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Circuit Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
Date 29.10.2017
Laps 71
Distance 305,909 km / 190,124 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 1.
           
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 3.

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – São Paulo 12 November

Posted: 12.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “Already yesterday, in qualifying, it was clear that the SF70H was quick and well prepared. Today, we got the confirmation that we have a very good car at our disposal. The result of this race is also down to the great job carried out by the team, both here at the track and back in Maranello, not forgetting the drivers who, on the day, know how to step up to the mark. Now we look ahead to the next challenge in Abu Dhabi, still determined to give it our all, right to the very end.”

Sebastian Vettel: “I think this was one of the most difficult races of the season, there was no time for mistakes. My start was not perfect, but enough to beat Bottas off the line. Then, Valtteri was always very close and we had the same pace, but I pushed very hard and managed to pull a gap. This win is very important for me and for the team. After such a long time it’s been great to achieve it. I’m happy for the whole team, because it has been through a tough couple of weeks, with long nights, hard work and a big support from the factory. I dedicate this win to all of them, to the guys here and to those who’ve been working in Maranello. It’s been very hard for us, but today is a great day and I want to thank my team and our tifosi. Hopefully we’ll have a good race in Abu Dhabi!”

Kimi Raikkonen: “My start was pretty average, I had some wheelspin and I was happy I did not lose any places. The first fifteen laps were a bit tricky with tires, but after the pit stop I was happy with my car. I expected that improvement, because I knew that with the soft tires I would be really strong. It was easy to keep up with the guys in front and at the same time look after my tires. At some point I tried to push and I got closer; I felt I had a lot of speed but today in these conditions there was no way to pass. It was a bit frustrating, but when Hamilton was behind me I could see him closing up, but I had a good car and I was pretty confident that if I was not making any stupid mistake I could keep him behind. I held him quite easily, he never really had a good chance to get me. Obviously we could have finished one place up, but it’s a great result for the team. The car has been pretty strong all weekend. We have been strong almost everywhere this year, obviously in a few races we had some difficulties, but as a team we can be proud. We are building ourselves for next year.”

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – A “bravo” to the entire team

Posted: 12.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Behind the win and double podium, a great job by the team

Sao Paulo –Scuderia Ferrari has taken another win, its fifth of 2017, after what was an exciting Brazilian Grand Prix, perfectly managed by the drivers and the team. It was held in hot conditions, with air temperature at 30 degrees, while the track almost hit 60, so it was vital to look after the car components and especially the tyres. Getting both drivers to the podium clearly shows that Ferrari never gives up.
Seb’s lightning start was the key to victory, as he took the lead going into Turn 1. Kimi held third, but immediately there was chaos further back with several incidents. The Safety Car came out and the drivers had to come through pit lane so that the track surface, which had already hit a very high 54 degrees, could be cleaned of debris. Five laps went by before the race was on again, with the lead positions unchanged. DRS could now be used, but Seb had a lead of over a second. The heat meant that everyone was managing their pace so as not to overheat the tyres, while waiting for the pit stop window. Second placed Bottas initiated the run of stops, coming in on lap 28, trying for an undercut on Vettel, who pushed flat out to maintain his advantage. He emerged from the snaking pit lane still ahead and immediately pulled out more of a lead. Kimi also pitted, nimbly popping out ahead of Ricciardo and Verstappen. At this point, both Ferraris were lapping in under the 1’13” mark.
Hamilton had started from pit lane and did not make his pit stop until lap 44, when Seb led the GP again, controlling his advantage over Bottas. Kimi put in his best lap of the race to fend off Hamilton, which saw him close on Bottas. The final stages were very close, but Seb and Kimi both held on, to bring the total to date in this 2017 season to five wins and 19 podium finishes.

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – Fifth win of the season for Scuderia Ferrari

Posted: 12.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Vettel victorious, with Raikkonen also on the podium in third

Interlagos, 12 November – Sebastian Vettel won today’s Brazilian Grand Prix, held at the Interlagos circuit. It is Scuderia Ferrari’s 229th Formula One win, the fifth this season for the team and for Seb. Kimi Raikkonen also made it to the podium having finished third. Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers started the race on the Supersoft tyres, making a single pit stop to switch to the Softs. There were three key moments: the start with Seb managing to get ahead of Bottas; the pit stops, carried out perfectly by the team and Kimi’s defence of third place, when under attack from Hamilton in the closing stages.

 

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – “Today it was close, and tomorrow…”

Posted: 11.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi confident for the race after tight qualifying battle

Interlagos, November 11th – Scuderia Ferrari has been a regular on the front row of the grid, including taking two pole positions, since the last Singapore Grand Prix and Brazil was no exception today as Sebastian topped the time sheet right up to the last run in Q3 and lost pole to Bottas by a mere 38 milliseconds, while Kimi lined up right behind his team-mate. Tomorrow, in what are expected to be warmer and dry conditions, the 71-lap race promises to provide fans with lots of excitement.
“We have improved since Friday, and that’s the important thing” said Seb. “I was happy with my car today, but in my last run, I was perhaps a bit too shy in braking for the first corner. I had a better run at the end of my out-lap, so there was probably more grip than I expected there. In the last sector, I knew I could make up for some of the lost time, and I did, but it wasn’t enough. However, it was very close, and we’re usually even closer in race conditions, so my motivation is high for tomorrow and I’ll being aiming for a win”.
“The feeling with the car was good most of the time” commented Kimi, “but somehow the laps were always a bit tricky, with everybody trying to get their free space. When the tyres switched on well, then everything was easier, but with the traffic in the out-lap it was not always the case. Some sets were feeling better than others purely because of having a bit better out-lap. It was a bit hard to trust them and not get a front lock-up at the first corner. Overall the car itself was nice to drive when the tires worked, so it’s a bit of a shame. It was not the most straightforward qualifying but in the end it was a decent result. I think we did a solid job today, we can consider it a good team result. For sure there was more to get, but the race is tomorrow and it’s going to be long. For the start we’ll try our best, the first corner is quite tight, so we’ll try to make a good start and see what we can get”.

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying. Ferrari 2nd and 3rd

Posted: 11.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Sebastian ahead of Kimi in Interlagos

Interlagos, 11 November – Qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix ended with a second and third place for the Scuderia Ferrari drivers. Sebastian Vettel posted a time of 1’08”360 to line up ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen whose best lap was a 1’08”538 on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race. Both SF70Hs ran the Soft and Supersoft tyres over the three qualifying sessions, which were held under cloudy skies that produced a few drops of rain towards the end.

 

 

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – Free practice comes to an end in Interlagos

Posted: 11.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi and Seb third and fourth fastest

Interlagos, 11 November – Come the end of the third and final free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third in 1’09”326 and Sebastian Vettel was fourth in 1’09”339. Both drivers completed 20 laps each, with a work sheet aimed at qualifying on the Supersoft compound for the Finn, while the German also ran the Medium tyres.
Qualifying, which should be a dry session, is due to start at 17h00 CET.

 

 

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – Making the best of a dry Friday

Posted: 10.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi just under the 50-lap mark

Interlagos, November 10th – Both practice sessions at the Autodromo Carlos Pace turned out to be quite uneventful, as despite the ever-present threat of rain, drivers only had to contend with a few intermittent and harmless drops during FP2. Scuderia Ferrari drivers jumped at the opportunity to rack up the laps of the 4.3 Km circuit, working mostly in preparation for Sunday’s race, which is supposed to be run in dry conditions. Sebastian covered 48 laps and Kimi 45.
“I think that in the end we ran more than what we expected as it didn’t rain”, Seb commented. “It was nice to be able to do a lot of laps today. We need to find the right balance and this should help us get the pace for the qualifying session and the race, but I still think it won’t be easy to defeat our main competitors. We’ll see where we get tomorrow”.
“It’s only a Friday”, said Kimi, “and as always, we keep trying different things to learn from them. The tires will play a key role here as usual, the performance will depend on how they work and how long they will last. I felt some vibrations at the beginning of my stint, but that’s quite normal to have sometimes in the car: usually it comes from tires and different sets. We don’t know what the temperatures will be over the rest of the weekend, but we cannot change them anyway and it will be the same for everybody”.
The third and final practice session will start tomorrow at 11 AM local time. There is a high chance of showers.

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – Friday’s free practice concludes in Interlagos

Posted: 10.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

FP2 sees Seb finish fourth and Kimi sixth

Sao Paulo, 10 November – In the second free practice session in Brazil, Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest in 1’09”875, completing a total of 48 laps. Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth quickest with a 1’10”117, doing 45 laps.
Both Prancing Horse drivers ran the usual tyre programme, using new Softs and Supersofts, setting their best times of the afternoon on the latter. Tomorrow, the final hour of free practice at Interlagos gets underway at 14h00 CET, with qualifying following on at 17h00.

 

 

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – Free Practice gets underway at Interlagos

Posted: 10.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi 3rd and Seb 6th in FP1

Sao Paulo, 10 November – The penultimate round of the Formula 1 season, the Brazilian Grand Prix, has got underway with the usual first free practice session. The Ferraris are third and sixth on the time sheet, Kimi Raikkonen having posted a best lap of 1’09”744 and Sebastian Vettel doing a 1’09”984. Both Scuderia Ferrari men ran the same tyre programme, using the Medium and Supersoft compounds. The second session gets underway at 17h00 (CET.)

 

 

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – “We’re here to fight for the win”

Posted: 09.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi “learned from this season” and want to end on a high

Interlagos, November 9th – Rain in the morning, then a warm and sunny afternoon. Sao Paolo weather keeps true to its tradition of unpredictability, which should make the coming challenge even more interesting. With two races to go, Scuderia Ferrari drivers are determined to make the most of them.

“Obviously, time passes and that helps”, Seb comments. “Mexico was a big disappointment, but here it’s a different race and a new challenge that we are looking forward to. For these last two Grands Prix, we want to do everything really well as a team and enjoy the weekends. We don’t stop developing our car and this year we have improved it in order to give us advantages also for the future. Development is an ongoing process and since the regulations don’t change that much, there are many things we can learn from this season and carry over into next year. I really like this track, although not so much the fact that they change the kerbs every year, but it’s not my decision. However, overall, it’s a great place and I am looking forward to racing here.”

“Interlagos is a nice track, a short one with not so many corners,” says Kimi. “Racing is quite tricky here and usually a lot happens. I had some good races and some bad ones, but it’s always been very interesting. The weather can change very quickly and, on track, we’re all very close to one another because of the short lap time. Although both championships are now decided, our aim is still the same; as at any other race, we are here to fight for the win and do the best we can. Then at the end of the season we’ll see where we end up”.

 

Brazilian GP – Tackling the legendary corners

Posted: 07.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Interlagos, so much history and so quirky

It’s the biggest city in the Americas and almost certainly not the most beautiful. But, for Brazilians and for the world, Sao Paulo is also “the city” of Formula One. Of the 44 editions of the Brazilian Grand Prix held to date (plus the opening non-championship race in 1972) only ten have been taken place at Rio’s Jacarepagua track, with all the others run at Interlagos, a suburb to the south of the city. Half of all Brazilian drivers who have raced in Formula 1 come from the Paulista state: Fittipaldi, Pace (after whom the circuit is named,) Senna, Barrichello and Massa, to mention the best known. The original layout was almost eight kilometres in length, running on past the current Esses, dedicated to Ayrton Senna. The drivers always complained about the condition of the track surface, which also moved around, as it is built on swamp land. Today, it’s a case of the extreme opposite, as the track is just over 4 kilometres and its main straight is just 650 metres long, although the cars are accelerating all the way through its final part.

The Scuderia Ferrari roll of honour in Brazil features the names of Lauda, Reutemann, Mansell, Prost, Schumacher, Massa and of course, Kimi Raikkonen, who, with an adventurous drive in 2007 also took the Drivers’ title: there are some who would assert they spotted a tear when he removed his helmet and balaclava to thank everyone in the pits. A few years ago, the look of the Paulista paddock also changed, with the narrow corridor between the garages and hospitality areas replaced with something more modern and spacious. What remains unchanged are the famous corner names: Bico de Pato (duck bill, because of its narrow flattened appearance,) Mergulho (the dive,) so called due to its sharp drop and Laranjinha (literally, small orange) because, for Brazilians, the “oranges” are inexperienced drivers and this tricky turn is not made for them…

 

Circuit Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Date 29.10.2017
Laps 71
Distance 305,354 km / 189,779 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari .
           
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari .

 

Mexican Grand Prix – His Highness the Hermanos Rodriguez

Posted: 24.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Ferrari passion at 2300 metres

Mexico – “… and I realised that he was consumed by an inner fire that his family fed with fuel rather than water.” This powerful and emotive phrase was used by Enzo Ferrari to describe Ricardo Rodriguez de la Vega, a rising star of Mexican motorsport who died all too soon at the age of 20 in 1962. Both he and his brother Pedro, who died nine years later at the Norisring, drove for Ferrari.
And today, coming in on a direct flight from Austin, the Scuderia is back in the city with the circuit named in honour of the two brothers. It was also the venue where John Surtees clinched the 1964 World Championship for Ferrari and Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell secured a one-two for the Prancing Horse in 1990. In this its third year of its third incarnation, the Mexican circuit still features some of the original layout, even if, instead of the Peraltada that cost Ricardo his life, today we have the stadium section, which is spectacular but very slow.

The track first staged an F1 race in ’63 and was back on the calendar from 1986 to ’92 and then again from 2015, each time getting shorter in length, from the original 5 kilometres to the current 4.304 kms. Its most striking feature is what happens to the air here, because the Mexican metropolis sits at 2300 metres above sea level, so that air density is around a quarter less (leaving aside the matter of pollution) than at sea level.

Today’s turbocharged engines deal with this deficiency thanks to the compressor, but the level of aerodynamic downforce required is very high, precisely because the air doesn’t “push down” on the cars as it would do at a lesser altitude. Here again, and even more so than at most tracks, the setting for the fans is spectacular and support for Ferrari is not restricted to the circuit itself, as the minibuses used to transport the Scuderia team members to the track are soon spotted and mobbed with affection.

 

Circuit Circuit of the Americas
Date 22.10.2017
Laps 56
Distance 308,405 km / 191,675 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 2.
           
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 3.

 

United States Grand Prix – Austin, Texas, 22 October

Posted: 22.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today’s race was closely fought from the start to the final lap. Sebastian made a great start to go into the lead and Kimi kept the race alive, with both men pulling off several passing moves. The team, both here at the track and back in Maranello, did a good job in coming back from the difficulties encountered in free practice on Friday. The most important thing is that we never gave up and getting both cars to the podium, even if it was not the ideal result, was achieved by fighting right to the end. We did that thanks to a car that, yet again proved to be competitive. Just as we did today, we will continue to fight to the very last corner of the final race.”

Sebastian Vettel: “My start was good today. I think also in Japan the start had been that good, but we just didn’t have power, so it’s good we had it done here. It was good to get the rhythm, but after a couple of laps I was really struggling with the tires that were getting too hot. I am a bit disappointed, because we couldn’t win and I had wanted to. We are on the right track, but all the things that happened to us came out not because of bad luck or because of somebody else; I think it was all on our side and we need to admit that. Then there were races in which we were stronger and we just didn’t race, which is even worse. There are positive aspects, but this was not the result we were looking for and thus, of course, it was not the best day.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “My car worked very well through the whole race. I was very pleased, it was so good and nice to drive. I felt we had a lot of speed and the tires lasted very well until the end. I’m sure that if we had started from the qualifying position we deserved, our pace would have been enough to get us a much better result. We kept gaining ground whenever I could push, which was a very good feeling. In the last part of the race I could have gone a lot faster, but I also had to manage fuel, so I slowed down my pace and this was a limiting factor. The final result could have been better, but we have two cars on the podium, so we cannot be too disappointed. For the next race we’ll try to be even stronger. Regarding the incident involving Verstappen, I can’t comment, because I haven’t seen what happened from where I was.”

 

United States Grand Prix – Double podium for Scuderia Ferrari

Posted: 22.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb second, Kimi reinstated to third

Austin, 22 October – Scuderia Ferrari is back on the podium thanks to Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finishing second and third at the Circuit of the Americas, at the end of an incredible race that was action packed with passing moves and plenty of dramatic moments. The last of these actually came after the race, once the stewards deemed that Verstappen had left the track with all four wheels in passing Kimi for third at Turn 17. It meant that the Finn was reinstated onto the last step of the podium. With three races to go, the drivers’ title is still undecided mathematically, with Seb on 265 points and Kimi on 163. The front of the grid read as follows: Hamilton-Vettel, Bottas-Ricciardo, Raikkonen-Ocon. Conditions were warm and sunny after the morning storm: 27 degrees air temperature and 36 on the track. Seb got away really well to take the lead on the run up the hill. However, Kimi lost a place, but then retook the Force India on lap 2 and set off in pursuit of the Bottas-Ricciardo duo. Using DRS, Hamilton closed in on Seb, who had to give best under braking at the end of the longest straight. Kimi was running quicker at this stage and was slipstreaming Ricciardo, less than a second behind. On lap 13, he found a clear track ahead of him as the Red Bull pitted. Ricciardo would retire three laps later. Sebastian was struggling a bit with his tyres and pitted on lap 17 to fit the Softs, the hardest tyre available this weekend. He rejoined fifth and was immediately very quick. Bottas was the first of the Mercedes drivers to pit, while Seb posted a quickest lap in 1’39”702. On lap 19, Hamilton pitted and as he came out of pit lane, he had Sebastian in close attendance. Kimi then pitted, also taking on the yellow-banded tyre. He gradually closed on Bottas, who was himself making ground on Seb who was managing his race assets. Verstappen had carved his way up from the back end of the grid and when he opted for a second tyre stop, Ferrari changed its strategy, bringing Seb in as well, to fit the Supersofts. The number 5 car rejoined in front of Max, but it was Kimi who was putting on a show, dispatching Bottas at turn 12 to take second place. Seb upped his pace significantly and the gap to Bottas closed up. On lap 48, Vettel set the fastest race lap, which brought him into the DRS zone. Then came a simply brilliant move at the start of lap 51, as Seb attacked the Mercedes on the climb up to the first corner, going round the outside of Bottas, catching him out as they came up on the backmarker Vandoorne. Next up he passed Kimi who was on much older tyres. In fact, right at the end, the Finn lost third place to Verstappen, but that particular disappointment was not to last long.

 

United States Grand Prix – “We have a car with which to fight”

Posted: 21.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi determined to attack right from the start

Austin, October 21st – A solid team effort and a fine piece of driving on his very last run means Seb will start from the front row of the grid tomorrow. Kimi was unable to fully capitalize on the potential of the SF70H and ended up with fifth fastest, setting exactly the same lap time as Daniel Ricciardo. However, as the Australian set the time first, he starts ahead of the Ferrari man. Now it’s time for Scuderia Ferrari drivers and the whole team to focus on tomorrow’s race, when temperatures are expected to be lower than in Qualifying. “My final lap in Q3 was good enough for the front row”, Sebastian said “and in the end we got closer than we had expected. I am looking forward to the race, and then tomorrow we’ll see what we can do. The car is good and generally we have a better pace in racing, so it should be better tomorrow. Again, the team did a splendid job in rebuilding the car around a different chassis overnight and not even breaking the curfew! For tomorrow we need a good start first of all and then we need to put pressure on our competitors. I’m not too concerned about starting on the less rubbered-in side of the track, as we’ve seen in the past here that you can attack. We have the car to do so and we can fight”. “Today the car was better than it had been so far this weekend,” said Kimi. “After the Friday session we made some changes and in qualifying I had a good feeling. We tried our best, but fifth position was the maximum we could get. I think there was more to take out of the car, but in some places it was a bit tricky to get it right. I struggled to put all the corners together, some laps were good and in some others it was more difficult. It was a decent qualifying, but for sure it could have been better, so I can’t be satisfied with the result. At the start tomorrow it will be quite tight; we’ll try to make a good getaway from the line and see what we can achieve at the first corner…”.

 

United States Grand Prix – Scuderia Ferrari on the front row

Posted: 21.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb 2nd in qualifying, with Kimi 5th

Austin, 21 October – At the end of qualifying, held on the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen found themselves in second and fifth places respectively on the time sheet, with laps in 1’33”347 and 1’33”577. The Scuderia Ferrari drivers followed the usual tyre use programme, starting off on the Supersofts, before switching to the Ultrasofts. Tomorrow’s race gets underway at 14h00 local time (21h00 CET.)

 

 

United States Grand Prix – Free Practice 3. Ferrari second and fourth

Posted: 21.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb (with a changed chassis) ahead of Kimi

Austin, 21 October – At the end of the third and final free practice session at the Circuit of the Americas, the Ferrari SF70Hs set the second and fourth fastest times, running new and used Ultrasoft tyres. The chassis was changed on Sebastian’s car since yesterday as a precautionary measure. He went on to set the second fastest time of 1’34”570. Kimi Raikkonen ended the hour in fourth place with a 1’34”755. The track was dry throughout the session, but it was very windy. Qualifying takes place at 16h00 local time, 23h00 CET, with an unusually long gap of four hours from the end of practice.

 

 

United States Grand Prix – Mixed weather and a mixed-up day

Posted: 20.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

“The car is quick, no need to worry”

Austin – Once again, the SF70H car proved to be quick, but Seb’s practice was disrupted by a less-than perfect feeling with the car at the end of P2, when he was about to start long runs. In the end, he had to spend most of the afternoon session in the garage. Kimi had a more straightforward Friday and now Scuderia Ferrari is back at work to seek further improvement ahead of P3 and Qualifying tomorrow.

“It was a complicated afternoon” Seb commented “and not an easy session, but the car is quick, so we don’t need to worry too much about it. The only lap I had was the one with the Ultrasofts. Before that, I made a mistake taking too much risk and pushing too early. The track was quite slippery and I lost the rear under braking. So, we lost a set of tires, and then again, towards the end of the session, I felt that something was not right with the car. So, we checked a couple of times and now we are looking at the car to see if we can find something. I need to find the rhythm tomorrow and make sure everything’s in order”.

“In the morning the weather was a bit tricky to start with, but all in all it was an ok day,” said Kimi. “Just a normal Friday, in which we tried different things and learned as much as possible. Every circuit can be tricky when you’re trying to go fast, and for sure there can always be an improvement; but it was only the first day of practice. We don’t know what the other teams were doing and obviously it’s too early to make any predictions. All we know is that tonight we have some work to do for tomorrow”.

 

United States Grand Prix – Second practice ends

Posted: 20.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb third and Kimi sixth

Austin – Come the end of the second free practice session, Sebastian Vettel was third fastest in 1’35”192. Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth with a time of 1’35”514. Sebastian had a harmless spin around half an hour into the sessions, after he lost the rear end under braking, ending up in the gravel. He got the car back to the pits where the team made a set-up change, after which he had to pit again to have the front end checked over. He then went out again just before the end of the session. Kimi had a more straightforward afternoon, carrying out aerodynamic and tyre tests. Tomorrow the Texan track hosts the final free practice session at 18:00 CET, followed by qualifying at 23h00 CET.

 

United States Grand Prix – Changeable weather in Austin

Posted: 20.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

P1 starts in the wet: Seb 2nd fastest, Kimi 7th

Austin – This morning in Texas – this afternoon in Europe – the USA GP weekend, the 17th round of the F1 season got underway. The first free practice session started off on a wet track. For his first few laps, Sebastian Vettel assessed the Halo protection system. After that, both he and Kimi Raikkonen used the same types of tyre, the Intermediates and the Supersofts. Sebastian set the second fastest time in 1’36”928, with Kimi seventh in 1’37”598. The second free practice session gets underway at 14h00 local time.

 

 

United States Grand Prix – “The atmosphere hasn’t changed”

Posted: 19.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi ahead of US Grand Prix: we trust our package and our people

Austin, October 19th – The last few races have proved to be disappointing for Scuderia Ferrari, but the results haven’t dented the team’s morale and both Seb and Kimi fully believe in the potential that lies in the package for the last four rounds of the 2017 season, starting with the US GP in the capital city of Texas. So they’d rather look ahead to the new challenges than back to the missed opportunities. “I still think we have a chance” says Seb “and we only have to stay focused on our job. We have a great car and a good package, which could have won the last two races; we didn’t, but this doesn’t mean we don’t have a chance to win the last races. So, we need to look at what’s next and focus on the next events. Overall, I think it’s been a very good season for us so far. Some people will base their judgement on the last couple of races, which were not so good, but I think we are the team that improved the most this year. Probably nobody expected us to be as strong as we have been. So, I think there are many positive aspects. We still have races ahead of us and a strong car and we keep improving. We are going in the right direction and we have clever people on board. So I don’t look at what is already behind us, and I stay focused on what’s ahead of us. As for this weekend, I honestly don’t know what to expect here, but the track is ‘mixed’ and the speed is there, so I am optimistic”. “From  tomorrow on we’ll start to understand our level of competitiveness,” adds Kimi. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be strong here, but we must wait and see. We need to put things together better in the early part of the weekend and make sure that we can be up there all the time. In the last races we had some difficulties, but let’s not forget that in every one of them we’ve had a Ferrari car on the first row of the grid in qualifying. So, the atmosphere and the approach in the team  haven’t changed and I can’t find a reason why they should have. Obviously we have to understand and fix the issues; we need to minimize them and finish the races first of all, otherwise you pay a high price. But this all is part of racing, it’s not the first time it happens and it won’t be the last. We keep on working together as a team, even more closely now”.

 

United States Grand Prix – An American-style challenge

Posted: 17.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Austin, the heir to a very long tradition

The story linking Formula 1 and the United States is a long and complex one. A story which, for several years, in two eras and at different tracks, crossed paths with that of Indianapolis, as the 500 Miles was part of the F1 world championship from the 50s to the 60s and also featured a backdrop of street circuits such as Las Vegas, Dallas, Detroit, Long Beach and Phoenix and permanent tracks at Riverside, Sebring, Watkins Glen, Indy again, before finally landing up at the Circuit of the Americas.
Austin is a lively buzzing city, which is strong on music festivals. It’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird” which has grown into a whole ethos, while there’s a statue of a lady by the name of Angelina Eberly, who saved the city archives from being stolen by firing a cannon to wake up the townspeople. The track is set in the Texan plain surrounded by farms and Tex-Mex restaurants. It was opened in 2012, with the track layout built like a puzzle, featuring some of the most interesting corners from other championship tracks and surprisingly, it works. It runs anti-clockwise, like many of the newer venues and also like plenty of old American street circuits. Its stand out element, apart from the vertiginous viewing tower, is the very steep climb after the start, which leads to a hook-shaped left hander, designed specifically to offer various lines and encourage overtaking. Then comes a series of esses, reminiscent of Silverstone and Suzuka, another hairpin, a straight, and a twisty street-style section, which flows into a multi-radius corner in the style of the unforgettable Istanbul Park. Two tricky right angle corners complete the lap. Given the low tyre wear, the softest tyres in the range will be used here, namely, Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft.

 

 

 

F1 Clienti/XX Programmes – Two days of excitement at Imola

Posted: 11.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

The Imola circuit hosted an intensive two days of free practice sessions for customers of the special F1 Clienti and XX programmes. Over 26 Ferraris took to the track on the banks of the Santerno river for the ninth event in the calendar, ahead of the grand finale at Mugello from 26 to 29 October during the Finali Mondiali.

1990′s. The single-seaters from this decade included the F92A and F399. The latter triumphed with Michael Schumacher at Imola after a race dominated by his duel with the British David Coulthard. However, the F92A was a true concentrate of innovations, especially in aerodynamics. In fact it is remembered as the first Ferrari with a raised nose cone, thanks to the designers Jean Claude Migeot and Steve Nichols, who also endowed it with oval-shaped lateral air intakes separate from the body and, most strikingly, the “double-flat” bottom, which specifically aimed to generate the Venturi effect.

2000s. The cars of the 2000s on the technical track in Romagna were also noteworthy. One of them, the F2002, enabled Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello to win a peremptory double that took Ferrari to the top the constructors’ standings where they stayed until the end of the season. The F2007 driven by Felipe Massa was also on track: a single-seater that won the world championship with Kimi Raikkonen. The F2008, also driven by the Finn and winner of the constructors title, made an appearance, as did the F150° Italia with which Fernando Alonso raced in the 2011 season.

XX Programmes. Customers also drove the 4,909 metres of the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit behind the wheel of the cars of the exclusive XX Programme. Seven examples of the FXX K were on track. The most powerful Ferrari ever produced packs a 1000 hp-plus engine whose power derives from the combined action of the heat engine and electric motor. The 599XX, 599XX EVO and the FXX model that kicked off this customer-test activity 10 years ago, all shone during what was a real on-track workshop.

Gala evening. The stars of the F1 Clienti and XX programmes shared their passion for the Prancing Horse during an exclusive gala evening that has always been held for this type of event.

 

 

Finali Mondiali – Incredible crowds on the event’s final day

Posted: 29.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 29 October 2017 – The Ferrari Finali Mondiali 2017 closed with over 40,000 fans flocking to Mugello during the weekend. They were drawn by ideal temperatures along with the record number of cars on show, including the 488 Challenge, 458 Challenge EVO, Formula 1 and XX Programmes. Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne was also present, greeting customers and handing the Trofeo Pirelli to the winner Fabio Leimer, before enjoying a walk in the pitlane to chat to the customers and the public in the stands and pose with the drivers and management for the usual photos.

World champions. The morning was dominated by the final races of the Challenge 2017 for the four class world titles along with the Gentlemen’s Cup and Ladies’ Cup divisions. Switzerland’s Fabio Leimer won the Trofeo Pirelli, with the 488 Challenge of Octane 126, while Jens Liebhauser (Formula Racing) crowned a season to remember by sealing the Trofeo Pirelli Am world title. However, European champion Johnny Laursen, another Formula Racing driver, sealed the Coppa Shell. In this race Henry Hassid (Charles Pozzi) secured the Gentlemen’s Cup, while Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) took the Ladies’ Cup. The final world title, the 458 Challenge EVO class one, went to US driver Joseph Rubbo (Ferrari of Long Island).

FXX-K EVO. The day also saw the last session of the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes, one of Ferrari’s special activities that also starred in the gala evening on Saturday at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. After the award ceremony for the European Ferrari Challenge champions the FXX-K EVO was unveiled. This model is the evolution of the car presented at the 2014 Finali Mondiali. Its 1050-plus hp and hybrid technology derive from the experience gained in the Formula 1 World Championship and in GT racing at the highest level.

Sunday. The highlight of the event was the early afternoon show, which saw the participation of Giancarlo Fisichella, Andrea Bertolini and Davide Rigon in three F60 Formula 1 cars. Rigon then hopped into the 488 GTE, which he usually drives in the World Endurance Championship where he gave the change to teammate Sam Bird. The same happened for car no. 51 with Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, who currently top the Drivers’ championship, while Ferrari enjoys a healthy lead in the Constructors’ title. F1 Clienti, XX Programmes and a number GT racing cars then completed an extraordinary array of 70 vehicles. Before the usual photos, the 125 S, the first Ferrari ever built, led the parade of cars along with the paratroopers of the Sezione Paracadutismo Sportivo Carabinieri who arrived on the track with the Italian flag and the Prancing Horse in yellow, the symbol of Maranello.

Packed paddock. Thousands of people thronged the paddock, brimming with attractions, for a photo with the Formula 1 cars in the tent dedicated to 70th anniversary or to make a purchase at the Ferrari Store, or even to collect an autograph during the session dedicated to Challenge drivers including Hollywood actor, Michael Fassbender.

 

Trofeo Pirelli: Leimer and Liebhauser on top of the world

Posted: 29.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 29 Oct 2017 – The Octane 126 team monopolised the Trofeo Pirelli podium at Mugello. The world title went to Fabio Leimer, who didn’t always compete during the European championship season but was consistently fast over the Finali Mondiali weekend at the Tuscan circuit. There were no surprises in the Trofeo Pirelli Am, won by European champion Jens Liebhauser of Formula Racing.

Trofeo Pirelli. Fabio Leimer started from pole, won by a few thousandths of a second ahead of teammate Bjorn Grossmann. The Swiss set off best to quickly lead his teammate and the rest of the group. Leimer, who this season sometimes raced with the 488 GT3 of Octane 126, won with relative ease as Grossmann played the role of team driver to perfection. Third place went to Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari), who had a stunning first season, which also saw him win Race-2 at Imola.

Trofeo Pirelli Am. Jens Liebhauser again proved himself in a class of his own this season. The German of Formula Racing dominated the Trofeo Pirelli Am race from start to finish, adding the European title to the world one. Second place went to Canada’s Marc Muzzo, who is the new North American champion but also competed in a few European races. He was at the wheel of the 488 Challenge of Ferrari of Ontario. Sweden’s Martin Nelson took third for Scuderia Autoropa. Britain’s Chris Froggatt (HR Owen) missed out on a top position, paying for an irregularity with a drive through penalty that put him out of the running.

 

Coppa Shell: Celebrations for Johnny Laursen, Henry Hassid and Fabienne Wohlwend

Posted: 29.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 29 Oct 2017 – Johnny Laursen, 2015 European Le Mans Series champion and recent winner of the European Ferrari Challenge, put the icing on the cake of his 2017 season by securing the Coppa Shell world title.

An all-European affair. The battle was fought entirely between European drivers thanks to their intimate knowledge of the Mugello circuit, now a venue for all the major European championships. Johnny Laursen went into the first turn ahead, albeit wheel-to-wheel with French driver Henry Hassid of the Charles Pozzi team. The Danish Formula Racing driver never gained a comfortable margin over his pursuer but his experience helped him keep his cool and win the race. However, Hassid had the consolation of victory in the Gentlemen’s Cup.

A three-woman fight. It was an even more extreme battle for the third step of the podium and the Ladies’ Cup. Manuela Gostner, who went from strength to strength in 2017, secured an excellent fourth place on the grid and started shoulder-to-shoulder with Octane 126 star, Fabienne Wohlwend. The Ineco MP Racing driver set off best to take third forcing the Wohlwend to chase. The woman from Liechtenstein attempted an attack at the two-thirds mark moving into the only space left by the Italian. The two cars came into contact but Wohlwend avoided a penalty and took third place along with the Ladies’ Cup.

 

Joseph Rubbo Pirelli 458 champion

Posted: 29.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 29 October 2017 – Joseph Rubbo (Ferrari Long Island) brought the Trofeo Pirelli 458 World Championship to North America with a lights to flag victory in the final Pirelli 458 Challenge race in the history of Finali Mondiali. Starting from the front row, Joseph held his position through the long turn one, building a lead that he would not relinquish for the thirty minute duration of the race.

Fierce battle. Further back, however, the battle for second and third came down to the final few laps between Martin Berry (Ital Auto Singapore) representing the Asia Pacific region and off the back of two excellent wins earlier in the weekend, held off Naveen Rao (Ferrari San Diego) for much of the race. Representing North America, Naveen had just come off the back of a bitterly competitive championship in North America and clearly relished the opportunity to challenge Joseph Rubbo. But first he would have to pass Martin, and despite having a small pace advantage, Naveen was unable to get close enough to make a meaningful attempt. Until the final laps, that is. Sensing that time was running out, Naveen made a very late lunge down the inside of the final turn, but in the process made contact with Martin’s car. The stewards deemed it a move worthy of penalty, and so Naveen was forced to drive through the pit lane with only a couple of minutes left.

Atar third. This episode promoted Galip Atar (Octane 126) to the final step of the podium, ensuring all three regions of Ferrari Challenge were represented.

 

Coppa Shell: Celebrations for Johnny Laursen, Henry Hassid and Fabienne Wohlwend

Posted: 29.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 29 Oct 2017 – Johnny Laursen, 2015 European Le Mans Series champion and recent winner of the European Ferrari Challenge, put the icing on the cake of his 2017 season by securing the Coppa Shell world title.

An all-European affair. The battle was fought entirely between European drivers thanks to their intimate knowledge of the Mugello circuit, now a venue for all the major European championships. Johnny Laursen went into the first turn ahead, albeit wheel-to-wheel with French driver Henry Hassid of the Charles Pozzi team. The Danish Formula Racing driver never gained a comfortable margin over his pursuer but his experience helped him keep his cool and win the race. However, Hassid had the consolation of victory in the Gentlemen’s Cup.

A three-woman fight. It was an even more extreme battle for the third step of the podium and the Ladies’ Cup. Manuela Gostner, who went from strength to strength in 2017, secured an excellent fourth place on the grid and started shoulder-to-shoulder with Octane 126 star, Fabienne Wohlwend. The Ineco MP Racing driver set off best to take third forcing the Wohlwend to chase. The woman from Liechtenstein attempted an attack at the two-thirds mark moving into the only space left by the Italian. The two cars came into contact but Wohlwend avoided a penalty and took third place along with the Ladies’ Cup.

 

Challenge Europe – Niklas Nielsen Sweeps top step of the podium

Posted: 28.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia – The atypical warmth of late October continued for race two of the Ferrari Challenge European Championship on Saturday. What started off cool and cloudy broke into a wonderful warming sunshine a few hours before the final race of the European season began at 14:30.

Trofeo Pirelli. Polesitter Niklas Nielsen (Formula Racing) completed a lights to flag victory in the second race, but it was certainly not easy, as he was challenged by Fabio Leimer (Octane 126) through the first few corners. The pair traded fastest laps over the opening few laps, but was unable to progress. Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) completed the podium in what was ultimately a truncated race, caused by an incident in the final corner. Having half spun, Bonamy Grimes (Stratstone Ferrari) was then struck by another car while sitting in the middle of the track, leaving debris everywhere. Fortunately both drivers were fine, but the race was ended while clean up could be affected.

Trofeo Pirelli AM. Jens Liebhauser (Formula Racing) took victory in the Trofeo Pirelli Am class, beating his closest rival, Chris Froggatt (HR Owen) by just over eight seconds. Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa) took a comfortable third place, four seconds back of Martin, and seven seconds clear of his closest challenger from the rear.

Coppa Shell. A staggering driver from Henry Hassid (Charles Pozzi) saw him take victory in the Coppa Shell class, and beat his Trofeo Pirelli counterparts in the overall standings. Not only did he beat his closest competition by three seconds, his closest in-class challenger was Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126), the Ladies Cup Winner. Ultimately, Fabienne would take second, by three seconds over Johnny Laursen (Formula Racing).

Pirelli 458. The 458 EVO class was a relatively straightforward affair with only three cars participating. Kriton Lendoudis (Formula Racing) took the win over Halger Harmsen (Lueg Sportivo) while Galip Atar (Octane 126) finished on the third step of the podium.

Schedule. The Finali Mondiali will take place on Sunday, with each class taking part in its own race. Track action begins at 9:00.

 

Challenge NA – Peter Ludwig and Joseph Rubbo confirm their status as Champions

Posted: 27.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 27 October 2017 – A glorious summer day and a packed paddock greeted drivers upon their arrival to the Mugello circuit on Saturday. While qualifying took place in cooler than normal conditions, the race took place at mid-day, perfectly timed for optimal temperatures and the warming sunshine of the Tuscany region.

Trofeo Pirelli. Peter Ludwig (Wide World of Cars) took the win and the championship in a hotly contested Trofeo Pirelli class, where the championship contenders started line-astern and there was drama from the off. Peter Ludwig and Wei Lu (Ferrari of Vancouver) accelerated as one upon the green lights, down the long run to Turn 1. As they braked and entered the bend, there was nothing between them, but a firm move, and a bit of contact, from Peter Ludwig established his position as the leader, while Cooper MacNeil (Ferrari of Beverley Hills) followed in third. As the race progressed, Peter developed a significant lead whiel Cooper did everything he could to claim second position. A safety car briefly brought the pack back together, but ultimately it was a new line found by Wei and degrading tires on Peter’s car that brought the drama to a fitting conclusion. Knowing that this was for the championship (if Wei won the race, he would certainly take the championship), Peter defended sternly and thankfully was rescued by the checkered flag, thirty minutes later.

Trofeo Pirelli AM. Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) again took victory in the Trofeo Pirelli AM category, beating out his chief championship rival, Chris Cagnazzi (Ferrari of Long Island). Brent Holden (Ferrari of Newport Beach) returned to the podium after a long absence, with a strong gap of six seconds over the fourth placed car.

Coppa Shell. Karl Williams (Ferrari Beverly Hills) took his second victory of the weekend in the Coppa Shell class, beating all of even the Trofeo Pirelli AM drivers in the overall results, ahead of Barry Zekelman (Ferrari of Long Island). Rounding out the podium was Dave Musial (Lake Forest Sportscars). While the podium was a fairly straightforward affair, it was further back in the Coppa Shell field where we saw the most action of the day. Michael Fassbender (Ferrari North America) made contact with Osvaldo Gaio (Miller Motorcars) on the entry to one of Mugello’s many chicanes. Osvaldo made a lunge to the inside, and was unfortunately in Michael’s blind spot. The two collided, and in the process of getting back onto the track, Osvaldo collected Joel Weinberger (Continental Autosports) leading to the only safety car of the race.

Pirelli 458. Joseph Rubbo (Ferrari of Long Island) claimed the 458 EVO Championship after a smartly run race where he stayed immediately behind his only rival, Naveen Rao (Ferrari of San Diego) for the duration of the thirty minute race. Knowing that a second place to Naveen’s first would clinch the championship, Joseph never put a wheel wrong and stayed right in Naveens wheel tracks, a challenge that was complicated by the faster 488 Challenge cars coming through their private battle. In the end, there was nothing to be done, Naveen took home the victory, but Joseph Rubbo took home the championship. John Boyd (Ferrari of Denver) completed the podium positions in third.

Schedule. The Finali Mondiali will take place on Sunday, with each class taking part in its own race. Track action begins at 9:00.

 

Challenge Europe – Laursen and Liebhauser champions

Posted: 27.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 27 October 2017 - Ever darker skies meant that the headlights were on for the first race of round 7 of the European Ferrari Challenge championship.  Packing the largest grid of the three regions in attendance, 46 cars, all but three of which are the new 488 Challenge car, took the green flag at 16:45.  Interrupted by one caution and a last lap incident that scrambled the rear portion of the field, what initially began as a straightforward but tense affair, soon turned dramatic.

Trofeo Pirelli. Nicklas Nielsen (Formula Racing) took the win in Trofeo Pirelli after securing the lead at the first corner of the first lap.  Despite never enjoying a gap much beyond one second, he held firm and delivered the win over Fabio Leimer (Octane 126) and Philipp Baron (Rossocorsa). In what was mostly a tense affair due to the tight margins involved, Nicklas was able to also set the fastest lap of the race, as well as for the day overall at 1:52.6.

Trofeo Pirelli AM.  Jens Liebhauser (Formula Racing), claimed victory in the Trofeo Pirelli AM class.  Despite the gap being split by another Trofeo Pirelli car, Jens was only able to claim the victory by less than a second over Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa).  Fortunately, they were both ahead of the last lap chaos that shook up the field.  An aggressive move into the carousel corner led to a bit of light contact, and two cars spinning.  With the majority of the field caught behind, chaos ensued as cars dodged left right and center to avoid.  In the scramble, additional cars went off track and lost time, or spun themselves.  In the end, it was Robin Jensen who claimed the third step on the podium.

 Coppa Shell. Johnny Laursen (Formula Racing) claimed a championship earning victory in Race 1, beating his key challengers Henry Hassid (Charles Pozzi) and Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing).  Caught in the middle of the last lap incident, Johnny was able to sneak through unscathed while the Coppa Shell field scattered, leaving Erich Prinoth (Ineco – MP Racing) and Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) to round out the podium.

 458 EVO.  The shrunken 458 EVO field acquitted itself well, with Holger Harmsen (Lueg Sportivo), Kriton Lendoudis (Formula Racing) and Galip Atar (Octane 126) comprising both the entire field as well as the podium.

Schedule. The final race of the European Championship of Ferrari Challenge will take place on Saturday at 14:30, again at the Mugello Circuit.

 

Challenge NA – Marc Muzzo and Karl Williams claim class championships in North American series

Posted: 27.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 27 October 2017 - A cool, grey day greeted the Ferrari Challenge drivers from North America for race 1.  Championships in all four classes were up for grabs and drivers took advantage of the great driving conditions to put on an excellent show.

Trofeo Pirelli: Championship leader Peter Ludwig (Wide World of Cars) endured a rocky race, perhaps a bit more literally than he would have liked, being forced off into the gravel early on by a hard charging and eventual race winner Wei Lu (Ferrari of Vancouver), and running wide while charging down third placed Martin Fuentes (Ferrari Silicon Valley).  While his championship would have to wait for another day, Wei Lu again claimed victory after a very demonstrative move around the outside of pole sitter Cooper MacNeil (Ferrari Silicon Valley) on the second lap.  Despite two safety car periods, the first midway through to rescue cars involved in an incident, and the second at the very end of the race to retrieve a beached car, Cooper was unable to re-take his position at the front of the field.

Trofeo Pirelli AM:  Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) claimed a hard fought championship over Chris Cagnazzi (Ferrari Long Island), and claimed it in thrilling fashion.  Despite facing race-long pressure from Joel Weinberger’s (Continental Autosports) 488 Challenge car, Marc held firm and claimed victory in his class and established the necessary margin over his chief antagonist, Chris Cagnazzi.  Marc’s win was not without drama, caused again by two safety car periods, which allowed Joel to close the gap and mount his challenge afresh.

 Coppa Shell. Karl Williams (Ferrari Beverly Hills) also solidified his Championship in his second season in Ferrari Challenge.  Aided by consistent and impressive speed, Karl was routinely able to fight with drivers in the Trofeo Pirelli and Trofeo Pirelli AM class, running as high as 4th overall in the race this afternoon.  Again, it was a close call to his chief antagonist, Barry Zekelman (Ferrari of Ontario), who claimed the second step on the podium ahead of Murray Rothlander in third.  Osvaldo Gaio (Miller Motor Cars) also continued his streak of leading the Gentlemen of the group, claiming the Gentleman’s Cup.

 Pirelli 458.  A hard fought season would continue to the final round of the Finali Mondiali, with Joseph Rubbo (Ferrari of Long Island) a scant two points ahead of Naveen Rao (Ferrari of San Diego) going into the weekend.  It was again a brutally competitive race in the class with John Boyd (Ferrari of Denver) ultimately splitting the top championship contenders in the race.  The Ladies Cup was also, again after a dominant season, won by Lisa Clark (Ferrari of Beverly Hills).

Schedule. The final race of the North American season will take place again at Mugello tomorrow, Saturday, at 13:00.

 

Challenge APAC – Prette champion in Go Max’s magic day

Posted: 27.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia – The first race of the 2017 Finali Mondiali got underway at just past 1 pm at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello in the rolling hills of Italy’s Tuscany region. Cool temperatures and cloudy skies, in addition to all of the rubber laid down during the preceding two days made for a very fast track and ideal driving conditions. Featuring thirty one cars from the Asia Pacific region of the Ferrari Challenge Championship, drivers did battle over thirty minutes at the fast, undulating circuit.

Trofeo Pirelli. Philippe Prette (Ferrari of Hong Kong) completed his championship march in the Asia Pacific Trofeo Pirelli class, clinching his third Ferrari Challenge career title. Further up the field, however, Go Max (M Auto) took a hard earned, but dominant win in Race-1 of round 7 for the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge series. After an epic first turn scrap, Tadakazu Kojima (Rosso Scuderia) captured the overall lead of the race while competing in the Coppa Shell class. Go Max was never far behind, however, and set the fastest lap of the race to that point, a 1:55.0. A caution flag seven minutes into the start of the race neutralized the most tantalizing battle for the lead, while two cars were rescued from precarious positions after contact. Once the race went back to green flag running with 15 minutes to go, Go Max set about eating into Kojima’s lead and made a late braking maneuver into one of Mugello’s numerous right-left chicanes. Huilin Han (CTF Beijing) also fought past with Philippe following through. However, by that point, Go had established a lead that could not be closed down, taking a dominant win. Huilin Han came home in second and claimed fastest lap of the race with third place enough for Philippe Prette to confirm his status as the Trofeo Pirelli 2017 Champion in Asia.

Trofeo Pirelli Am. Angie King (Autostrada Motore Manila) took a lights to flag victory in the Tofeo Pirelli AM class in round one, but it was the battle for second and third place that had championship implications. While neither driver was able to clinch the championship, Ken Seto (Rosso Scuderia) did well to beat his main rival, Tiger Wu (Modena Motori Taiwan) in a hard fought battle. Ken came out ahead, finishing second, while Tiger finished close behind in third, founding out the podium.

Coppa Shell. A remarkable qualifying set up a stunning performance from Tadakazu Kojima (Rosso Scuderia), who managed to take the overall lead of the race at the first corner. It was a lead that he maintained until the race reached about half distance and the overwhelming consistency of Go Max led to him being shuffled down the overall order. Eric Zang (Denker Guangzhou) did well to close the championship gap to Makoto Fujiwara (Cornes Tokyo) by finishing in second place to Makoto Fujiwara’s fourth. Charles Chan (Ferrari Hong Kong) also consolidated this third position in the championship, by taking third place in the race, and completing the podium. David Dicker (Continental Cars Auckland) took the Gentleman’s cup, finishing sixth overall in class and Kanthicha Chimsiri (Cavallino Motors Bangkok) took the Ladies Cup.

Pirelli 458. Martin Berry (Ital Auto Singapore) completed another flawless lights to flag race, with the already confirmed champion of the 458 EVO class claiming victory in race one. Sky Chen (Cornes Osaka) took second place while Tamotsu Kondo (Auto Cavallino Kobe) completed the podium in third place.

Schedule. Race two, and the final race of Round 7 of the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge Championship will take place on Saturday at 16:40.

 

Finali Mondiali, ready to go!

Posted: 26.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

A Prancing Horse themed weekend at Mugello with free entry

Scarperia, 26 October 2017 – The Finali Mondiali 2017 go live on the Mugello track, with a memorable and exclusive weekend that only the Prancing Horse can provide, combining sport, passion, history and innovation.

The Challenge. The Ferrari owned circuit will welcome over a hundred cars, including the 488 Challenge, the new model introduced this season, and the 458 Challenge EVO. The last two races of the European, North American and Asia-Pacific championships will be held on Friday and Saturday with many titles still up for grabs. However, on Sunday the competitors of the various championships will compete for the Trofeo Pirelli, Coppa Shell and Trofeo Pirelli 458 world titles in three intercontinental races.

F1 Clienti and XX Programmes. The cars of the exclusive Ferrari F1 Clienti and XX Programmes will be the other big attraction on track. These Ferrari activities enable a group of very special customers to drive a Formula 1 car used in previous seasons by Scuderia Ferrari, and a very limited series of laboratory cars only approved for track use: FXX, 599XX, FKK K.

Packed paddock. The paddock at the Finali Mondiali will also offer a treasure trove of surprises for the fans expected to flock to the circuit from Friday to Sunday. In addition to the current Ferrari range, there will be Challenge cars from previous seasons and the LaFerrari Aperta, the iconic car of the Prancing Horse 70th anniversary. But above all there will be 70 racing cars from every era that have written memorable pages in the history of motorsport, from the 126 CK and 412 T4 of Gilles Villeneuve to the 458 Italia GTE that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Fisichella, Vilander, and Bruni.

Sunday. Sunday will be the main day of the event, when after the three Finali Mondiali Challenge races the Ferrari Show will offer a comprehensive overview of the competitive world of Maranello, with cars of every era on track. Fans will enjoy the Formula 1 single-seaters and an exhibition by GT drivers with the 488 GTE and GT3 cars, which are performing brilliantly in the WEC and in major GT championships.

FXX K EVO. The Mugello event will also offer the chance to discover a new Ferrari creation, the FXX K EVO, the evolved version of the 1050-plus horsepower hybrid vehicle that was presented at the 2014 Finali Mondiali in Abu Dhabi.

Free entry. Entry to the Finali Mondiali is free. Simply download the free ticket on www.mugellocircuit.it. The programme and more information are available at www.finalimondiali.ferrari.com.

 

Finali Mondiali - Ferrari Challenge – The charge of the 101

Posted: 18.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 14 Oct 2017 – The Finali Mondiali are back at Mugello and as always the customer response has been fantastic, with a record number of 488 Challenges expected at the Tuscan circuit. They will also be joined by a number of drivers of the 458 Challenge EVO, the car that at this event ends its competitive career in the Ferrari single-make championship. A total of 101 drivers will be present, more than at last year’s Finali Mondiali at Daytona.

Trofeo Pirelli. Competitors in the three series of the Ferrari Challenge, Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific (APAC) will be on track from Friday. Almost all the titles are still to be decided. While a fourth place finish in the second race at Imola was enough for Daniele Di Amato to seal the European Trofeo Pirelli, in North America the series is still up for grabs. Wei Lu, Cooper MacNeil and Martin Fuentes remain in the running with just nine points between them. The APAC series is also a three-way fight, but two good placings would be enough for Philippe Prette to seal another title.

Trofeo Pirelli Am. The three editions of the Trofeo Pirelli Am are wide open. Europe will see a three-way tussle between Jens Liebhauser, rookie Chris Froggatt and the experienced Martin Nelson. The Challenge APAC presents a similar picture, with Ken Seto in the lead but needing to fend off Tiger Wu and Yanbin Xing. However, the North America class is a two-way faceoff between Marc Muzzo and Chris Cagnazzi.

Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell also sees some big duels, with two old acquaintances from the European Le Mans Series, Johnny Laursen and Henry Hassid, dominating in Europe. The Frenchman has already won the Gentlemen’s Cup for the over-55s but, with six victories this season, the Charles Pozzi team driver looks likely to try to seal the title on the ups and downs of Mugello. It is a two-way fight in Asia with the winner of the first part of the season, Makoto Fujiwara, having to hold off the pursuit of Eric Zang. Then there is another head-to-head in North America with Karl Williams in front of Barry Zekelman.

Trofeo Pirelli 458. The Trofeo Pirelli 458 is the other title already claimed, taken by Australia’s Martin Berry, who dominated the APAC championship. This class is only open to the 458 Challenge EVO, which at the end of Finali Mondiali is due to retire from the world’s most famous single-make championship. Otherwise, everything is wide open: just 16 points separate Holger Harmsen and Galip Atar, with the Turk almost within touching distance of becoming his country’s first Ferrari Challenge champion. The situation is even more open in the North America series, with Joe Rubbo leading Naveen Rao by two points, James Walker by five and Francesco Piovanetti by 17.

Ladies. Six women will also be competing in the Finali Mondiali at Mugello: Lisa Clark and Debra Palermo will race in the North America class while Kanthicha Chimsiri dominates the scene in the APAC series. In Europe, the hottest duel sees Fabienne Wohlwend, historic winner of the last race at Imola, battling it out with Manuela Gostner and Tina Kok. The last two rounds of the championship are on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday sees the turn of the three Finali Mondiali where a single race of all against all will decide the world champions in the various classes.

 

Finali Mondiali at Mugello, 26. - 29. October

Posted: 11.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 11 October 2017 – The 2017 Finali Mondiali at Mugello from 26 to 29 October, will give all fans a chance to enjoy four days of excitement and spectacle, marked by Ferrari’s unique and exclusive style. This event mixes sport, passion, and competition with the unmistakable magic of the historic Formula 1 cars and the incredible power and beauty of the FXX K, the latest car of the exclusive XX Programmes. The final races of the season in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific championships will take place. On Sunday, a record number of 488 Challenge will compete for the coveted world championship title. There is also great excitement ahead of the Ferrari Show on Sunday, which will feature the Scuderia Ferrari demonstrations of pit stops, thrilling accelerations and fast laps on the Maranello-owned circuit. Ferrari GT racing cars will take a bow at the end of a season in which they competed in the most prestigious championships. Indeed, there will be the 488 GTE that triumphed in the Manifacturers’ Championship of the WEC and is bidding for the 2017 titles with Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Sam Bird and Davide Rigon. Finally, the Finali Mondiali will offer many activities in the paddock, including some for the youngest Ferrari fans with the special Paddock Junior. Maranello’s entire range will be on display, including the brand new 812 Superfast and Portofino, presented only a few weeks ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Furthermore, in order to celebrate the 70 years Anniversary, in the paddock will be available in incredible display of 70 racing cars with GT racing cars and F1 cars from the past 70 years.

 

 

Ferrari RACEs to Wall Street

Posted: 09.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne Rings the NYSE Opening Bell

New York, 9 October 2017 – Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary celebrations in New York were capped off by Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne ringing of the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange this morning.

Ferraris spanning the decades were found throughout the city over the weekend, as well in front of the famous Stock Exchange façade, ranging from time-honored classics to modern icons like the LaFerrari Aperta. This closes the 70th Anniversary celebrations in the United States, spectacular events that have brought clients, collectors and fans together to share the passion of the Prancing Horse that never gets old.

 

 

Ferrari Challenge Europe – Fabienne Wohlwend wins at Imola and makes history

Posted: 08.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

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Imola, 8 October 2017 – A page in the history of Ferrari Challenge was written at Imola, when for the first time a female driver left all her rivals behind to win a race in the Coppa Shell. Nineteen year-old Fabienne Wohlwend from Liechtenstein triumphed at the wheel of the 488 Challenge of Octane 126 team. The Trofeo Pirelli was also decided on the second day at Santerno, with Daniele Di Amato (CDP) taking the title with a round to go, while in the Trofeo Pirelli Am victory went to Jens Liebhauser (Formula Racing).

Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell kicked off proceedings again on Sunday. This time Fabienne Wohlwend secured pole position at the wheel of the 488 Challenge of Octane 126 team and began writing her extraordinary tale. The girl from Liechtenstein was nearly three-tenths of a second ahead of Saturday’s winner, Henry Hassid, although clearly she still had it all to do in the race. At the start Hassid tried attacking her in the first two laps but she successfully fended him off. The group stretched out behind the top two with Johnny Laursen (Formula Racing) ahead of Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing) and the Gostner family duo of Manuela and Thomas with the 488 Challenge of Ineco-MP Racing. Hassid let Wohlwend go for a while but then pulled closer launching another attack three laps from the end. However, Fabienne held him off again and in so doing wrote an amazing page in the history of motorsport and Ferrari. Johnnhy Laursen came third but still tops the championship standings with a healthy lead over the Frenchman.

Trofeo Pirelli. The Trofeo Pirelli title was decided in a rather extraordinary race. At the start everything pointed to Philipp Baron, in the 488 Challenge of Rossocorsa, making up points on Daniele Di Amato who had failed to start in the CDP team car. At the off poleman Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) kept his head but Baron immediately began pressing him in an attempt to make the most of the absence of his title rival. On the second lap Baron launched an attack and the pair went into the Tamburello chicane side-by-side with Baron coming out fractionally ahead. However, Grossmann kept his foot down and touched the rear of Baron’s 488 Challenge sending it into a spin. The Austrian driver collided with the barriers, ending his race there. At that very moment the CDP team mechanics managed to put Di Amato back on track and although he crossed the finish line three laps off the pace, he still sealed the European championship for the second time after his win in 2014. Grossmann was penalised for contact with Baron, dropping from first to third place. This left top spot to Sam Smeeth for his first Pro victory at the wheel of the 488 Challenge of Stratstone Ferrari, ahead of Alessandro Vezzoni for Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing team.

Pirelli Am. The Trofeo Pirelli Am saw a counterattack by championship leader Jens Liebhauser (Formula Racing) who dominated the day from qualifying. The race was fought at the highest level with Liebhauser pursued by the winner of Race-1, Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa) who was in turn followed by the season’s other big star, Britain’s Chris Froggatt. Victory in the Trofeo Pirelli 458 again went to Galip Atar (Octane 126), increasingly dominant in the standings. The next round is in three weeks on Friday and Saturday October 27-28 with the Finali Mondiali at Mugello.