Scuderia Ferrari News - The summer break – how it all began

Posted: 17.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Up until 2008, we raced all summer long

Once upon a time, August was a hot month for motor sport. Until a few years ago, the F1 calendar didn’t feature a mid-season break. It was quite common for the Hungarian Grand Prix to take place over the weekend known in Italy as “Ferragosto”, the nearest to the 15th August. And for us Italians, “Ferragosto” can only mean holiday time. Nevertheless, in ’98 for example, we put thoughts of the beach far behind us as we tackled qualifying in Budapest on 15th August and a day later, Schumacher and Ferrari went on to take one of the great Grand Prix wins.

Those were the days. An F1 team is part of a company and, as such, it has an obligation to allow its staff a rest period. From 2009, this break has been regulated, first of all by an agreement between the teams, who were then gathered under the umbrella of the Formula One Teams Association, which required that one comply with a moral obligation to stick to the rule. Then, in 2014, this agreement became part of the Sporting Regulations (Art.21.9.) It defined the minimum shutdown period as 14 days in the event that the gap between two consecutive races on the calendar be 24 days, as is the case this year between Hungary and Belgium, or 13 days, if the gap is only 17 days.

So what happens, or more correctly, what doesn’t happen in this break? The drivers make the most of it and go on holiday. The Ferrari duo of Kimi and Seb are planning to spend time with their respective families. And all work has to stop: no simulator, no wind tunnel and so forth. You could claim that today, with portable computers and smartphones, there’s nothing to stop people working at home. But the teams themselves are actually very strict about ensuring everyone adheres to the rules. One interesting point: a few years back, the idea was put forward that there should be a further break around the Christmas holidays. It was not approved, mainly because December and January are months that feature frenetic activity as teams rush to build their new cars.



Ferrari 70th Anniversary in Belfast

Posted: 12.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Charles Hurst Ferrari was delighted to celebrate this Special Milestone in Ferrari’s History, on Saturday 12th August.

A cavalcade of 70 Ferraris driven by their owners, had the unique opportunity to journey through Belfast, led by Ferrari’s Special Anniversary car, The LaFerrari Aperta.
Our Cavalcade met for registration and reception at The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, where our guests had the unique opportunity to explore the museum. We then travelled onwards, stopping at the iconic Titanic Quarter Slipways for a photograph, before arriving at the Royal Palace, Hillsborough Castle, to begin our evening celebrations.

Our evening began with a Champagne reception in the Beautiful Gardens at The Royal Palace and a chance to explore Hillsborough Castle, followed by an exclusive dining experience by local multi award winning Chef, Chris McGowan.

We were delighted to be the final UK Dealer to host our 70th Anniversary celebrations.
We had a fantastic day and our customer feedback has been superb!



Ferrari 812 Superfast Australasian Premiere

Posted: 11.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

V12 Ferrari with the most powerful ever 800 cv production engineGreatest performance and luxury comfort

The Ferrari 812 Superfast has officially made its Australasian debut, the very first appearance in Australia following the International Premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show in March this year.

The model opens a new chapter in Ferrari V12 engine history and marks the 70th anniversary since Ferrari released its first Cavallino Rampante sports car, the 125 S, in 1947. Ferrari remains to this day the only manufacturer to have continuously produced sports cars with 12-cylinder engines throughout that time.

This highly acclaimed car in a new colour Grigio Caldo Opaco, was unveiled in the exclusive location, The Meat Market in North Melbourne. This iconic heritage listed building was transformed into the world of the Cavallino Rampante with dynamic and sporty flavor which epitomized the pulse of the 812 Superfast, the star of the day.



Ferrari 70th Anniversary in Edinburgh

Posted: 08.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

August 8 – 2017 – United Kingdom – Graypaul Edinburgh organised a gathering of over 70 Ferraris in Holyrood Park, Broad Pavement, Queens Drive Edinburgh to celebrate 70 years of Ferrari.

Over looked by the famous Crags’ of Arthurseat and within the proximity of Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament the clients gathered between 14:00 – 18:00 to enjoy the glorious sunshine, specially created tricalore pizza and homemade ice cream which went down very well on such an unusually hot day in Scotland.

At 16:00, the clients gathered to do some serious flag waving to the sound Italian anthem. They enjoyed it so much so they asked for an encore, which was duly obliged.

Headed up by the LaFerrari Aperta at 18:00 the cars all lined up for the parade through the famous streets of Edinburgh starting with a drive past the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile, which took some time to negotiate with the thousands of spectators who came down to see the parade during the Edinburgh Festival. Cars in the parade included a LaFerrari, F12tdf, Dino and the 328 GTB that was featured in Magnum PI.

Heading on past Calton Hill with its collection of historic monuments, which form some of the most important landmarks of the city we made our way back to the dealership at Fort Kinnaird.

Clients then enjoyed an evening of sumptuous Italian food and Italian inspired entertainment to finish of an excellent day, which included the unveiling of the 812superfast.

All in all a great day celebrating 70 years of Ferrari in such magnificent surroundings.



A testing summer

Posted: 02.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

From Hungary to Barcelona, an overview of pre-holiday testing

“There’s hardly any testing these days and you have to make the most of every opportunity.” That’s a sentiment always shared by Kimi, Seb and the entire Scuderia Ferrari crew. Ever since 2009, when in-season testing was drastically reduced and strictly controlled, every session is extremely precious, because it’s the best way to bring together all the work carried out in the factory, in the simulator and on computer.

The difference between these tests just completed and the two winter sessions is pretty marked: in February and March, Barcelona serves as a test bed for a car that has yet to tackle the rigours of the race track. One is mainly looking for reliability, while learning about the car and establishing a baseline set-up. On the other hand, at the in-season tests, one is dealing with a known quantity and its strengths and weaknesses can be understood. The work therefore focuses on improving on what one already has. But where can that improvement come from? At the Hungaroring test and also at the session in Bahrain in April, many journalists were asking how can a team prepare for an upcoming race on the calendar, on a track which might have very different characteristics. Consider for example that the Hungarian test will be followed by races at Spa and Monza. The reality is much more complex, because a test programme involves validating new solutions that might be of use throughout the rest of the season, aside from the fact that one might use a high or low downforce wing. When a car emerges from the garage, it is not necessarily fitted with all the new components available…

Lap times do not count for that much in testing, but one can say that the SF70H worked well in Hungary, both with the race drivers and with Charles Leclerc at the wheel. The regulations insist that part of the test is given over to “young drivers,” who have taken part in a maximum of three Formula 1 Grands Prix. Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi then split the work load at the Pirelli test in Barcelona. In this instance, the SF70H was kept in standard trim, because, during tyre testing, teams are not allowed to make any significant changes to the car.

One final point: the two tests this season, in Sakhir and at the Hungaroring, both followed on from a Scuderia Ferrari victory. Worth noting that the final test takes place in Abu Dhabi, just after the final round of the championship.


Hungary Test – Ferrari wraps up Hungarian testing

Posted: 02.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi optimistic: “We’ve picked up momentum, want to be stronger everywhere”

Mogyorod, August 2 – The second and last in-season test session of the year ended with both Scuderia Ferrari drivers back on track at the Hungaroring after last Sunday’s one-two in the race. Sebastian Vettel took the wheel of the SF70H this morning at 9, and handed over to Kimi Raikkonen after a couple of hours, for the Finn to continue the development work. Sebastian completed 47 laps, his best time being a 1min17sec124 on Supersoft tires, while Kimi ran 60 laps with a best time of 1’’17’842 on Supersoft tires. Now it’s time for our guys – not only the drivers, but all the team – to have some well-deserved rest during the two-week summer break, to get ready for the forthcoming challenges.

“You don’t get a lot of testing over the season”, Seb said “so it was a good opportunity to try a couple of things and get a feeling from the car. Obviously, in such a brief test you are not expecting to turn the world upside down, but it will be useful for the next races and for a better understanding of the car. I think this year we’ve been strong pretty much everywhere, of course there have been races in which we did not perform at our best; of course there will always differences from track to track, but the purpose of all the work we do is to be in a good shape for the rest of the season. We’ve picked up momentum with the win in Hungary, now it’s up to us to keep it going, but I am confident that we have the right people and are going in the right direction. As for my holidays… I haven’t done much planning, I think I’ll just be getting some rest, after all those flights!”

“We always bring something different, irrespective of where we are and try to learn from it, commented Kimi. “We had a very good result, as a team, here in Hungary, but we always try to improve further. Today was a normal testing day, but obviously here you have more time and tires available than you have during a race weekend, so we try to get the best out of it. In the last few races, my feeling with the car has improved consistently, which shows that the new things we’ve brought have helped me drive better and better. Also, I am happy that I could help Charles Leclerc prepare for his test, but then it’s fair to say that all the team supported him”.


Hungary Test – Leclerc: “A fantastic experience”

Posted: 01.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

98 laps in the SF70H: “Driving a Ferrari is never a normal thing”

Mogyorod – 98 laps at the wheel of the SF70H in the boiling heat of the Hungaroring and a final lap time of 1’17”746, on the Soft tyres. It was also the fastest lap overall on the day. But for Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari Driver Academy student and current leader of the F2 championship, the stopwatch readout was not the most important aspect of this day.
“Driving a Ferrari is never a ‘normal’ experience,” commented the 19 year old Monegasque driver. I felt as though I was driving a race car for the very first time. It’s a great honour I have been accorded and I thank Ferrari with all my heart for this opportunity. I am pleased with the work I did and I hope the team is too. Driving the SF70H was a fantastic feeling and coming from F2, it’s a whole other world, from every point of view. It was the first time that I’ve driven a Formula 1 car with the wider tyres and this level of aerodynamic downforce and it was an incredible feeling. I also learned a lot from the work in the garage: Ferrari has the best engineers in the world and I felt very comfortable working with them. To set the fastest time is nice, but, in testing, its importance is only relative. I can now go on holiday in a happy mood, before concentrating on the second part of the F2 season. For the moment, Formula 1 is just a dream. I still have work to do and I know that: one step at a time.”

Tomorrow, 2nd August, the test continues with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen driving.



70th Anniversary of Ferrari at Maranello

Posted: 01.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Ferrari has organised two days of festivities in the company of thousands of customers from around the world to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Several events will be held on this special weekend. “Legend and Passion” is a celebratory auction where Sotheby’s will help sell some of the most representative models in the history of the Prancing Horse.

On Sunday, over 120 masterpieces that have emerged from Maranello’s factories from 1947 to today will compete in a prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza where they will be evaluated by a panel of judges chaired by Ed Gilbertson, Honorary Head Judge at the event. Some of these models will parade through the streets of Modena on Saturday and will be displayed outside the city’s Military Academy.

The celebrations will culminate on the evening of Saturday 9 September when customers will be given a unique show, embellished by the presence of international guests.



Ferrari 70th Anniversary at Capesthorne Hall

Posted: 01.08.2017 / Source: Ferrari

1st August 2017, Cheshire, UK – Hundreds of people gathered in Cheshire to witness one the largest collections of Ferraris in the North West of England, as Stratstone celebrated 70 years of the iconic brand.
Against the stunning backdrop of Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire, more than 70 Ferraris were displayed for people to experience the luxury marque up close.

Amongst them was the LaFerrari Aperta, the Special Series model that recently starred at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As people milled amongst the incredible collection, they enjoyed prosecco and Peroni in the Butler’s Pantry, and ice cream served throughout the day.

At 4pm, the crowd gathered as all Ferraris roared to life and began a parade through nearby villages Alderley Edge and Wilmslow. The parade included three LaFerrari Apertas, a LaFerrari and an F12 TDF, which were a hit with spectators, who waved their flags as the impressive vehicles passed by.

To round off a fantastic day, those who took part in the parade enjoyed a prestigious post-event dinner where a static display of Ferraris continued the celebration of the evolution of the marque. Attendees also had the first chance to see the new Ferrari 812 Superfast in the North-West.



Ferrari 70th Anniversary in Birmingham

Posted: 28.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

July 28, 2017. Birmingham, UK – To mark the 70th anniversary of the Prancing Horse, Graypaul Birmingham brought the urban city of Birmingham a special, unique and the most memorable event to date in the heart of Birmingham – the UK’s second biggest city. A convoy of 70 Ferrari’s drove from Solihull through to Birmingham City Centre to display a spectacular array of Ferrari’s at Victoria Square.

Victoria Square is home to both the Town Hall and the Council House, centred in the city.

The limited edition special series model, the LaFerrari Aperta led the debut in style by leading. The day couldn’t be more perfect with a grand finale of a Black Tie Gala at the Ferrari Birmingham showroom with owners. The celebrations coincided with Ferrari Birmingham achieving Global Ferrari Aftersales Dealer of the Year 2016.

The starting point of the convoy begun at the showroom, owners were very enthusiastic and preparing for the takeover at Birmingham.

The atmosphere was phenomenal, the preparation was smooth, and fans were sharing the passion.

The line-up of Ferrari’s made huge waves across the city; the most loved Enzo was present, and childhood dreams were made true. The fleet included favourites such as the 599 GTO, F40, 70th Edition F12 and the GTC4 Lusso. Spectators were engrossed from the parade as the engines were roaring across the city. Birmingham City Council supported the event with road closures, and ensured the most beautiful Ferrari’s were scaled to create an unforgettable vision.

The audience gathered as thousands congregated whilst the LaFerrari Aperta took centre stage. News reporters and Media were absorbed with the history and masterpiece of Ferrari. The interaction between our Ferrari owners, team and the fans were truly inspirational.

After a few hours of the static display, on departure, the city was lit up with Ferrari headlights, and yellow 70th anniversary flags swaying through.

The entire day was a positive adrenaline and to thank all our Ferrari Owners for supporting a very special occasion, Graypaul Birmingham transformed their Ferrari Showroom into an exquisite 4 course dining area. There could not have been a better place to host an evening Gala, home to our clients with the presence of the New 812 Superfast glancing besides the tables.

The most perfect menu was provided, from Roast Rump of Lamb to Fillet of Beef with fondant Potato to a special ‘Il Cavallino’ cocktail inspired by the vibrant colours and sleek design of classic Ferrari’s. Clients were graced at reception with a musical saxophonist and tranquil atmosphere.

The 70th anniversary will undoubtedly live long in the memory of owners and Ferrari Fans alike. Forza Ferrari.



Ferrari New Power15: Ferrari introduces the new extended warranty programme offering cover up to 15 years

Posted: 25.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 25 July 2017 – Ferrari introduces the New Power15 extended warranty programme which provides cover for Prancing Horse cars for up to 15 years from the date they are first registered.

Once again, Ferrari is leading the market in its provision of after-sales services to its clients. In 2014, in fact, Ferrari became the first marque in the world to offer clients the possibility of extending warranty cover up to 12 years. Now it has extended that programme still further to offer owners an even better package that will protect the value and functional integrity of their Prancing Horse cars over an even longer period.

For maximum peace of mind, every new Ferrari comes with the standard factory three-year warranty along with a seven-year free maintenance programme. The full factory warranty can be extended for a further two years and, from the vehicle’s 6th to 12th year, owners can stipulate the New Power warranty which provides cover on all major components.

New Power15 extends even further Ferrari’s class-leading programme with the possibility of covering the vehicle’s main mechanical components, including the engine, gearbox, PTU, suspension and steering, from year 12 right up to year 15. The coverage for the new extension lasts for 12 months and can be renewed annually for three years.

This warranty extension option is available both for new and pre-owned Ferraris. Subject to the car passing specific technical checks, the New Power15 extended warranty can also be provided for cars on which the Ferrari extended warranty cover has not been taken up, or on cars with gaps in the cover. This makes the New Power15 Extended Warranty the most flexible and comprehensive package of its kind and sets a new benchmark in the automotive world.



Ferrari 70th Anniversary in Nottingham

Posted: 25.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

25 July 2017, Nottingham, UK - On a gloriously sunny day in Nottinghamshire, 150 Ferrari cars were in attendance at the beautiful Belvoir Castle, as part of Graypaul Nottingham’s 70 Years of Ferrari celebrations. With models including two Enzos, a handful of Speciales, Dinos and an F40, along with a very special 1952 212/225 Inter Vignale, the event truly was a sight to behold.

Huge crowds of the public attended in their thousands at the packed venue and were in very high spirits – with everybody enjoying the magnificent display of cars from throughout Ferrari history before enjoying Italian-themed picnic lunches in the sunshine on the lawns of the Castle.

People young and old were in attendance taking photographs and mingling with Ferrari owners who were only too happy to share their passion for the magnificent brand. Also present was former Fifth Gear presenter Jonny Smith, who posed for photographs and chatted with visitors about all things Ferrari, having arrived in the new GTC4Lusso T.

At 17:30, the enormous parade began, winding its way through Nottinghamshire countryside into Nottingham city centre, where hundreds of onlookers had gathered to capture the moment as the 150-strong parade passed by Nottingham Castle, waving 70th Anniversary flags and cheering the parade by.

The parade ended with an evening party at the Graypaul Nottingham showroom, with live entertainment and the reveal of the 812 Superfast to a roaring applause and camera flashes.