Finali Mondiali return to Mugello
Maranello, 9 Jan 2019 – This year the Ferrari Finali Mondiali will return to Mugello, where the 2017 edition was held. The event for all Prancing Horse fans and enthusiasts from 24 to 27 October, will see the last races of the three series of the Ferrari Challenge in addition to the sessions of the special XX and F1 Clienti Programmes.
Intense year. The Mugello event will be the final act of a year packed with meetings that kicks off on 15 to 17 February with the Ferrari Challenge Europe, which makes its debut in Bahrain, with exciting night races on the Sakhir track. The North American series starts in Austin on the weekend of 8-10 March, while the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific gets going the following week in Melbourne, alongside the season’s opening Formula 1 Grand Prix. Each championship consists of seven rounds of two races each. In 2019, the new local series, the Ferrari Challenge UK, has a calendar of four meetings with Race-1 on Saturday and Race-2 on Sunday.
F1 Clienti and XX Programmes. The other two Corse Clienti activities, F1 Clienti and XX Programmes, like the Ferrari Challenge Europe, will open their year in Bahrain from 14 to 17 February and will then wend their way around some of the world’s most beautiful tracks, such as Laguna Seca, venue of the North American Ferrari Racing Days, Suzuka and the Nürburgring. The legendary German circuit will host a very special activity for XX Programmes customers who, on Monday 8 July, will have a chance to drive their own laboratory cars on the so-called Green Hell of the Nordschleife, the 20 km plus track that hosted the German Formula 1 Grand Prix until 1976.
Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the Scuderia Ferrari
Maranello (Italy), January 7 2019 – After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team. The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.
Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competiveness over the past few years, and wish him the best for his future endeavours.
With immediate effect, Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari’s Team Principal. All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia.
‘Michael 50’, Schumacher exhibition opens today
Fans from all over Europe flock to the Ferrari Museum
Maranello, 3 Jan 2019 – Fans and representatives of Scuderia Ferrari Clubs from all over Europe are flocking to the Ferrari Museum today for the opening of the ‘Michael 50’ exhibition on the occasion of the champion’s 50th birthday.
Maranello has put together a special exhibition telling the story of Michael Schumacher’s extraordinary record-breaking F1 career: the German champion won an as yet unequalled seven world titles, 91 victories, and 155 podiums.
The Hall of Victories displays some of the most important Ferrari single-seaters driven in his eleven years with the Scuderia. They range from the F310 of 1996, with which Schumacher won three GPs in his first season with the Prancing Horse, to the F399, the car that won the Constructors’ title in 1999 to set Formula 1’s oldest team off on an exceptional run of victories. There is also the F1-2000 of the legendary ‘Alba Rossa’ (‘Red Dawn’), when at Suzuka Michael secured Ferrari its first the world title since Jody Scheckter 21 years before. Then of course there are the record-breaking F2002 and F2004, and the 248 F1 of 2006, in which he triumphed at the Chinese GP for his 72nd and final victory with Ferrari.
Fans will also be introduced to a lesser-known side of Schumacher, that of developer. Indeed, after leaving Formula 1, the German driver remained at Ferrari not only to help the Scuderia but also to contribute to the development of various road cars, such as the 430 Scuderia in 2007 and the Ferrari California in 2008.
The exhibition will run alongside ‘Driven by Enzo’ and ‘Passion and Legend’, which are already open at the Maranello Museum.
‘Michael 50’ has been organised in partnership with the Keep Fighting Foundation.
Britcar – Season Review 2018
Triumph for David Mason and Ross Wylie
Maranello, 30 December 2018 – The Britcar championship saw several wins for Ferrari’s customer drivers plus the Class 1 title in the Sprint series. Once again, David Mason, with Ross Wylie in the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 of FF Corse team, achieved his goal.
Seale. John Seale finished third in that championship, in the 488 Challenge of JMH Automotive and in a similar FF Corse car in two categories. Indeed, along with third place in Class 1, he also came second in Class 2A.
Overall. Mason and Wylie took second in the Overall standings. Ivor Dunbar and Johnny Mowlem also scored points in the 488 GT3 of FF Corse.
Blancpain GT Endurance Cup – Season Review 2018
Spirit of Race Pro-Am class champion
Maranello, 30 December 2018 – The 2018 Blancpain GT Series season will not go down as one of the luckiest for Ferrari teams and drivers. However, Spirit of Race took a Pro-Am class team title in the Endurance Cup, courtesy of the points accrued by Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin, along with Andrea Bertolini, Niek Hommerson and Louis Machiels. This helped the Swiss team beat its Strakka Racing rivals, while among the drivers Griffin and Cameron missed out on the winner’s laurels by just three points, despite their victory at the Paul Ricard. Third place went to Alexander Mattschull and Rinat Salikhov in the 488 GT3 of Rinaldi Racing, which won at Monza and the 24 Hours of Spa.
SMP Racing. The 488 GT3 of SMP Racing was hampered by bad luck in the Endurance Cup, despite often being the fastest car on track. The Ferrari driven by Miguel Molina, Davide Rigon and Mikhail Aleshin was impeded twice (Monza and Paul Ricard) by a couple of trivial problems when victory was almost within its grasp, while at the 24 Hours of Spa a puncture early on put paid to what looked like a certain good result. The only positive came in the last race in Barcelona, with a well-deserved podium.
Pirelli World Challenge – Season Review 2018
Ferrari dominates with R.Ferri Motorsport and Squadra Corse Garage Italia
Maranello, 29 December 2018 – The Pirelli World Challenge championship was dominated by the Ferrari 488 GT3. For the first time the championship was divided into two subclasses, one with the traditional format of one driver per car and the SprintX, which has double crews with mandatory driver change.
Vilander. Ferrari official driver Toni Vilander raced in both championships behind the wheel of the R.Ferri Motorsport team car, and was joined by his colleague Miguel Molina in the SprintX rounds. The Finnish driver used all his experience in solo races, bringing home points at every round, and taking care not to risk too much by going for the win. However, he was more aggressive when racing with Molina, emulating the Spaniard, and notching up many wins. As a result, Vilander and Molina easily took the SprintX title and Toni wrapped up the overall standings with a race to go.
Am class. It was similar in the Am class for Martin Fuentes who was joined by Caesar Bacarella in the SprintX races. We should also mention some good races by Daniel Mancinelli, winner at Long Beach, and the pair Wei Lu-Jeff Segal in the Ferrari 488 GT3 of TR3 Racing.
British GT Cup – Season Review 2018
Bailey and Glew dominate the championship
Maranello 29 December 2018 – Paul Bailey and Phil Glew dominated the GTC class of the British GT Cup championship. They enjoyed a perfect season in the 488 Challenge car of SB Race Engineering, picking up points in every race and also collecting a number of wins. They triumphed at Spa-Francorchamps in Race-2, at Snetterton in Race-3, and then again at Donington Park in Race-1 and Race-3.
Other wins. Other Ferrari customer drivers also notched up victories, although they were less consistent in terms of results. In Race-1 at Brands Hatch, Chris Froggatt and John Sawbridge scored a hat trick in the colours of FF Corse, while in Race-1 at Spa-Francorchamps Christoforou Pantelis and Fulvio Mussi donned the winner’s laurels, again with FF Corse. John Seale grabbed the glory at Snetterton in the 488 Challenge of JMH Automotive, and repeated the feat in Race-1 and Race-3 at Donington Park. John Dhillon also did the double at Snetterton in the 488 Challenge of Spirit of Race.
Le Mans Cup – Season Review 2018
Ferrari teams dominate the scene
Maranello, 28 December 2018 – Ferrari drivers and customer teams in the Le Mans Cup, which is open to GT3 and LMP3 cars, won six out of six races and monopolised the top four positions in the Drivers’ and Teams’ standings.
Five out of seven. Sergio Pianezzola and Giacomo Piccini did the lion’s share of the work with five wins out of seven races in the 488 GT3 of Kessel Racing, triumphing at the Paul Ricard, Monza, Spielberg, Spa-Francorchamps and Portimao to qualify for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most important race in the world. Paradoxically, the only track that Pianezzola and Piccini failed to conquer was Le Mans, where two races were held.
Le Mans. On the historic French track Spirit of Race and AF Corse, with two Ferrari 488 GT3s, respectively won Race-1 with Marco Cioci and Piergiuseppe Perazzini and Race-2, with Christoph Ulrich and Maurizio Mediani. To these successes the three podiums of Claudio Schiavoni and Andrea Piccini, with the second car of Kessel Racing, must be added.
Australian GT Series – Season Review 2018
Dave Stevens wins in Sydney
Maranello, 28 December 2018 – The 2018 Australian GT championships were rather unsatisfactory for Ferrari teams and drivers. Maranello Motorsport suffered an accident and didn’t have much success.
Podium in Melbourne. One highlight was the second place of the 488 GT3 of Maranello Motorsport driven by Giancarlo Fisichella and Peter Edwards in Race-2 at Melbourne, on the same weekend as the Formula 1 Grand Prix. However, there was nothing else to shout about in the main GT championship.
GT Trophy. A few other results came from the GT Trophy Series with three Ferrari teams and four drivers. Dave Stevens was the best of these, winning in Sydney with a 458 Italia GT3 and amassing a few podiums to finish the season in fourth overall. John Nikolovski and James Arratoon also competed with the 458 Challenge EVO of Aranik Racing along with Wayne Mack with the 458 Italia GT3 of team Mack Bros Roofing Products.
GT Open – Season Review 2018
Mikkel Mac and Luzich Racing 2018 champions
Maranello, 27 December 2018 – One of the greatest triumphs of 2018 came in the International GT Open Championship, which was highly competitive again this year with a full contingent of drivers and cars. Denmark’s Mikkel Mac raced for US team Luzich Racing that won on its competitive debut.
With Pier Guidi. Mac was assisted throughout the year by reigning FIA WEC world champion Alessandro Pier Guidi and Marco Cioci. The Dane finished consistently in the points and scored four decisive victories when paired with Pier Guidi: two at Estoril on the opening weekend, one at Spa-Francorchamps and one at Monza.
Other wins. There were also wins for Daniele Di Amato and Andrea Montermini at the Paul Ricard in the 488 GT3 of RS Racing and for Serra and Cioci at the Hungaroring and at Silverstone. In Pro-Am class, we should mention Eddie Cheever III and Nicklas Nielsen’s success at Monza, Alexander West and Michele Rugolo’s four podiums for Luzich Racing, David Perel and Rinat Salikhov’s two podiums with the 488 GT3 of Rinaldi Racing and Rinat Salikhov’s victory in the Am class at Spa-Francorchamps.
ADAC GT Masters – Season Review 2018
A podium for HB Racing
Maranello, 26 December 2018 – In 2018, Ferrari returned full season to the German ADAC GT Masters championship. HB Racing, with the technical support of Rinaldi Racing, deployed a 488 GT3 for Luca Ludwig (his father Klaus, was a GT and DTM star of the 1980s and 1990s).
Podium in Oschersleben. The German driver made the podium in the second race of the season, at Oschersleben. He also picked up a fourth at Most and two seventh places at Spielberg and Hocknheim.
Driver change. He started the season with Dominik Schwager but was later joined by official Ferrari driver, Davide Rigon. In the end, Ludwig finished just outside the top ten, while HB Racing team came fifth in the standings.
ALMS – Season Review 2018
A victory for Fist Team AAI
Maranello, 26 December 2018 – Ferrari almost notched up a second consecutive win in the Asian Le Mans Series (ALMS). This was courtesy of Fist Team AAI, which switched to a Ferrari 488 GT3 from the second race after competing with another manufacturer’s car in the first outing.
Runner-up spot for Millroy. Ollie Millroy finished the season in second, mainly due to an unlucky race at Buriram. However, Millroy, Yu Lam, the team’s true deus ex machina, and Marco Cioci still had the satisfaction of winning a race, dominating in Fuji ahead of the BMW of Jesse Krohn and Jun San Chen who went away with the title. The team finished second in their rankings.
IMSA – Season Review 2018
Perfect end of the year for Scuderia Corsa
Maranello, 24 December 2018 – The 488 GT3 no. 63 of Scuderia Corsa driven by Cooper MacNeil was the only Ferrari to compete in the entire IMSA championship. Several drivers joined him throughout the season. The Californian team’s season was marked by ups and downs.
Positive season. A disappointing 24 Hours of Daytona was offset by second place at the 12 Hours of Sebring in which the American driver competed with Alessandro Balzan and Gunnar Jeannette. MacNeil grew in strength as the season drew to a close, with two third places at Lime Rock and Road America together with Jeannette and FIA WEC world champion, Alessandro Pier Guidi, before ending with a sensational victory in the Petit Le Mans with Jeannette and the very fast poleman Daniel Serra.
Risi Competizione. Risi Competizione’s season was very different, competing in just three races (Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans): its best result was two fifth places in the two longest races. The team finished in ninth place at the Petit Le Mans.
Thailand Super Series – Season Review 2018
Patamapongse wins title
Maranello, 24 December 2018 – Four teams and nine drivers raced Ferrari cars in the Super Car category of the Thailand Super Series. The customer drivers notched up several race wins plus the Am class title, which went to Nattaphol Patamapongse in the 458 Challenge EVO of GoPro Thailand Racing. The Thai driver won three races against two for habitual winner of the Ferrari Challenge APAC Ladies’ Cup, Kanthicha Chimsiri, who had to make do with second place in the car of the CTS Singha Motorsport.
Plus class. In the Plus class, Voravud Bhirombhakdi and Carlo Van Dam won the fifth round in the 488 GT3 of Singha Motorsport Team Thailand. The pair finished fourth in the championship with three other podium finishes.
Pro class. In the Pro-Am class Tin Sritai and Kantasak Kusiri triumphed in the sixth race of the season with Sritai recording another two podium finishes and third place in the championship standings.
CIVM – Season Review 2018
Peruggini nicks it in the last race
Maranello, 23 December 2018 – The Italian Hillclimb Championship (CIVM) saw another great season. Lucio Peruggini again kept the Ferrari colours high, starting the year superbly with the 458 Italia GT3 of AB Motorsport.
Head to head. Peruggini won all the early rounds, but from mid-season onwards had a very combative rival in Marco Iacoangeli. The two slugged it out race after race and only at the last round, the Luzzi-Sambucina, Peruggini managed to wrap things up. It was a hard-fought win but all the sweeter for it.
Gaetani and Colella. Luca Gaetani also collected six podiums in another 458 Italia GT3 for Vimotorsport. Ferrari’s drivers and customer teams also did well in other classes. Roberto Ragazzi totally dominated the GT Cup class with the 458 Challenge EVO of Superchallenge team, while Tommaso Colella won the GTS class with a glorious privately entered F430, followed by teammate Luigi Perchinunno.
ELMS – Season Review 2018
JMW Motorsport seals a trip to Le Mans
Maranello, 23 December 2018 – JMW Motorsport will be once again on the grid in the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans as the Ferrari customer team finished second in the European Le Mans Series championship. The other top level Ferrari team, Spirit of Race, was fourth in the championship won by the no. 88 Porsche of Proton Competition.
Paul Ricard. The season opened with an extraordinary triumph over the Porsche, sealed on the last lap by an unstoppable Miguel Molina in the JMW Motorsport 488 GTE together with Liam Griffin and Alex MacDowall, while at Monza Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Aaron Scott dominated, winning by almost a lap ahead, courtesy of a near perfect race strategy by the Spirit of Race pitwall.
Silverstone. JMW Motorsport’s season was hit by Spielberg’s zero in the third race, due to a technical failure, because otherwise car no. 66 was always involved in thrilling battles, like at Silverstone when it beat the Porsche by a mere tenth of a second. On the other side, Spirit of Race’s season never quite recovered from the retirement in the first race of the season at the Paul Ricard Circuit.
FIA WEC – Season Review 2018
Silverstone’s win the highlight of the first half of the Super Season
Maranello, 22 December 2018 – The 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship is the first season to span two calendar years, following a trend begun by Formula E. The championship opened in May with the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps but only five races have been held so far and the Ferrari cars of AF Corse have enjoyed mixed results. In the GTE-Pro class at Spa-Francorchamps, the 488 GTE no. 51 was involved in a contact in the pit lane while a determined Davide Rigon drove no. 71 to a podium finish, taking advantage of excellent tyre management to overtake the Porsche of Lietz-Bruni on the last lap. The harsh Balance of Performance (BoP) that disadvantaged the Ferrari after they had dominated in 2017 played a big factor. It reduced the performance benefits of the Evo kit introduced this year, practically to zero in terms of results.
Le Mans. Then, in the second race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, BoP again ruled out any chance of victory for the 488 GTEs, even though AF Corse had also added a third car. In the end, both Calado-Pier Guidi-Serra in no. 51 and Rigon-Bird-Molina in no. 71 were delayed by a puncture and a collision with a car part left on the track. The best Ferrari was then car no. 52 in fifth, crewed by Antonio Giovinazzi, Toni Vilander and Pipo Derani. The Ferrari of Spirit of Race and Keating Motorsport with, respectively, Giancarlo Fisichella, Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci, and Ben Keating, Luca Stolz, and Jeroen Bleekemolen, took second and third place in the GTE-Am class.
Triumph. The third race of the year, the 6 Hours of Silverstone, saw an extraordinary strategic triumph for James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi who, unable to compete with their higher performing rivals in terms of pure performance, prevailed in the end through clever management of fuel consumption and tyres. However, the two races in Asia yielded no joy. There are three races left for completing the Super Season that will be held in the first half of 2019: the Sebring 1000 Miles on March, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May and the second 24 Hours of Le Mans of the championship on June.
Michael 50’ at Ferrari Museum
The Schumacher exhibition to open on 3 January 2019
The Ferrari Museum is dedicating a special exhibition to Michael Schumacher, which will open on the occasion of his 50th birthday on 3 January 2019. It is intended both as a celebration and a mark of gratitude to the most successful Prancing Horse driver ever.
Schumacher has a special place in Ferrari’s history, which has been marked by his many records. Between 1996 and 2006 the German champion won five consecutive Drivers’ titles, from 2000 to 2004, and made a major contribution to the Scuderia’s haul of six Manufacturers’ titles over those years.
The Museum’s rooms will look back over the memorable seasons that the seven-time World Champion gifted to all Ferraristi, and that created a legend now bigger than ever in the hearts of all fans.
The exhibition will also show Michael’s crucial contribution to the development of extraordinary GT cars in his years at Maranello, as a driver and later as a consultant.
The ‘Michael 50’ exhibition is in collaboration with the Keep Fighting Foundation.