Circuit Sebring International Speedway
Date 21. 03.2015
Laps -
Distance km / miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
49
Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Marco Cioci
Rui Aguas
Enzo Potolicchio
458 Italia GT3
F 142 GT xxxx
AF Corse
. overall / . in class GTD
62 Pierre Kaffer
Giancarlo Fisichella
Andrea Bertolini
458 Italia GT2 F 142 GT xxxx Risi Competizione . overall / . in class GTLM
63 Bill Sweedler
Townsend Bell
Antonio Lazzaro
458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx Scuderia Corsa . overall / . in class GTD

 

United SportsCar Championship – Heading for the 12 Hours of Sebring, a race dear to Ferrari

Posted: 18.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 18 March –The 12 Hours of Sebring takes place this weekend, as the second round of the United SportsCar Championship and the North American Endurance Cup. The Sebring circuit, in Florida, is one of the temples of world motorsport, as well one of the tracks that means the most to Ferrari, which over the 62 editions of the race has taken 32 wins in total, 12 of them outright.

The early wins. The first race run over a 12 hour period dates back to 1952. The first win came the following year, when Edward P. Lunken and Charles Hassan triumphed in the up to 2 litre Sport category at the wheel of a 166 MM entered by Lunken himself. The first outright victory came in 1956, thanks to two aces, namely Juan Manuel Fangio and Eugenio Catellotti, who dominated proceedings at the wheel of the works 860 Monza. Rounding off the celebrations was a second place for Luigi Musso and Harry Schell with the sister car and there was also a win in the up to 2 litre Sport category for a 500 Mondial in the hands of Dominican playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, teamed with the American Jim Pauley. The following year, the win went to Phil Hill and Peter Collins in a factory entered 250 TR 58, while in 1959 the winners’ laurels went to the works 250 TR 59 Fantuzzi Spyder crewed by the quartet of Dan Gurney, Chuck Daigh, Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien.

A triumph in 1961. The 1961 race produced a memorable result, when Ferrari won in no less than four categories. The overall win went to Hill and Gendebien in a 250 TRI/61, while there was a clean sweep of the podium, with the sister car of Giancarlo Baghetti, Willy Mairesse, Wolfgang Von Trips and Richie Ginther second, followed home by the brothers Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez in the North American Racing Team (Nart) 250 TR 60. The same race produced three more victories. In the up to 2.5 litre Sport category, victory went to Jim Hall and George Constantine at the wheel of the Nart Dino 246 S; in the up to 2 litre Sport class, another Nart car won, the 196 S, driven by William Helburn, Skip Hudson and John Fulp. A fourth win came in the up to 3 litre GT class, courtesy of a lady driver, Denise McCluggage, driving her own 250 GT SWB, paired with Allen Eager.

The other victories. Over the next three years, Ferrari continued to dominate: in 1962, it was thanks to Joakim Bonnier and Lucien Bianchi, winners in a 250 TR1/61 entered by the SSS Republica di Venezia team; in 1963 a works 250 P crewed by John Surtees and Ludovico Scarfiotti and in 1964 with Mike Parkes and Umberto Maglioli in a factory 275 P. In 1970 the delighted winners were Ignazio Giunti, Nino Vaccarella and Mario Andretti in a 512 S, a win repeated two years later for Andretti, when paired with Jacky Ickx in a factory 312 PB. Then, over 20 years would elapse before a Ferrari would win again in the 12 Hours of Sebring. In 1995, the Maranello marque returned to the winners’ enclosure courtesy of Fermin Velez, Andy Evans and Eric van de Poele in the Scandia Motorsports 333 SP, a feat repeated by the team in 1997 with Velez, Evans, Yannick Dalmas and Stefan Johansson, the latter a former Formula 1 driver for the Scuderia. 1998 was the year of the last outright win, thanks to Didier Theys, Mauro Baldi and Giampiero Moretti in the Momo/Doran Racing 333 SP. Ferrari has not won at Sebring since 2011, when Tracy Krohn, Michele Rugolo and Nic Jonsson won the GTE Am category in the F430 entered by Krohn Racing.

 

 

 

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015

Posted: 18.03.2015
Source: BMW / Event website

Event Information:

Date and Time: 22.05.2015 – 24.05.2015
Location: Villa d`Este and Villa Erba – Cernobbio
Website: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

 

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 slips into the style of the wild and wonderful seventies

Posted: 18.03.2015
Source: BMW / Event website

Cernobbio, 18 March, 2015

The rare vehicles that make up the field of entrants for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este are often revered as “works of art on wheels”. This year, visitors to the beauty contest for historic cars and motorcycles hosted by BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will be reminded of how, 40 years ago, this description took on a whole new meaning. In June 1975 a BMW 3.0 CSL painted by US artist Alexander Calder raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This was the car that launched the Art Car tradition initiated by BMW and today remains a fascinating representative of a dazzling era – one in which sensational art and exclusive lifestyle also swept up the automotive world. At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 the glitz and glamour of the 1970s will roar back to life. “Seventies style – the jetset is back” is the motto of the Classic Weekend on Lake Como, which will bring together owners and aficionados of classic cars and motorcycles in this wonderfully exclusive setting from 22 – 24 May 2015. The Concorso di Motociclette will take its place in the programme for the fifth time, alongside other highlights including a look back at “90 years of the Rolls-Royce Phantom”.

Taking centre stage once again this year at the three-day event held in the grounds of Villa Erba in Cernobbio is the beauty contest, in which historic cars and motorcycles of outstanding class and with a fascinating past will do battle in a number of competition categories. On the occasion of the model’s 90th anniversary, Rolls-Royce Phantoms from various decades will also be competing in a special class for the favour of the jury and thus the coveted Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este trophies. As well as seeking approval from the experts, contestants will by vying for the affections of the public as well, with their votes determining the winners of several special prizes.

An exquisite line-up of models also awaits fans of classic motorcycles. The Concorso di Motociclette has established itself as one of the highlights of Day 2. As last year, the convoy of rare motorcycles will pause at the Historic Car Parade at Villa d’Este on its way from Como to the parkland of Villa Erba in Cernobbio. The jury will then cast their expert eye over the assembled motorcycles once they have reached the end of their journey.

The support programme for the visitors, entrants and guests of honour will also be held in the style of the uproarious seventies. The traditional celebration of beauty on two and four wheels begins with a scene-setting open-air event on Friday evening. The grounds of Villa Erba will also be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. This year’s special exhibition in the rotunda at Villa Erba is devoted to the Art Cars which captured the imagination of art and motor racing fans alike in the 1970s. This decade alone produced four powerfully-engined works of art, with Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol following in the brush strokes of Alexander Calder by leaving their artistic signature on a BMW racing car. The most recent addition to the series is the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car created by Jeff Koons.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is considered one of the world’s most exclusive and tradition-steeped stages for historic cars and motorcycles. The event in the northern Italian town of Cernobbio was first held in 1929 as an exhibition for new creations from the auto industry, but since the 1980s it has majored instead on the history of motoring. In 1999 the BMW Group took over patronage of this tribute to automotive rarities, and since 2005 BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este have acted as co-hosts. As well as classic vehicles boasting stand-out aesthetics and historical significance, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este also presents design studies and prototypes from various eras for visitors to admire.

The Classes for Historic Cars are:

Class A – Flamboyance in motion – Pre-war coachbuilt luxury

Class B – Anti-depressants – pre-war sports cars which defied the great depression

Class C – Phantom story – The Rolls-Royce Phantom through the ages

Class D – High speed express – the final flowering of the coachbuilt coupé

Class E – Gentlemens racers – Speed meets post-war style

Class F – Hollywood on the lake – Cabriolets in which to make an entrance at Villa d’Este

Class G – GT man has arrived – Front engine 70’s opulence

Class H – How fast is fast enough – mid and rear-engined supercars from the disco era

Class I – Racing car class

Class titles to be confirmed, may be subject to change.
Each car drives in front of the public, and the moderator will talk about some of the details relating to the car. The class winners receive an award + certificate.

 

Days of Elegance

Posted: 18.03.2015
Source: BMW / Event website

The participants in the Concours d’Elegance in the categories “Historic Cars”, “Concept Cars & Prototypes” and “Motorcycles” will once again launch an eventful weekend abounding with highlights on the shores of Lake Como. Even without taking part in the beauty pageant, you can savour the magical and unique experience at first hand as a “Friend of Concorso”.

The main locations of the weekend are once more Villa d’Este and the grand exhibition space of Villa Erbe. The events in the programme reserved exclusively for the participants in the competitions “Historic Cars” and “Concept Cars & Prototypes” take place in the grounds and the rooms of Villa d’Este. As a counterpoint, the “Days of Elegance” will be held in the nearby park of Villa Erba, which will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

Already on the Saturday, the Motorcycle Concours taking place there invites visitors to talk motorcycles with private collectors and the distinguished Jury, as well as indulging their joint passion for historic motorcycles in lively discussions.

The theme exhibition of 2015 is based on the headline “40 years of BMW Art Cars”. This unique project started back in 1975, when Alexander Calder took the BMW 3.0 CSL and gave it his very own personal finish. Over the years, many other artists followed suit and you can see a selection of the finest Art Cars among BMW automobiles in the evocative setting of Lake Como.

The programme of events for Saturday and Sunday will be completed with additional complementary exhibitions which are still in the process of being confirmed.

On Saturday, 23rd May 2015, the gates of Villa Erba are open to the public from 10.00 to 17.30. A range of sales stands offer accessories and snacks for visitors. At the same time, the Parade of Historic Cars takes place in Villa d’Este, reserved exclusively for invited guests.

A highlight of the weekend is provided when all the participants in the category “Historic Cars” and “Concept Cars & Prototypes” showcase their vehicles on the Public Days in the grounds of Villa Erba. The gates are already open at 09.30 and the show closes at 17.30. All the other exhibitions from Saturday also remain open to visitors on the Sunday.

The Motorcycle Concours will start at 11.00 with the prizes for the class winners and the “Best of Show” prize being awarded by the international Jury.

After the lunch break the class winners among the vehicles on four wheels will receive their awards at 14.30, together with the special prizes granted by Public Referendum. These are the “BMW Group Italia Trophy” in the category of “Historic Cars”, the “Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award” for the most exciting design, and the “BMW Group Young People’s Award” in the category “Historic Cars” awarded by visitors up to the age of 16.

Saturday, 23rd May 2015

Where: Grounds of Villa Erba, Largo Luchino Visconti, 4 22012 Cernobbio, Como

Programme – 70’s style – The Jetset is back

All day

Motorcycle Exhibition, Accessories from Roeckl, Suixtil and Brumm; Theme Exhibition: 40 years of BMW Art Cars

10.00 – 17.30

Evaluation of the motorcycles by the Jury. Participants are available to talk about their motorcycles.

35 historic motorcycles from the following categories will be presented. The Motorcycle Concours will take place on Sunday 11.00 – 12.00. The following classes will be on show:

Class A – The early years – 1910-1929

Class B – Gentlemen’s ride – The luxury of the thirties

Class C – Engine experiments in the 1950’s – Beyond the mainstream

Class D – Connoisseur’s choice – Extravagance on two wheels

Class E – The heroes – The bike boom of the 1970s

Exhibitions

Theme exhibition at the Congress Centre This year’s themed exhibition being held inside Villa Erba focuses on the subject of BMW Art Cars. The intriguing story of this beautiful art project is told here and brought to life with unique masterpieces from the art collection.

More exhibitions and sales stands

Sales stands with selected accessories and articles associated with classic automobiles invite you to browse and shop. These include gloves from Roeckl, menswear from Suixtil, miniature models from Brumm and BMW Motorrad accessories.

 

Sunday, 24th May 2015

Where: Grounds of Villa Erba, Largo Luchino Visconti, 4 22012 Cernobbio, Como

Programme – 70’s style – The Jetset is back

All day:

Motorcycle Exhibition, Accessories from Roeckl, Suixtil and Brumm; Theme Exhibition: 40 years of BMW Art Cars

09.30 – 14.30

Public Referendum for the “BMW Group Italia Trophy” for Historic Cars and the “Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award” for Concept Cars and Prototypes and the “BMW Young People’s Award” for Historic Cars

11.00 – 12.00

Motorcycle Concours with award ceremony for the class winners and Best of Show winner

The first, second and third placed motorcycle of each class is displayed on the red carpet in front of the grandstand, facing the audience.

Medals/Awards: Each class winner will receive a Class medal. The drivers of the cars in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will receive a certificate signed by the Head of the Jury, Carlo Perelli and Ulrich Knieps, President of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The speaker will interview each owner of the class winners together with the Jury, which will take the opportunity to explain their decisions.

14.30 – 17.30

Parade of the cars before the Jury and the public award ceremonies: the class winners for Historic Cars, the “BMW Group Italia Trophy” for Historic Cars, the “Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award” for Concept Cars and Prototypes and the “BMW Young People’s Award” for Historic Cars

The Classes for Historic Cars are:

Class A – Flamboyance in motion – Pre-war coachbuilt luxury

Class B – Anti-depressants – pre-war sports cars which defied the great depression

Class C – Phantom story – The Rolls-Royce Phantom through the ages

Class D – High speed express – the final flowering of the coachbuilt coupé

Class E – Gentlemens racers – Speed meets post-war style

Class F – Hollywood on the lake – Cabriolets in which to make an entrance at Villa d’Este

Class G – GT man has arrived – Front engine 70’s opulence

Class H – How fast is fast enough – mid and rear-engined supercars from the disco era

Class I – Racing car class

Class titles to be confirmed, may be subject to change.

Each car drives in front of the public, and the moderator will talk about some of the details relating to the car. The class winners receive an award + certificate.

17.30

End of event

 

 

Mugello 12 Hours – Ferrari quick but just off the podium

Posted: 15.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 14 March – Ferrari was quick, but just off the podium on its home track of Mugello in the 12 Hour race, which ended at sunset. The Team Black Pearl Racing by Rinaldi 458 Italia, driven by the Germans, Alexander Volz, Steve Parrow and Pierre Kaffer, led the race and set the fastest lap with Kaffer in 1’49”361, but in the end they had to settle for fourth place.

Unlucky number 4. Not much luck for the other 458 Italia entered, the number 4 car of Scuderia Praha, in the hands of Jiri Pisarik, Jaromir Jirik and Matteo Malucelli, which had to retire at two thirds distance.

Next stop Zandvoort. The win went to the HB Racing Team Herberth Porsche, driven by the Swiss Daniel Allemann and the Germans, Ralf Bohn and Robert and Alfred Renauer. Second was the Ram Racing Mercedes, with the British crew of Tom Onslow-Cole, Adam Christodoulou and Paul White. The last step on the podium belonged to the Hofor Racing team’s sister car in the hands of Switzerland’s Roland Eggimann, Michael and Chantal Kroll, the Dutchman Christiaan Frankenhout and Germany’s Kenneth Heyer. The next round is another 12 Hour race at Zandvoort on 29 and 30 May.

 

12 Hours of Mugello – Two Ferrari teams on the track

Posted: 12.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 12 March – Tomorrow and Saturday will see the running of the 12 Hours of Mugello, a race from the 24H Series calendar which had its first round with the 24 Hours of Dubai. The programme features qualifying tomorrow at 11.00 before the start of the first part of the race at 13.30. The first stint will go on for four hours, then it will be halted at 17.30 before resuming on Saturday at 9.30. The end of the race is again scheduled for 17.30 after the remaining eight hours of running.

The two teams. There will be two 458 Italia cars in action at the Ferrari-owned circuit. Driving the car number 4 of the Scuderia Praha will be the Czech duo of Jiri Pisarik and Jaromir Jirik, who will join forces with the experienced Italian Matteo Malucelli. Driving the car number 66 of the Black Pearl Racing by Rinaldi team will be a German trio made up of Steve Parrow, Alexander Volz and Pierre Kaffer, who usually partners Giancarlo Fisichella in the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) in America.

Great tradition. Needless to say the Mugello track is rich in tradition for Ferrari, who won last year’s 12 Hours thanks to the AF Corse team. In fact there have been a total of 62 victories taken by Ferrari at Mugello between 1981 and 2014. The first, in 1981, came in the 6 Hours – which counted towards the World Championship for Makes – thanks to Giovanni Del Buono and Odoardo Govoni who took victory in the IMSA GTX category. In the history of Ferrari there have also been five wins on the Mugello Grand Prix, a back-breaking marathon around the Apennines on a non-permanent track that was 66km long. The first win came in 1955, the last in 1966.

 

2015 Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific Sepang; Wyatt, Xu and Xing take victories at Race 2

Posted: 15.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

15th March 2015 – The first round of the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge ended today at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia under scorching hot weather conditions. The 21 drivers in the field once again showcased pure driving exhilaration during Race 2 with interesting overtaking maneuvers and fierce battle.

Following his win yesterday, polesitter Steve Wyatt from Australia once again stood proudly on top of the podium steps, winning first overall and in his Trofeo Pirelli class. He beat his nearest competitor by 13.62 seconds. In second position was Indonesian David Tjiptobiantoro, who moved up to the higher classification from Coppa Shell this year. Following in third place was Renaldi Hutasoit, also from Indonesia.

In the Pirelli AM class, it was a really tight call among the top three contenders, featuring a three way fight between Xu Wei from China, Ziad Ghandour from Lebanon and Voravud Bhirombhakdi from Thailand. Xu eventually emerged the victor, followed by Ghandour who finished second and was just 0.865 seconds behind the leader, and Bhirombhakdi in third position.

Xing Yan Bing from China was all smiles as he finished on top of the podium today, taking victory in the Coppa Shell class. He commented during the press conference that since joining the Asia Pacific race in 2011 and being the first Chinese to do so, he was extremely proud to finally win the Coppa Shell class. Fellow compatriot Jin Xin took the lead at the start of the race. However, Xing was able to overtake halfway through the race and made it to the top of the podium. Ken Seto from Japan settled for a third place finish.

This is only the first round of the season and there is still a long way to go. Many drivers will be looking to have their say in the title fight in the coming races. The next round of the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli will take place on April 24 – 26 in Fuji, Japan.

 

2015 Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific – Steve Wyatt, Ziad Ghandour & Jin Xin win at Sepang International Circuit

Posted: 14.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

14th March, 2015 – The first of two races of the 1st round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific took place today under bright and sunny skies at Sepang International Circuit with lots of thrilling action.

Dominating the first round of the Trofeo Pirelli class was Steve Wyatt from Australia, who finished in an impressive racing time of 36:26.774. Starting in pole position, Wyatt held strong throughout the race, scoring the fastest race lap time of 2:14.889 and increasing his distance in front of Philippe Prette from Hong Kong who finished second. Finishing third was Renaldi Hutasoit from Indonesia.

In the Pirelli AM class, the winner was Ziad Ghandour from Lebanon who finished the race in 36:44.601, 17.827 seconds behind overall leader Wyatt. Coming in second for this class was Voravud Bhirombhakdi from Thailand, followed by Xu Wei of China.

In the Coppa Shell classification, Jin Xin from China was the clear victor and kept his lead all the way to the chequered flag. The other two podium positions went to Ken Seto and Tadakazu Kojima, both from Japan.

Track action continues tomorrow for Race 2 of the Ferrari Challenge weekend at Sepang International Circuit. This will take place at 2.00PM local time.

 

Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific – Sepang International Circuit opens the season

Posted: 13.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Sepang, 13th March – The 2015 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific season gets underway at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, from 14th – 15th March. Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli is now into its twenty-third year, which features the 458 Challenge EVO, the 8 cylinder car derived from the 458 Italia and the fifth model to be used in the series that see both experienced drivers and gentleman racers on track in two categories – the Trofeo Pirelli for the former and Coppa Shell for the latter. It is run in three championships – Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.

The first round of the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, which is into its fifth year, opens tomorrow as cars take to the track today for free practice before returning on Saturday for the first qualifying sessions and the first race, with a further qualifying and second race on Sunday.

With a length of 5.543 km, the Sepang track features 15 turns and 8 straights with access speeds of more than 300km/h. The track allows ample opportunities for overtaking, to ensure a race full of suspense and thrill. A total of 22 drivers will get behind the wheel of the 458 Challenge EVO this weekend.

The calendar for the Asia Pacific series is made up of six rounds, travelling to renowned racetracks including those at Fuji at the end of April, Shanghai in May, Zhuhai in June and for the first time in Sentul, Indonesia in August, before returning to Sepang again at the end of August and will conclude in December with the traditional Finali Mondiali.

The Challenge drivers will undertake two rounds of practice sessions today, with the first race tomorrow at 2:35 PM local time (7:35 CET) and the second race on Sunday at 2:00 PM local time (7 CET).

 

 


Race 1:

Circuit Circuit of the Americas – Austin/Texas
Date 07.03.2015
Laps 23
Distance 125,824 km / 78,200 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
07
Martin Fuentes
458 Italia GT3
F 142 GT xxxx
Scuderia Corsa
11. overall / 11. in class GT
30 Henrique Cisneros 458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx Momo
12. overall / 12. in class GT
61 Oliver Beretta 458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx R. Ferri Motorsport
1. overall / 1. in class GT
62 Ricardo Perez 458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx Risi Competizione
7. overall / 7. in class GT 
64 Duncan Ende 458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx Scuderia Corsa
38. overall / 38. in class GT 
65
Mike Hedlund 458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx Scuderia Corsa
15. overall / 15. in class GT 

Race 2:

Circuit Circuit of the Americas – Austin/Texas
Date 08.03.2015
Laps 18
Distance 98,471 km / 61,200 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
07
Martin Fuentes
458 Italia GT3
F 142 GT xxxx
Scuderia Corsa
15. overall / 15. in class GT
30 Henrique Cisneros 458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx Momo
12. overall / 12. in class GT
61 Oliver Beretta 458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx R. Ferri Motorsport
8. overall / 8. in class GT
62 Ricardo Perez 458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx Risi Competizione
20. overall / 20. in class GT
64 Duncan Ende 458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx Scuderia Corsa
26. overall / 26. in class GT
65
Mike Hedlund 458 Italia GT3 F 142 GT xxxx Scuderia Corsa
14. overall / 14. in class GT

 

Pirelli World Challenge Beretta eighth, Cisneros on the podium

Posted: 09.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Austin, 9 March –The second race at Austin in the Pirelli World Challenge was run in the wet and didn’t bring much joy to the Ferrari customer teams, apart from one podium in the GTA category. Oliver Beretta, winner of race 1 on Saturday, nevertheless leaves Texas lying third in the championship, a handful of points off the leader, Austria’s Kevin Estre and second placed Ryan Dalziel from the USA.

Rolling start.
Torrential rain at the Circuit of the Americas compelled the Race Director to call for a rolling start, rather than have the cars leave the grid from a standstill. Kevin Estre produced a brave getaway, cleverly running down the outside of the uphill Turn 1. This put him in the lead ahead of Nick Catsburg (Lamborghini,) Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac) and Ryan Dalziel.
Further back, Olivier Beretta was struggling in the wet in the R. Ferri number 61 Ferrari 458 and dropped a place, crossing the line at the end of the opening lap in seventh place. He was behind Madison Snow who had made a great getaway in the Audi from eleventh. On lap 3, the race was neutralised because of an accident and, at the restart, Estre made the decisive dash to secure the victory. Behind the leader, O’Connell was losing ground and was passed by Dalziel, who thus took a second consecutive runner-up spot. Then came Catsburg, Mike Skeen (Audi,) Ryan Eversley, who did very well to move up from 25th in the Honda and Snow, just ahead of eighth placed Beretta. Mike Hedlund was 14th in the 65 car of Scuderia Corsa, while the same team’s 64 car, driven by Duncan Ende was only 26th.

GTA. Things went better in the GTA Class, with Ricardo Perez, having started seventh in the Risi Competizione 62 car, fighting for victory with the winner of the first race, Porsche’s Michael Lewis.
The Mexican then lost ground and was passed by fellow Ferrari driver Henrique Cisneros in the NGT Motorsport number 30 car, the Dane Christan Niesen (Aston Martin) and another 458 Italia the number 07 car of Mexico’s Martin Fuentes who was fourth.

Classification. Thanks to a fourth place in the first race and victory in the second, Estre leads the classification on 230 points, 6 more than Dalziel and 21 more than Beretta. In the GTA Class, Michael Lewis obviously leads, on 144 points, from Cisneros on 108 and Frank Montecalvo and Ricardo Perez tied on 103. The next round takes place at Saint Petersburg, Florida, at the end of the month.

 

Pirelli World Challenge – Beretta kicks off with a win

Posted: 08.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Austin, 8 March – Ferrari’s start to the Pirelli World Challenge season could not have got off to a better start. Olivier Beretta claimed victory in the inaugural race at the Austin circuit in the R. Ferri entered number 61 458 Italia. There was also a third place in the GTA category, aimed more at the amateur racer.

The start. The race built up to a crescendo over its 23 laps. At the start, poleman Nick Catsburg held firm in the Lamborghini, while Kevin Estre was slow off the mark in the McLaren and was passed by Ryan Dalziel’s Porsche and Olivier Beretta, who went past at turn 1 to go up to third. On lap 2, Catsburg led from Dalziel and Beretta, but the stewards gave the Dutchman, who was leading, a drive-through penalty for going over the track limits, which promoted Dalziel and Beretta to first and second respectively. Third was now the 2014 champion, Johnny O’Connel in the Cadillac, from eighth on the grid.

Tight duel. The fight for the lead was down to just Dalziel and Beretta, who were glued together from laps 13 to 21, with the Monegasque driver waiting for his rival to make a mistake in order to take the lead. However, the American didn’t put a foot wrong, so Beretta had to take matters in hand. He produced an amazing performance on lap 21 to sit on the Porsche’s gearbox and on the main straight, he pulled off a text book passing move, which saw him take the lead at the first uphill turn at the Circuit of the Americas. Dalziel tried to counterattack but to no avail, as lap 22 saw Beretta run at qualifying pace, giving the Porsche no chance.

A job well done. Beretta was thus first across the line, much to the delight of team owner, Remo Ferri and all the guys involved in preparing the number 61 car. He also took the “Move of the Day” award, for the best overtaking manoeuvre. “The race went well right from the end of the first lap and the car was perfectly set-up,” said Beretta afterwards. “So I want to thank the guys in the team for that as they did a great job. I waited for my rival to make a wrong move for quite a while, but he was driving very well. So, when it was clear the end of the race was approaching, I decided to push. I did practically two qualifying laps. In the first one I closed on Dalziel and passed him and on the second, I pulled out enough of a gap to be sure of the win in the closing stages.”

GTA Podium. Apart from Beretta’s win, Ferrari also had a third place to celebrate in the GTA class. Rookie Ricardo Perez, winner of the 2014 Ferrari Challenge North America and Trofeo Pirelli Am world champion at the Abu Dhabi Finali Mondiali, drove a great debut race. He was beaten only by Michael Lewis, fifth overall in a Porsche and Frank Montecalvo in a Mercedes (seventh,) both of them more experienced than him in the Pirelli World Challenge.The Mexican, driving for Risi Competizione was eighth overall at the flag and can now look ahead to the forthcoming rounds with great confidence. Behind him came another Ferrari 458 Italia, the number 07 car of Scuderia Corsa, in the hands of fellow countryman Martin Fuentes, who finished ahead of the number 30 car of NGT Motorsport, driven by Venezuela’s Henrique Cisneros.

The second race of the weekend takes place today and can be seen on www.world-challenge.com and www.torque.tv at 19.50 CET.

 

Pirelli World Challenge – Six Ferraris on track for Austin debut

Posted: 06.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maranello 6 March – This weekend, Austin hosts the first appointment of the 12 round Pirelli World Challenge championship, which will see various Ferrari customer teams in action. Taking part in the Circuit of the Americas weekend are six 458 Italias, split equally between the two categories: GT, the main one, and GTA, aimed mainly at the amateur driver.
GT Class. In the main category, the best known name in Austin is that of the Monegasque driver Olivier Beretta, who races the number 61 car entered by the R. Ferri Motorsport team. Olivier is one of the most successful GT racers of all time and is bound to be an absolute front runner in the two races at the Circuit of the Americas. The other two cars are entered by Scuderia Corsa, which has entrusted the 64 car to the American Duncan Ende and the number 65 machine to fellow countryman, Mike Hedlund, who won five races last year at the wheel of the DragonSpeed 458 Italia. The man to beat will be American Johnny O’Connell, who like last year, will be running a factory Cadillac.
GTA Class. In this category, the stand-out team is Risi Competizione, who have chosen a driver well known to the Prancing Horse fraternity, as the Ferrari Challenge North America champion, Ricardo Perez, will be at the wheel of car 62. The Mexican is making his debut in this category and will divide his time between this series and the one-make championship. The NGT Motorsport number 30 car has Venezuela’s Henrique Cisneros at the wheel, while the third Ferrari in this category is also driven by a Mexican, Martin Fuentes, who drives Scuderia Corsa’s 07 car. The top favourite here must be Sweden’s Henrik Hedman, who came second last year and this year drives a DragonSpeed Mercedes. There will be one race on Saturday and another on Sunday.

 

 

Ferrari California T “Convertible of the year”

Posted: 11.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

UAE’S Wheels Magazine crowns the V8 from Maranello

Maranello, 11 March 2015. The Ferrari California T has recently been crowned “Convertible of the Year” by one of the UAE’s most influential automotive magazines, Wheels Magazine.

The Ferrari California T epitomises the sublime elegance, sportiness, versatility and exclusivity that have distinguished every California model since the 1950s. It is a car brimming with innovation that will more than meet the expectations of discerning clients for whom fun behind the wheel is a priority, but who also demand a sumptuously comfortable Grand Tourer they can use every day. The California T is a brilliant expression of Ferrari’s sporty DNA, while its retractable hard top (RHT) and 2+ configuration, amongst other features, make it supremely versatile.

 

 

Nationality GER
Born 03.07.1987, Heppenheim

Races:

Date Round Ferrari S/N No Team Result
15.03.2015
Grand Prix of Australia
311
5
Scuderia Ferrari
3.

 

 

Circuit Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia
Date 15.03.2015
Laps 57
Distance 302,271 km / 187,863 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
 5 Sebastian Vettel SF15-T 311  Scuderia Ferrari 3.
 7 Kimi Raikkonen SF15-T 312 Scuderia Ferrari retired

Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne, 15th March 2015

Posted: 15.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “I’m only half happy today, because the real joy comes when you win. I am happy about the podium and for Seb, but above all I am pleased for the team, because this is a good starting point, although it’s definitely not the end of the road. I am sorry for Kimi, because everyone could see how strong he was in the race. But at the second pit stop, there was a problem with a wheelnut on which the threads had already been crossed during the first one. We realised there was a possible problem and we decided to stop the car immediately, because safety is the number one priority. Looking to Malaysia, we will keep our feet on the ground, because the Albert Park is a rather unusual track. If the second Williams had also been racing today,there would have been a clearer picture of the opposition we face. But now we have realised we can do well, we must begin to stop thinking about being “second best” and start aiming higher.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Shortly after the start, someone hit me from behind. Then I felt another contact on my right side, but I don’t think it was Sebastian’s car. The impact activated the anti-stall system and did some damage to the floor of the car. We were very quick in the race, able to catch the Williams and to fight for the podium: but then there were problems at both pit stops. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I know I lost something in terms of downforce. However, my team-mate’s podium is a great result for the team. Already in qualifying, despite my mistake on the quick lap, we knew we had a good car. And in the race, the gap to the Mercedes seemed less than on Saturday. It’s simply that, today, everything happened to me.”

Sebastian Vettel: “They did not play the Italian anthem on the podium, but we can be very pleased with this weekend. It’s a shame that a small mistake prevented Kimi from finishing the race but, in general, it was a very “clean” weekend. The most important thing is we have a good car, a real platform from which to carry on working. So thank you and congratulations also to the people who have worked hard in Maranello, as well as those here in Australia. Without them, this result would not have been possible. The start was not the best, there was too much wheelspin and when I tried to hold the inside line, my tyres were still too cold. We had a great race strategy, which allowed us to jump the Williams, which had a good top speed, at our one pit stop. Now we must confirm our performance in the coming races and then, one step at a time, let’s hope we can begin to close on the Mercedes. The gap is still big, but of all the teams, I think ours is the one that has improved the most over the winter. For a long time, I’ve dreamed of driving for Ferrari and it’s happened at the right time. I drank the champagne on the podium and I kept some for the guys in the team, because they told me they like it a lot… Thanks also to the fans. We have a great car, not just for qualifying but also for the race. Let’s hope we can get on the podium again and maybe even get a few wins!”

 

Australian Grand Prix – Race Report

Posted: 15.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 15 March – “Forza Ferrari!:” the Italian accent might still need some work, but this was Sebastian Vettel’s happy radio message to the team on his slowing down lap, as he made it to the podium in his debut race for the Prancing Horse. It was the Scuderia’s first podium since Fernando Alonso finished second in last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix and it was Vettel’s first since a third place in Japan, also in 2014.
The season started with a Safety Car, as Maldonado’s Lotus spun and crashed at Turn 2 on the opening lap, leaving plenty of debris to deal with. By then we had already lost Magnussen and Kvyat who had problems on the way to the grid and, of course the two Manor cars were not there either.
The Mercedes duo led off the front row, followed by Massa in the Williams. Kimi and Sebastian were behind the lead trio, but the Finn’s Ferrari found itself trapped behind Massa and dropped to eighth.
Once the Safety Car came in, Vettel managed his race to the end and thanks to a well planned strategy, he was able to get ahead of Massa at his pit stop on lap 24.
Kimi’s race was complicated by a problem with the left rear wheel, during his pit stop on lap 16. Trying to make up for lost time, he put in several fastest lap after fastest lap, passing Verstappen on lap 27, he was fifth and set off in pursuit of Massa. Unfortunately, there was a problem at his second pit stop, again with the left rear, which resulted in the Finn having to park his SF-15T at the side of the track.
Sebastian Vettel’s third place is a great reward for all the hard work over the winter and a great incentive to learn lessons from the weekend and mount an even stronger challenge in a fortnight’s time in the heat of Malaysia.
 

Australian Grand Prix – Race

Posted: 15.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 15 March – Scuderia Ferrari secured a podium finish in the Australian Grand Prix, courtesy of a third place for Sebastian Vettel, after the 58 laps of the first round of the season. Starting from fourth, the German finished behind the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. In the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen had to retire on lap 40, because of a problem during his second pit stop. There is now a two week break before the next round in Sepang over the weekend of 29th March.

P Name Team Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h31m54.067s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes -7.640
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 25.523s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 29.196s
5 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.149s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
8 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2 Laps
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Retirement
13 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
14 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Honda Not started
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes Withdrawn
16 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault Not started
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Collision
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari Withdrawn
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari Withdrawn

 

Australian Grand Prix – A Red Parade

Posted: 15.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 15 March – Among the many activities that serve as a curtain raiser to the Australian Grand Prix this Sunday, was a special parade of Ferrari cars, organised by the local dealer. Over thirty models took part. Among the vehicles that paraded round the track were a Testa Rossa, F40, La Ferrari, Ferrari 458 and Ferrari California, all driven by their owners. Not long now until this same track hosts the first race of the season, at a venue where there has always been plenty of support for the Prancing Horse Team.

 

Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne, 14th March 2015

Posted: 14.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen: “On my quick lap, I lost around three tenths at turn 3 and then I made a couple of mistakes in the next two corners. We knew we couldn’t fight the Mercedes, at least not in today’s qualifying, but third place on the grid was possible. In any case, during free practice, we saw that our long runs are pretty good, so we can be confident of having a good race. All we need to do is get a good start and then give it our best, but I think we can fight for a good position. As a team, we are working well together and we have a pretty clear picture of the situation. We know we are quick, but we need to improve in all sectors and, as for myself, I have to drive better.”

Sebastian Vettel: “Let’s keep our feet on the ground. So far this weekend, it’s gone well and we’ve had no problems with the car. It’s a shame that third place escaped us, as that would have made us the first team behind Mercedes, but it wasn’t by much and, after all the race is tomorrow. We lost third place because my first run wasn’t quick enough: I’m not very pleased with myself, because there was still some performance to be found, which would have meant I’d have qualified one place higher. In terms of strategy, maybe we could have done something different, but basically the result is down to me. First and second are a long way in front, but the race is tomorrow and anything can happen during the Grand Prix. A podium? There’s not much of a gap between third and fourth on the grid, so I think the podium is a realistic goal and that’s what we have to aim for.”

 

Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying

Posted: 14.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 14 March –Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start the first race of the year from the second and third rows of the grid. Dominating today’s qualifying at Melbourne’s Albert Park was the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton (1.26.327,) with the top three completed by the Englishman’s team-mate, Nico Rosberg (1.26.921) and Felipe Massa for Williams (1.27.718.) Vettel was fourth in his SF15-T, posting a 1.27.757, followed by Raikkonen who did a 1.27.790.

P Name Team Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.327s -
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.921s 0.594s
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m27.718s 1.391s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.757s 1.430s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.790s 1.463s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m28.087s 1.760s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m28.329s 2.002s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.510s 2.183s
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m28.560s 2.233s
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m29.480s 3.153s
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.800s -
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.868s -
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m29.070s -
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m29.208s -
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m29.209s -
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.376s -
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m31.422s -
18 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Honda 1m32.037s -

 

Australian Grand Prix – Free Practice 3

Posted: 14.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 14 March – Sebastian Vettel was second fastest in the third free practice for the Australian Grand Prix, the final session before the all-important qualifying. Vettel posted a 1.28.563 to split the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.27.867) and Nico Rosberg (1.28.821.) In the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen was sixth with a 1.29.017, as he and his team-mated worked on a qualifying set-up. Both Ferrari men completed 13 laps, running two sets of Medium tyres and one set of Softs.

P Name Team Best Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 01:27.9 11
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 01:28.6 13
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 01:28.8 14
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams 01:28.9 14
5 Felipe Massa Williams 01:29.0 18
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 01:29.0 13
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus 01:29.5 12
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 01:29.9 15
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 01:29.9 19
10 Felipe Nasr Sauber 01:29.9 24
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 01:30.0 16
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 01:30.6 21
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 01:30.7 14
14 Sergio Perez Force India 01:31.0 17
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 01:31.2 10
16 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 01:31.4 14
17 Jenson Button McLaren 01:31.7 13
18 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 01:32.8 6

 

Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne, 13th March 2015

Posted: 13.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a typical Friday of free practice. In the first session I could not drive very well and it was difficult to put a good lap together. So, for the second session, we made some changes to the car before the long-runs and, in the end, the feeling was better. Now if we can put everything together and find a good lap, we should be OK. It was a positive day overall, and the feeling hasn’t changed since winter testing: I think the whole package has improved. On the other hand, it’s only Friday, and we know we still have a lot of work to do”.

Sebastian Vettel: “It was a good day with no problems on the car. It looks like the hard work done during the winter, both on track and at the factory at Maranello, is paying off. Our positive trend goes on, notably as far as reliability is concerned. I can’t think of such a trouble-free Friday session in a long time. As for performance, the higher you are in the timesheets, the better: but then it’s only Friday and I’ve been in Formula 1 long enough to know that today’s lap times are not so important. Mercedes are out of reach, we must be realistic: but every team and driver strives for being eventually on top, and we can be pleased with the work we’ve done today”.

 

Australian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

Posted: 13.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 13 March – Nico Rosberg was fastest in the second free practice session just ended at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit, home to the first round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Behind the German Mercedes driver, who posted a 1.27.697, came his team-mate Lewis Hamilton (1.27.797) and the two SF15-T of Sebastian Vettel (1.28.412) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.28.842.) Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers worked on set-up, running different aero downforce levels and comparing the Medium and Soft compounds chosen by Pirelli for this track.

P Name Team Best Time Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.697 29
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.797 25
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:28.412 33
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:28.842 33
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:29.265 32
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:30.016 27
7 Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1:30.071 41
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:30.104 11
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:30.205 37
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:30.473 30
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:30.755 33
12 Sergio Perez Force India 1:30.980 32
13 Jenson Button McLaren 1:31.387 21
14 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:31.395 6
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:32.303 14
16 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:33.289 4

 

Australian Grand Prix – Free Practice 1

Posted: 13.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 13 March – The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished the opening free practice session of the Australian Grand Prix in fifth and eighth places respectively, to get the 2015 season underway. Vettel completed 13 laps in his SF15-T with a best of 1.31.029, while Raikkonen did 14, the fastest being a 1.31.310. Both drivers used the Medium tyres, working on a programme featuring aero testing and set-up work to suit the car to the semi-permanent Albert Park circuit, which was still too dirty for any more in depth work.

P Name Team Best Time Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:29.557 19
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.586 19
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:30.748 20
4 Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1:31.014 32
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.029 13
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:31.067 31
7 Felipe Massa Williams 1:31.188 19
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:31.310 14
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:31.451 22
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:31.570 9
11 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:32.073 18
12 Sergio Perez Force India 1:32.247 22
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:32.261 19
14 Jenson Button McLaren 1:34.542 6
15 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:34.785 7
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus 2:17.782 5

 

Maurizio Arrivabene: “My biggest challenge”

Posted: 13.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 13 March – This afternoon at the Albert Park circuit, Maurizio Arrivabene took part in his first ever FIA Press Conference, when he joined five of his peers on the panel. One of the first questions asked to the Gestione Sportiva Managing Director and Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, one of concerned the many changes that have occurred in Ferrari since the end of last season: “ I don’t want to talk about the past. We made changes, but I would like to thank the people that were there before. Thinking about the future and the actual situation, I was working a lot with the guys, as I said many, many times, to put them together for a common goal and to work concentrated, with feet on the ground, with the same objective. If we lose, we lose together and if we are going to win we are going to win together. That’s my mantra. This is what I said to the team and I saw them calm, committed and motivated. That’s important for me.”

Approaching technical matters is the biggest challenge for Maurizio: “You have to know a lot about that, you have to be curious, you have to go around the factory asking questions, meeting people but especially listening to the engineers, learning from them, because you know the engineers they are talking a very special language, they are able to use 1,000 words to tell you what normally they are going to say in 10 words. So you have to extrapolate and to summarise and to make it simple sometimes”.

About Manor, Maurizio explained the reasons behind the case: “They got the licence to take part on the championship quite late, so we are working together with the best effort to make sure these guys can run as soon as possible. it’s not only a problem about the software. With the engine, even last year’s engine, they are quite complicated to set up. We have a list of things to do but we are going through the list and we are really pushing very hard altogether to make sure that these guys, they will be able to run”.

Asked about his expectations afterseen Ferrari running second only to Mercedes: “If Claire (Williams) and Toto (Wolff), they give order to the team to stop somehow Sunday I think we will appreciate that! They don’t do it for sure. We closed the season last year in the fourth position. To think about the first you have to overhaul the guys that are nearby you, first, that is Claire, then there is the Red Bull, and afterwards, if you are able to go there, and I think these guys they are fighting to make sure we are not going there, then the other programme is Mercedes. We need to go step by step and try to be realistic and to do all our best to get nearby the guys of Toto as soon as possible. But it is not easy, of course.”

About cost control options his point of view is very simple: “We are all working together to try to somehow solve the situation but it’s also important to remember that we are talking about Formula One that is considered the pinnacle of motor sport competition. So we need to keep up that concept, to work in a way that will enhance the show. I’ve said many many times to take Formula One closer to the people but I think the group is working very well in this direction. It’s not an easy compromise because somehow you have to work on saving certain costs but on the other hand, you want to preserve the development, in some words I want to say that if you want to play in the Premier League, you have to prepare to do so, otherwise you play in another championship. If you look at football, they have a kind of financial fair play; this is acceptable but they are not transforming the Champions League into the Europa League”.

 

Vettel: “An honour to race for Ferrari”

Posted: 12.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 12 March – On his first race weekend with Scuderia Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel took part in FIA press conference, his first meeting with the specialist media here at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.

“The atmosphere is very positive,” began the German when asked about his new environment. “Obviously there’s been a lot of change over the winter, with everyone working very hard and we’ve definitely improved as a team. Now we must wait until everyone is on track, so we can see where the others are, because over the winter tests, it’s been a bit tricky to understand everything.”

The Scuderia is the longest serving team in the sport and that’s always part of its appeal for drivers, including Vettel. “There is a lot of history in this team and for me it’s an honour to race for Ferrari and at this stage, I’m very happy” he said. “Now, I can’t wait to get in the car and start racing with this team. But we know we have to work hard because our ambition is set very high and we want to make sure that Ferrari gets back to the top.”

As to whether that return to form could feature wins in 2015, Vettel gave a cautiously optimistic reply: “It depends on the form of the other teams, but we have made a step forward, although we have yet to find out how big it is. We saw last year that it’s not just Mercedes who can win races, so if you put yourself in a very strong position and now at the start of the season, we are right behind, if something happens, then you are there.”

A journalist asked if Seb’s relationship with Kimi might suffer now they are team-mates. “I have known Kimi for a while now and we respect each other,” he responded. “He is very straightforward and honest. We will be trying to beat one another on the track, which is normal and if there are ever some issues we will be able to sort them out.”

 

Raikkonen: “Positive feeling”

Posted: 12.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 10 March – For a Formula 1 team, taking part in the Australian Grand Prix is like the first night for a theatre company: there’s tension, adrenalin, a great desire to get on with it, but also a lot of aspects that need checking. It’s with this determination and the realisation that testing is now over, that Sebastian and Kimi are preparing for their weekend in Albert Park.

A special track. For Sebastian Vettel, this is also his debut with Scuderia Ferrari and a return to the number 5 with which he won his first world title. “Over the winter, we managed to complete the majority of the programme we had set ourselves,” the German told Ferrari.com. “Now it’s time to take to the track in Australia and see just how competitive we are. The Melbourne track is very nice, but being made up of public roads it’s very difficult, because the surface is very bumpy and therefore very tricky.”

The set-up. It’s usually said that Albert Park is unique on the calendar because of its characteristics, something Sebastian agrees with: “Because of the uneven surface, in Australia you need to opt for a softer configuration to the one you’d use at many other circuits, because you have to try and absorb the car’s jumps as much as possible. On top of that, it’s the first race of the season and it will be difficult for everyone to work out the perfect set-up and the best way to fine tune the car, because everything is still quite new. However, this is all part of the challenge. That’s why we go testing in the winter, so as to get to the track as well prepared as possible.”

A positive atmosphere. Kimi Raikkonen is also pleased with the work done this winter: “I’ve known the team for a few years now, but I have to say, this year the atmosphere is very good, the people are happy and are working together in a very close-knit way. I think that’s a good sign and on top of that, it seems that a good car has been produced over the winter period. Now the time’s come to go racing, which is when we will really understand where we are,” affirms Kimi.

Team work. Raikkonen has great memories of Melbourne: he won here twice, the first in 2007 at the start of his time with Scuderia Ferrari. “It’s a good place to start, even if it’s a long way for everyone. The journey is long, but once here, it’s nice to be in Melbourne. Usually the weather is nice and there’s a good atmosphere around us.” Kimi is therefore ready to give it his best shot: “I think that compared with last year, we have done a great job as a team. We are pleased with what we achieved over the winter and with the level of competitiveness that we expect to have reached, even if we will have to wait until we’re on track to get the real verdict. Anyhow, we will continue to push to improve all the time. I am confident that we will manage to achieve the results we deserve and want.”

 

Australian Grand Prix – Full of energy

Posted: 12.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 12 March – There was a truly exceptional setting for this morning’s special event, put on by Shell for the first Grand Prix of the season and featuring special guests, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. Kimi and Sebastian took on the unaccustomed role of assistant chefs at a well known Melbourne restaurant. There, they helped chef Guy Grossi create a special dish, intended to reflect similarities with the ingredients used in the Shell V-Power fuel.

 

Sebastian and Kimi ready for the off

Posted: 10.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 10 March – For a Formula 1 team, taking part in the Australian Grand Prix is like the first night for a theatre company: there’s tension, adrenalin, a great desire to get on with it, but also a lot of aspects that need checking. It’s with this determination and the realisation that testing is now over, that Sebastian and Kimi are preparing for their weekend in Albert Park.

A special track. For Sebastian Vettel, this is also his debut with Scuderia Ferrari and a return to the number 5 with which he won his first world title. “Over the winter, we managed to complete the majority of the programme we had set ourselves,” the German told Ferrari.com. “Now it’s time to take to the track in Australia and see just how competitive we are. The Melbourne track is very nice, but being made up of public roads it’s very difficult, because the surface is very bumpy and therefore very tricky.”

The set-up. It’s usually said that Albert Park is unique on the calendar because of its characteristics, something Sebastian agrees with: “Because of the uneven surface, in Australia you need to opt for a softer configuration to the one you’d use at many other circuits, because you have to try and absorb the car’s jumps as much as possible. On top of that, it’s the first race of the season and it will be difficult for everyone to work out the perfect set-up and the best way to fine tune the car, because everything is still quite new. However, this is all part of the challenge. That’s why we go testing in the winter, so as to get to the track as well prepared as possible.”

A positive atmosphere. Kimi Raikkonen is also pleased with the work done this winter: “I’ve known the team for a few years now, but I have to say, this year the atmosphere is very good, the people are happy and are working together in a very close-knit way. I think that’s a good sign and on top of that, it seems that a good car has been produced over the winter period. Now the time’s come to go racing, which is when we will really understand where we are,” affirms Kimi.

Team work. Raikkonen has great memories of Melbourne: he won here twice, the first in 2007 at the start of his time with Scuderia Ferrari. “It’s a good place to start, even if it’s a long way for everyone. The journey is long, but once here, it’s nice to be in Melbourne. Usually the weather is nice and there’s a good atmosphere around us.” Kimi is therefore ready to give it his best shot: “I think that compared with last year, we have done a great job as a team. We are pleased with what we achieved over the winter and with the level of competitiveness that we expect to have reached, even if we will have to wait until we’re on track to get the real verdict. Anyhow, we will continue to push to improve all the time. I am confident that we will manage to achieve the results we deserve and want.”

 

 

Patrick Tambay makes a welcome return to Maranello after 30 years

Posted: 10.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

“The Ferrari 488 GTB’s lines are instantly seductive”

Maranello, 10 March – He hadn’t been back to Maranello in almost 30 years, but Patrick Tambay has now finally made a welcome return to Ferrari where he met with Deputy Chairman Piero Ferrari before visiting several of the company’s departments, including the new GES Racing facility and the eight-cylinder production lines.

The visit. In the GES facility, the French driver, whose career spanned 114 Formula 1 grands prix and two wins, both for Ferrari in 1982 and 1983, got the opportunity to admire the Scuderia Ferrari’s new headquarters, including the simulator and the new engine assembly department. Mr Tambay then continued his tour of the company, stopping off at the eight-cylinder production lines before going to the Ferrari Atelier where he first examined LaFerrari and then the brand-new V8 488 GTB, unveiled just last week at Geneva.

Admiration. Mr Tambay declared that he was greatly impressed by both cars: “LaFerrari looks like it was born purely for the track: it’s incredible and its performance levels are easily on a par with its beauty. The 488 GTB’s lines are instantly seductive. When you look at it, particularly in profile, you really feel the design takes into account that it will have to do battle with other constructors’ cars on the world’s circuits.” The French driver also pointed out that the 488 GTB very clearly exploits the knowledge gleaned by Ferrari on the Formula 1 tracks and in GT racing.
The Scuderia. The Parisian driver, who has been a Formula 1 commentator on French radio for many years, also spoke about the World Championship which gets underway this week in Australia: “I believe Ferrari has embarked on an important new course, changing a great many things and focusing on Sebastian Vettel, a driver who is a real team player but also very fast. The target the team has set itself is to win at least one race and I’m convinced Seb will manage to do that.”

 

 

Singha and Ferrari: together until 2017span>

Posted: 09.03.2015
Source: Ferrari

Bangkok, 9 March 2015 – Today, in Bangkok, Thailand, Singha Corporation held its annual press conference to present the 2015 Ferrari Challenge and GT racing activities, in which it has been involved since 2013, alongside Ferrari and the AF Corse team, in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as a partner and official sponsor. Representing Ferrari at the conference were the two GT world champion drivers, Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilander, along with James Calado. Singha Corporations’s Vice President, Voravud Bhirombhakdi, announced that it would be extending the sponsorship agreement with the Prancing Horse marque for the next three years, covering both the Ferrari Challenge and GT Racing.

Singha is the largest beer producer in Thailand and it’s logo will thus continue to have a presence on all the 458 Italia GT cars used in the GT championships and on all the 458 Challenge EVO cars used in the most prestigious one-make series in the world, namely the Ferrari Challenge. Antonello Coletta, head of GT Racing Activity and Corse Clienti Ferrari, took part in the conference via video message. He thanked Voravud Bhirombhakdi and all the Singha management team for their great support over the years. He also underlined the strategic importance of the renewed sponsorship agreement, that will continue to link two great companies, Ferrari and Singha, both steeped in history and tradition, over the coming years. “This will be a partnership that will always look to the future,” added Coletta.

The press conference ended with the unveiling of a 458 Italia GTE, a true front runner in last year’s GT season and which will be back racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship this 12 April, when the opening round, the Silverstone 6 Hours takes place in England.

 

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