straights on the calendar, measuring 1200 metres. That means top speed and the use of DRS are both important factors.
In terms of logistics, it’s quite a complicated race and not just because it’s the second Sunday of racing in a row. The circuit is quite a way out from the city centre, which is where most of the hotels are located and one usually has to factor in an hour in traffic before spotting in the distance, the vast lotus leaf shapes of the grandstand roof at the Hermann Tilke-designed facility. There’s never much time, but the city is worth a visit, with its strangely European feel, a result of the Chinese port city having always had an influx of foreign influences.
Then we have the weather: the sky is usually grey, because of the smog, but this weekend, that could be down to rain, which is forecast especially for Friday and Saturday. It’s one more variable to consider when looking at tyre choice, which skips one compound, running from white-banded Medium, to yellow Soft and purple Ultrasoft.
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today’s result, with a win for Sebastian, is confirmation of the great job done by the team, of an effective car and of a driver who drove like a true champion right to the very end. It was a shame for Kimi, who would have completed a fine result for the team. We chose to take one of our mechanics up onto the podium as a mark of respect to our colleague Francesco who was injured during the pit stop. The whole team hopes he recovers quickly. We are already preparing for the next race in China and as usual we will give it our all.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Obviously, this is a great way to start the season and it wasn’t expected. Obviously Australia was a different race and if you compare these two races, here we had the pace and won on our own. So, I think it’s been much better, but it was a very tough race. It took a while for the adrenaline to go, but for the next week we are not sure where we are going to be. It is difficult to predict with everything changing so much. In China it will be a different track and a different challenge, but we have to improve our car and work on it. We still need to improve the balance. However, if we should have a similar feeling like here, then I think we should be in a good shape. We were losing a little bit at the end and Bottas was getting closer. We couldn’t wait and see what he was doing. So, in response to that we had to come in first to protect the track as much as I could. We had targeted two stops and that’s why we had chosen Soft tires. But then we had to change strategy; the tires were already wearing out, but then it seemed everything was ok. But after 10 or 12 laps, the tires got worse and the last five laps were very tricky. It feels better winning here than in Australia, because here we had the pace. So, I am very happy, even though it’s sad to see one of our guys getting injured. I wish him to get well soon, I know he’s in very good hands now.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “What happened to our guy Francesco today at the pit-stop is very unfortunate. I feel sorry for him and hope he’s going to be OK soon. It’s always a bad thing when someone gets injured but I am sure he has the best people taking good care of him and I wish him a speedy recovery. As for the accident itself, all I know is that I moved when I saw the green light go on. I couldn’t have possibly realized that there was an issue with the rear left wheel, then I saw someone had got hurt and, immediately, I was told to stop by the team. Unfortunately something must have gone wrong and we’ll need to find out what. The car had good speed today but I had some wheelspin at the start. Anyway, there’s not much I can do now but wait for the next race, where we’ll try to do our best.”
Bahrain Grand Prix – A win for Francesco
Posted: 08.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Seb first once again, Kimi retires after an accident in the pits leaves a mechanic injured
Sakhir, 8 April –You always fight to win, but not all victories are the same and this one is bittersweet. For the second time in as many races, Sebastian Vettel won with Scuderia Ferrari, but at the moment, the thoughts of everyone in the team are with the mechanic who was injured during Kimi Raikkonen’s pit stop, the Finn stopping and retiring immediately after in pit lane. As for the Grand Prix, it was closely contested right down to the final corner and the win came courtesy of a well thought out strategy and the abilities of the driver who managed to make a set of Soft tyres last 38 laps no less, on a track that is one of the hardest on tyres.
Off an all-red front row, Seb made the most of pole, while Kimi who was starting on the dirty side of the track was attacked and passed by Bottas. The virtual safety car was soon deployed, when Verstappen had a puncture as a result of a coming together with Hamilton in the middle of the pack. The race got underway again on lap 4, with Sebastian quickest, a couple of seconds ahead of Bottas. In the garage, an analysis of our speed in individual corners and that of our rivals was taking place as well as working out how much fuel had been saved while the race was neutralised A long distance duel with Hamilton thus began, the Englishman fourth, 15 seconds adrift, but running the harder tyre: Supersoft for the SF71H and Soft for the Mercedes.
19 laps, one third distance, Seb pitted as planned and fitted the yellow-banded Softs. The order was Bottas, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Vettel. Next time round, Kimi did the same. Vettel pushed hard and Bottas, emerging from pit lane on the Mediums, lost ground. On lap 25, Seb was in DRS range in his duel with Hamilton, closing to under a second. It was time for wheel to wheel combat and Seb didn’t lose any time, diving inside his rival under braking at the start of lap 26. Hamilton changed tyres immediately, also fitting the Prime Medium. Seb had 5” in hand over Bottas, who was aiming to finish the race doing one less stop. Sebastian lost time with backmarkers but Kimi made the most of the traffic to close on his fellow countryman.
Lap 36 and something you never want to see happened: Kimi came in to change tyres and as he drove off, the mechanic on the left rear wheel was knocked over. The number 7 car stopped immediately, Seb stayed out on track, but at this time, strategy, racing, counted for much less and with one of our own in the medical centre, the thoughts of everyone in the team went out to him. Out on track, Bottas pursued Sebastian for 20 laps, but our driver never gave him room, even though his tyres were finished. That is Ferrari and that, Francesco, is for you. Hurry back.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Statement from Ferrari Chairman Mr. Sergio Marchionne
Posted: 08.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
First and foremost, I wish our mechanic a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on track soon. The team performed consistently all weekend and we were front runners right from the start of practice. It was a difficult race and Sebastian drove like a true champion. I am sorry for Kimi who could certainly have finished on the podium. This Grand Prix confirms that the Scuderia has a great car, a solid team and two drivers on top form. But it also showed how close things are between us and our rivals, who are very strong. That’s why, at the risk of repeating myself, it’s worth pointing out that there is still a long way to go and we have to maintain a high level of concentration, continuing to work diligently and with passion, which is something we are well capable of. It’s the only way we can give our fans other equally satisfying Sundays.
Bahrain Grand Prix – “We’ve built a very strong car”
Posted: 07.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Seb and Kimi secure front row lock-out: “The team deserves this result”
Sakhir, April 7 – At the end of a tense qualifying session, Seb Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen flashed through the finish line of the Bahrain International Circuit to take first and second spot on tomorrow’s starting grid. It is the 214th pole position for Scuderia Ferrari and the 59th front row lock-out since 1950, while Sebastian claimed his sixth pole for the Cavallino squad and 51st overall. On a track that calls for power, traction and tire management, the two SF71Hs proved their worth and the whole team gave their best.
“I think we have a good base and the car is working”, Seb commented. “We have improved in our work on the car. In the beginning it’s always a bit difficult, but now everything is getting better. So, it was nice to keep the car alive. I felt quite good from the start and made some progress during the session. I am very happy with the last laps I did, and also obviously with the result I got. I was really glad to see how the car was responding today. We worked on the setup and tried different things. In Australia the track is tricky and bumpy, so it was difficult to change too much and draw any conclusions. But after the race and with the mileage we did, I think we understood the car better. It’s nice to see that we have built a very strong car and that today we are able to put it on the front row, beating everybody else. It’s been a great result that the whole team deserves. However, the ‘big day’ is tomorrow”.
Kimi’s last qualifying attempt was slightly hampered by traffic, but nonetheless was good enough for second: “My last run was far from perfect; there was traffic and we couldn’t improve. We did not give ourselves a proper chance to do the best we could. The car had a lot of speed, but we did not take full advantage of that. I’m sure there was a lot more to come. Anyway, we start the race in a good position, so I’m a bit disappointed today but that’s how it goes.. Tomorrow is another day and we should have a good car; we hope for a better result. The key point will be tire management; it will be tricky for everybody. We’ll try to make the best of it, and I’ll go as fast as I can”.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Ferrari front row in Sakhir
Posted: 07.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Seb on pole with Kimi alongside
Sakhir, 7 April – In the night time qualifying held at the Sakhir circuit, Sebastian Vettel’s best lap of 1’27”958 was good enough to secure the 51st pole position of his F1 career, his sixth with Scuderia Ferrari. He ran the Supersoft tyre. Right behind him came team-mate Kimi Raikkonen with a lap in 1’28”101, also using Supersofts.
Tomorrow, the second race of the season gets underway at 18h10 local time (17h10 CET.)
Bahrain Grand Prix – Final free practice
Posted: 07.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Kimi fastest, Seb shortens his programme
Sakhir, 7 Aprile – Nell’ultima sessione di prove libere al Bahrain International Circuit, i piloti della Scuderia Ferrari hanno ottenuto il primo e quinto tempo, rispettivamente con Kimi Raikkonen (1:29.868) e Sebastian Vettel (1:30.719).
In condizioni di pista certo non analoghe a quelle che i piloti troveranno durante le qualifiche di questa sera (ore 17 in Italia) Kimi ha utilizzato un set di gomme medie e due di Super Soft, Sebastian uno di Medie e uno di Super Soft. 15 i giri del finlandese, 8 quelli del tedesco, che ha preferito interrompere le prove anzitempo per intervenire su un piccolo problema elettrico.
Temperature: asfalto 39°, aria 32°
Bahrain Grand Prix – “We can improve even further”
Posted: 06.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Kimi and Seb look ahead to the remainder of the weekend
Sakhir, March 6 – Topping the timesheets on Friday does not bring any points, and Scuderia Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are well aware that the Bahraini weekend has just begun. Nevertheless, their comments after the first day of practice reflected the hard work that the whole team had carried out. Kimi had to pull off the track and stop the car right at the end of the session due to a loose front right wheel, when his pitwall promptly informed him that something wasn’t right.
“It was a pretty straightforward day and the car felt ok”, said Kimi. “As on any Friday, we tried different things, tested and learned as much as possible. The feeling was pretty much the same everywhere, but in certain zones of the track we want to do better. If we look purely at lap times it was OK, but that doesn’t tell you much; It’s only the first day and it’s impossible to know what the others were doing. At the end of the second session, right after the pit-stop, I felt some vibrations in the car and the team told me to slow down and park the car. We found out that the front wheel was a bit loose, so we had to stop. For sure we still have to improve; tonight we’ll put all the data together to try and do even better”.
“It is difficult to say where we are just from one day of practice” Seb commented “but we did make some progress. In the long runs we can do better, so let’s see what happens tomorrow. We made some mistakes here and there, but we tried to get the rhythm for qualifying. This is the time you need to try and take the car to the limit, especially this evening because conditions are the same as those you will have tomorrow and on Sunday night. I don’t have any conclusions to draw after the results we got today. We focus on ourselves and mostly try to get a better feeling with the car, as we still have some work to do, but I think we can improve further”.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 2, Ferrari in front
Posted: 06.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
11 thousandths split Seb and Kimi
Sakhir, 6 April – At the end of the final Friday free practice session, the Scuderia Drivers were first and second with Kimi Raikkonen (1’29”817) and Sebastian Vettel (1’29”828) respectively. Both drivers concentrated on their programme, working first on a series of short runs before switching to long ones, using the Soft and Supersoft tyres. The action resumes at the Bahrain track tomorrow with the final free practice session at 14h00 CET, followed by qualifying at 17H00.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice underway
Posted: 06.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Kimi ahead of Seb in FP1
Sakhir, 6 April – The Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, the second round of the Formula 1 season, is now underway. At the end of the first free practice session, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers were third and fourth fastest with Kimi Raikkonen (1’31”458) and Sebastian Vettel (1’31”470.) Both drivers ran the Medium and Soft tyres. Towards the end of the session the drivers did a short race pace runThe second practice session starts at 17h00 CET.
Bahrain Grand Prix – “Still a lot to learn”
Posted: 05.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
Seb and Kimi ahead of Bahrain: the car has potential
Sakhir, April 5th – Hazy skies and a strong breeze welcomed the F1 teams to the second round of the 2018 Championship. Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen arrived late last night in Bahrain, and by late morning they showed up at the track that will host the first night race of the season on Sunday. The win and double podium finish in Melbourne has only served to reinforce their focus and determination for the coming weekend, in which Seb is expected to take the 200th start of his F1 career.
“ I think this year we have a better car”, says Seb “but we have to make it work at its full potential. At the beginning of the year it is normal that you still have to get to know the car. Obviously the time that we have on track to try things is limited, but we have some ideas for here that we are going to try. As for myself, I need to do my job and we need to do our job as a team. We only look at ourselves and try to improve and I am confident, as the car has potential”.
“Melbourne was a good and straightforward weekend,” added Kimi. “Overall we had a good feeling with the car and decent speed . The Sakhir track is very different and with completely different conditions. Practice will be in the daylight and the race in the dark, but we are used to it. It’s quite hot and the feeling with your car is different. I’m happy with the way we started the season, but we need to keep working hard, improve things and hopefully we’ll achieve a good result again with both cars. We need to be up there straightaway and consistently. We are still in the early days of a long season and there are still many things we need to learn about this car. I think there’s a lot of potential; where it’s going to take us in the end, we don’t know. But we’ll give our best, that’s for sure”.
Bahrain Grand Prix – The pearl of the Gulf
Posted: 04.04.2018 Source: Ferrari
The first back-to-back pair of races of 2018 begins in Bahrain
Two men wearing dishdasha, the traditional Arab garb, kneel in the dust and activate a detonator for an explosive charge. And so began the story of the Bahrain International Circuit. When one thinks of a desert, everyone thinks of sand, but in this small island state on the Persian Gulf, the terrain is predominantly rocky and explosives were required to prepare the ground for the race track. This Grand Prix has been on the calendar every year since 2004 with the exception of 2011 when it was cancelled because of civil unrest. Occasionally, it has been the first race of the season, while this time it kicks off the first pair of back to back races of the very long 2018 season, with Shanghai following on one weekend later. That places extra demands on the race team and its logistical support. The Scuderia’s advance party arrived in the Gulf over the Easter weekend.
The Sakhir circuit is not far from the capital, Manama, in fact the whole island is not much more than 50 kilometres in length and the route from town involves a motorway, followed by wide flag-lined streets. The track itself is also very wide – over 20 metres at some points – making for a variety of racing lines. The circuit layout includes pretty much every type of corner, but the main feature is heavy braking. In 2010, the 6.3 km long “endurance” track was used but it was not particularly popular with the drivers. Apart from the glass conical tower, what stands out are the floodlights that light up the track for qualifying and the race ever since the GP became a night race back in 2014. Manama lacks the glitz of the other Emirate capitals, but there is a contrast between the old quarter with its markets and the modern skyscrapers. As for the weather, there is no guarantee of sunny conditions all weekend, even if the temperatures are unlikely to dip below the 30 degree mark. And don’t think it never rains in the desert here, as it did just that on the Sunday of the first race…
Valentino Rossi at the wheel of the Ferrari 488 Pista
Posted: 28.03.2018 Source: Ferrari
The Moto GP champion test-drives the new V8 at Fiorano
Maranello, 28 March 2018 – The new Ferrari 488 Pista was put through its paces by a very special test-driver today – none other than Valentino Rossi. The Moto GP champion, who just finished third in the Qatar GP, could not resist the opportunity to try out Ferrari’s latest car when he dropped by Maranello. Valentino gave full vent to the twin-turbo V8’s massive 720 CV on the Fiorano track, proving he is as skilled on four wheels as two
Scuderia Ferrari Collection FW18: On-Track competition fuels style
Posted: 27.03.2018 Source: Ferrari
Maranello, 27 March 2018 – The world of racing, with its graphic elements and iconic colours. This is the inspiration behind Scuderia Ferrari’s new Fall/Winter 2018 collection for men, women and children. A versatile and universally appealing range of clothing and accessories, designed for all those who love motor racing competitions, as well as for supporters of the brand who favour a more metropolitan style.
One of the themes of the collection features clothing and accessories with a striking contemporary look – a significant draw for fans to whom the values of F1 particularly appeal. The speed and energy of the races are evoked in coats, jackets, t-shirts and accessories for all ages, with recurring graphic patterns including arrow prints, Icon Tape details – or for the uninitiated, side banding with a repeated logo – and contrasting inserts. The red colour of the single seater and the black and yellow of the Scuderia Ferrari shield are the essential motifs here.
The collection also features a selection of items dedicated to leisure time, perfectly suited to a more urban context. A mix of high-performance materials designed for a dynamic way of life envelop even the coldest seasons with their warmth. The style is more casual, but with the same attention to detail. The colour palette combines striking shades of blue and red with more neutral black and grey tones.
Meanwhile, those in search of a more timeless style will be seduced by the range of clothing and accessories – gloves, bags and wallets – which takes its inspiration from the historical racing world. Warm nuances and neutral tones come into play here, powerfully reminiscent of the drivers who have achieved legendary status.
For lovers of sport, the Scuderia Ferrari Collection offers a host of perfect outfits for training, both indoor and outdoor. Innovative technical fabrics ensure winning performance during training: lightness, strength, flexibility and breathability are the key words that epitomise this line, which reflects the needs of all those constantly on the quest for new challenges.
Ferrari Challenge APAC – The battle kicks off in Melbourne
Posted: 21.03.2018 Source: Ferrari
Melbourne, 21 March 2018 – Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific Series is ready to kicks off its eight season on Australia’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix circuit in Melbourne this weekend. The series will for the first time open at Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Circuit in support of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, followed by Hampton Downs in New Zealand in April. The official race schedule also includes other Formula 1 race tracks like Shanghai International Circuit, Fuji Speedway and Suzuka Circuit. In September, Ferrari Challenge returns to Singapore once again in support of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, thereafter converging at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy for the Finali Mondiali (World Finals) from 1 to 4 November, where the Asia Pacific race drivers will join those from the Europe and North American Series for the traditional end-of-season celebrations.
Three champions. The current drivers of the 488 Challenge cars will see competition heating up as a few former 458 Challenge EVO drivers have made the jump into this car, including Martin Berry of Australia who was the 2017 Asia Pacific champion in this category. This season will be one of the most competitive as we have a field of champions from the 2017 series; Philippe Prette from Italy and Ken Seto from Japan, champions in their respective categories, will definitely be fighting tooth and nail for the Trofeo Pirelli class championship this season.
Fifteen nationalities. The Ferrari Challenge is open to Ferrari drivers from all over the world, who are divided into three classes; Trofeo Pirelli, Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell AM, split according to their experience and driving level. Amateur drivers will gather in Melbourne representing 15 nationalities, including Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and United States.
Schedule. The Challenge drivers will undertake three rounds of practice sessions this week, with the first race on Saturday 24 March at 10:45 AM local time and the second race on Sunday 25 March at 10:50 AM local time.