Ferrari Challenge Europe – Di Amato, Rocca and Hassid win Race-1 at Paul Ricard

Posted: 22.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Le Castellet, 22 July 2017 – Daniele Di Amato, Tommaso Rocca and Henry Hassid won on the first day of the Ferrari Challenge Europe at Le Castellet in France, with some spectacular races in the new 488 Challenge.

Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell kicked off the day’s racing, with Henry Hassid very fast right from the start. The French driver of the Charles Pozzi team pulled up alongside poleman Johnny Laursen (Formula Racing) before overtaking him with an extreme manoeuvre that forced both drivers off track. Erich Prinoth (Ineco-MP Racing) followed the pair, but was soon under pressure from Rick Lovat with the 488 Challenge of Kessel Racing. Lapping quickly Hassid and Laursen pulled away from the rest of the group, while Eric Cheung (Formula Racing) also burned up the rubber to close in on Lovat and Prinoth. Further back Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing) and Christophe Hurni (Team Zenith Sion-Lausanne) fought tooth and nail for sixth, challenged only at the beginning by James Weiland (Rossocorsa) who was hit by Claudio Schiavoni (Kessel Racing), then penalised with a drive-through. Hassid further extended his lead over Laursen to win by six seconds while Cheung caught up with his two rivals to earn a splendid podium. Prinoth finished in fourth, overtaking Lovat on the final lap, while Hurni took sixth in front of Scheltema. Manuela Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) sealed eighth place and victory in the Ladies’ Cup that now leads having overtaken Fabienne Wohlwend in the points standing. The Gentlemen’s Cup went to Hassid at his second win in three races in the Ferrari Challenge Europe.

Trofeo Pirelli. Andrea Gagliardini got the better of his CDP teammate Daniele Di Amato at the start of the Trofeo Pirelli race. However, the championship leader retook first place at Signes at the end of the first lap. He then continued unchallenged clocking up some very fast laps. All hell broke loose behind him though: Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) approached Gagliardini and attacked him but the two 488 Challenge cars came into contact, allowing third placed Philipp Baron (Rossocorsa) to take advantage, passing Gagliardini before the finish line and Grossmann shortly after the first corner. In addition, the German’s overtaking was deemed irregular and so the reigning European champion had to yield the position to Gagliardini. In the final part of the race Di Amato held onto his lead to collect his fifth consecutive victory of 2017 and consolidate his position at the top of the standings. Baron and Grossmann took the other two podium steps, while fourth place went to Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) ahead of Gagliardini and Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing).

Pirelli Am. The Trofeo Pirelli was a much steadier race, but one that, paradoxically, saw the leadership change at the top of the championship standings. Tommaso Rocca had seemed right at the top of his game since qualifying in which he had won pole position. In the race itself he drove the 488 Challenge of Rossocorsa leading from start to finish. Chris Froggatt (HR Owen) threatened the Italian’s lead throughout, but never found an opening from which to mount an attack. Jens Liebhauser (Formula Racing) took the third step of the podium and was enough for the day because Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa) had a very negative race with two drive-through penalties due to an irregular start and then a contact with teammate Robin Jensen. Liebhauser is now leading Nelson in the championship standings. Galip Atar (Octane 126) notched up a first career win, beating Walter Ben Dorrenberg (Ferrari Eberlein) in the Trofeo Pirelli 458. It’s the same again on Sunday with the Coppa Shell at 12:50 pm and the Trofeo Pirelli at 3:35 pm.


Ferrari Challenge Europe – Championship on track at Paul Ricard

Posted: 21.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Le Castellet, 21 July 2017 – This weekend, the fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe will see forty 488 Challenges battle it out on the Circuit Paul Ricard. The meeting is in effect a sort of trial run for the French Grand Prix, which will be back on this track in 2018, after a 28-year absence: the last team to win was Ferrari with Alain Prost in 1990.

Trofeo Pirelli. Championship leader Daniele Di Amato is looking for another two wins to consolidate his position in the absence of Fabio Leimer (Octane 126). However, it won’t be a stroll in the park for the CDP driver, who is certain to be strongly challenged by Philipp Baron (Rossocorsa), Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126), Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing), Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) and his teammate Andrea Gagliardini.

Pirelli Am. The Trofeo Pirelli Am class will be the scene of a new episode in the duel between Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa) and Jens Liebhauser (Gohm Motorsport). The pair have monopolised the season so far with the exception of Chris Froggatt (HR Owen) who won the second race in Budapest. Also of note is the arrival in the European Series of Marc Muzzo (Kessel Racing) after a brilliant race in the Challenge North America during the Ferrari Racing Days at Mosport Park.

Coppa Shell. Johnny Laursen tops the standings in the Coppa Shell, with two wins and two podiums. The Formula Racing driver knows the track well, having driven it in the GT championships and it won’t be easy for anyone to beat him. However, we should keep an eye on the highly experienced Eric Cheung and his teammate Rick Lovat, along with Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing) and Erich Prinoth (Ineco-MP Racing). Cheung and Lovat are also first and second in the Coppa Shell standings, while the Ladies’ Cup is still led by Fabienne Wohlwend, who is not in the race, and is just one point in front of Manuela Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing). Deborah Mayer (Kessel Racing) and Tina Kok (Formula Racing) are also competing.

Programme. Friday at the Paul Ricard is test day. Then on Saturday qualifying takes place in the morning ahead of the two Race-1s, with the Coppa Shell at 12:50 pm and Trofeo Pirelli at 3:35 pm. On Sunday the Coppa Shell kicks off at 12:50 pm and the Trofeo Pirelli at 3:35 pm.



Ferrari 30th anniversary of the F40

Posted: 21.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 21 July 2017 – Thirty years have passed since the official presentation of the F40, which took place on 21 July 1987 at the Civic Centre in Maranello, now home to the Ferrari Museum. Created to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary, it was the last car to carry the founder’s “signature”. It was a definitive car, the ultimate expression of the technology thus far developed by the Prancing Horse, but at the same time it went back to Ferrari’s roots when racing cars were also road vehicles. An extreme derivation of the 308 GTB and of the 288 GTO Evoluzione prototype, the Ferrari F40 is a masterpiece of engineering and style, which entered the collective imagination as a symbol of an era.

On the anniversary of the launch of this motoring legend, Ferrari has gathered together the memories of three of its creators: Ermanno Bonfiglioli, then Head of Special Projects, Leonardo Fioravanti, a designer for Pininfarina, and test driver Dario Benuzzi.

Ermanno Bonfiglioli, who as Head of Special Projects was responsible for supercharged engines, has not forgotten the excitement of that 21 July: "I have never experienced a presentation like that of the F40. When the car was unveiled, a buzz passed through the room followed by thunderous applause. No one, except for close associates of Enzo Ferrari, had yet seen it. Indeed, the company had cloaked the development and testing of that car in unusual secrecy. And the surprise at such a stylistic leap was almost shock. The timeframe was also unusual, within the very short arc of 13 months, the chassis and bodywork moving ahead quickly and at the same pace as the powertrain. It was June 1986 when we began designing the engine of the project F 120 A. The 8-cylinder 478 hp twin-turbo was a derivative of the 288 GTO Evoluzione’s, but a number of innovative contents enabled the F40 to become the first production Ferrari to exceed 320 km/h. We paid maximum attention to the weight of the engine, thanks also to the extensive use of magnesium, such as oil sump, cylinder-head covers, intake manifolds, and gearbox bell-housing were in this material that cost five times as much as aluminium alloy and that was never used in such quantities in subsequent production cars. This is just a small example of this car's "difference".

Leonardo Fioravanti was a designer at Pininfarina when he was invited by Enzo Ferrari to Fiorano to try the 288 GTO Evoluzione: “when il Commendatore asked for my opinion on this experimental prototype, which due to regulatory issues never went into production, I didn't hide my enthusiasm as an amateur driver for the incredible acceleration of its 650 hp. It was then that he first talked to me of his desire to produce a "true Ferrari". We knew, as he knew, that it would be his last car. We threw ourselves headlong into the work. Extensive research at the wind tunnel went into aerodynamic optimisation, to achieve coefficients appropriate for the most powerful Ferrari road car ever. Its style matches its performance: the low bonnet with a very tiny overhang, the NACA air vents and the rear spoiler, which my colleague Aldo Brovarone placed at right angles, made it famous. If I had to point out one overriding reason for the success of the F40, I would say that its line succeeded in instantly transmitting the exceptionality of its technical content: speed, lightness, and performance."

Dario Benuzzi, a Ferrari’s long-term test driver, participated in an arduous and meticulous testing job: "The handling of the first prototypes was poor. To tame the power of the engine and make it compatible with a road model, we needed to subject every aspect of the car to countless tests: from the turbochargers to the braking system, from the shock absorbers to the tyres. The result was an excellent aerodynamic load and high stability even at high speed. Another important aspect was the tubular steel frame with Kevlar reinforcement panels, which provides three times more torsional rigidity than that of other cars of the period, and a bodywork made mainly of composite materials that reduced weight to just 1100 kg. We obtained precisely the car we wanted, with few comforts and no compromises. With no power steering, power brakes or electronic devices, it demands the skill and commitment of the driver but generously repays it with a unique driving experience. Steering precision, road holding, braking power and intensity of acceleration reached unmatched levels for a road car.



Ferrari 70th Anniversary in UK – Windsor

Posted: 15.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

uly 15th, 2017. Windsor, UK – To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Ferrari, Her Majesty The Queen granted Maranello Sales permission for 70 selected Ferrari owners to drive their cars through Her Majesty’s Windsor Great Park on private land which is part of the Windsor Castle Estate.  The tour took in areas of the park where public access is restricted,  providing some of the most magnificent views of English countryside, with woodland going back centuries and being preserved for future generations.

It seemed appropriate to start with a  light breakfast on the lawns overlooked by the bronze statue of Prince Albert in military uniform on his horse, erected 130 years ago.  Keeping to the strict speed limit of 38mph set by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, the procession escorted by The Crown Estate team,  proceeded to wind its way through the beautiful wooded countryside stopping to admire the Queen’s Jubilee statue and finally the famous Copper Horse at the top of The Long Walk,  before driving the final 3 mile straight down the hill to Windsor Castle where her Majesty was in residence.

This was followed by an elegant Italian inspired English picnic on the lawns of Windsor Castle.  Guests socialised and admired the beautiful selection of Ferrari cars and were joined by many Ferrari fans visiting Windsor and the Castle giving them the opportunity to participate in the celebration of the Ferrari 70th Anniversary.



LaFerrari celebrates in Blenheim Palace

Posted: 11.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

July 11, 2017. UK – To celebrate 70 years of Ferrari, Dick Lovett organised a Road Tour of The Cotswolds and surrounding areas for our clients. The starting place for the Road Tour was the iconic World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace. After a light breakfast, all our clients gathered around the LaFerrari Aperta for a group photo in the Great Courtyard, with the Palace as a stunning backdrop.

Over 50 Ferraris, led by the LaFerrari Aperta, then departed in convoy to travel through the picturesque Cotswolds to Castle Combe Race Circuit. Here, our clients enjoyed a cavalcade around the track, before gathering once again for a group photo on the start/finish straight.

Whilst at this point the Great British Summer struck bringing a torrential downpour, nothing was dampening the spirit of our intrepid convoy, which continued on to take in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside before returning to the dealership in Swindon for a Black-Tie Gala Dinner. The evening was capped off perfectly with the premiere of the new 812 Superfast in front of 150 guests.

Whilst we were not blessed with the best of weather, the event will undoubtedly live long in the memory of all who attended and was definitely a fitting celebration of 70 years of Ferrari.


Circuit Silverstone
Date 16.07.2016
Laps 51
Distance 300,441 km / 186,725 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 7.
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 3.


British Grand Prix – Silverstone 16 July

Posted: 16.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “Even if the reasons are obvious, complaining about losing a second and a fourth place is not Ferrari’s style. Today, the hard fact is that we lost a lot of points in both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ championships. We leave here, set on improving quickly, with humility and determination.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “My race wasn’t going too bad until a few laps before the end. I suddenly had the problem, my front left tire let go with no warning; the air stayed in the tire but the rubber part, came off. It’s disappointing because without that issue the second place was secured, and we deserved a better result. We had made some changes to the car and they seemed to have improved the feeling. When it’s like this you are confident and you can push; I hope that it will be a similar story in the future races. However, today we were lacking a little bit of speed against our rivals. We did what we could but obviously there’s some work to be done to catch up the Mercedes in places like this. This is definitely not our strongest type of circuit. I’m interested to see what happens in the next race, I guess the Hungarian track should suit our car better.”

Sebastian Vettel: “It was a difficult race. The brakes got fire on the grid and I think this is the reason why I had no grip at the start: they were too hot. During the last laps, after the problem with the front left tire, I tried to get the car back and recover some points. It was difficult today because I was stuck at the beginning behind Max, but I am not the one to judge what happened between him and me. After that I think the pace was good, considering the fact that I was on the Soft tires. Valtteri was on other compound, the Supersofts, so it was clear that he would have been strong. Today was not a great day, but we’ll see what happens in Hungary, on a different track.”


British Grand Prix – Ferrari third and seventh

Posted: 1616.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Two punctures towards the end, but Kimi on the podium with Seb still leading the championship

Silverstone, 16 July – Two punctures in the final moments of the race, but nevertheless Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen made it to the podium in third place. Seb Vettel finished seventh and after an incredible, yet cruel race, he still leads the championship. The race got off to a false start as an extra formation lap was needed because Palmer had stopped on track. That meant the race distance was down to 51 laps, but there was excitement right from the start, with Kimi and Seb fighting with Verstappen. Then came a collision between the two Toro Rossos which brought out the Safety Car. Kimi hung on to Hamilton, while Seb, who had a few difficulties at the start, was fourth. Racing restarted on lap 5, with Kimi matching the leader’s pace, while his team-mate had to be patient before getting his place back. It was a thrilling duel, but in the end, it was decided on the strategy call: a scheduled pit stop for Seb on lap 19 saw the German fit the Soft tyres. The number 5 Ferrari came out ahead of the Force India duo in fifth place. Verstappen therefore had to pit to cover our strategy, but when he rejoined he was behind the Ferrari. Seb then banged in a fastest lap, before passing Hulkenberg for fourth place. On lap 24, it was Kimi’s turn to pit to go from the Supersofts to the Softs.
Shortly after that, Hamilton did the same, but on fresh rubber, the Iceman was the fastest man on track. Bottas came down pit lane on lap 32 and came out behind the Scuderia Ferrari duo. Seb reacted, setting his best lap in1:31.872. On lap 43 came the first duel, as Seb repulsed the attack under braking.
But the move ruined his tyres and he lost the position on the Hangar Straight. “I can get to the finish” came his reassurance over the radio and indeed he would, while out in front, with only two laps remaining, Kimi’s left front tyre suddenly let go. The Finn pitted and took on Supersofts, while he was helped by the fact Verstappen also needed to make an unexpected stop. But on the last lap, Seb also got a puncture, again a left front. He dived into pit lane and managed to stay in the points, but the team deserved much better today.


British Grand Prix – “Best car so far this weekend”

Posted: 15.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari drivers pleased with progress made

Silverstone, July 15 – Changing weather conditions made qualifying for the British Grand Prix ever more difficult, but Scuderia Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel emerged from the battle with second and third best time respectively.

Kimi’s feeling with the SF70H had been improving through the weekend and all the development work carried out by the team paid off on Saturday afternoon: “In qualifying the handling of my car was better than any other time this weekend and I was really happy with that. Obviously we always want to finish higher, but today we got more or less what we could. In Q1, with the intermediate tires on a damp track, the conditions were a bit tricky. It was very slippery, but it was not wet everywhere and the tires wore out very quickly. Luckily we did the last run at the right time and it was ok. After that, the track was getting better and better. My last lap felt good, but it was still a bit tricky to know where to go because it was still a bit damp here and there; so I took it quite easily at first and then decided to push a bit more. The feeling that I got with my car today was nice, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow and I hope that in the race we can improve. Usually, we are a bit stronger on Sunday”.

Seb lined up behind his team mate and was pleased with the behavior of his Ferrari: “We are quite happy with the result and our performance was good. I think it will be tough tomorrow considering that Mercedes has been very quick for the whole weekend. Our car today was good and felt amazing, so overall I am happy. The track was not really wet and it was good fun to drive, I just found a bunch of cars ahead of me in my last run, but otherwise I think we improved the car a lot over the weekend, also in qualifying trim, and that’s what really counts”.


British Grand Prix – Ferrari second and third

Posted: 1515.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi ahead of Seb on the grid

Silverstone, 15 July – Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from second and third places on the grid. Kimi’s best time was a 1”27’147, while team-mate Sebastian did a 1”27’356. For Q1, Scuderia Ferrari chose to fit the Intermediate tyres, followed by the Supersoft once the track had dried.




British Grand Prix – Ferrari 2nd and 4th

Posted: 15.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Free practice ends with Seb ahead of Kimi

Silverstone, 15 July – Sebastian Vettel ended the final free practice session for the British Grand Prix in second place on the time sheet with a 1”28’095. Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest in 1”28’732 in a session where rain put in an appearance towards the end of the hour. Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers ran Supersoft and Intermediate tyres and they are now ready to return on track at 13h00 local time (14h00 CET) for the qualifying session.




British Grand Prix – “A pretty decent day”

Posted: 14.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari drivers convinced that further progress can be made

Silverstone, July 14 – As is typical of Fridays, Scuderia Ferrari drivers had a lot of things to get through in the two practice sessions. For what it’s worth on a day in which neither points nor grid places are given, P2 ended with Kimi setting the third fastest lap time of 1’28”828, with Seb a close fourth at 1’28”956. A new engine had been fitted to the SF70H since morning and different fuel levels were tested during both sessions. “It was a pretty decent day”, said Kimi, “a bit more straightforward session than on other occasions, and we had no issues. Since this morning the feeling had been ok, but obviously at the beginning there was a bit of guesswork with the conditions, as always when you first run at a track. It could have been a bit better, but it was not too bad either. Tomorrow will be a different day, we can only try to do our best and I’m sure we can improve. In qualifying and mainly on Sunday we’ll see if it is enough”. Sebastian said: “Today for us it was a bit mixed of ups and downs. This morning we had difficulties with the balance to start with, but overall I think we improved the car at the end of the session. On Friday you don’t seek much the performance and this new engine has a lot of miles to do, so we try to save it. It’s working well and we didn’t have problems. But we still have to do more and to improve. We have a lot of things to look at. Mercedes looks quick but it’s not a surprise. The track today was too slippery and tricky, but I think we can get better tomorrow”. “Today”, Seb added “I tried the Shield cockpit protection. The vision is not very good and I think it’s because of the curvature that creates a bit of distortion. We had a run plan but I didn’t like it too much. I couldn’t see much, but at the end it was fun to drive”.


British Grand Prix – The Shield makes its debut at Silverstone

Posted: 14.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb (5th fastest) runs the protection device, Kimi is 6th

Silverstone, 14 July –Ferrari ended the first free practice session for the British Grand Prix in fifth and sixth places. Kimi Raikkonen’s best lap was a 1”30’137, while Sebastian did a 1”30.517. During his installation lap, the German’s car was fitted with a new head protection system being evaluated by the FIA, known as a Shield. Both Ferrari men ran the Supersofts for the entire session.




British Grand Prix – “A great place to race”

Posted: 13.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi and Seb relish the challenge on the British track

Silverstone, July 13 – Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen may be different in character and for many things, but they share various passions: for speed, for Scuderia Ferrari, and for the British Grand Prix Track.

“Silverstone it’s a great place” says Kimi “and I enjoy driving here. The track has a lot of history and there’s always a great atmosphere. I have raced here before F1, I liked the old circuit, the layout was more flowing. It hasn’t changed a lot, the feeling is a bit different but it’s still a great place to drive. This year we have completely different cars and rules, we expect to have more downforce than last year’s car and thus to carry more speed through the fast corners. Tomorrow we’ll see if it’s that’s the case: hopefully it goes more in that direction because it’s more fun! We have a limited amount of engines because of the regulations, and now It’s time to put a new one in; as was planned since the beginning”.

As Silverstone goes, Seb is on the same page as his team-mate: “Usually there is a big passion for racing in this country, so it is great to be here, as it is one of the places where the history of motor racing was made. As for us, our car was good last week and it should be ok here, too. I didn’t win in Austria and I really wanted to, but that’s how it goes: sometimes we succeed and sometimes we don’t. The most important thing is to be up there, not just in terms of results, but in terms of pace. Also, tomorrow I’ll test the Shield protection for a few laps in P1. So far I’ve only seen it on a computer screen, so I’ll check it out”.


British Grand Prix – Silverstone, where history is made

Posted: 12.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

The scene of Ferrari’s first win. And this time?

Silverstone means a lot to Scuderia Ferrari. It was the scene of its maiden Formula 1 win, in 1951 when José Froilán González drove a 375 to victory. It has always been a classic on the calendar, but is the track the same as in yesteryear? Definitely not: in González’s day the track was under 5 kilometres in length and a race distance involved no less than 90 laps and the Argentinian’s average speed on his way to pole position was only a little over 160 km/h. But even then, it was a superfast track and when Ferrari took pole and the win in 1990 with Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost respectively, their 641s both exceeded 250. Those were the days when Nigel would tell the young test drivers back in Maranello, that at Silverstone, “you never brake.” There was an element of truth in that because the old layout did not put too much stress on the discs and pads. Since then, the circuit has been redesigned several times, the last in 2011 with the creation of the Arena Circuit measuring 5.8 kilometres. Its character has changed, the facility has been modernised and inevitably, it has lost some of the magic from the days when the motorhomes were parked on a grass paddock, used to host barbecues with all the drivers in attendance. But it still has plenty to recommend it, as a very technical circuit, which, above all, rewards aerodynamic efficiency at the corner entry and in the many changes of direction.



Ferrari Challenge NA – Close Competition and New Winners Mark Race 2 at Mosport Park

Posted: 17.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Bowmanville, 17 July 2017 – Ferrari Racing Days came to a thrilling conclusion with Qualifying, Race and XX Programmes cars action filling the day for all of the clients and fans in attendance. The fast, sweeping corners of Mosport Park offered a unique challenge to drivers, in the all-new 488 Challenge and 458 Challenge EVO cars. Drivers were required to summon all of their courage and skills as top speeds peaked out at above 180 mp/h along Mosport’s long back straight, and intermittent rain hit the area. The polished surface brought little relief as drivers spent much of their practice sessions scouring for grip, before the clouds parted in time for racing action in the afternoon. The XX Programmes clients were not so lucky, however, as their session took place in largely wet conditions.

Trofeo Pirelli. Wei Lu and his Ferrari of Vancouver 488 Challenge repeated his pole performance in Qualifying 2 on Sunday morning in an intense, four-way fight. As the fifteen minute qualifying session came to a close, the top four cars were separated by only fifteen one-hundredths of a second, led by Wei’s 1.19.124. Peter Ludwig was denied pole by only one hundredth of a second, but his 1.19.138 was good for second over Cooper MacNeil and Martin Fuentes. Come the afternoon race, however, Wei fell back to fourth, ceding the lead to Peter Ludwig with MacNeil and Fuentes following through. While the leading four were spread out, there was tension throughout the race as the new 488 Challenge was up to eight seconds per lap faster than some of the slower 458 Challenge EVO cars, meaning managing traffic was a key skill required throughout the race.

Trofeo Pirelli AM. Marc Muzzo once again took pole position in Trofeo Pirelli Am, but it was a tightly fought battle for pole. The closest challenger was Chris Cagnazzi. Chris drove his Ferrari of Long Island 488 Challenge car to within two one-hundredths of a second of Marc, to start on the front row. Further back, Joe Courtney and his Miller Motorcars car took third in class over Brent Holden. However, the afternoon race was a different story. Marc was unable to maintain his advantage, allowing Cagnazzi to take his maiden win for the 2017 season, and bringing him within one point of Brent Holden for second place in the overall standings. Further back, Jean-Claude Saada completed an immense, charging drive to take second at the flag, with Marc Muzzo completing the podium.

Coppa Shell. Karl Williams did an excellent job to qualify just fourteen hundredths of a second behind the Trofeo Pirelli AM pole sitter. But, he was followed closely by Dave Musial, who pushed him all the way to the flag, setting his fastest lap late in the session. Barry Zekelman completed the top three. Come the afternoon race, Karl Williams maintained his lead to take the win over Barry Zekelman by three seconds. Michael Fassbender, after a charging drive from sixth in class, claimed his maiden podium in only his third Challenge race, finishing only 15 seconds behind the class winner, an impressive achievement.

Gentleman’s Cup. Osvaldo Gaio took his second gentleman’s cup win of the weekend, in his Miller Motorcars 488 Challenge car to the front of the Gentleman’s cup field.

Trofeo Pirelli 458. Naveen Rao and his Ferrari of San Diego 458 Challenge EVO took their maiden pole of 2017 with an 1.21:615 on his third lap of the fifteen minute morning session. It was a dominating performance, one second faster than his nearest competitor, Joseph Rubbo. Joel Weinberger completed the top three in his Continental Auto Sports car with a 1.23.302. Come the afternoon race, Naveen held off an intense charge from Rubbo to claim the victory. By also claiming fastest lap of the race, Naveen completed the triple crown, qualifying first, having the fastest race lap in his class, and finishing first. Joel Weinberger completed the top three.

Ladies Cup. Lisa Clark once again took victory in the Ladies cup class with her 458 EVO, finishing just ahead of Debra Palermo.

Racing Days. Five of the XX Programmes clients joined Mosport Park for Ferrari Racing Days taking to the track in dedicated track sessions. Three Ferrari FXX K shared the track alongside a 599XX and 599XX EVO to thrill both the Challenge drivers and the fans in attendance.


Ferrari Challenge NA – Canadian drivers and teams take victories at Mosport Park

Posted: 15.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Bowmanville, 15 July 2017 – A glorious sunny day saw Wei Lu, Marc Muzzo, Karl Williams and Joel Weinberger take victory at historic Mosport Park in the third round of the North American series of the Ferrari Challenge while welcoming XX Clienti for Ferrari Racing Days.

Trofeo Pirelli. Wei Lu took his maiden win of the 2017 season with an excellent lap of 1:19.352, two tenths faster than the best that Peter Ludwig, our points leader, could accomplish in his Wide World of Cars Ferrari. Cooper MacNeil rounded out the top three. Come the race, it was a close fought battle throughout, with lapped traffic playing a significant role in the action. However, Wei Lu, and his Ferrari of Vancouver 488 Challenge were able to prevail over Peter by 1.625 seconds. In a race that ran uninterrupted by caution periods, Wei absorbed serious pressure from Peter and Cooper throughout the thirty minute race. The three finished within three seconds of each other at the flag.

Trofeo Pirelli AM. Seven Trofeo Pirelli Am cars took to the track for qualifying in the morning with Marc Muzzo and his Ferrari of Ontario 488 Challenge car continued his strong run of form, taking pole, fastest race lap and the win on Saturday. While the race itself ran trouble free for much of its thirty minute duration, a hard incident into the Moss hairpin brought out a prolonged caution period that ultimately concluded the race. Further down the field, Chris Cagnazzi continued his impressive run of podiums, continued from Montreal, taking second place in his Ferrari of Long Island 488 Challenge car and Brent Holden completed the podium in third.

Coppa Shell. A strong field of fifteen cars took the green flag in Coppa Shell. Karl Williams set the pace in qualifying in the morning setting an excellent lap of 1:20.811, a tenth and one half faster than his closest competition, Murray Rothlander, who only claimed second by four one-hundredths of a second. Come race time, Karl and his Ferrari of Beverly Hills powered car led the class to the finish with Barry Zekelman and Amir Kermani rounding out the top three. Hollywood star Michael Fassbender took ninth place.

Gentleman’s Cup. Osvaldo Gaio took his Miller Motorcars 488 Challenge car to the front of the Gentleman’s cup field, and set the fastest lap in his class as well. His 1:22.444 was one tenth clear of the fast time set by Karl Williams, both on lap 12 of the truncated race.

Pirelli 458. Joel Weinberger took class pole in his first Challenge race of the 2017 season in his 458 Challenge EVO car, followed closely by Joseph Rubbo and Caesar Bacarella. The top four positions were incredibly tight in qualifying, spread by only four tenths of a second. In the race, Joel maintained his advantage, taking class victory with Naveen Rao overtaking Caesar Bacarella for third place.

Ladies Cup. Lisa Clark took victory in the Ladies cup class in her 458 Challenge EVO. The Ladies Cup was a typically close fought affair between Lisa and Debra Palermo with Debra finishing just behind Lisa.


Ferrari Racing Days – Challenge and XX Programmes at Mosport Park

Posted: 12.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Bowmanville, 12 July 2017 – The Ferrari Challenge North America and the powerful cars of the XX Programmes are raring and ready to offer excitement and spectacle at the North American edition of the Ferrari Racing Days this weekend on the Mosport Park track.

Mega-horsepower. The FXX K, the hybrid car of the XX Programmes, is the most eagerly awaited car on a circuit that has hosted eight editions of the Formula One Grand Prix. A selection of these cars, which was first presented to the public at the 2014 Finali Mondiali, will be in action in Canada along with a few 599XXs and 599XX Evos, another two cars of this special Corse Clienti activity. The 599s deploy a sophisticated under-car air suction system to create something similar to the ground effect in Formula 1.

Fassbender returns. The third round of the Ferrari Challenge North America, which will also take place at Mosport Park, sees the return to the Coppa Shell of Hollywood star, Michael Fassbender, who debuted at Laguna Seca where he picked up his first points. Dave Musial, who swept all before him at Montreal, tops the standings, one point ahead of Barry Zekelman and 15 in front of Karl Williams who shared the spoils in the first round of 2017.

Trofeo Pirelli. Peter Ludwig has won three of the four Trofeo Pirelli races held so far, but Martin Fuentes is only 15 points behind after victory in Race-1 at Montreal. Wei Lu is third in the standings. The Pirelli Am class is led by Marc Muzzo, who after racing in Canada will fly to Europe to compete in the European series at the Paul Ricard. Brent Holden, winner of the first season race at Laguna Seca, lies in second 19 points adrift from the leader. Joe Rubbo tops the table among drivers racing the old 458 Challenge EVO on 45 points, but Oscar Paredes-Arroyo is just seven lengths behind.

Programme. The Challenge and the test sessions of the special cars of the XX Programmes will begin on Friday. On Saturday Race-1 of the Trofeo Pirelli and the Trofeo Pirelli 458 takes place 2:45 pm followed, an hour later, by the Trofeo Pirelli Am and the Coppa Shell. On Sunday the Trophy Pirelli Am and Coppa Shell gets going at 2:05 pm while the Trofeo Pirelli e Trofeo Pirelli 458 starts at 3:05 pm local time.



Ferrari Challenge APAC – Double for Wu, Zang and Berry and Maiden Win Louis Prette at Fuji

Posted: 09.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Oyama, 9th July 2017 – The fourth round of the 2017 Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge came to a close today under warm and sunny conditions with track temperatures at a high of 40 degree Celsius at Fuji Speedway. The 35 drivers in the field once again showcased pure driving exhilaration during Race 2.

Trofeo Pirelli. The race provided lots of drama when it got off to a chaotic start as Yanbing Xing from China spun in the middle of turn 5 and had contact with a few cars. This triggered the safety car for the first four laps and the race restarted after that. Today’s pole position went to newcomer Louis Prette from Italy. Prette lead the race from start to finish and stood on top of the podium steps as his father Philippe, winner of Race 1, beamed with pride. This win got him onto the standings board but his father, Philippe, is still the leader with 123 points after Fuji round. The younger Prette beat Angelo Negro from Italy, who is now second on the standings with 98 points. Finishing third place in the race was Huilin Han from China.

Trofeo Pirelli AM. The race was just as competitive for the Trofeo Pirelli AM drivers. With Tiger Wu from Chinese Taipei once again leading his group, there was a tight battle for first and second places with Ken Seto of Japan, with only a gap of 2.511seconds between the two at the finishing line. Wu finished first and Seto second. With Xing out of the race after the collision, Wu’s win has propelled him to the top of the standings in his class.

Coppa Shell. Eric Zang from China found success for the second time in the Coppa Shell Class. With a valiant race drive, he maintained his lead in his class throughout his race and powered to victory, with Grant Baker from New Zealand finishing second. David Dicker, also from New Zealand, settled for a third place finish. Baker also captured the Gentlemen Cup while Kanthicha Chimsiri from Thailand took the Ladies’ Cup.

Trofeo Pirelli 458. It was the second win in a row for Martin Berry from Australia when he found himself at the top of the podium once again. Berry started first in his class, lead the way throughout the race and steered his Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO to his fifth win of the season. Berry beat Tsuyoshi Adachi from Japan, who finished by a wide 20.826 seconds behind him, while Paul Wong from Hong Kong, finished third. Berry now leads the standings in his class.

Schedule. The next round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific will be held at Sepang in Malaysia from 25th – 27th August.


Ferrari Challenge APAC – Prette, Wu, Zang and Berry Roar to Fuji Victory

Posted: 08.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Oyama, 8th July 2017 – Under cloudy skies and sunny conditions, crowds came to see the first race of the fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific at Fuji Speedway, situated in the foothills of Mount Fuji. 35 drivers from 13 different nationalities saw true competition among the various classes on the 4.563 kilometre circuit with one of the longest straights in motorsport tracks, at 1.475 km in length. This round also saw a record 23 Ferrari 488 Challenge cars taking part in the competition.

Trofeo Pirelli. The practice sessions on Friday proved to be essential as many of the Challenge drivers were new to the Fuji circuit. Understanding the track and getting acquainted with it is crucial for a driver’s success at this circuit, known for its tight hairpin turns and demanding esses at Turn 10. Dominating the first race of the Trofeo Pirelli class was pole-sitter Philippe Prette from Italy, the current leader on the standing board. He took charge of the race and lead from start to finish. Go Max, despite homeground advantage, simply could not find his extra pace to overtake Prette, who crossed the finish line unchallenged. Third position went to Angelo Negro from Italy.

Trofeo Pirelli AM. In the Pirelli AM class, the winner was Tiger Wu from Chinese Taipei. Coming in second for this class was newcomer Angie King of Philippines who recovered from a spin to hold track position, followed by Yanbin Xing from China who was leading before this race and now is one point behind Wu.

Coppa Shell. In the Coppa Shell classification, Eric Zang of China, a relative newcomer as this is only his third racing weekend, was the clear victor. He managed to overtake pole-sitter Makoto Fujiwara of Japan during the second lap and kept his lead all the way to the chequered flag. Fujiwara, who remains leader in the championship standings, dropped two places and ended at the bottom of the podium. Charles Chan from Hong Kong took second position. David Dicker from New Zealand was the winner of the Gentlemen Cup while Kanthicha Chimsiri from Thailand took the Ladies’ Cup.

Trofeo Pirelli 458. Eleven drivers raced in their Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO cars under the Trofeo Pirelli 458 classification. Martin Berry of Australia emerged victorious in this race, taking his fourth win of the season. He held a comfortable lead over Min Xiao of China, who came in second. Tamotsu Kondo of Japan came in third.

Schedule. Track action continues tomorrow for Race-2 of the Ferrari Challenge weekend at Fuji Speedway. This will take place at 4.30 PM local time.


Ferrari Challenge APAC – Championship on track in shadow of Mount Fuji

Posted: 06.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Oyama, 6 July 2017 – The Ferrari Challenge APAC returns for its fourth round of the season, held on the legendary Fuji track at the foot of Japan’s sacred mountain, from July 7th to 9th.

Trofeo Pirelli. Philippe Prette tops the Trofeo Pirelli standings, a perennial occupant of the podium so far this season and with three wins to his name. Zen Low is his nearest rival, with four podiums in five races. Low in turn has a two-point lead over Angelo Negro, winner of the first race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Pirelli Am. The Trofeo Pirelli Am is the most open of the classes, with the highly consistent Yanbin Xing out in front after four podiums in five races. Three points behind comes home driver Ken Seto, winner in Race-2 at Abu Dhabi, followed by Race-1 victor Tiger Wu, five points off the summit.

Coppa Shell. In the Coppa Shell everyone is expecting a fifth triumph for Makoto Fujiwara, dominant both in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and eagerly awaited on track by friends and fans keen to see another great performance. Andrew Moon is the first of his pursuers, followed by David Dicker in third who also tops the Gentlemen’s Cup for the over-55s. Thailand’s Kanthicha Chimsiri will be defending her lead in the Ladies’ Cup.

Trophy Pirelli 458. All eyes are on Australia’s Martin Berry who, bolstered by three victories, heads the 458 Challenge EVO class. Min Xiao is in second with three podiums, while Sam Lok, winner of Race-2 in Shanghai, follows in third.

The Challenge drivers will undertake five rounds of practice sessions this week, with the first race on Saturday July 8th at 4:00 PM local time and the second race on Sunday July 9th at 4:30 PM local time.



LaFerrari Aperta in Portsmouth

Posted: 06.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

70th Anniversary celebrations starts in UK

Portsmouth, 6 July 2017 – Meridien Modena had the great pleasure of starting the Ferrari 70th Anniversary tours in the UK on July 5. On a wonderful sunny morning the parade began at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit to enjoy the spectacle of FF Corse testing the new Ferrari 488 Challenge. From there the 70 Ferrari cars drove a beautiful scenic route finishing at the iconic Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

The LaFerrari Aperta lead the parade which had a fantastic range of Ferraris, with the particular mention of; three F40s, two F50s, a stunning Dino, and an F12tdf. In addition to all of the Ferraris there was a very special appearance of Meridien Modena’s Ferrari 250 GT Coupé Pinin Farina. This was driven by Tim Burton who is also very well known as “Shmee150″ on social media channels.

When all Ferraris were parked in their positions over 200 attendees congregated around the LaFerrari Aperta for a group photo with the incredible Spinnaker Tower as the back drop. Whilst the Ferraris were in place, members of the public could walk around the line-up and enjoy taking some photos. The day came to a close with the LaFerrari Aperta leading all of the Ferraris out of Gunwharf Quays with a huge line-up of Ferrari enthusiasts waving them off.



Ferrari takes the Red Dot: Best of the Best design award for the third year running

Posted: 05.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

The Ferrari J50 takes top honours in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017

The GTC4Lusso, LaFerrari Aperta and 458 MM Speciale receive Red Dot distinctions

Maranello, 5 July 2017 – For the third year running, Ferrari has taken the Red Dot: Best of the Best award for the maximum expression of design quality and ground-breaking design. The model to receive the top Red Dot Award in the prestigious annual Product Design competition this year was the Ferrari J50, the strictly limited series of bespoke cars built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan.

A sophisticated two-seater, mid-rear-engined roadster based on the 488 Spider, the J50 features a radically futuristic design language and was praised by the Red Dot jurors for its innovation. Designed by the Ferrari Design team under the direction of Flavio Manzoni, just 10 examples of the J50 will be built in the spirit of Ferrari’s fuori serie tradition.

The international jury of design experts also awarded Ferrari Red Dot distinctions for the high design quality of the GTC4Lusso, LaFerrari Aperta and the 458 MM Speciale. The award ceremony held the evening of the 3rd of July at the Aalto Theater in Essen thus focussed attention on the design excellence that characterises Ferrari’s entire model range in the year that the company celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Ferrari’s unique heritage, in fact, is encapsulated in the most extensive and diverse range of sports cars in the automotive sector. The GTC4Lusso is Ferrari’s flagship GT production car, an exclusive interpretation of the four-seater concept, combining extraordinary performance in all driving conditions with sporty elegance and luxurious comfort. The LaFerrari Aperta is a limited-edition special series, an open-top version of the acclaimed LaFerrari supercar which represents the finest expression of the marque’s technical capabilities in both GT and Formula 1 engineering. The 458 MM Speciale instead is one of the latest creations from Ferrari’s special One-Off programme, a bespoke service for clients who desire a truly unique car with innovative, individual styling.



Circuit Red Bull Ring - Spielberg
Date 09.07.2016
Laps 71
Distance 306,452 km / 190,461 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 2.
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 4.


Austrian Grand Prix – Spielberg 9 July

Posted: 09.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “It was a very close race, which, once again showed that Ferrari is on the pace. Sebastian was able to fight for the win right to the very last corner, having produced a great drive. It was a shame for Kimi, who already on the opening lap, ran wide at turn 3 while fighting with Ricciardo. If not for that, with the car he had today, he too could have had a good race. The next race at Silverstone is just a few days away and as usual, we will be working flat out to prepare for it.”

Sebastian Vettel: “Today I struggled in the first stint with the first set of tires, the Ultrasofts. I think they were just getting too hot. Then the clouds came in and the balance of the car improved. That’s why I think we were starting to get quicker. It was a shame that we couldn’t win, because we were close. We learnt more about the car in these days and there are many positive aspects regarding this race, but I feel like I could have won today and I didn’t, so I am not entirely happy. At the beginning of the race I was just not quick enough. The pace was there, but the balance wasn’t. I like this place, which has a lot of history and it’s the place where I drove a racing car for the first time, in 2003. It’s a long time ago, but I still have beautiful memories. And now I am already looking forward to going to Silverstone.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “In the first part of the race we had some difficulties with the balance of the car. I struggled a little bit with the first set of tires at the beginning, but then it was getting better and better. The second set was fine: at the beginning of the last stint the car felt very good and we had good speed, but at that point we were too far behind to try to recover. As the tires were getting older we obviously started to go slower, but we were still doing good lap times and the balance was improving. Overall, though, it was not a very easy weekend.”


Austrian Grand Prix – Second place: worth its weight in gold

Posted: 09.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Vettel extends championship lead, Kimi takes 5th

Spielberg, 9 July –Ferrari is back on the podium thanks to a second place for Seb Vettel, who thus extends his lead over Hamilton to 20 points, while Kimi was fifth at the end of 71 very closely contested laps. All eyes were on the start lights, with Seb on the front row alongside Bottas, with Kimi right behind. The first two tore away while Kimi was immediately in a fight with Ricciardo which saw him go off track: time to get back on track in every sense of the word and that fight began with a nice passing move on Grosjean. The Stewards were investigating a possible jumped start from the poleman. The track surface was boiling hot, almost 50° and that was giving the tyres a harder time than expected. Kimi was fourth, coming under attack from Hamilton, but the Finn was doing well to hold him off. Out in front, nothing much happened until lap 32, when Lewis pitted to take on Ultrasofts. Raikkonen stayed out, while Ricciardo pitted. Then, on lap 34, Seb came in and, as planned, switched to the red-banded tyres. Bottas’ Ultrasofts were done and he pitted on lap 42, coming out on track behind Kimi who, having yet to stop, was in the lead. The Iceman held him off until turn 4 and so it was time for him to come in for new tyres. Seb and Kimi were nibbling away at the gaps to their closest rivals. Vettel posted the race fastest lap on lap 50. Four laps later and Kimi did better, but the backmarkers didn’t help his cause and he repeatedly had to brake on the dirty part of the track. The final stages were very close with traffic typical of a short track like this one, as lap times tumbled and the leaders suffering from blistering on the tyres as did more and more of the pack. In the final two laps, Seb was within DRS distance of Bottas and Hamilton was in the same situation with Ricciardo, but that was the order at the flag, with Vettel coming home second to increase his lead by a further six points in the Drivers’ championship. “Guys, we really tried.” And Kimi brought home a further 10 points to add to the haul.


Austrian Grand Prix – “Could have done even better”

Posted: 08.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb: I hoped to get pole in the last run. Kimi: happy with starting 3rd

Spielberg, July 8th – It was a very lively and close qualifying session right up to a few minutes to the end, when the Austrian Grand Prix public was deprived of witnessing most drivers’ last runs because of a yellow flag sector. At the end of the qualifying hour, Scuderia Ferrari drivers Seb Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ended up second and fourth respectively; but since Lewis Hamilton has been handed a penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, Kimi will start tomorrow’s race from third slot on the grid. Until the end, Seb had hoped for even more: “In the second run I was hoping to jump Bottas and I think I could have done better, but in the end I am pretty happy with my lap; the car is very good. Mercedes is always very quick in qualifying, but today we were close. I think it should be fine tomorrow. It will be a long race and many things can happen. The most important thing is that the car was good in qualifying. We will try to do our race and look forward. For sure it will be tough, but let’s see what we can do”. Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen saw a steady improvement after a not-so-easy start: “The whole weekend had been quite tricky so far and yesterday, for certain reasons, we did not have a very good day. This morning, we basically started from zero. The feeling with the car was getting better and better, but it was not easy to recover from yesterday. The qualifying session was a bit messy, with the traffic and the yellow flags. I’m not very happy overall, but considering how tricky it has been , third place is not bad. It could have been much worse. Later this evening and tomorrow morning we will go through all the different scenarios and we’ll try to pick the best one, depending on what happens in the first lap, how the weather will be and other factors”.


Austrian Grand Prix – Reds on the first and second rows

Posted: 08.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb will start from second, with Kimi right behind

Spielberg, 8 July – At the end of a closely contested qualifying session on the Austrian circuit, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen posted the second and fourth fastest times respectively. Seb’s best lap was a 1’04”293 set on the Ultrasoft tyres. His Finnish team-mate was fourth fastest in 1’04”799, but tomorrow Kimi will line up on the third spot on the grid, because Hamilton has a penalty. The drivers only managed one run in Q3 as the yellow flags were brought out on the final lap after Grosjean stopped on track.




Austrian Grand Prix – Free Practice 3: a positive session

Posted: 08.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb fastest, Kimi fourth

Spielberg, 8 July – In the final 60 minutes of free practice prior to this afternoon’s qualifying, Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of 1:05.092 on the Ultrasoft tyres, which were used by all drivers during the session. Kimi Raikkonen’s best was a 1:05.611, which was good enough for fourth place. During the hour, Scuderia Ferrari tested running with different fuel loads. Austrian Grand Prix qualifying gets underway at 14h00 local time.




Austrian Grand Prix – A good day at the office

Posted: 07.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb (2nd) and Kimi (6th) gear up for Spielberg: “We’ve made some improvements”

Spielberg, July 7 – A short burst of rain between P1 and P2 did not prevent Scuderia Ferrari drivers from going through their planned programme, as the afternoon session stayed dry throughout. Sebastian ended up P2 and Kimi P6 in a session where familiarisation was more crucial than lap times.

“Today we did a lot of laps and learnt a lot about the car,” commented Seb. “We had a good feel with it and that is what we need. So, we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. We understood the problems we had in Baku, but here it’s completely different. The weather and the asphalt temperature are not the same as they were there. Today it is still difficult to judge, but the car is very good and we made some improvements. We proceed step by step; tomorrow we’ll have another free practice session and then we’ll see”.

Kimi had a slightly more troublesome day, but in the end he was not worried about the remainder of the weekend: “It was a very normal day, trying different solutions and seeing how they went. We struggled a bit with some things, but we know what is going on and we should be able to fix it. It was one of those Fridays, not great and not bad either. Obviously it could have been a bit better and straightforward, but it’s only the first day of practice. I don’t think it will be very difficult with tires as long as we do the normal things; it’s a very similar story as any other race. Now we have to go through everything and improve for tomorrow”.


Austrian Grand Prix – “Let’s focus on this race now”

Posted: 06.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb: “Never easy to get it right”. Kimi: “We can be up there”

Spielberg, July 6th –Formula One has returned to Europe,  with all the teams preparing for the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix. At Spielberg, the morning sun gave way to clouds and a burst of rain in the afternoon. Scuderia Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel look ahead to the weekend after the well-publicised events in Azerbaijan.

“At the beginning of this week, I went to Paris to speak with the FIA and talk about what happened. Now we are here to move on and focus on the race. It is never easy to get everything right and to come out on top. I don’t think this has been a terrible week, but then it depends on what happens for the rest of it…”.

Kimi seems to be keen on the 4.3 km Austrian circuit: “I like the layout of this track: it doesn’t have many corners, so the lap time is quite short and everybody is quite close in qualifying. It’s not easy to make predictions for the weekend, even if, in the past this track has been quite good for us but obviously, with the new rule changes, you never know. I think that our car should be fine, we have been pretty strong everywhere so far. We are quite confident that wherever we go and in whatever conditions we  can be up there. The end result obviously depends on many things, we’ll see how it goes but we should be ok”.


Austrian Grand Prix – The fastest lap

Posted: 04.07.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Less than 70 seconds to do a lap, half of it at full throttle: that’s Spielberg

In the beginning there was the airport called Zeltweg, at the bottom of a valley, featuring a notoriously atrocious track surface. That’s where Formula 1 came for its first official Austrian GP back in 1964. It turned out to be the first and, unfortunately, the only win for Lorenzo Bandini, driving for Scuderia Ferrari. Then came the Osterreichring, a permanent track featuring some frightening high speed corners. It staged the race up until that difficult 1987 event. It would be ten years before F1 returned to the Styrian valley on a significantly shorter layout, which is pretty much the one in use today. The Austrian race returned to the calendar in 2014, along with the hybrid cars. A favourite with the fans because of the atmosphere and the great view, the Zeltweg track, or more correctly, Spielberg, is one of the shortest on the calendar in terms of distance and in time taken for a lap, half of which is spent at full throttle. There are nine corners in total, a mix of hard braking and fast curves, with endless changes of gradient. For this race, the tyres will be the softest available: Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft. That’s as long as the rain tyres are not required and, at the moment, the weather forecast for the weekend is still uncertain…