Circuit Circuit de Monaco
Date 24.05.2015
Laps 78
Distance 260,286 km / 161,769 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF15-T 311 Scuderia Ferrari 2.
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF15-T 312 Scuderia Ferrari 6.

 

Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo, 24th May 2015

Posted: 24.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “Congratulations to Seb for holding Hamilton back in the final laps of the race. It was no easy job because Lewis had super-soft tires, while Seb’s Primes were low on pressure because of the laps he had done behind a very slow safety car. In the key moment of the race Iñaki Rueda, our race strategist, told everybody to keep calm and stay out on track, while the Mercedes came in for fresh tires. I am aware of the fact that we were lucky, our competitors are intelligent and very strong, but we outsmarted them this time. As for Kimi, he has a problem with qualifying, because he’s always strong on race pace. When Ricciardo got past him, I was determined to have a hard look at the rules, but then I was told that now the move is allowed when the driver in front opens up the line and the one behind manages to put at least on wheel inside . So we respect the Stewards’ decision. In the next races we’ll not be standing still, we have some developments in the pipeline, but if luck comes again, we are prepared to take advantage. Anyway, so far we’ve always been on the podium this year, and the gap is not massive. Maybe on some tracks we will experience the same issues that we had in Barcelona, but on other circuits we can be stronger”.

Kimi Raikkonen: “We knew that after starting from sixth position it would have been a difficult race. I was all the time behind slower cars and there was no way to overtake them even if I had a much better pace. At the the pit stop we managed to pass one Red Bull, we gained one place but we lost it for a stupid reason. I was following my normal line when Ricciardo hit my rear tire and pushed me wide, regaining the position. It’s not very clear what you are allowed to do, it’s really odd but there’s nothing we can do. For the next races we have to make a better job overall to make sure we get tires working and things sorted out without mistakes on Saturday in qualifying. This will make our life a lot easier on Sunday. Now we go to Canada a bit happier overall but it’s too early to make predictions, we have similar tires but the layout of the track is completely different, so let’s wait and see.”

Sebastian Vettel: “Today we took everything we could and it is nice to end up in second place. I tried to be agressive on the start, but I couldn’t get the second position straight away. We had a good pace and we put the Mercedes under pressure, closing the gap on the pit stop and not letting them get away at any point, but obviously it was not enough. We tried the undercut but they replied a lap after and unfortunately they came out in front. In the last laps Lewis with the Supersoft tires behind me was putting a lot of pressure, it was really difficult because for some laps my tires were really cold and I was struggling to make sure I stay on track, I was focused on having good exits. There is still something we need to understand and to learn, if it’s colder in qualifying on one lap it is difficult to get the tires work; this is something we need to improve. I want to thank the guys in Maranello , the engine was fine and very good on the straights so that we were safe staying in front. In all areas there’s a lot of work going on because we want more, we keep our feet on the ground knowing where we want to go and were we want to be. I’m very happy, it was a great race and the team gave 100%. In Canada the track layout is totally different, but we will try to be competitive there as well.”

• This is the sixth consecutive podium finish for the Scuderia in as many races this year. In 2007, we had five in a row
• This is Scuderia Ferrari’s 49th podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix
• With this result the team further consolidates second place in the Constructors’ championsip

 

Race

Pos. Time Gap Laps FL L
RAIKKONEN 6th 1:49.32.765 + 14.345 78 1.19.651 74
Pit-stop 1st stop lap 37 New Soft
VETTEL 2nd 1:49.22.906 + 4.486 78 1.18.854 75
Pit-stop 1st stop lap 36 New Soft

Weather: air 21/22 °C, track 39/40 °C. Sunny

 

Monaco Grand Prix – Vettel runner-up

Posted: 24.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Sebastian splits the two Mercedes at the flag. Kimi sixth

Monaco, 24 May –Sebastian Vettel finished the Monaco Grand Prix in second place. The German spent all 78 laps in the slipstream of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes, managing to get ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who led for the first 65 laps, until he made a second pit stop. Vettel crossed the line 4 seconds behind the winner, having run the race at a very competitive pace. Raikkonen also fought hard all race long, showing a strong pace. This is Vettel’s fifth consecutive podium from six starts in “red.”

 

Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo, 23 May 2015

Posted: 23.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen: “I don’t think that the accident of this morning affected my qualifying. My car has been working pretty well so far, apart from the fact that it was hard to get the tires working . You need few good laps to make a time and today in my last run I was too slow behind a Toro Rosso and decided to come in. Today we had the speed but not the chance of doing a clean lap. It was not a very good day and obviously tomorrow we are going to pay a big price. Tomorrow we’ll see what we can do, we’ll try to make a good start and go from there, even if it won’t be easy. Here there is a big chance to remain stuck behind other cars for the whole race and overtaking is really difficult: that’s why the result of today is very disappointing.”

Sebastian Vettel: “I am happy with third place. Today it looked like everybody was struggling to get the tyres to working temperatures – which is funny, because they call them Supersofts – and the Mercedes cars were the ones which probably suffered the least from this problem, so this is why the gap looks bigger. The rain on Thursday didn’t affect us so much, as it was the same for everybody, today’s low temperature probably did not help, but we are not looking for excuses. Tomorrow I will be starting from third on the grid, on the inside line. Everything can happen and I hope to have a good pull-off; it could be possible to jump one of the cars ahead, two is more difficult, but then Lewis, too, should have a good start, otherwise he may be blocking the way. The gap to our contenders is still there, but we have more to win than we have to lose.”

RAIKKONEN – Chassis 312

VETTEL – Chassis 311

Q1 P4 1:17.660 New Soft – 7 laps P2 1:17.502 New Soft – 7 laps
Q2 P4 1:16.440 New Supersoft – 5 lapsNew Supersoft –  4 laps P3 1:16.181 New Supersoft – 4 lapsNew Supersoft –  5 laps
Q3 P6 1:16.427 New Supersoft – 4 lapsNew Supersoft – 3 laps P3 1:15.849 New Supersoft – 4 lapsNew Supersoft – 4 laps

Weather: air 20/22 °C, track 31/37 °C. Cloudy

 

Monaco Grand Prix – Sebastian third, Kimi sixth

Posted: 23.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Vettel just behind Mercedes. Raikkonen doesn’t quite hit the spot

Monaco 23 May–Sebastian Vettel will start the Monaco Grand Prix from third on the grid, while in the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen lines up sixth. Qualifying was run here in Monaco under cloudy skies with a high of 18 degrees and Lewis Hamilton waited until the very last moment to take pole in the Mercedes with a time of 1.15.098. Vettel secured his spot on the second row with a 1.15.849, with Nico Rosberg second in the other Mercedes in 1.15.440. Raikkonen set the sixth fastest time of 1.16.427 and will start from Row 3.

 

Monaco Grand Prix – A Ferrari on top in final free practice

Posted: 23.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Vettel quickest in FP3

Monaco, 23 May – Sebastian Vettel posted the quickest time in this morning’s free practice in his Ferrari, as Formula 1 track action resumed after yesterday’s traditional rest day in the Principality. In the final session prior to qualifying, the German did a 1.16.143 in his SF15-T, to finish ahead of the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg (1.16.361) and Lewis Hamilton (1.16.705.)
Kimi Raikkonen only managed 11 laps on his way to setting the sixth fastest time of 1.17.401. On his Supersoft run, he touched the barrier at Ste. Devote puncturing the left rear tyre.

 

Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo, 21st May 2015

Posted: 21.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen: “The feeling with the car today was pretty ok, obviously there are some small issues but they are more related to the tyres: it’s difficult to make them warm up, especially the front tyres, but overall it’s not too bad. In order to get the tyres working, it would have been nice to see how the Supersofts work, anyway I think they are much easier. Due to the rain we couldn’t learn as much I wanted, but  it was the same for everybody. We did the most that we could in these conditions. For Saturday we have to see how the weather will be, we still have some work to do on the car and make sure the tyres work well, then we’ll  go from there and do the best in qualifying and in the race.”

Sebastian Vettel: “When it rains it’s the same for everyone, you don’t tend to run. Today the car felt ok, we wanted to test a couple more things but time went out. We  have to wait and see until Saturday to understand more and we’ll  only  find out on Sunday how close we are to Mercedes.  I think we can’t take Monaco as a reference, it’s for the nature of the track that everybody is a bit closer, but for sure I hope to reduce the gap even more. This is why everybody went out in the end of the session. There was no reason to do more laps, we don’t have unlimited tires and if the rain comes again we need them, even if the forecast looks dry. It‘s a shame we could not get an idea on the Supersoft tires but I think we will see on Saturday.”

RAIKKONEN – chassis 312

VETTEL – chassis 311

First Session P8 1:19.679 31 laps P4 1.19.134 31 laps

Weather: air 17/18 °C, track 21/22 °C. Sunny

Second Session P4 1:18.543 15 laps P3 1.18.295 14 laps

Weather: air 17 °C, track 23/24 °C. Rain

 

Monaco Grand Prix – Rain stops play

Posted: 21.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Ferrari 3rd and 4th fastest in FP2

Monaco, 21 May –There wasn’t much track action in the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Just 15 minutes in, the red flags came out and later the rain arrived. The cars all had to pit following Roberto Mehri’s accident in the Manor, at the exit to the tunnel and after that, the cars returned to the track in the final minutes of the session, with the weather barely better.

Both Ferrari men started out on Softs, setting the third and fourth fastest times, which would still be the case after the long break, after which they went out on intermediates. Sebastian Vettel lapped in 1.18.295, to sit behind the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton (1.17.192) and Nico Rosberg (1.17.932.) In the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen posted a 1.18.543.

 

Monaco Grand Prix – Working on set-up

Posted: 21.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Seb fourth, Kimi eighth in first free practice session

Monaco, 21 May –In the first free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix, the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen set the fourth (1.19.134) and eighth (1.19.679) fastest times respectively. Lewis Hamilton was quickest with a 1.18.750 in the Mercedes.
After completing the installation laps on intermediate tyres, because the circuit was damp from overnight rain, the two Ferraris took to the track running two sets of Softs, the other compound at this round of the championship being the Supersoft. Both SF15-Ts completed 31 laps, working on a programme aimed at finding the best set-up for this track.

 

Where the driver still makes the difference

Posted: 20.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel: “Monaco is a very challenging track” says Sebastian Vettel at Monaco’s  Wednesday press meeting. “We know that here qualifying is very important you have to do the perfect lap otherwise the Sunday can be difficult.

In Barcelona we expected to be closer and of course we cannot be happy with the gap in front, while I’m reasonably happy with the result; we made some step forward but for some reason we underperformed. We are confident this is the right way to go and we decide to keep the new parts in the car. We try  to understand as much as possible from  all the data we collect in the test so that we can try here something if we still have some doubts and then we will see where we are.

The track is a bit tricky because is a street track and a short one. Compared to other track, I feel the driver can still make the difference to some extent. Clearly we are not the favourites  here,  but there’s always a chance for something to happen, and we have a car that is working generally everywhere.”

 

Unpredictable Monaco

Posted: 20.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen: “It’s hard to say how the weekend will be” said Kimi in the press conference that marked the official start of the weekend in Monaco. “It’s a different place and with different tyres but our car has been good everywhere so far, and I expect us to be reasonably strong.

To win here you must have a good package, we are in a much better condition than last year, but we are not still where we want to be, it’s bit too early for this. We’ll do our best to be there and fight. Here you can be fastest but many things can go against you and affect your result. We’ll try to have a solid weekend, put things together and stay out of the problems. We’ll see how it goes.”

 

The challenges of Monaco

Posted: 20.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 20 May – “There’s a unique atmosphere at Monaco, which feels really special as the historic circuit which threads its way through the narrow streets comes to life.

” That’s the view of Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver, Esteban Gutierrez. He spoke to ferrari.com about the aspects of this round of the Formula 1 World Championship  which he finds most appealing. “It’s definitely a very technical circuit, where precision driving and a reliable braking system are vital elements.

However, there are some high speed sections, like the exit to the tunnel. As it’s a street circuit, the road surface is quite bumpy and that is one of the tricky elements to tackle when it comes to managing the many demanding braking points. The race is not just difficult for the drivers, because the mechanics and engineers have to deal with working in a confined space, where it’s not always easy to perform at one’s best, especially during the pit stops.”

 

Through the streets of Monaco

Posted: 19.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 19 May – “There is so much tradition associated with the Monaco street circuit, where you race down very narrow roads, with no margin for error. You have to maintain total concentration all the time and give 100 percent on your qualifying lap, because overtaking in the race is almost impossible.”

The need to be perfect is one of the main reasons why Formula One drivers love the Monaco Grand Prix and Sebastian Vettel is no exception. “I know some people think this is a boring race to watch on television, but for those who are doing the driving, that’s absolutely not the case. If you start down the field, you have to fight nonstop to try and make up some places, while those who are out in front can’t allow themselves to be distracted for a moment for the entire race. As for the set-up, Monaco requires a specific one, different to the other tracks, to navigate your way through the very tight corners of the Principality. You need to be quick down the straights and agile through the twisty bits, as is the case at almost all street circuits.”

 

 

The F40, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari together at Fiorano

Posted: 07.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

The F40, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari together at Fiorano

Seeing them all together at Fiorano was an unforgettable and very moving experience made all the more special by the fact that they were driven, one after the other, by the man that test-drove them on that same track throughout their development.

We’re talking, of course, about the F40, the F50, the Enzo and LaFerrari, the milestone cars in Ferrari’s technological evolution over the last three decades, and the great Dario Benuzzi, himself a fixture at Maranello since 1969. The legendary Ferrari test-driver drove each one of the cars in order, reliving the emotions of a lifetime career with the Prancing Horse in a kind of unique technological time-lapse sequence.

In the end, it proved impossible to resist the temptation to have all four limited edition special series Ferraris out on the track at once. Their powerful lines and the roar of their 8- and 12-cylinder engines provided a memorable and spectacular sight and soundtrack indeed. The perfect celebration of Ferrari passion and excellence.

 

 

Ferrari Challenge Europe – Trofeo Pirelli: “Babalus” and Segler out in front in run-up to Mugello

Posted: 08.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 8 May – The second round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe Trofeo Pirelli gets underway tomorrow , featuring diametrically different scenarios in the Pro and Am categories. In the Pro category, the star performer at the Monza weekend was “Babalus” who delivered a fantastic double victory thanks to superb driving and a little bit of good luck, sending him sprinting well out in front of the rest of the field. The Autoropa driver now looks down from his towering 44 points to the 19 of his nearest rivals David Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) and John Farano (Rossocorsa), though the latter won’t be racing this weekend. Virtual third place is thus in the hands of Dario Caso (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing), who finished second in Race 2 after being forced to retire on the Saturday.

Three drivers within six points.The scenario could not be more different in the Trofeo Pirelli Am, where the top three drivers are clustered together within six points. Leading the group is German Andreas Selger (StileF Squadra Corse), author of a second and a third place at Monza. Just two points behind him is Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing) who, after incurring a penalty in Race 1, took an authoritative victory in Race 2 on the Sunday. In third position is Swede Martin Nelson on 24 points like Swiss driver Nicolas Sturzinger who will, however, be skipping Mugello. In fifth position is the winner of the first race of the season, Tommaso Rocca, on 22 points.

Blistering performance. The 458 Challenge EVOs, which are used in all the Ferrari Challenge series, will be battling it out hard on the fantastic Prancing Horse-owned circuit this weekend. In the Pro class, it’ll be intriguing to see if anyone is capable of opening up the Championship again and blocking Babalus’s initial winning streak. In the Am class, it’ll be interesting to see which driver is first to make a clear impression on the championships standings. The schedule for the weekend’s racing, which is being broadcast live on Sky Sport 3, is as follows: Saturday, 12.30 CET Race 1 Trofeo Pirelli; 15.15 Race 1 Coppa Shell; Sunday 12.30 Race 2 Trofeo Pirelli; 15.15 Race 2 Coppa Shell.

 

Ferrari Challenge Europe – Prinoth is the man to beat in the Coppa Shell at Mugello

Posted: 07.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 7 May – After delivering two thrilling races at Monza, the Ferrari Challenge Europe returns this weekend at the Prancing Horse-owned Mugello Circuit. After a round one, one of the most expert drivers in the Coppa Shell has already begun pulling ahead of the field. We’re referring, of course, to Erich Prinoth of Ineco-MP Racing who just missed out on a double victory at Monza, finishing second in Race 1 and winning Race 2 at the end of a spectacular performance. His nearest rival is Belgian Kessel Racing driver Jacques Duyver eight points behind while in third is the most consistent of the drivers on the track, Gautam Singhania (Kessel Racing), who made it to the third step of the podium at Monza twice.

Coppa Gentlemen. Prinoth made it a clean sweep of the boards in Lombardy last weekend as his excellent performance also saw him top the standings in the Coppa Gentleman reserved for over-55 drivers. He has a very impressive 31-point lead in that over the Dutch 2014 winner Fons Scheltema and is 32 ahead of Thomas Gostner, who did well in Race 1 but was involved in a spectacular accident on Sunday in Monza.

A fiery battle ahead. The hilly Tuscan track should deliver its usual mix of wheel-to-wheel duelling and hair-raising passes to electrify the public in the grandstands and the viewers watching on TV. The schedule: Saturday – 12.30 CET Race 1 Trofeo Pirelli; 15.15 Race 1 Coppa Shell; Sunday – 12.30 Race 2 Trofeo Pirelli; 15.15 Race 2 Coppa Shell.

 

 

Circuit Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Date 10.05.2015
Laps 66
Distance 307,104 km / 190,866 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 5.

 

Spanish Grand Prix – Montmelò, 10th May 2015

Posted: 10.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “The comparison of the two aerodynamic configurations in the race clearly shows that Sebastian’s car was going very well versus Kimi’s. But we need to improve. The gap to Mercedes is there and we need to analyze our data to understand the reasons. We’re not blind to the fact that we were losing about half a second in T3 only, which puts a premium on traction, and we must find out whether this depends on the nature of the track or on our faults. Strategy-wise, we took an aggressive approach by having Seb stop only twice for tyres. If we had gone for a three-stopper, things wouldn’t have changed or would have been even worse. The numbers tell us that the new solutions are good, the reality shows that they are not good enough. We did make a step forward, but it was supposed to be a jump. I am not blaming anyone in particular, I am taking my own responsibilities. We need to work harder”.

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall, it has been a difficult weekend, but non a disaster and we learned a lot. In the race today we gained a few places, but I was not very comfortable with my car, as it was sliding around. Besides that, and for whatever reason, we are able catch the Williams but it’s very difficult to overtake them: they are very fast down the straights and once we get behind them, our car starts to be difficult to handle, much more than when you’re following other lapped cars. About the choice of going back to the ‘old’ aero package, I think it was good for all of us to be able to compare them on the circuit and I was prepared to run the risk. Maybe it would have been better with the new bits, that is probably the case, but at least now we know about it. So, for the next races, we have to do a better job and we need to have more clean weekends, without any issue, even a small one, to make sure that everything works. We know where we have to improve”.

Sebastian Vettel: “All in all, I think third is the best we could do for the pace we had. I don’t think there’s anything wrong, it think it was just something coming together and maybe this is not the best week end for us in terms of competitiveness, but I believe it’s probably more down to conditions rather then something being wrong with the car. For some reasons we didn’t find the same rhythm of the last two events, but I’m sure that in a couple of races we’ll come back stronger. In terms of strategy, we went for two stops because we thought it would have been the best choice for the race: we have to be fair and accept the fact that Mercedes was the best team today. I think we’re going in the right direction. We know that there is a gap, but we’re fighting very hard to close it. Unfortunately we didn’t make a big step this race, but I’m pretty confident we’ll make it soon”.

Race

Pos. Time Gap Laps FL L
RAIKKONEN 5th 1:42.12.557 + 60.002 66 1.29.931 47
Pit-stop 1st stop lap 17 New Hard
2nd stop lap 41 New Medium
VETTEL 3rd 1:41.57.897 + 45.342 66 1.30.737 61
Pit-stop 1st stop lap 14 New Medium
2nd stop lap 40 New Hard

Weather: air 29/31 °C, track 46/50 °C. Sunny

 

Spanish Grand Prix – Montmelò, 9 May 2015

Posted: 09.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen: “So far the weekend has been more difficult than I wanted and today I was still struggling, for some reason my car was sliding around. After a difficult Friday I decided together with the team to go back to the old package because I wanted to make sure it was fine. We knew it would be a risk and it might be difficult but I don’t think that the result would have been as bad as it was today. In Q2 the feeling was pretty ok but then in Q3 it was difficult again, I had not much grip and did a bad lap.It’s one of those weekends in which things keep going a little wrong here and there, and today we also lost one set of Medium tyres because of a burning of a blanket. Tomorrow is another day and the race is a different story, obviously we start in a position that is not ideal , but we have a good package. If we have a good start we can go from there, I’m sure we have the speed to have a good race”.

Sebastian Vettel: “It’s not a great place to be behind Nico and Lewis, but I think it’s the maximum we could do today, so I’m happy with qualifying. I think the week end has been a bit rougher compared to the last couple in terms of finding the balance and the feeling with the car: we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. We have improved the car, but the track conditions this week end are a bit tricky: the wind is very gusty, which is throwing the car around plus the tires are potentially a bit too hard and not really working. It seems that Mercedes is struggling less and the gap seems bigger than usual. Tomorrow we can put them under pressure: we’ll see, it’s a long race. Hopefully we’ll come up with a good strategy, we’ve saved one set of new tires for tomorrow as Mercedes did: I’m hoping we can stay with them for a long time. There’s room for improvements, hopefully the conditions tomorrow will come towards us and we’ll be a bit stronger again. We’ll do our best, as always”.

RAIKKONEN – Chassis 312

VETTEL – Chassis 311

Q1 P3 1:26.637 New Hard – 4 laps
New Medium – 3 laps
P6 1:27.534 New Hard – 3 lapsNew Hard – 3 laps
Q2 P3 1:26.016 New Medium – 3 laps P5 1:26.167 New Medium – 3 laps
Q3 P7 1:26.414 Old Medium – 3 laps
New Medium – 3 laps
P3 1:25.458 New Medium – 3 lap
New Medium – 3 laps

Weather: air 30 °C, track 48/49 °C. Sunny

 

Spanish Grand Prix – Mixed fortunes in qualifying

Posted: 09.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Ferrari third and seventh

Montmelò, 9 May – Come the end of qualifying to decide the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel (1.25.458) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.26.414) finished in third and seventh places respectively. Track conditions were still difficult this afternoon and it was in the final sector of the track that the two Mercedes carved out their advantage, on their way to locking out the front row. Nico Rosberg is on pole with a 1.24.681 ahead of Lewis Hamilton (1.24.948.)

Pos.
Driver
Team
Q1
Q2
Q3
Fastest

1
Nico
Rosberg
Mercedes
1:26.490s
1:25.166s
1:24.681s
18

2
Lewis
Hamilton
Mercedes
1:26.382s
1:25.740s
1:24.948s
17

3

Sebastian
Vettel
Ferrari
1:27.534s
1:26.167s
1:25.458s
15

4
Valtteri
Bottas
Williams
1:27.262s
1:26.197s
1:25.694s
16

5
Carlos
Sainz
Toro Rosso
1:26.773s
1:26.475s
1:26.136s
17

6
Max
Verstappen
Toro Rosso
1:27.393s
1:26.441s
1:26.249s
20

7

Kimi
Räikkönen
Ferrari
1:26.637s
1:26.016s
1:26.414s
16

8
Daniil
Kvyat
Red Bull
1:27.833s
1:26.889s
1:26.629s
16

9
Felipe
Massa
Williams
1:27.165s
1:26.147s
1:26.757s
16

10
Daniel
Ricciardo
Red Bull
1:27.611s
1:26.692s
1:26.770s
16

11
Romain
Grosjean
Lotus
1:27.383s
1:27.375s
13

12
Pastor
Maldonado
Lotus
1:27.281s
1:27.450s
13

13
Fernando
Alonso
McLaren
1:27.941s
1:27.760s
11

14
Jenson
Button
McLaren
1:27.813s
1:27.854s
12

15
Felipe
Nasr
Sauber
1:27.625s
1:28.005s
14

16
Marcus
Ericsson
Sauber
1:28.112s
6

17
Nico
Hulkenberg
Force India
1:28.365s
6

18
Sergio
Perez
Force India
1:28.442s
7

19
Will
Stevens
Marussia
1:31.200s
6

20
Roberto
Merhi
Marussia
1:32.038s
4

 

Spanish Grand Prix – Comparing old and new

Posted: 09.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Ferrari second and fifth in FP3

Montmelo, 9 May – Sebastian Vettel was second fastest in 1.26.177, while his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was fifth with a 1.26.944, in the third free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix. The Scuderia concentrated on a comparison between old and new solutions.
Kimi ran in pre-Barcelona configuration in this final practice prior to qualifying, while Sebastian’s car was fitted with the new elements introduced for this round in Catalunya. Topping the time sheet was Nico Rosberg for Mercedes with a 1.26.021, with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton third in 1.26.222.

 

Spanish Grand Prix – Montmelò, 8th May 2015

Posted: 08.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was quite a strange day. The position and laptimes were not too bad, but I was not completely happy with the handling of the car. I don’t know if it was caused by the wind or by the conditions of the track, but I have been struggling all day. We did not see anything bad with the upgrades we brought here. It’s just the feeling that it’s not completely right, as if the car was sliding. I feel there’s a lot to improve and to gain, in the evening we’ll look more into details and see what we can do for the rest of the weekend”.

Sebastian Vettel: “I think it’s quite straightforward that the Medium are the faster tires, but today it was a bit slippery for all the cars. Grip seems to be very low, nothing abnormal as we’ve seen it across many years now. When we come from the winter usually in summer the track is quite a bit slower. It always helps when there are cars around and I think everybody covered quite a lot of laps today: of course on Sunday it will improve, but the general conditions will remain the same. They say it is going to be a bit cooler on Sunday and maybe that will help. I think we can improve the cars, but the gap with Mercedes is still there. It was not the best lap today, but I believe that in these conditions it is difficult for everybody. The difference between the two tires compound is quite big on a lap for us, while on the long run it is a lot smaller, but then when you slide so much you can’t really extract the performance out of the tires. Today everyone was sliding a lot, so it’s not entirely fair to judge the new pieces on the car. But most important, there’s nothing wrong with them: they’re working as expected so we can hopefully build into that”.

RAIKKONEN – chassis 312

VETTEL – chassis 311

First Session P4 1:27.832 16 laps P3 1.27.806 21 laps

Weather: air 22/26 °C, track 28/37 °C. Sunny

Second Session P4 1:27.780 36 laps P2 1.27.260 37 laps

Weather: air 30/32 °C, track 44/48 °C. Sunny

 

Spanish Grand Prix – Seeking confirmation

Posted: 08.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Montmelò, 8 May – Sebastian Vettel was second fastest with a 1.27.260 and Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in 1.27.780, in the second free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix. This afternoon, both drivers used the two compounds available – Medium and Hard – working on set-up and car balance. In general, the high temperatures did not help in terms of grip nor with the way the tyres were standing up to the conditions. Once again, Lewis Hamilton was fastest for Mercedes with a 1.26.852, while his team-mate Nico Rosberg was third in 1.27.616.

 

Vettel third and Raikkonen fourth in the first free practice session

Posted: 08.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Montmelò, 8 May – The Spanish Grand Prix, the first of the European races on the Formula 1 calendar, got underway this morning, with the first free practice session. Nico Rosberg was fastest round the Catalunya circuit, with a best lap in 1.26.828. Behind the German came his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton (1.26.898.) Next up where the two SF15-Ts of Sebastian Vettel (1.27.806) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.27.832.) Both men ran Hard tyres, as they tackled an initial evaluation of the new aerodynamic package.

 

Vettel – Wait and see

Posted: 07.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Montmelò, 7 May – I think everybody is right: we have to wait and see what’s happening on Sunday as Barcelona has always been historically the track where to bring updates, sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller. We’re doing as all the other teams, bringing updates to catch up who’s in front of us. Every time you bring new parts you have to wait and see if they’re working well or not when you’re on the track and it also depends on how big is the step that the other teams has done.

Compared to the gap to the other teams we’ve seen here during the winter test session three months ago, we’ve improved a lot, but the gap is still there. What we really need is to be faster, in every condition: it’s true that we know this track very well, but it is also true that we have very different conditions compared to the winter session. It is 15-20° hotter now and I don’t need to explain you what does it mean.

 

Raikkonen – A fair battle

Posted: 07.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Montmelò, 7 May – It was nice to have a good result in Bahrain and now we keep working always with the same approach, always trying to improve. It is also nice to come back to European races: here we have some upgrades but we don’t know what the others are doing, so let’s wait and see what’s happening in the next races. The car package is quite good this year and the we’re all working very well together: The team gives me and Sebastian the same chances and obviously we try to beat each other for the Drivers’ championship, but in  a good and fair way, in the interest of the team.

It is clear that we also want to win the manufacturers’ title and for this purpose, having two cars always there in the points is crucial. Compared to Mercedes there have been improvements, but we know we’re still behind. We need to work to further improve the whole package.

 

From Maranello to PortAventura

Posted: 07.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Tarragona, 7 May –There’ll be a little piece of Maranello in the foundations of FerrariLand in PortAventura, the first theme park in Europe based on the Prancing Horse marque. A brick from Enzo Ferrari’s house was the piece in question at today’s official ceremony to launch this ambitious project, which will see the theme park come to life in a special area within the resort, which is situated on the Costa Dorada, around an hour’s drive from Barcelona. Officiating at the ceremony, along with the President of the Government of Catalunya, Artur Mas and the President of the PortAventura Resort, Arturo Mas-Sardà, were Scuderia Ferrari  Team Principal, Maurizio Arrivabene and Sebastian Vettel. The German driver arrived at the wheel of a Ferrari California T and answered a few questions, most of them on the topic of this weekend’s race in Montmelo, before carrying out the actual laying of the first stone.

 

Barcelona: managing the tyres

Posted: 07.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 7 May – “I’ve got very positive memories of the Barcelona circuit, partly because I’ve had good results at this track in every category in which I’ve raced and also because the race usually takes place at a time of year when summer is just around the corner.”

These are the opening remarks about the venue from Esteban Gutiérrez, Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver, when he spoke to ferrari.com. “It’s a historic track, that we know well from winter testing, as well as using it a lot in the simulator, precisely because we have a lot of data to compare,” continues the Mexican driver.

“But that doesn’t mean it’s not a difficult race, especially when it comes to tyre management. The first sector features medium speed corners, which can lead to the tyres overheating. However, in the third sector, you find low speed corners and the grip level from the track surface is key to getting the right line, the risk being that, if the tyres overheat too much, the grip level drops dramatically. This situation can even occur in qualifying, so strategy also plays a vital role on Saturday.”

 

Barcelona strategy​

Posted: 07.05.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 7 May –The European part of the Formula One championship is about to get underway after the first four races were all staged far from the Old Continent. The teams know the Barcelona circuit well, given that Montmelò was home to two of the pre-season tests.

Iñachi Rueda, in charge of strategy for Scuderia Ferrari, explains what are the most significant challenges posed by this track:

“Montmelò is traditionally very hard in terms of tyre wear and degradation, which actually explains why, over the past few years, we have seen quite an increase in the number of pit stops. However, one has to take into consideration that the need to make more stops also provides a good opportunity for gaining places: at a track where it’s difficult to overtake, one has to know how to play with the number of pit stops to get ahead of one’s competitors.

It’s a well known fact that all the teams turn up for the first European race with cars that feature many updates, practically new cars compared to what we saw in Bahrain. As for ourselves, we hope the updates we are bringing will let us get even closer to Mercedes.”

 

 

Kimi’s helmet

Posted: 16.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Along with its owner, we went to discover how Kimi’s helmet was born, in the factory that Bell Helmets Racing has built a few meters from the entrance of the Al Sakhir circuit, in Bahrain.

 

 

Marion Bartoli visits Maranello

Posted: 27.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Tour in the Ferrari factory and a California T drive for the French tennis ace

Maranello, 27 April 2015 – The French 2013 Wimbledon and Grand Slam singles title holder and winner of eight WTA titles, Marion Bartoli, took in a tour of the Ferrari factory on a recent visit to Italy.
A keen Ferrari fan, Marion, who retired from professional tennis in 2013, was deeply impressed by Ferrari’s facilities, and even more by her experience later in a California T: “The whole experience was something I will never forget. I was stunned by the level of precision in the factory and how technologically advanced it is.I fell in love with the California T and the way in which it beautifully marries power and smoothness. The hardest thing was to give the car back and leave Maranello. I hope the love story will last a very long time!”.

 

 

The Ferrari 488 GTB launches in London

Posted: 24.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

The new V8 unveiled in front of clients and VIP guests

London, 24th April – Ferrari’s latest mid-engine V8 supercar, the 488 GTB, was unveiled this evening at an exclusive star-studded event with nearly one thousand guests in attendance during the launch. High profile guests included Donna Air, Mary Charteris and Jade Parfitt, as well as stars of Made in Chelsea, singer-songwriter John Newman and many others. VIPs joined selected press and Ferrari’s exclusive client list amid a red themed soiree at the Old Sorting Office, Holborn. But the real star of the event was the Ferrari 488 GTB with a spectacular Show.

 

 

North American Ferrari Challenge – Perez, Conde and Courtney Sweep With Victories

Posted: 26.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Sonoma, 26 April – Boisterous excitement and racing activities filled today’s agenda for the final day of the Ferrari Challenge at Sonoma Raceway. The 2.22-mile circuit in Northern California called upon the local Ferraristi this weekend for the Ferrari Challenge’s 10th consecutive return, as well as the vast car corral which featured some of Ferrari’s most renowned classics like the Dino Spider, 250 GTE, 308 GT4 and 250 GTO. Even the Enzo and LaFerrari, Ferrari’s limited supercars, came to the track for lapping sessions.

The real excitement came this afternoon when 31 drivers set themselves on the starting grid for the second round of racing of the weekend. Mexican favorite, Ricardo Perez (Ferrari of Houston), qualified fastest in today’s session, and continued to maintain his ground throughout Race 2. Although the race was held under caution after Turn 1 in the first lap due to an incident, Perez was quick to jump ahead of his contender, Emmanuel Anassis (Ferrari Quebec), at the restart. Perez finished in first place, 2.18 seconds ahead of Anassis, with his fastest lap marked at 1:42:328. Wei Lu (Ferrari of Vancouver) finished in third place after battling Anassis throughout the race.

Carlos Conde (Miller Motor Cars) finished first in his Trofeo Pirelli AM class after a steady pace, holding off Mike Zoi (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) and yesterday’s first place finisher, Anthony Imperato (Ferrari of Long Island). Even Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) joined in on the action, keeping his perfect lines and attacks ahead of Steve Johnson (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale). Ultimately, Zoi and Imperato found themselves finishing second and third on the podium steps.

The Coppa Shell drivers mirrored yesterday’s incredible competitive performance, with lead driver changes at nearly every lap. Joe Courtney (Miller Motor Cars) and Jean-Claude Saada (Boardwalk Ferrari) battled for a first place finish, while teammates Al Delattre and Rodney Randall of Miller Motor Cars fought for a third place finish. Ultimately, Courtney would finish first in his class, Saada second, and Randall third.

The next round of the North American Ferrari Challenge takes place in Montreal, Quebec, in conjunction with the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix June 5-7.

 

Ferrari Challenge North America – Race 1 at Sonoma: wins for Anassis, Imperato and Saada

Posted: 25.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Sonoma, 25 April – Amidst the crowds and vast excitement for the race weekend, 31 drivers and 458 Challenge EVOs took the main stage at Sonoma Raceway for the third round of the North American Ferrari Challenge. Everyone showcased strong efforts in yesterday’s practice sessions, but today was the true racing spectacle, with more than 140 cars showcased in the Ferrari corral and a brilliant lapping of Ferrari’s most coveted supercars: the LaFerrari and Enzo.
Today’s fastest qualifier and pole sitter, Emmanuel Anassis (Ferrari Quebec), led the field from start to finish, attacking each turn of the 2.22-mile road course at full force. He finished the race with a 1.810-second lead ahead of Ricardo Perez (Ferrari of Houston), who charged ahead of three Trofeo Pirelli drivers to finish second on top of the podium steps. The contention for the third place finisher came between Wei Lu (Ferrari of Vancouver) and Damon Ockey (Ferrari of Ontario). Lu, who had the fast lap time of 1.41”949 in today’s race, overtook Ockey at Turn 9 after the downhill straightaway, finishing third overall and for his Trofeo Pirelli class.
The assemblage of drivers in the Trofeo Pirelli AM class truly proved their skill levels as all drivers intermingled with those in the Trofeo Pirelli category throughout the race. Anthony Imperato (Ferrari of Long Island) captured the fans enthusiasm as he maintained his ground from the first to very last lap. He jumped two positions in the race, holding Gregory Romanelli (The Collection) behind and overtaking Ockey and Scott Tucker (Boardwalk Ferrari) to finish in first place in his class. It was a double podium achievement for local team Ferrari of San Francisco, as it saw its two drivers, James Weiland and Ross Garber, bring home their second and third place trophies respectively.
The battles were just as fierce in the Coppa Shell category as Jean-Claude Saada (Boardwalk Ferrari) and Joe Courtney (Miller Motorcars) caused much excitement for the already exuberant crowds. Both drivers continuously overtook one another throughout the race, performing a ballet of racing endeavors. And not only did the challenge remain with them, but Dan O’Neal (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) and Chris Cagnazzi (Ferrari of Long Island) also fought for a place on the podium. Ultimately, Saada finished at the top of the podium steps, Courtney in second place, and Cagnazzi in third.
The racing action continues tomorrow with a warm-up session at 9:00 AM PST (18 CET), qualifying at 11:00 AM PST (20 CET) and Race-2 at 2:05 PM PST (23.05 CET).

 

Ferrari Challenge North America – A Decade Of Racing At Sonoma

Posted: 24.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Sonoma, 24 April – The Ferrari Challenge North America makes its tenth consecutive return to Sonoma Raceway, located in the heart of California’s Wine Country set amongst the regions rolling hills and vast array of Napa’s vineyards. This highly-anticipated event, a long-standing highlight for Ferrari fans and clients, promises to deliver a weekend full of beautiful cars, exciting racing and entertainment.

Over 30 cars. This weekend marks the third round of racing this season, with 31 458 drivers and Challenge EVOs representing the United States, Canada and Mexico, entered for the Trofeo Pirelli, Trofeo Pirelli AM and Coppa Shell classes. After standing on top of the podium in Daytona and Homestead-Miami, Canadian Emmanuel Anassis (Ferrari of Quebec) currently leads the championship, 27 points ahead of John Farano (Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale), Scott Tucker (Boardwalk Ferrari), Gregory Romanelli (The Collection) and Ricardo Perez (Ferrari of Houston), who all stand within five points of one another in the Trofeo Pirelli class. A tight contention remains also for the drivers in Trofeo Pirelli AM. Arthur Romanelli (The Collection), Carlos Conde (Miller Motor Cars) and Robert Herjavec (Ferrari of Ontario) stand within three points, only enticing the racing action to come in Sonoma. As for the drivers in Coppa Shell, Dan O’Neal (Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale) moved to the top of his class after finishing twice on the podium in Homestead-Miami.

Off-track activity. The weekend will not only play host to two Ferrari Challenge adrenaline-packed races, there is plenty of fun to be had both on and off the track as the paddock will offer family-friendly entertainment through the weekend. The Ferrari Challenge FanZone will feature music, Ferrari pedal-car races for children, gourmet food trucks and the official Ferrari merchandising tent. Ferraristi will also have the chance to gather and admire examples of some of the most exquisite classic cars, including the 250 GTE, 308 GT4, 365 GTB/4, Daytona, Dino Spider, as well as the latest models in the production line. Ferrari’s most coveted supercars including the Enzo and LaFerrari will also be on track.

Program. Practice sessions will encompass today’s track activity. The first race of the weekend will go green at 2:45 PM PST (11.45 PM CET) on Saturday, with the second race held at 2:20 PM PST (11.20 PM CET) on Sunday. General admission tickets may be purchased for $20 each day or $40 for the whole weekend. Passes are available for purchase on site at the track.

 

 

Ferrari Racing Days – Close to 600 Ferraris and over 5,000 owners and fans coloured Fuji Speedway in red

Posted: 26.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Tokyo, 26 April 2015 – In a delightful weather of spring at Fuji Speedway, the final day of Ferrari Racing Days at Fuji was held amidst enthusiastic Ferrari owners and fans excited to enjoy the world of Ferrari.

The grandstand was filled with Ferrari tifosis thrilled to join the event, celebrating the fantastic Ferrari Racing Days Fuji event with some incredible on-track displays from the Corse Clienti team while hundreds of Ferrari vehicles from all across the country painted the venue in red. Owners, their families and friends witnessed some of the most precious models of the Prancing Horse history, representing a truly unique characteristic of Japan with strong passion for the marque.

Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific series competed on the full Grand Prix circuit in the second round following the fierce battle of Race-1 the day before. Also, peak of their motorsports passion was hit when F1 Clienti demonstrated the high speed laps with exhilarating sound of the F1 vehicles. Exquisite driving performance entertained the fans making it definitely one of the most memorable experience of the day.

Other on track activities such as tyre-shredding demonstration run of exclusive FXX and 599XX by XX Programme, as well as an amazing Supercar parade headed by the latest limited series LaFerraris added even more excitement to the event.

This year, “Make A Wish of Japan” joined the event where many Ferrari customers showed goodwill and made a great contribution over the weekend to support the organisation. “Make A Wish of Japan” is a foundation that supports children who are diagnosed with critical medical conditions to grant their wishes in the hope of changing their lives.

Ferrari Japan Managing Director, Reno De Paoli commented: “We are delighted to be back at Fuji Speedway this year with all Ferrari owners and fans. We had an amazing collection of Ferraris this weekend including LaFerraris through on and off track activities, which demonstrated our customers really do appreciate the true value of the Ferrari marque. We look forward to providing more opportunities to share our passion of Ferrari with our customers and the growing number of fans in Japan.”

 

Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific – Hutasoit, Hanna and Jin on top in Race 2 at Fuji Speedway

Posted: 25.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Tokyo, 25 April 2015 – The second round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific ended today at Fuji Speedway in Japan under glorious weather conditions. It was another thrilling day with lots of blistering wheel-to-wheel matches and drama on track. Race-2 saw the Challenge drivers put on a true racing spectacle on the fantastic track where the Formula 1 Japan Grand Prix once took place, amidst a grandstand full of fans enthusiastically watching the intense race.

Just like the first day, the action on track was fierce and fearless. In the Trofeo Pirelli classification, a hard fought battle between Renaldi Hutasoit from Indonesia and David Tjiptobiantoro, also from Indonesia, saw them swop places on the track several times. Hutasoit, winner of Race 1, eventually won the race with a time of 35’22.890, only 1”039 seconds ahead of fellow compatriot. In third position was Angelo Negro from Italy.

In the Pirelli AM classification, Lebanese Tani Hanna brought home the victory for the first time this season and finished in fourth position overall. Wei Xu from China claimed his second place win with Kuninari Mori from Japan finishing in third place. Hanna also won the Coppa Gentlemen classification.

The Coppa Shell category, the race was dominated by a fiery battle between Xin Jin and Huilin Han. Remarkably, Jin from China recovered from a spin to still take the victory with the race time of 36’11.738 as he showed bold overtaking moves ahead of his compatriot Han who closely came in second. Yanbing Xin, also from China, ultimately came home third.

The next round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific Trofeo Pirelli will take place in Shanghai, China on 23 – 24 May 2015, as part of another exciting edition of the Ferrari Racing Days.

 

Ferrari Racing Days – An Exciting Start of the Weekend at Fuji Speedway

Posted: 25.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Tokyo, 25th April 2015 – The curtain came up on the long-awaited Ferrari Racing Days Fuji 2015 at Fuji Speedway today at the foot of the beautifully sunlit Mount Fuji.

The first day of the event started with the special rally ROAD to FUJI where Ferrari owners from every Ferrari official dealer network across the country drove to Fuji from as far as Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. An array of Ferraris have enjoyed the long drive cross the island and gathered at Fuji Speedway warmly welcomed by the crowd of Ferrari enthusiasts who have arrived at the circuit since early morning to join the event.

The first day of the second round of 2015 season’s Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific Trofeo Pirelli got under way in style today with 24 cars and drivers from 11 different nations hitting the track The racing event was viewed by crowds of keen Ferrari fans, who were delighted and excited by the fast pace set by the drivers.

During Race 1 of  Trofeo Pirelli category for experienced  drivers, Renaldi Hutasoit   from Indonesia  took victory after a fierce battle with David Tjiptobiantoro also from Indonesia  who came in second. David Tjiptobiantoro was followed in 3rd place by Ringo Chong from Singapore.

In the Trofeo Pirelli AM classification, Yasuyuki Uchida from Japan took the top spot on the podium followed by Alexander West from Sweden who came in a close second place and Eric Cheung from Canada in the third place. Yasuyuki Uchida also won the Coppa Gentlemen.

For the gentlemen drivers in the Coppa Shell, race 1 saw an exciting battle of skillful maneuvering. Xin Jin from China took the chequered ahead of Liang Wang from China and Vincent Wong from Hong Kong.

Throughout the day visitors on-site were treated to an unforgettable experience as they took in on-track activities including demonstration runs by the F1 Clienti, and the XX Programmes cars, FXX and 599XX, sports and enjoy drives, with one of the stand out moments when the Ferrari F1 cars took to the track. Off-track, visitors were treated to a rare display of the full range of Ferrari including the new Ferrari California T, F12berlinetta and FF fully dressed up in Ferrari Tailor Made specification.

In the evening, more than 300 guests of Ferrari owners, their families and friends, as well as Ferrari partners were hosted to the gala dinner. Guests enjoyed various entertainment and performances in the setting of red shades reflecting the world of Ferrari.

The final day of Ferrari Racing Days Fuji will kick off at Fuji Speedway with gates opening to the public from 7:00am tomorrow.

 

Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific – Race-1 at Fuji Speedway: wins for Hutasoit, Uchida and Jin

Posted: 25.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Tokyo, 25th April 2015 – The second round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific got underway today at Fuji International Speedway with 24 cars and drivers from 11 nationalities pitting against each other on the 4.563 kilometre track to see who could come up tops. A total of 13 cars are entered for the Trofeo Pirelli and Trofeo Pirelli AM classifications, with 11 competing for Coppa Shell. There’s also the Coppa Gentlemen for over-55 drivers.

Race-1 presented a wave of action as there were 2 safety car periods. There were lots of bumper to bumper action with interesting overtaking maneuvers and fierce battles. Steve Wyatt from Australia lead the Trofeo Pirelli class standings with 46 points after Round 1 in Sepang and took pole position after the morning qualifying race. However, it was Indonesian Renaldi Hutasoit’s day today as he came in first after a very tight race with his fellow compatriot David Tjiptobiantoro. Hutasoit also recorded a fastest lap of the race in 1’44”859 on his way to the win. Tjiptobiantoro finished a very close second, 0.24 seconds behind Hutasoit. Third place finisher was Singapore’s Ringo Chong, who tried to close in on the front runners throughout the race. Hutasoit dedicated his win to his fantastic team who supported him throughout his race.

The Trofeo Pirelli AM race was dominated by a fiery battle between Yasuyuki Uchinda from Japan and Alexander West from Sweden. West made several valiant but fruitless attempts to get past his rival. Eric Cheung, on the other hand, clawed his way back skillfully from 11th on the grid to 5th overall, earning himself the third step on the podium in his category. Uchida also won the Coppa Gentlemen.

The drivers from Coppa Shell gave a brilliant showcase of determination and racing. Xin Jin from China aggressively maintained his leading position against Liang Wang, also from China. Following closely behind were Hong Kong’s Vincent Wong and Eric Cheng from Singapore, battling for the top three places. But as the final laps were completed, Jin successfully defended his position, finishing first in his class with Wang and Wong in second and third positions respectively. The drivers will race again tomorrow for Race 2, which is scheduled at 1:30PM local time (6.30 CET).

Ferrari Challenge is one of the only competitive races and also one of the most popular one-make series in the world, where over 2,400 drivers have raced from over 40 different countries since 1993. The Asia Pacific region has joined the race since 2011 and this is the 5th sporting season in 2015.

 

Ferrari Racing Days – The show starts at Fuji Speedway

Posted: 24.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Tokyo, 24 April 2015 – With great anticipation, the Prancing Horse marque will make its return to the Fuji Speedway at the Ferrari Racing Days Fuji 2015.

 Ferrari Racing Days is one of the biggest events organised by Ferrari Japan every year where an impressive number of Ferraris are expected to arrive with Ferrari owners and tifosi together to join the world and the atmosphere of Ferrari.

Highlights of the event will be some incredible on-track displays of F1, FXX and 599XX from the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes, organised by Corse Clienti, the department that coordinates all the sporting activity involving Ferrari owners. The event will also feature Supercar drives including LaFerraris, the iconic model of the Prancing Horse various track sessions such as the Sports Drive, Excite Drive and Enjoy Drive, as well as special Hot Lap experience with a professional driver to feel the amazing power of the Ferrari range.

Ferrari Racing Days at Fuji 2015 will also host the second round of the world’s popular one-make race series, the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific, following the successful first round held in Sepang last month where all drivers demonstrated thrilling races in the scorching hot weather with two Japanese drivers claiming their spots on the podium. Steve Wyatt from Australia is currently at the top of the table for the Trofeo Pirelli classification with 46 points, while Ziad Gandour of Lebanon leads the Trofeo Pirelli AM classification. As for the Coppa Shell classification, Xin Jin from China leads the standings after a hard-fought battle in Sepang.

Fans visiting the grandstand on Sunday, 26th April will have an opportunity to receive an original Ferrari Racing Days Fuji 2015 T-shirt to support the team. Tickets are available on a dedicated website http://frd.ferrari-japan.co.jp with free entry to view the exciting races and be a part of the world of Ferrari. The free Fan Pass can be downloaded from the official website, which will allow everyone access to the event.

 

 

Designer Marc Newson visits Maranello

Posted: 22.04.2015
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, April 22 – After a busy week at Milan’s Salone del Mobile, designer Marc Newson took some time out of his schedule to visit Ferrari headquarters in Maranello.

Hosted by Piero Ferrari, Newson enjoyed a comprehensive visit to the factory, its assembly lines, the “Classiche” classic car atelier, Fiorano Circuit, and the recently completed Scuderia Ferrari wing.

One of today’s most influential designers, Newson has collaborated with an impressive list of international brands including Apple, Riva and Pentax. He is a passionate Ferrari collector with a particular penchant for the classics. The 857S , 750 Monza, 166 Barchetta are among his preferred models, but “every year there is a design that is practically to die for” he added. Of the current range, he cited the FF as his favorite car. While Newson had been to Maranello previously, this was his first in-depth tour.

He observed: “You have everything here. It’s like a small world. You have a strong sense of the human aspect of the company. The people are really important to the way Ferrari operates. It’s an incredibly technological and modern product but it has the quality of something that is hand made. It’s a pleasure to come here”.


 

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