Chinese Grand Prix – Shanghai, 15 April
“Today’s result was definitely not the one we were aiming for, given that we were starting from the front row. Our race pace wasn’t bad, but this was a Grand Prix in which the many variables made the difference. Kimi made it to the podium and Sebastian limited the damage in a car which, after the collision, was not in the best of conditions for a fight. Now it’s important for us to maintain concentration and determination, already thinking about the next race in Baku.”
quote It was quite a painful race and not a very enjoyable one. At the start I had a good jump, but then I had to back off and this cost me a few places. After the pit stop the car was pretty fast and the feeling was good; at that point we were behind, but I could see the other cars at the end of the straight. The safety car helped us, at that time we had fresh tires. I would say it took us back in the race. In the end I had a decent speed with the Mediums against the guys that were on the same tires, but getting close to them and try to follow was really tricky. For sure we were faster than Valtteri, but when you get close it becomes more difficult, you lose so much grip in the process and lose so much downforce, especially in this kind of circuit. I just couldn’t get enough of a run on him. Today we take the third place, but obviously when you start from the first row it’s far from ideal. We’ll try to do better next time.”
“I was lucky to end my race. After a collision like the one I had, I think we could have even stopped there. Obviously, the lucky thing is that the car was still working, even if the balance was gone. We lost the lead after the pit stop and that was not ideal. We were quite sure we would have come out in front, but we didn’t. The timing of the Safety Car was bad for both me and Valtteri, because we had no chance to react. After that it was clear that Red Bull was faster and I think there was no point to resist much at the way Daniel approached from behind, and then the same happened with Max. I gave him some room just in case he had a bit of tire lock-up, but then obviously he had a big one and that’s why we crashed. I think he realized he was wrong. We were both lucky to continue but it was not necessary. However, I appreciated the fact he came to me straightway because that’s the way to solve things like this, face to face. But obviouslyM this is not the result we were looking for.”
Chinese Grand Prix – A podium and regrets
Kimi third but Seb gets hit and finishes eighth. The Safety Car called the shots
Shanghai, 15 April –This race was decided by the arrival of the safety car and tyre strategy. Scuderia Ferrari finished on the podium thanks to Kimi Raikkonen’s third place, but having started from pole, Sebastian Vettel had to settle for eighth place after Verstappen ran into him, thus dropping him down the order. However, the German still leads the Drivers’ championship classification.
Both SF71Hs were on the front row, but the start was closely contested. Seb maintained his pole advantage, but Kimi had to give best to Bottas and also came under attack from Verstappen, who had the advantage of running the Ultrasoft tyres and had also passed Hamilton. The race leader extended his lead to a couple of seconds, to stay out of the DRS range and Kimi was also fending off Hamilton. At the moment, the very long Shanghai straight was not the scene of any overtaking.
Over the radio, it was time to discuss strategy. Red Bull did a double tyre change on lap 18 and Kimi made the most of the clear air to set his fastest time, while Hamilton headed for the pits to fit Mediums. One lap later (number 20) it was Bottas’ turn to pit and Ferrari reacted, but the pit stop took a few tenths too long and coming out of pit lane, Vettel found himself behind Valtteri, who had pushed really hard on his out lap.
Now there was a group of three: Raikkonen, yet to change tyres, was attacked by Bottas, but held him off at the hairpin. This allowed Seb to close and when Kimi had to give best before pitting, the number 5 car was in the DRS zone. Time for another thrilling duel, the third in as many races. On lap 32, the Safety Car came out to allow debris to be cleared away after the two Toro Rossos had collided at the hairpin. Our boys stayed out and Kimi gained ground on Ricciardo who had pitted.
The race resumed on lap 36 and, on new Softs, Ricciardo attacked Kimi who had lost time with Verstappen. Max himself went off track while attacking Hamilton, and Ricciardo got past. The Red Bull pair had the edge in terms of tyres and Verstappen was thus able to repass Hamilton, while Ricciardo got ahead of Seb. Verstappen also tried to get ahead of the German but instead, he tipped the Ferrari into a spin on lap 44. The Stewards investigated the incident and gave Verstappen a 10 second penalty.
Kimi was third, faster than Bottas, who had lost the lead to Ricciardo, but Sebastian had dropped down to seventh with damage to the side of his car, so that even Alonso barged past him. The world champion could do nothing other than defend his eighth place from a last attack from Sainz.
Chinese Grand Prix – Another front row lock-out…
Seb: “The car was amazing”. Kimi: “We’ve been pretty consistent”
Shanghai, April 14 – Just one week after the Bahrain lock-out, Scuderia Ferrari once again qualified both cars on the front row as Seb Vettel beat Kimi Raikkonen by a mere 0.087 seconds in the qualifying session for the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix. This result marks pole number 215 for the team, the 7th for Sebastian in Ferrari colours. In very different weather conditions from the ones encountered at Sakhir last weekend, the SF71Hs delivered a strong performance with both the Ultrasoft and the Soft compound, the latter being the one with which both drivers start on tomorrow.
“It’s been a great result and I am really happy for the team”, said Seb. “Today the car was amazing and it was great fighting for the front row with both cars on our own. It was very windy and not easy to get the right feeling. However, when the car is quick and works, you get a lot of confidence and that helps. We didn’t expect to be so strong compared to our competition. We made some small changes today on our car, but it was pretty good yesterday already. I made some mistakes during my first lap in turn three and six, where I had oversteer. The tires here are very sensitive, so I knew that if I kept it clean, then the final part of the lap would be better. I didn’t know what the others were doing, but I was quite sure about getting the pole because I think I was one of the last cars and so could profit from track evolution. Tomorrow the weather should be sunny, which makes the asphalt hotter. We’ll see how it works, but I think we’ll be very close”.
Kimi added: “We have been pretty happy with the way things have been so far this weekend. Qualifying today was pretty close; we had two good laps, but unfortunately I lost some speed in the last sector and couldn’t improve. Obviously I wanted more, but tomorrow is another day. We ‘ll start the race with the Soft tires and our rivals start with the same compound: that will be slightly different compared to the other cars and I think it will be better like this. We did what we think is the best for us and is supposed to give us the best result in the end. Our aim is to win, first of all we need to do a good job tomorrow and take the most out of it. I think we have been ok in all the races so far; we have been extracting more out of the car and learning more about it. We have been pretty consistent and happy with things, obviously we need to improve here and there but that’s a normal and never ending process”.
Chinese Grand Prix – Ferrari front row in Shanghai
Seb on pole, with Kimi alongside him
Shanghai, 14 April – It was a closely contested qualifying for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix. At the end of the session, Vettel took his 52nd pole position, the seventh with Scuderia Ferrari, in a time of 1’31”095. Kimi Raikkonen was second in 1’31”182. The two SF71H cars ran the Soft tyres (which they will use for the start tomorrow) and Ultrasofts. Qualifying took place under overcast skies, in cold and windy conditions, but it stayed dry. Tomorrow’s race gets underway at 14h10 local time, 08h10 (CET.)
Chinese Grand Prix – Ferrari quickest in P3
Seb ahead of Kimi in a cold Shanghai
Shanghai, 14 April – Final practice at the Shanghai International Circuit was held under cloudy skies in cold conditions, with temperatures no more than 12° (16° on track.) Sebastian Vettel was fastest for Scuderia Ferrari with a lap in 1’33”018, with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen second in 1’33”469. Both men ran the same tyre programme, using Ultrasofts. Qualifying starts at 14h00 (08h00 CET.) At the moment, the forecast is for dry conditions.
Chinese Grand Prix – “A pretty good base to start from”
Kimi and Seb comment on free practice in China
Shanghai – Practice at the Shanghai International Circuit was ended prematurely by drizzle when Kimi and Seb had nearly concluded their long-runs, after setting second and fourth best times on the timesheet. Nearly all drivers set their best times on the Ultrasoft compound, while various types of rubber were tried in race trim simulations. The Chinese track is 5.451 Kilometers long and features a total of 16 challenging corners, but it looks like the fight for tomorrow’s qualifying session will be as close as ever.
“It was a pretty good Friday”, said Kimi “and I’m quite happy with the feeling of the car. I think we have a pretty good base line to start from, it looks pretty good. The car has been quite straightforward since the beginning, so it easy to fine tune things. On one lap we had some traffic, I’m sure we could have gone faster. In the long run we never really got a proper idea due to the conditions: it started to rain and we had limited running, so it’s a bit tricky to know where we are. Today it was close, but then tomorrow who knows what the weather will be; things can change a lot from one day to the next”.
Seb commented: “I think at this track it is very important to find the right feeling with the car and its setup. The track is long and the tires struggle here. But, overall, I think we are quite close. However, the car is not yet where I want it to be. So, we are still looking at how we can improve. I think the SF71H has the pace, but you need to make sure it works. Today it’s been a mixed day and I think in the afternoon it was a bit better and I was a little bit happier. Hopefully tomorrow I’m going to be very happy!”
Chinese Grand Prix – First day of practice over in China
Kimi 2nd, Seb 4th
Shanghai –The first day of free practice has come to an end at the Chinese track and the Scuderia Ferrari drivers were second and fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen’s best lap being a 1’33”489, while Sebastian Vettel’s quickest was a 1’33”590. The Finn used Soft and Ultrasoft tyres, while his German team-mate ran the Medium and Ultrasoft. The Scuderia Ferrari drivers concentrated on single fast laps, followed by some long runs in race configuration. But rain in the closing stages brought the work to a premature end. The final free practice session starts at 11h00 local time, with qualifying at 14h00.
Chinese Grand Prix – Free Practice in China starts cloudy and windy
Kimi and Seb 2nd and 6th fastest
Shanghai, 13 April – A few days after the Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula 1 is back in action on a completely different track, with fast corners and a 1.2 kilometre long straight. It’s also cooler than at the two tracks visited so far this year, with an air temperature of about 20° and on track, with strong winds. Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest for Scuderia Ferrari with a lap in 1’34”358, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel was sixth in 1’34”861.
Kimi used Medium and Ultrasoft tyres, while Sebastian ran the Soft and Ultrasoft. The second session gets underway at 08h00 CET.
Ferrari announces voting results from its Annual General Meeting
Maranello (Italy), 13 April 2018 – Ferrari N.V. (“Ferrari” or the “Company”) (NYSE/MTA: RACE) announced today that all resolutions proposed to Shareholders at the Ferrari’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (the “AGM”) held today in Schiphol-Rijk, the Netherlands, were passed.
The Shareholders approved the 2017 Annual Accounts and a dividend in cash of Euro 0.71 per outstanding common share, totalling Euro 134 million. The outstanding common shares will be quoted ex-dividend from April 23, 2018. The record date for the dividend will be April 24, 2018 on both MTA and NYSE and the dividend on the outstanding common shares will be paid on May 2, 2018. Shareholders holding the Company’s common shares on the record date that are traded on the NYSE will receive the dividend in U.S. dollars at the official USD/EUR exchange rate reported by the European Central Bank on April 19, 2018.
The Shareholders re-elected all current directors of Ferrari. Sergio Marchionne was re-elected as executive director of Ferrari. John Elkann, Piero Ferrari, Delphine Arnault, Louis C. Camilleri, Giuseppina Capaldo, Eduardo H. Cue, Sergio Duca, Lapo Elkann, Amedeo Felisa, Maria Patrizia Grieco, Adam Keswick and Elena Zambon were re-elected as non-executive directors of Ferrari.
The Shareholders appointed Ernst & Young Accountants LLP as Ferrari’s independent auditor until the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.
The Shareholders also delegated to the Board of Directors authority to purchase common shares in the capital of Ferrari up to a maximum of 10% of Ferrari’s issued common shares as of the date of the AGM. Pursuant to the authorization, which does not entail any obligation for Ferrari but is designed to provide additional flexibility, Ferrari may purchase shares of its own common stock from time to time in the 18 months following the AGM, at a price not higher than 10% above or not more than 10% below the average of the closing price on the NYSE and/or MTA for the five business days prior to the date of the purchase.
Details of the resolutions submitted to the AGM are available on the Company’s corporate website at http://corporate.ferrari.com.
Concurrently with the AGM, the Company published its 2017 Sustainability Report. This Report was prepared in accordance with the new GRI Standards, the main international framework for reporting on governance, environmental and social themes.
To view the 2017 Sustainability Report online, please visit the following link: http://corporate.ferrari.com/en/investors/results/reports.
We Race Comic: Scuderia Ferrari enters the world of comic
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Chinese Grand Prix – “The car is in good shape”
Seb and Kimi ahead of China: a demanding track, a different challenge
Shanghai, April 12 – Preliminaries to the third round of the 2018 championship took place under cloudy skies and lower temperatures than expected. Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen reflect on the challenge ahead, before the action starts on Friday morning at the Shanghai International Circuit.
“I think we should be alright here in China” says Seb, “even if it is difficult to know. So far there have been only two races and both were very good in terms of results, but they were quite different and here, the track is quite different too. Conditions are not the same as in Bahrain and Australia either. So, we’ll see how it goes, but I am quite confident. I believe that if we have the right balance, then we should be competitive, I just don’t know how much yet. However, we’ll try to win. After this race I think we’ll be able to tell a little bit more, but overall the car is in good shape and it is working, so I know we can be competitive.
This track is quite demanding for tires, so in terms of strategy you try to make all of them work, to understand which one has the best chances. It will be an interesting challenge, so we’ll see. Temperatures are very important here too, because it is colder and it changes the balance of the car, and the limit of the tires. But it is difficult to predict and we need to be patient. We always try to do ourjob well and even if the first two races were ok, they are behind us now. We keep learning and look ahead”.
Kimi’s comments are on the same page as his teammate’s: “This track is completely different, and the layout and the surface of a circuit make a bigger difference than any other factor. Whether this is going to favour someone, or it is the same for everybody, we don’t know yet. We have had good speed at both tracks so far, so I don’t see why it shouldn’t be the same here. We’ll start tomorrow, see how it is and do our normal program. Let’s see how it is going to play out over the weekend, if it will be raining or not. The weather can be a bit tricky here, it’s a bit hard to predict what will happen. It will be interesting to see where we are”.
Chinese Grand Prix – The symbol-shaped circuit
Traffic, smog and charm
In the space of a week the scenario changes completely from the rocky desert of Bahrain to the giant metropolis of Shanghai, as Scuderia Ferrari hits China off the back of the victory in Sakhir. The majority of the team came straight here, while a few reached Shanghai after a brief stop in Maranello. Naturally, Francesco Cigarini also went home, after the unfortunate incident during last Sunday’s pit stop. He has undergone a successful operation on his left leg and is now convalescing.
Shanghai and Sakhir have probably just one thing in common, namely that they both first appeared on the calendar in the same year, 2004 and both resulted in wins for the Scuderia for Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher respectively. The tracks themselves are completely different, as the one in China puts the front tyres under a lot more strain, leading to understeer. The Shanghai International Circuit, shaped like the Chinese symbol “Shang” which means “to aim high” also boasts one of the longest straights on the calendar, measuring 1200 metres. That means top speed and the use of DRS are both important factors.
In terms of logistics, it’s quite a complicated race and not just because it’s the second Sunday of racing in a row. The circuit is quite a way out from the city centre, which is where most of the hotels are located and one usually has to factor in an hour in traffic before spotting in the distance, the vast lotus leaf shapes of the grandstand roof at the Hermann Tilke-designed facility. There’s never much time, but the city is worth a visit, with its strangely European feel, a result of the Chinese port city having always had an influx of foreign influences.
Then we have the weather: the sky is usually grey, because of the smog, but this weekend, that could be down to rain, which is forecast especially for Friday and Saturday. It’s one more variable to consider when looking at tyre choice, which skips one compound, running from white-banded Medium, to yellow Soft and purple Ultrasoft.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Sakhir 8 April
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today’s result, with a win for Sebastian, is confirmation of the great job done by the team, of an effective car and of a driver who drove like a true champion right to the very end. It was a shame for Kimi, who would have completed a fine result for the team. We chose to take one of our mechanics up onto the podium as a mark of respect to our colleague Francesco who was injured during the pit stop. The whole team hopes he recovers quickly. We are already preparing for the next race in China and as usual we will give it our all.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Obviously, this is a great way to start the season and it wasn’t expected. Obviously Australia was a different race and if you compare these two races, here we had the pace and won on our own. So, I think it’s been much better, but it was a very tough race. It took a while for the adrenaline to go, but for the next week we are not sure where we are going to be. It is difficult to predict with everything changing so much. In China it will be a different track and a different challenge, but we have to improve our car and work on it. We still need to improve the balance. However, if we should have a similar feeling like here, then I think we should be in a good shape. We were losing a little bit at the end and Bottas was getting closer. We couldn’t wait and see what he was doing. So, in response to that we had to come in first to protect the track as much as I could. We had targeted two stops and that’s why we had chosen Soft tires. But then we had to change strategy; the tires were already wearing out, but then it seemed everything was ok. But after 10 or 12 laps, the tires got worse and the last five laps were very tricky. It feels better winning here than in Australia, because here we had the pace. So, I am very happy, even though it’s sad to see one of our guys getting injured. I wish him to get well soon, I know he’s in very good hands now.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “What happened to our guy Francesco today at the pit-stop is very unfortunate. I feel sorry for him and hope he’s going to be OK soon. It’s always a bad thing when someone gets injured but I am sure he has the best people taking good care of him and I wish him a speedy recovery. As for the accident itself, all I know is that I moved when I saw the green light go on. I couldn’t have possibly realized that there was an issue with the rear left wheel, then I saw someone had got hurt and, immediately, I was told to stop by the team. Unfortunately something must have gone wrong and we’ll need to find out what. The car had good speed today but I had some wheelspin at the start. Anyway, there’s not much I can do now but wait for the next race, where we’ll try to do our best.”
Bahrain Grand Prix – A win for Francesco
Seb first once again, Kimi retires after an accident in the pits leaves a mechanic injured
Sakhir, 8 April –You always fight to win, but not all victories are the same and this one is bittersweet. For the second time in as many races, Sebastian Vettel won with Scuderia Ferrari, but at the moment, the thoughts of everyone in the team are with the mechanic who was injured during Kimi Raikkonen’s pit stop, the Finn stopping and retiring immediately after in pit lane. As for the Grand Prix, it was closely contested right down to the final corner and the win came courtesy of a well thought out strategy and the abilities of the driver who managed to make a set of Soft tyres last 38 laps no less, on a track that is one of the hardest on tyres.
Off an all-red front row, Seb made the most of pole, while Kimi who was starting on the dirty side of the track was attacked and passed by Bottas. The virtual safety car was soon deployed, when Verstappen had a puncture as a result of a coming together with Hamilton in the middle of the pack. The race got underway again on lap 4, with Sebastian quickest, a couple of seconds ahead of Bottas. In the garage, an analysis of our speed in individual corners and that of our rivals was taking place as well as working out how much fuel had been saved while the race was neutralised A long distance duel with Hamilton thus began, the Englishman fourth, 15 seconds adrift, but running the harder tyre: Supersoft for the SF71H and Soft for the Mercedes.
19 laps, one third distance, Seb pitted as planned and fitted the yellow-banded Softs. The order was Bottas, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Vettel. Next time round, Kimi did the same. Vettel pushed hard and Bottas, emerging from pit lane on the Mediums, lost ground. On lap 25, Seb was in DRS range in his duel with Hamilton, closing to under a second. It was time for wheel to wheel combat and Seb didn’t lose any time, diving inside his rival under braking at the start of lap 26. Hamilton changed tyres immediately, also fitting the Prime Medium. Seb had 5” in hand over Bottas, who was aiming to finish the race doing one less stop. Sebastian lost time with backmarkers but Kimi made the most of the traffic to close on his fellow countryman.
Lap 36 and something you never want to see happened: Kimi came in to change tyres and as he drove off, the mechanic on the left rear wheel was knocked over. The number 7 car stopped immediately, Seb stayed out on track, but at this time, strategy, racing, counted for much less and with one of our own in the medical centre, the thoughts of everyone in the team went out to him. Out on track, Bottas pursued Sebastian for 20 laps, but our driver never gave him room, even though his tyres were finished. That is Ferrari and that, Francesco, is for you. Hurry back.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Statement from Ferrari Chairman Mr. Sergio Marchionne
First and foremost, I wish our mechanic a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on track soon. The team performed consistently all weekend and we were front runners right from the start of practice. It was a difficult race and Sebastian drove like a true champion. I am sorry for Kimi who could certainly have finished on the podium. This Grand Prix confirms that the Scuderia has a great car, a solid team and two drivers on top form. But it also showed how close things are between us and our rivals, who are very strong. That’s why, at the risk of repeating myself, it’s worth pointing out that there is still a long way to go and we have to maintain a high level of concentration, continuing to work diligently and with passion, which is something we are well capable of. It’s the only way we can give our fans other equally satisfying Sundays.
Bahrain Grand Prix – “We’ve built a very strong car”
Seb and Kimi secure front row lock-out: “The team deserves this result”
Sakhir, April 7 – At the end of a tense qualifying session, Seb Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen flashed through the finish line of the Bahrain International Circuit to take first and second spot on tomorrow’s starting grid. It is the 214th pole position for Scuderia Ferrari and the 59th front row lock-out since 1950, while Sebastian claimed his sixth pole for the Cavallino squad and 51st overall. On a track that calls for power, traction and tire management, the two SF71Hs proved their worth and the whole team gave their best.
“I think we have a good base and the car is working”, Seb commented. “We have improved in our work on the car. In the beginning it’s always a bit difficult, but now everything is getting better. So, it was nice to keep the car alive. I felt quite good from the start and made some progress during the session. I am very happy with the last laps I did, and also obviously with the result I got. I was really glad to see how the car was responding today. We worked on the setup and tried different things. In Australia the track is tricky and bumpy, so it was difficult to change too much and draw any conclusions. But after the race and with the mileage we did, I think we understood the car better. It’s nice to see that we have built a very strong car and that today we are able to put it on the front row, beating everybody else. It’s been a great result that the whole team deserves. However, the ‘big day’ is tomorrow”.
Kimi’s last qualifying attempt was slightly hampered by traffic, but nonetheless was good enough for second: “My last run was far from perfect; there was traffic and we couldn’t improve. We did not give ourselves a proper chance to do the best we could. The car had a lot of speed, but we did not take full advantage of that. I’m sure there was a lot more to come. Anyway, we start the race in a good position, so I’m a bit disappointed today but that’s how it goes.. Tomorrow is another day and we should have a good car; we hope for a better result. The key point will be tire management; it will be tricky for everybody. We’ll try to make the best of it, and I’ll go as fast as I can”.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Ferrari front row in Sakhir
Seb on pole with Kimi alongside
Sakhir, 7 April – In the night time qualifying held at the Sakhir circuit, Sebastian Vettel’s best lap of 1’27”958 was good enough to secure the 51st pole position of his F1 career, his sixth with Scuderia Ferrari. He ran the Supersoft tyre. Right behind him came team-mate Kimi Raikkonen with a lap in 1’28”101, also using Supersofts.
Tomorrow, the second race of the season gets underway at 18h10 local time (17h10 CET.)
Bahrain Grand Prix – Final free practice
Kimi fastest, Seb shortens his programme
Sakhir, 7 Aprile – Nell’ultima sessione di prove libere al Bahrain International Circuit, i piloti della Scuderia Ferrari hanno ottenuto il primo e quinto tempo, rispettivamente con Kimi Raikkonen (1:29.868) e Sebastian Vettel (1:30.719).
In condizioni di pista certo non analoghe a quelle che i piloti troveranno durante le qualifiche di questa sera (ore 17 in Italia) Kimi ha utilizzato un set di gomme medie e due di Super Soft, Sebastian uno di Medie e uno di Super Soft. 15 i giri del finlandese, 8 quelli del tedesco, che ha preferito interrompere le prove anzitempo per intervenire su un piccolo problema elettrico.
Temperature: asfalto 39°, aria 32°
Bahrain Grand Prix – “We can improve even further”
Kimi and Seb look ahead to the remainder of the weekend
Sakhir, March 6 – Topping the timesheets on Friday does not bring any points, and Scuderia Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are well aware that the Bahraini weekend has just begun. Nevertheless, their comments after the first day of practice reflected the hard work that the whole team had carried out. Kimi had to pull off the track and stop the car right at the end of the session due to a loose front right wheel, when his pitwall promptly informed him that something wasn’t right.
“It was a pretty straightforward day and the car felt ok”, said Kimi. “As on any Friday, we tried different things, tested and learned as much as possible. The feeling was pretty much the same everywhere, but in certain zones of the track we want to do better. If we look purely at lap times it was OK, but that doesn’t tell you much; It’s only the first day and it’s impossible to know what the others were doing. At the end of the second session, right after the pit-stop, I felt some vibrations in the car and the team told me to slow down and park the car. We found out that the front wheel was a bit loose, so we had to stop. For sure we still have to improve; tonight we’ll put all the data together to try and do even better”.
“It is difficult to say where we are just from one day of practice” Seb commented “but we did make some progress. In the long runs we can do better, so let’s see what happens tomorrow. We made some mistakes here and there, but we tried to get the rhythm for qualifying. This is the time you need to try and take the car to the limit, especially this evening because conditions are the same as those you will have tomorrow and on Sunday night. I don’t have any conclusions to draw after the results we got today. We focus on ourselves and mostly try to get a better feeling with the car, as we still have some work to do, but I think we can improve further”.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 2, Ferrari in front
11 thousandths split Seb and Kimi
Sakhir, 6 April – At the end of the final Friday free practice session, the Scuderia Drivers were first and second with Kimi Raikkonen (1’29”817) and Sebastian Vettel (1’29”828) respectively. Both drivers concentrated on their programme, working first on a series of short runs before switching to long ones, using the Soft and Supersoft tyres. The action resumes at the Bahrain track tomorrow with the final free practice session at 14h00 CET, followed by qualifying at 17H00.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice underway
Kimi ahead of Seb in FP1
Sakhir, 6 April – The Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, the second round of the Formula 1 season, is now underway. At the end of the first free practice session, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers were third and fourth fastest with Kimi Raikkonen (1’31”458) and Sebastian Vettel (1’31”470.) Both drivers ran the Medium and Soft tyres. Towards the end of the session the drivers did a short race pace runThe second practice session starts at 17h00 CET.
Bahrain Grand Prix – “Still a lot to learn”
Seb and Kimi ahead of Bahrain: the car has potential
Sakhir, April 5th – Hazy skies and a strong breeze welcomed the F1 teams to the second round of the 2018 Championship. Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen arrived late last night in Bahrain, and by late morning they showed up at the track that will host the first night race of the season on Sunday. The win and double podium finish in Melbourne has only served to reinforce their focus and determination for the coming weekend, in which Seb is expected to take the 200th start of his F1 career.
“ I think this year we have a better car”, says Seb “but we have to make it work at its full potential. At the beginning of the year it is normal that you still have to get to know the car. Obviously the time that we have on track to try things is limited, but we have some ideas for here that we are going to try. As for myself, I need to do my job and we need to do our job as a team. We only look at ourselves and try to improve and I am confident, as the car has potential”.
“Melbourne was a good and straightforward weekend,” added Kimi. “Overall we had a good feeling with the car and decent speed . The Sakhir track is very different and with completely different conditions. Practice will be in the daylight and the race in the dark, but we are used to it. It’s quite hot and the feeling with your car is different. I’m happy with the way we started the season, but we need to keep working hard, improve things and hopefully we’ll achieve a good result again with both cars. We need to be up there straightaway and consistently. We are still in the early days of a long season and there are still many things we need to learn about this car. I think there’s a lot of potential; where it’s going to take us in the end, we don’t know. But we’ll give our best, that’s for sure”.
Bahrain Grand Prix – The pearl of the Gulf
The first back-to-back pair of races of 2018 begins in Bahrain
Two men wearing dishdasha, the traditional Arab garb, kneel in the dust and activate a detonator for an explosive charge. And so began the story of the Bahrain International Circuit. When one thinks of a desert, everyone thinks of sand, but in this small island state on the Persian Gulf, the terrain is predominantly rocky and explosives were required to prepare the ground for the race track. This Grand Prix has been on the calendar every year since 2004 with the exception of 2011 when it was cancelled because of civil unrest. Occasionally, it has been the first race of the season, while this time it kicks off the first pair of back to back races of the very long 2018 season, with Shanghai following on one weekend later. That places extra demands on the race team and its logistical support. The Scuderia’s advance party arrived in the Gulf over the Easter weekend.
The Sakhir circuit is not far from the capital, Manama, in fact the whole island is not much more than 50 kilometres in length and the route from town involves a motorway, followed by wide flag-lined streets. The track itself is also very wide – over 20 metres at some points – making for a variety of racing lines. The circuit layout includes pretty much every type of corner, but the main feature is heavy braking. In 2010, the 6.3 km long “endurance” track was used but it was not particularly popular with the drivers. Apart from the glass conical tower, what stands out are the floodlights that light up the track for qualifying and the race ever since the GP became a night race back in 2014. Manama lacks the glitz of the other Emirate capitals, but there is a contrast between the old quarter with its markets and the modern skyscrapers. As for the weather, there is no guarantee of sunny conditions all weekend, even if the temperatures are unlikely to dip below the 30 degree mark. And don’t think it never rains in the desert here, as it did just that on the Sunday of the first race…
Valentino Rossi at the wheel of the Ferrari 488 Pista
The Moto GP champion test-drives the new V8 at Fiorano
Maranello, 28 March 2018 – The new Ferrari 488 Pista was put through its paces by a very special test-driver today – none other than Valentino Rossi. The Moto GP champion, who just finished third in the Qatar GP, could not resist the opportunity to try out Ferrari’s latest car when he dropped by Maranello. Valentino gave full vent to the twin-turbo V8’s massive 720 CV on the Fiorano track, proving he is as skilled on four wheels as two
Scuderia Ferrari Collection FW18: On-Track competition fuels style
Maranello, 27 March 2018 – The world of racing, with its graphic elements and iconic colours. This is the inspiration behind Scuderia Ferrari’s new Fall/Winter 2018 collection for men, women and children. A versatile and universally appealing range of clothing and accessories, designed for all those who love motor racing competitions, as well as for supporters of the brand who favour a more metropolitan style.
One of the themes of the collection features clothing and accessories with a striking contemporary look – a significant draw for fans to whom the values of F1 particularly appeal. The speed and energy of the races are evoked in coats, jackets, t-shirts and accessories for all ages, with recurring graphic patterns including arrow prints, Icon Tape details – or for the uninitiated, side banding with a repeated logo – and contrasting inserts. The red colour of the single seater and the black and yellow of the Scuderia Ferrari shield are the essential motifs here.
The collection also features a selection of items dedicated to leisure time, perfectly suited to a more urban context. A mix of high-performance materials designed for a dynamic way of life envelop even the coldest seasons with their warmth. The style is more casual, but with the same attention to detail. The colour palette combines striking shades of blue and red with more neutral black and grey tones.
Meanwhile, those in search of a more timeless style will be seduced by the range of clothing and accessories – gloves, bags and wallets – which takes its inspiration from the historical racing world. Warm nuances and neutral tones come into play here, powerfully reminiscent of the drivers who have achieved legendary status.
For lovers of sport, the Scuderia Ferrari Collection offers a host of perfect outfits for training, both indoor and outdoor. Innovative technical fabrics ensure winning performance during training: lightness, strength, flexibility and breathability are the key words that epitomise this line, which reflects the needs of all those constantly on the quest for new challenges.
Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne 2018, 25 March
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”A nice win and a great job from the team, both back in Maranello and here at the track, which led to a fine Sunday for all of us, our drivers and our fans. We have picked up a significant number of points in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships. There is still a long way to go this season, but today we can be happy, knowing that each and everyone of us has done their very best, according to his role, to achieve this result. Now we will start to prepare for the next race, aware there is plenty to do; work which we will tackle with humility and determination.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”Today has been our day. The Safety Car helped of course, but apart from that, I think we did everything we could do as a team. So when something happened, we were ready to react. We did our job before the race, evaluating different scenarios, and then in the race we had the pace as well. Lewis was under pressure, he was fast, but not as much as he needed. As for me, I need a little bit more of confidence with the car, which is not where we want it to be yet. There is a lot of work to do, but it is great to have both cars on the podium today. Yesterday in qualifying the car came alive, but it was still a little bit tricky, so we have some homework to do. I still need to drive around the issues more than I want to. I know exactly what I want, and we need to work on it. I believe the car has the potential we need.
Kimi Raikkonen: “A win with two cars on the podium is a very good start of the season for the team. Maybe I have been a bit unlucky today, but at least the luck came to our team. Third place it’s not exactly the result we wanted, but it’s only the first race and the big picture is not too bad. So I happily take the third place. Overall I was pretty happy with my car today, the speed was there all day. It’s nice to have a good feeling. For sure there are things to improve, but if the feeling stays like this we’ll have all the tools to fight. And this is the most important thing. This is a quite special track in many ways, so let’s see what happens in the next race. Bahrain it’s not very straightforward either; from year to year we have seen that the hot conditions don’t give a 100 percent true picture. We need to be patient and do our best wherever we go.”
Australian Grand Prix – Ferrari and Seb off to a strong start
Great teamwork in Australia, with Kimi also on the podium
Melbourne – A trip to the Antipodes has delivered Ferrari’s 230th win, a ninth for Sebastian Vettel with the Scuderia (the 48th of his career) at the end of a race that was unforgettable in terms of the excitement it delivered and a perfect job from the team. Starting from third on the grid, Seb made the most of the Safety Car period to pop out of pit lane ahead of Hamilton, while Kimi Raikkonen, from second, rounded off the Australian podium in third place, doing a great job of fighting off an attacking Ricciardo in the closing stages. The Scuderia thus finds itself leading both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships on 25 and 40 points respectively.
Sunshine and wind were on the agenda for the start at 16h10 local time. The track surface on the grid provided little grip, but our guys got away well and from second, Kimi even got alongside Hamilton, with Seb third. This is Melbourne, which means it was no surprise that the positions didn’t change much, despite the three DRS zones, seen here for the first time in F1. Even the split times were similar and on lap 9, the two SF71Hs were pushing hard with Kimi and then Seb setting a race fastest lap. Raikkonen closed the gap to the leader, but he also had to manage his race, while waiting for the tyre changes.
And the first of those stops came at the end of lap 18: Kimi pitted as planned, with the mechanics staying put until the very last moment, switching him from the Ultras to the Soft compound, so that the Finn was able to rejoin ahead of the two impressive Haas cars. The opposition reacted immediately, bringing in Hamilton, who went for the same tyre choice. This meant Sebastian found himself leading the GP and he upped the pace slightly. His turn to pit came at the end of lap 26, at the same time as the Virtual Safety Car was engaged, after Grosjean stopped out on the track.
This tactic paid off: Seb made the most of the zone before the Safety Car line and emerged ahead of Hamilton! A short and spontaneous applause rippled through the garage. “Well done team,” said Maurizio over the radio. But it was not even the mid point of the race yet. Immediately after that, the real Safety Car was required and it stayed out up to and including lap 31. All the drivers at the front of the field fitted the Soft tyres – Seb’s had six laps less – and after the restart there were no overtaking moves.
There were fights, thanks to the DRS, but Seb held firm and set the fastest lap on lap 34. As for Kimi he had to fend off Ricciardo for third, as the Australian had closed right up under the Safety Car. Out in front, the battle swung with the moveable wing: whoever was behind could use it, but ran the risk of overheating in the slipstream. Hamilton was not about to give up and Sebastian responded with another fastest time on lap 45. His rival was pushing hard, even losing the front end under braking and that saw the gap go out to almost two seconds. Seb? “The tyres are working very well,” he said over the radio.
Over the final five laps, Seb pulled out a bit of an advantage, while Kimi had a gap of just under two seconds to manage, but then closed on Hamilton who had lost his rhythm. The last lap was a heart-stopper but it finished with a first and a third place. Excuse us, but this time, we are the ones with the smile on our faces.
Australian Grand Prix – Statement from Ferrari Chairman Mr. Sergio Marchionne
There could have been no better start for Ferrari in this Championship. Listening to Italy’s national anthem echo around Melbourne was an emotional moment for us all, and for every fan of the Scuderia. It’s the best possible reward for the team, which built a competitive car and used a perfect strategy to take advantage of the way the race evolved. Congratulations to Sebastian and Kimi, both drove a great race. Of course there’s still a long way to go in the series, with 20 more Grands Prix. So it would be wrong to celebrate too much. We know that we still have a lot of work ahead of us, but the first step has been taken in the right direction.
Australian Grand Prix – “The car was coming alive”
Kimi and Seb felt handling improved during Qualifying
Melbourne, March 24 – A solid team effort for the first qualifying of the season resulted in Kimi and Seb taking second and third slots on the grid for tomorrow’s race, just one hundredth of a second apart. The weather stayed dry throughout the three sessions, allowing the two SF71Hs to put the softest Pirelli compounds to good use. Rain is not expected for the race either, although Melbourne is notoriously unpredictable when it comes to weather conditions…
“Today” said Kimi “we did not really know what to expect from this first qualifying, it was a bit of an unknown. But then I was pretty happy with the car, the feeling was ok. The gap to our rivals is probably bigger than we wanted, but it was not a very straightforward day either. This is a very special circuit in many ways, if compared to “normal” tracks, and these are the early stages of the season. I think we have to wait for the next few races to have a clear picture and understand where the teams are exactly. For sure there are things to improve to go faster; I know there are areas where I could improve on my lap times. This is what we have got today, a decent result in quite tricky conditions. Tomorrow we’ll put our maximum effort into the race”.
After tackling less than ideal conditions on Friday, Seb found a great deal of improvement in the car’s handling during Saturday afternoon: “Yesterday it didn’t feel like everything was perfect, so today I am pretty happy that we could put both cars right at the front, very close to pole. I guess it’s a good shot. The gap to Lewis is significant of course, and we don’t want to be so far behind. But the car today was getting better and better: I could feel it was coming alive during qualifying; on my last run I made a small mistake at Turn 13, but it’s ok as second and third position are good for the race and, as we have seen in all the past years, we tend to be closer on Sunday than we are in qualifying”.
Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying: Ferrari second and third
Kimi ahead of Seb in Albert Park
Melbourne –Today’s Australian Grand Prix qualifying session saw the Scuderia Ferrari drivers finish up in second and third places. Kimi Raikkonen’s best lap was a 1’21”828, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel is right behind, having posted a 1’21”838. The final part of qualifying had to be red flagged for a while, after Valtteri Bottas crashed at the start of his flying lap. Tomorrow’s race starts at 07h10 CET.
Australian Grand Prix – FP3 from wet to dry
Seb and Kimi first and second on slicks
Melbourne – The final free practice session got the F1 action underway in Melbourne this Saturday and Sebastian Vettel was fastest with a 1’26”067 ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who posted a 1’28”499. Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers ran Intermediate wet weather tyres for almost the entire hour, fitting the Ultrasofts only in the closing minutes when the track had dried. They also did practice starts. Qualifying gets underway at 07h00 CET.
Australian Grand Prix – Not too bad as a start
Kimi, Seb believe there’s much potential to be explored
Melbourne, March 23 – The first day of practice at Albert Park saw both Scuderia Ferrari drivers go through an extensive job of data collecting and car set-up work. At the end of the day, Kimi and Seb had covered 62 and 60 laps respectively using all three available tyre compounds (Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft,) running various fuel loads.
“It was a pretty normal first day here in Australia”, said Kimi. “Everything felt a bit different from testing, but it’s normal when you are in a different place. The track itself felt much better than last year, in terms of grip. It looks like there are a lot of leaves, but this doesn’t really affect the driving. It’s not easy to find a good set up, but the start today was not too bad. We tried a few things and did our best to improve here and there. We are considering which way we should go and trying to figure out the best way to do that. It’s a normal story, especially at the beginning of the year. Let’s see what the weather brings tomorrow. Tonight we’ll go through all the work we have done today, we’ll pick all the positive things and see what we can do”.
Sebastian commented on his daily routine: “It’s been a rather dull day of work, like every Friday. We tried to chase the balance because I didn’t feel completely comfortable at first, but I’m not worried about that because I know that if we do everything right, the car should be in better shape. It looks like we are close, which is good news, so we should be able to do something tomorrow. This track is particularly tricky, in that if you don’t nail it at first, then there is quite of bit of lap time to be found, and I think we still have much potential to extract. The car is fine; it’s not where we want it to be yet, but if we keep on working, it should be ok. I really hope to make a bigger step than the others”.
Australian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2: Kimi ahead of Seb
Scuderia Ferrari drivers 4th and 5th fastest
Melbourne, 23 March – During the second free practice session at Australia’s Albert Park circuit, Scuderia Ferrari ran the Supersoft and Ultrasoft compounds. Kimi Raikkonen (1’24”214) ended the session fourth on the time sheet, while Sebastian Vettel was fifth in 1’24”460. With half an hour of the session remaining, the red flag came out because of debris on the start line, but the interruption only lasted a few minutes. FP3 starts tomorrow at 14h00 (04h00 CET.)
Australian Grand Prix – And so the season begins
Free Practice 1, Kimi 4th and Seb 5th using the Soft and Supersoft
Melbourne, 23 March –The wait is over and the Formula 1 season got underway at the Albert Park circuit, which hosts this weekend’s Australian GP. The Scuderia Ferrari drivers were fourth and fifth fastest in the first free practice session: Kimi Raikkonen (1’’24’875) only ran the Soft tyres, while Sebastian Vettel (1’’24’995,) used both the Softs and Supersofts. Scuderia Ferrari focused on tyre evaluation and set-up work. The second session gets underway at 16h00 (06h00 CET.)
Australian Grand Prix – “We have reason to be confident”
Kimi and Seb ‘excited to kick off the season’ at Albert Park
Melbourne, March 22 – The first race of the season at Melbourne has always been a favorite with drivers, especially when, as has been the case so far, the sun has been on parade at the Albert Park circuit. Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, are looking forward to the weekend, and their SF71 cars will hit the track tomorrow for P1 practice at 12:00 local time.
“I’m excited to kick off the season, get into the car and race”, says Seb. “We have every reason to be confident as our car is great, we have a great team and we came here well prepared, even if, ideally, you would want to be able to test more during the winter – and there are many things to come. Of course, around this point you don’t know what the others have done so far. Australia has treated us well generally: we won here last year, nearly won the year before and got on the podium in 2015. The key to the championship will be to have a strong car at the beginning and at the end of the season and to try and be competitive at all races. Now obviously, the best satisfaction is to win with Ferrari, the greatest team with the greatest history in the paddock. To win with Ferrari, beating the best, is my target”.
Kimi’s thoughts echo those of his team-mate: “We are pretty happy with how winter testing went; we have clearly done our homework, even if obviously there are always things that you can improve. Our aim is always the same, to win races. We’ll try our best and hopefully we’ll achieve that. Overtaking is quite difficult at this track, but the DRS zones are different this year and hopefully it will help. This year’s cars are fitted with the Halo system: I don’t think that it makes any difference when driving as you get used to it very quickly. From this weekend and in the next few races we’ll start to understand where we are. We need to build up a solid weekend, score good points and then go from there. It’s going to be a long season and we need to be up there all the time to be able to challenge for the championships”.
Australian Grand Prix – The opening trip of the championship takes a special effort
The first team group set off for Australia last Friday and the last members will arrive mid-week. Such a long trip, 16,000 kilometres and a whole day travelling, takes a bit of planning, especially as it’s the first of the season. In fact, the team is actually “operational” at the track as from Wednesday. When F1 raced in Adelaide, also a street circuit, but a much shorter and slower one, the Australian Grand Prix usually marked the end of the season. Now, Melbourne is the curtain raiser to the year and in the modern era, the race has been held here since 1996. But the Albert Park circuit was used back in the Fifties. The atmosphere, the lawned areas, the smell of the eucalyptus trees and the charm of the city, meant that it was an immediate hit with the general public and those working in the sport. One could almost forget that, back in the 19th Century, before the artificial lake was created, the area was used as…a landfill site for waste.
On the technical front, the track has some unusual features, especially when it comes to its surface, given that it’s a semi-permanent circuit. It features a plentiful mix of braking, quick sections and some tighter parts, which mean that good traction is a must. Even on the other side of the world, Scuderia Ferrari feels at home, given that the Italian community is second only in size to the Anglo-Saxon one in this town and in fact, immigration has picked up again in recent years. It’s not unusual for us to find ourselves accosted in our own language, but Melbourne is also a cosmopolitan and multi-cultural city, with plenty to enjoy for those who have the time…
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Over 40 Ferraris ready to battle it out at Mugello
Scarperia, 21 Mar 2018 – One of the most competitive editions in the history of Ferrari Challenge Europe kicks off this weekend at Mugello. On Saturday and Sunday over forty 488 Challenges will take to the 5,245-metre Tuscan track to battle it out in the championship’s four classes. Drivers representing 19 countries will compete, from the small Principality of Liechtenstein, represented by the young Fabienne Wohlwend, to the US with Jean-Claude Saada.
Trofeo Pirelli. Pirelli Am 2017 champion Jens Liebhauser will try to make an impact for Formula Racing in the Trofeo Pirelli class. The German will need to face up to Wohlwend as well as the experienced Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126), the young Nicklas Nielsen (Formula Racing), who impressed last November in two of the three races at the Mugello Finali Mondiali, and the returning Enzo Potolicchio, who has one career title to his name.
Trofeo Pirelli Am. Sweden’s Martin Nelson and British driver Chris Froggatt are the favourites in the Trofeo Pirelli Am class. Last year they were in the title running until the final round at Liebhauser. The Scuderia Autoropa and HR Owen drivers will lock horns with the veteran Tommaso Rocca who has more than ten years of experience in the championship.
Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell also promises a great show, and it is here that the Gostner family, Thomas and the sisters Manuela and Corinna, back in strength after a year’s maternity leave. They will face competition for the title from Ineco-MP Racing friend and teammate, Erich Prinoth, but also from Fons Scheltema of Kessel Racing.
Coppa Shell Am. The new Coppa Shell Am class promises to be the least predictable. This category also includes some names with a bit more kudos than others, such as Murat Cuhadaroglu (Kessel Racing) or Ingvar Mattsson (Scuderia Autoropa). However, we should not underestimate Belgium’s Laurent De Meeus (HR Owen), who has shone in GT championships in Great Britain. Poland’s Agata Smolka (Rossocorsa) also made a good impression in the tests, making her debut in the Ferrari one-make series after having tasted the category through the Club Challenge programme in 2017.
Programme. The 2018 season opens today with the optional test and will go live on Friday with the first free practice. Qualifying takes place on Saturday and Sunday morning, while on both days the races kick off at 12:50 pm (Trofeo Pirelli) and 3:35 pm (Coppa Shell). Fans in the paddock will not only find the Ferrari Challenge: the entire range will be on display, including the brand-new Ferrari 488 Pista, recently presented in Geneva. Over the weekend, the paddock will also feature a large number of private Ferraris and some classic cars.
Ferrari Challenge APAC – The battle kicks off in Melbourne
Melbourne, 21 March 2018 – Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific Series is ready to kicks off its eight season on Australia’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix circuit in Melbourne this weekend. The series will for the first time open at Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Circuit in support of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, followed by Hampton Downs in New Zealand in April. The official race schedule also includes other Formula 1 race tracks like Shanghai International Circuit, Fuji Speedway and Suzuka Circuit. In September, Ferrari Challenge returns to Singapore once again in support of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, thereafter converging at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy for the Finali Mondiali (World Finals) from 1 to 4 November, where the Asia Pacific race drivers will join those from the Europe and North American Series for the traditional end-of-season celebrations.
Three champions. The current drivers of the 488 Challenge cars will see competition heating up as a few former 458 Challenge EVO drivers have made the jump into this car, including Martin Berry of Australia who was the 2017 Asia Pacific champion in this category. This season will be one of the most competitive as we have a field of champions from the 2017 series; Philippe Prette from Italy and Ken Seto from Japan, champions in their respective categories, will definitely be fighting tooth and nail for the Trofeo Pirelli class championship this season.
Fifteen nationalities. The Ferrari Challenge is open to Ferrari drivers from all over the world, who are divided into three classes; Trofeo Pirelli, Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell AM, split according to their experience and driving level. Amateur drivers will gather in Melbourne representing 15 nationalities, including Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and United States.
Schedule. The Challenge drivers will undertake three rounds of practice sessions this week, with the first race on Saturday 24 March at 10:45 AM local time and the second race on Sunday 25 March at 10:50 AM local time.
Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Preview with Seb
Vettel speaks ahead of the first race of the season
Sebastian, after two weeks of winter testing, it’s now time to pack up again, destination Melbourne. What kind of feedback can you provide from the Barcelona running?
“I think we’re starting from a good base with our SF71H car. Now we’ll have to work on development to further explore and improve its potential. I have a lot of confidence in our team, I know how skilled and committed the guys in Maranello are”.
Many teams, including our main competitors, piled up an impressive mileage this winter. What can you say about how it went from a Ferrari perspective?
“We, too, did a good job in terms of mileage, totaling some 4,323 Kilometers of running. I have a personal best of 188 laps in one day, which is 875 Km and a total of nearly three thousand! We did not experience any major issues with the car, and I had fun driving it”
A lot has been said and written about our competitors’ pace in race simulation. Could you express your point of view as a driver?
“Our competitors – Mercedes and Red Bull – used one type of tyre for their race distance simulations, which is something you can’t do in a Grand Prix. This has an impact on the strategies and ultimately on the result”.
Speaking about tyre management: could blistering be a real issue?
“I think it’s quite normal that, after the first few days of testing, every team tries to get the tyre supplier to go in the direction that suits their car best. We think Pirelli has done a good job with their compound selection”.
Are you looking forward to the first race of the season?
“I can’t wait to be in Australia, because once we get on track there, we will all be driving and racing under the same conditions. And, as I said before, I have confidence in our car”.
F1 Clienti/XX Programmes – Ferrari cars on show at Road Atlanta
Braselton, 16 March 2018 – F1 Clienti and the XX Programmes enjoyed two memorable days at Road Atlanta on Thursday and Friday, the second meeting of the season for these two special Ferrari Corse Clienti activities.
FXX K EVO. The event that ended on Friday marked the debut at Road Atlanta of the FXX K and FXX K EVO, the latest cars of the XX Programmes. The old-fashioned track with its continuous ups and downs proved a perfect test bed for the cars and the skills of the drivers who had a great time after becoming familiar with the 4 km-plus track. Two more cars joined the three FXX K EVOs that took part in last week’s Circuit of the Americas event. They were equipped with the new aerodynamic kit, which provides 23% more downforce for better cornering and faster lap times. In addition to these five cars, there were another five FXX Ks, seven 599XX EVOs, one 599XX and one FXX.
Formula 1. F1 Clienti drivers also had great fun behind the wheel, taking advantage of the experience of tutor Marc Gené, a competitor here in Prototype Sports cars, who helped them lap quickly on the ups and downs of the Georgia track. Marc, finding the perfect set-up for the F2003-GA of Robert Bud Moealler was also able to complete the fastest ever lap on the track in 1’.01.2. Seven single-seaters took to the asphalt, spanning 12 years of Ferrari history, from the F2001 used by Michael Schumacher to the F138 of 2013 driven by Fernando Alonso. An F2003-GA, an F2004, an F2008 and an F150° Italia of 2011, each took turns on the circuit.
Next round. The F1 Clienti and XX Programmes calendar now moves to Europe. The next appointment is set for the end of April, when the single-seaters and exclusive cars homologated only for the track will appear at the MotorLegend Festival in Imola, from 20 to 22 April.
Ferrari Racing Days – Over 100 Ferrari cars thrill COTA
Posted: 12.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Austin, 12 March 2018 – Over 100 Ferrari race cars took to the Circuit of the Americas from March 8 – 12 for the annual North American stop of Ferrari Racing Days. A packed schedule featured six Ferrari Challenge races over the course of the weekend (a first for Ferrari Challenge in North America) alongside lapping sessions for F1 Clienti and XX Programmes participants as well as lapping sessions for owners in their Ferrari street cars. This edition of Ferrari Racing Days was headlined, however, by the on-track debut of the FXX-K EVO. Delivered to three clients during the weekend, the car equipped with the new kit immediately impressed all in attendance with its aggressive aerodynamics, excellent sound, and incredible performance.
FXX-K EVO. The Ferrari FXX-K EVO was the most admired car of the weekend. Boasting 23% more downforce than the FXX-K and over 1,000 horsepower, the EVO immediately established itself as the class of the XX Programme. Three FXX-K EVO packages were delivered to clients at the Circuit of the Americas, in a special presentation by Ferrari North America President Matteo Torre.
F1 Clienti and XX Programmes. Ten Ferrari Formula 1 cars took to the track over the course of this four-day celebration, from a 1995 412 T2, to the F138 from 2013. In fact, this was the first time that this particular F138, Alonso’s car from the 2013 season, took to the track. The sound of the car’s V8 powerplant recalled the first Formula 1 races at Circuit of the Americas, the first of which was in 2012. Twenty-one XX Programmes cars also took to the track in sessions dedicated to these racing evolutions of Ferrari street cars. In addition to the three FXX-K EVOs, there were cars representing the full breadth of the XX Programmes, starting with the Ferrari Enzo-based FXX. There were also eight 599XX and 599XX EVO cars who put on quite a display with their front-mounted V12s and front exit exhausts. The balance of the field was made up of the Ferrari LaFerrari based FXX-K in what was by far the largest ever gathering of these cars in North America.
Ferrari Challenge. Six races featuring over sixty Ferrari Challenge cars took place on Saturday and Sunday, including over forty 488 Challenge race cars. Drivers were eager to impress their F1 Clienti and XX Programmes colleagues. and perhaps at times became somewhat over-exuberant, with several safety car periods breaking up the action. In all, however, the Challenge competitors acquitted themselves remarkably well, promising a thrilling competition throughout the year to crown a champion. There were nine different winners over the weekend.
Schedule. Ferrari Challenge will next take to the track at the world-famous Laguna Seca on May 4 – 6 while the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes cars will make their way to the undulating corners of Road Atlanta for a weekend of testing followed by travelling to Imola for a special event on April 20 – 22.
Ferrari Challenge NA – Nine different winners at COTA
Posted: 12.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Austin, 12 March 2018 – The largest ever field for Ferrari Challenge in North America arrived to the capitol of Texas this past weekend when sixty-four 488 Challenge and 458 Challenge EVO race cars descended on the Circuit of the Americas. The occasion was of course Ferrari Racing Days, and while drivers reveled in the added excitement, the racing action of Ferrari Challenge took center stage.
Changing weather. A contrast in weather between Race-1 and Race-2 led to dramatically different driving conditions. While Saturday was hot, with intense, direct sun, Sunday’s stage for Race-2 was blustery and much cooler. Even the most fit of drivers faced the added difficulty of maintaining focus through the thirty minute duration of Race-1. The cooler temperatures of Sunday were certainly much appreciated for drivers and fans alike.
Trofeo Pirelli/Trofeo Pirelli AM Race-1. Cooper MacNeil (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) carried on his domination at the Circuit of the Americas after taking victory in last year’s races as well. Thats not to say, however, that this was a straightforward win. Peter Ludwig (Wide World of Cars) pushed Cooper the whole way and finished only three tenths of a second back, while also setting the fastest race lap. By the end of Race-1, it became clear that these two drivers are going to continue to be championship rivals in the Trofeo Pirelli class for the duration of the season. Benjamin Hites (The Collection) rounded out the podium. In the Trofeo Pirelli AM class, Rob Hodes (Ferrari of Washington) was able to build a four second lead over Dave Musial (Lake Forest Sportscars) as he crossed the stripe, with Murray Rothlander (Ferrari of Vancouver) a further thirteen seconds back. Attrition in the Trofeo Pirelli AM class was significant, with four cars retiring due to incidents of one sort or another.
Trofeo Pirelli/Trofeo Pirelli AM Race-2. All of the tension that built up through Race-1 came to a sudden and dramatic halt in Race-2 as Peter and Cooper collided in the famous Turn 1 at the Circuit. In an overly optimistic attempt, Peter made use of the inviting and wide entry to the corner, but misjudged his braking point and speared into Cooper’s 488 Challenge car. Both drivers were fine, but also clearly frustrated with the result. This seemed to leave the door open for Chris Cagnazzi and his Ferrari of Long Island entry to march towards the checkered flag. However, it was not to be. As Chris attempted to power out of the final corner, a moment of oversteer proved to be too much to control, as the car rotated and speared into a concrete wall. Benjamin Hites (The Collection) took his maiden victory in Ferrari Challenge, while Naveen Rao (Ferrari of San Diego) and Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) took second and third respectively. In Trofeo Pirelli AM, Murray Rothlander (Ferrari of Vancouver) took the top step on the podium in a depleted class. Three AM cars did not make the start due to the damage sustained from the previous day. Ross Chouest (Ferrari of Palm Beach) took second and Rob Hodes (Ferrari of Washington) cemented his championship charge with a third place finish.
Coppa Shell/Coppa Shell AM Race-1. Thomas Tippl (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) claimed victory in Race-1 for the Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell AM classes on Saturday. Thomas took advantage of chaos behind him to build a gap that he would never relinquish. Michael Fassbender (Ferrari North America) pulled off a decisive and aggressive pass on Geoff Palermo in the middle of COTA’s esses to claim second, his second podium of the season. While he was able to eat into Thomas’ lead quite significantly, he ultimately ran out of time to make a pass stick. Palermo (Ferrari of San Francisco) finished third, challenged by Mark Fuller (Ferrari of Westlake) in forth. In Coppa Shell AM, Brian Simon (Cauley Ferrari), Dale Katechis (Miller Motorcars) and Kevan Millstein (Ferrari of San Diego) made up the podium.
Coppa Shell/Coppa Shell AM Race-2. In what was a carbon replica of the Race-1 podium on Saturday, Thomas Tippl (Ferrari of Beverly Hills), Michael Fassbender (Ferrari North America) and Geoff Palermo (Ferrari of San Francisco) climbed onto the same steps of the podium as before. However, while Race-1 was a tense affair with close battles at the very front of the field, in Race-2, Thomas was able to open a larger gap that Michael could never close. The two ultimately finished over nine seconds apart, with Geoff a further three seconds behind that. In Coppa Shell AM, John Megrue (Ferrari of Long Island) validated his Daytona performance with the win, while Kevan Millstein (Ferrari of San Diego) and Brian Simon (Cauley Ferrari) completed the podium.
458 Challenge EVO Race-1. James Walker (Ferrari of Houston) piloted his 458 Challenge EVO machine to victory on Saturday, setting a circuit record for this car along the way with a 2:16.127 second lap. Running last on a jam packed schedule, the 458 drivers benefited from slightly cooler conditions and a smaller grid to enjoy a race uninterrupted by caution periods. While James had a relatively straightforward race, the battle raged behind him with Trevor Baek (Ron Tonkin) taking the second step on the podium over Danny Baker (Ferrari of Palm Beach). Lisa Clark (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) took the Ladies Cup.
458 Challenge EVO Race-2. Martin Burroues made dramatic improvement on his fourth place finish in Race-1 to take victory in Race-2. The Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale driver finished just over a second clear of James Walker (Ferrari of Houston) and Francesco Piovanetti (Ferrari of Ft Lauderdale). Trevor Baek (Ron Tonkin) was demoted to forth position, in a closely fought battle with Francesco.
XX Programmes – The Evo kit makes its debut on three FXX Ks in Austin
Posted: 11.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Austin, 11 March 2018 – This weekend saw the official debut of the Evo kit, unveiled for the first time in November during the Finali Mondiali at Mugello. The new kit has been fitted on three cars, while the first FXX K Evo native cars are expected later in the Corse Clienti season.
Aerodynamic evolution. The most prominent feature of the new kit is the improved aerodynamics, the result of over a year’s work in the wind tunnel, with an increase in downforce thanks to the use of a new twin-profile fixed wing. The two bumpers, front underbody and exhaust pipe have also been revised.
Even better performance. The design of the front brake air intakes has been modified in line with the increased performance of the Evo version of the FXX K, while all data from the new telemetry system are shown on the display inside the passenger compartment. The new steering wheel is easier to handle and even more suitable for intensive track use. This video shows the first images of the FXX K with Evo kit.
Nearly 20,000 hp. The cars of the XX Programmes, starring at the Ferrari Racing Days at the Circuit of the Americas deploy a fearsome near 20,000 hp between them. The FXX, 599XXXX and FXX K cars, on their debut on the Texas racetrack, are putting on a show with their outstanding design and performance.
Excellent consultant. Customers were familiar with the circuit after the inspection on Thursday and then were advised by the special tutor Marc Gené on how to best deal with the various parts of the circuit. The track in Austin is very complete, alternating between fast parts and others that are mixed.
F1 Clienti – V12 engine stars at Circuit of the Americas
Posted: 10.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Austin, 10 March 2018 – A long straight and then an incredible surge in which for a moment all the driver can see is the sky. F1 Clienti drivers enjoy this amazing experience on the first curve of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, where the first Ferrari Racing Days of the season are underway.
Legendary engine. Two 412s, the T1 of 1994 and the T2 of 1995, with the V12 engine used by Prancing Horse single-seaters for years, drew most attention from the fans. Both 412s won races, with the T1 on the track at Austin triumphing in the 1994 German Grand Prix thanks to Gerhard Berger to end a Ferrari drought that had dragged on for three seasons.
Schumacher era. However, cars from the Schumacher era in the first half of the noughties did the lion’s share of the work on track. There were appearances from an F1-2000 and an F2001 belonging to the German champion. There were also a F2003 GA with which Rubens Barrichello won a number of Grand Prixes and a F2004, the record-breaking car that triumphed in 15 Grand Prixes out of 17 that season. An F2008 belonging to Kimi Raikkonen and an F138 from 2013 also made their appearance at COTA.
Prototypes. The Formula 1 cars were joined by two F333 SPs, the Prototype barchetta Sport designed for specially for F1 Clienti customers, which was very successful especially in America, including a 12 Hours of Sebring and a 24 Hours of Daytona. This video shows the best of the F1 Clienti sessions.
Test Barcelona – GP simulation, Kimi’s day
Posted: 09.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Testing ends at Catalunya: 157 laps for Raikkonen
Montmelò, 9 March – The second and final winter test at the Catalunya Circuit has now ended. Today, Kimi Raikkonen was behind the wheel of the SF71H, having recovered, after being indisposed over the past few days. He rattled off 157 laps, the best of them in 1’17”221, set using the Hypersoft tyres. Scuderia Ferrari’s programme included set-up work and a race simulation, running different types of tyre and fuel loads. This was the hottest day of the entire two weeks of testing, with temperatures over 20° and the track around the 37 mark.
“Overall, I feel we have a good package,” was Kimi’s assessment. “For sure the weather at the start of testing wasn’t ideal, but we have finished with a couple of pretty good days. The car gives me a good feeling and, even if there are still a lot of things to improve, its reasonably easy to drive and it reacts to the various set-up changes. However, no one can say where we really are, compared to our rivals. We’ll have a better idea in a couple of weeks in Melbourne and then, in general, after the first few races of the season. I like racing and I can’t wait to start.”
Over the two test sessions, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers covered a total of 929 laps (286 for Kimi and 643 for Sebastian) equivalent to 4324 kilometres.
Test Barcelona – Sebastian “in race mode”
Posted: 08.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
On his last day of testing, Vettel completes a trouble-free GP simulation
Montmelò, 8 March –Winter testing has now ended for Seb Vettel. The next time he meets up with the SF71H will be in Melbourne, for free practice at the Australian Grand Prix. The final day of testing for the German champion was given over to a programme that included set-up and tyre evaluation with different fuel loads, the classic race weekend simulation that signs off winter testing for every driver. By the end of the day, Seb had completed no fewer than 188 laps (equivalent to over 875 kilometres,) in all conditions, including a false start test, with other cars on track. His best lap was a 1’17”182, set on the new Hypersoft tyres that are making their debut this season.
“The times on these test days don’t mean much,” repeated Sebastian. “The important thing is that the SF71H has proved to be very strong, allowing us to run all day without any significant problems. We are still working on some things for the first race and it’s not really possible to make any predictions based on the performance of the other teams, because everyone is running a different programme. However, I’m happy for the guys in the team.”
It was cloudy and chilly this morning at the Catalunya circuit and then a bit milder in the afternoon, with an average temperature of 15 degrees (28 track temperature) with a few gusts of wind. Tomorrow, Kimi Raikkonen will round off testing with a similar programme to his team-mate.
Ferrari Racing Days – Over a hundred Ferrari cars ready to invade COTA
Posted: 07.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Austin, 7 March 2018 – The first ever Ferrari Racing Days organised on the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, kicks off on Thursday with the first Ferrari Challenge practice sessions. More than one hundred Ferrari cars are expected on the track that hosts the Formula 1 US Grand Prix. These include exhibition cars, which will be found in the paddock, customer cars and track models: those of XX Programmes, the F1 Clienti single-seaters and the cars of the Ferrari Challenge North America.
Event for everyone. The Ferrari Racing Days are something that every car enthusiast, and especially Ferrari ones, must see at least once in lifetime. They are also very family-friendly. The paddock will be teeming with Prancing Horse cars, offering the chance to see up close some of the cars that have made the history of Formula 1, or to take a picture with the current range or even with a classic model, which if it could speak would tell of epic races, transporting the listener way back into motoring history.
XX Programmes. The cars of the XX Programmes will include two FXXs, the first of this very special type of car, along with seven 599XXs and another seven FXX Ks. However, everyone will be waiting for the debut of the Evo kit on three FXX Ks. The latest aerodynamic research applied to the hybrid 1000-plus hp car will make its debut in Austin, while the first cars native to this new configuration are due later in the year.
F1 Clienti. The Circuit of the Americas is home to one of the best-loved Grand Prix. All drivers love racing in the US due to the atmosphere and the passion of the fans. Since the Circuit of the Americas was built, there has also been a spectacular racetrack guaranteed to host a great show. The cars expected include two 412 T2s, packing the latest V12 engine designed by the Prancing Horse for Formula 1. There will also be appearances from the F2000, the F2003 GA and the F2004, all cars that have competed in and won the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis. The fans will also get to see the F138 that raced at Austin in 2013 driven by Fernando Alonso as well as two F333 SPs, the barchetta that won a lot in the 1990s, especially in America.
Ferrari Challenge. Six Ferrari Challenge North America races will take place over the weekend. All the competitors in the four divisions that got underway at Daytona will be there, plus the 458 Challenge EVO drivers whose four-round season begins here. Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender, winner in Race 1 at Daytona will be on track, seeking another podium in Texas.
Test Barcelona – A change of plan
Posted: 07.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Seb and Kimi share the driving on the second day of testing
Montmelò, 7 March –It was a bit of an unusual Wednesday at the Catalunya Circuit, as both drivers had a turn behind the wheel of the SF71H. Scuderia Ferrari completed 115 laps, equivalent to a distance of 535 kilometres. Sebastian Vettel did 66 laps in the morning, the German’s best being a 1’19”541. Kimi Raikkonen was only able to drive in the afternoon, feeling unwell and staying in his hotel room until lunchtime. The Finn managed 49 laps, with a fastest time of 1’20”242, as he continued with the programme that had been affected by last week’s bad weather. Both men set their best times on the Soft tyres. Tomorrow, testing continues with Sebastian Vettel driving, so that Raikkonen can make a complete recovery. Kimi will return on Friday, thus bringing the second and final winter test to a close, prior to heading off to Melbourne.
The Ferrari 488 Pista: the synthesis of extreme, track-level power and driving exhilaration for the road
Posted: 06.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Ginevra, 6 March 2018 – The Ferrari 488 Pista is powered by the most powerful V8 engine in the Maranello marque’s history and is the company’s special series sports car with the highest level yet of technological transfer from racing. In fact the name, meaning ‘track’ in Italian, was chosen specifically to testify to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports.
Technically, the Ferrari 488 Pista encompasses all of the experience built up on the world’s circuits by the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. For over 25 years, Maranello has been organising the most prestigious of all one-make championships, the Ferrari Challenge, in which over 100 drivers split into three continental series do battle at the wheel. Last year saw the introduction of the 488 Challenge, the first model in the series to be equipped with a turbo engine. The Ferrari 488 GTE is instead the car fielded in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the pinnacle of GT racing, where it has won two consecutive GT Manufacturers’ titles and no less than five titles in total since the championship’s inception in 2012. Thanks to wins in both the Pro and Am categories, the 488 GTE has taken no fewer than 35 out of the 50 races run to date.
The new car’s engine adopts numerous solutions from that of the 488 Challenge and its power output has been increased to 720 cv. It is also lighter, thanks to new titanium con-rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums. The inverted radiator cooling system is also derived from the Challenge with the radiators raked rearwards (rather forwards as in the 488 GTB), improving cooling and maintaining optimal performance levels even in high thermal stress situations.
The car’s aerodynamics are derived from both the 488 GTE and from Formula 1, specifically the S-Duct at its front, the rear spoiler and diffuser profiles which boost efficiency by 20% compared to the 488 GTB. Other solutions have been carried over from the track to shave off further weight, including the lithium battery (from the 488 Challenge) and also the new carbon-fibre wheel rims – a first for Ferrari. The overall result is that the 488 Pista is an impressive 90 kg lighter than the 488 GTB.
As with the three previous special series, the Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale, this new berlinetta is the perfect marriage of extreme performance and track car-style handling.
The vehicle dynamics were designed for unique driving feedback and to make the car’s full potential available to all drivers, professional or otherwise. Specific vehicle controls were developed with this in mind, first and foremost being a new oversteer management system usable in the manettino’s CT-OFF position and designed to make the car’s performance on the limit easier to reach and control.
A new gear-shift strategy in the RACE position delivers a far more sporty experience, very similar to that of a track car. In other words, the Ferrari 488 Pista offers drivers of all abilities an exceptional and exhilarating experience that normally only a competition car could deliver, setting a whole new benchmark in terms of driving pleasure for the Ferrari range.
The Ferrari 488 Pista’s extreme design is underlined by the optional livery that highlights the aerodynamic innovation of the S-Duct. The car’s lines were developed to underscore its sporty soul and cleverly combine the purity of the 488 GTB with some of the hugely successful racing and functional elements of the 488 GTE and 488 Challenge while staying true to Ferrari’s traditional styling.
The Ferrari 488 Pista can punch out 720 cv at 8000 rpm, giving it the best specific power output in its class at 185 cv/l, while torque is higher at all engine speeds, peaking at 770 Nm (10 Nm more than the 488 GTB). An extreme evolution of the turbo engine elected overall International Engine of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, this is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.
The 50 cv power increase over the 488 GTB’s engine is also the largest ever leap in engine power for a Ferrari special series car and a remarkable 115 cv more than the previous model, the 458 Speciale. In short, this V8 is the new benchmark not only for turbo-charged power units, but for all engines.
The development of this sportier version of the 488 GTB thus presented Ferrari’s engineers with the highly complex challenge of improving on what was already acknowledged as the world’s best engine. To do so, they had to test out a string of leading-edge solutions, drawing on Ferrari’s successful experience in the competition world. The result is that the Ferrari 488 Pista’s engine has over 50% of new components compared to that of the 488 GTB.
The Ferrari 488 Pista also fully exploits new features developed for the 488 Challenge, not least the engine air intake layout with the intakes moved from the flanks to the rear spoiler area where they are connected directly to the plenums. This drastically reduces fluid-dynamic load losses and ensures a higher volume and cleaner flow of air to the engine, thereby contributing to the increase in power.
Moving the air intakes from the sides to the rear also freed up space for a larger intercooler. Thanks to a cooling layout derived from the 488 Challenge and featuring radiators with an inverted rake so that they are inclined towards the rear, the hot air flow is channelled to below the flanks, well away from the side intakes for the intercooler. This guarantees that power is maintained even in critical situations, such as in the wake of another car.
Specific valves and springs combined with a new cam profile give this engine a more aggressive, racing character. The pistons and cylinder heads have been strengthened to cope with the higher loads – up to an extra 10% of pressure in the combustion chambers. Particular attention was also focused on reducing internal friction by introducing, for example, DLC-coated piston pins.
The Ferrari 488 Pista’s engine also benefits from all the lightweight components featured on the Challenge version, resulting in a weight reduction of 18 kg compared to the 488 GTB. The exhaust manifolds are now made from Inconel while the crankshaft and flywheel are both lighter too. Titanium con-rods have also been introduced and the reductions in the weight of the rotating masses cut inertia by 17%. Drivers feel the impact of these reductions very clearly as the driver can see the revs increasing much more rapidly.
The 488 Challenge also provides the turbos with integrated rev sensors. Response times are instantaneous and even faster than the 488 GTB thanks to a new control strategy developed specifically for this model. A new pedal map also makes driving on the limit even easier.
Lastly, the Ferrari 488 Pista’s engine sound is unique and unmistakable, as such a special version of the Ferrari V8 sports car warrants. The new Inconel exhaust manifolds and an optimised exhaust bypass logic contribute to the superior quality and the intensity. The level of sound is also higher than the 488 GTB in all gears and at all engine speeds, up to a maximum of 8 dB more, in proportion with the progressive increase in power.
The sporty driving feedback is further enhanced by the high-performance gear shifting, typical of a thoroughbred race car. The new gear shift strategy, available in the manettino’s RACE position, reduces shifting times by 30 ms with positive acceleration when the higher gear engages that the driver can feel distinctly.
This model also adopts the hugely successful Ferrari Variable Torque Management strategy for all gears. To adapt it to the car’s extreme sporty spirit, all of the curves were redesigned to deliver a feeling of consistently smooth, powerful acceleration all the way to the red line.
The aim of the Ferrari 488 Pista’s dynamic development was to produce a car that offers blistering mechanical performance in terms of lap times and standing starts, driving pleasure and accessibility of performance to drivers of all types.
To achieve these objectives, Ferrari’s engineers had to work on several fronts, starting with introducing numerous lightweight solutions as well as evolving both a new generation of the Side Slip Control System (SSC 6.0), improving the efficiency of the braking system and developing a new specific tyre, the Michelin Sport Cup 2.
The Ferrari 488 Pista is 90 kg lighter than the 488 GTB, which brings huge advantages in terms of its agility and responsiveness. To maximise on this, the weight reductions are concentrated in the most weight-sensitive areas of the car, such as the unsprung masses and components away from the car’s centre of gravity.
The bodyshell was designed to keep the car as light as possible and features ultralight materials such as carbon-fibre for the engine cover, the front and rear bumpers and the rear spoiler, and Lexan for the rear window.
This is also the first time that a 20” (optional) single-piece carbon-fibre wheel rim has been used in the Ferrari range. Entirely in carbon-fibre, it is around 40% lighter than the 488 GTB’s standard wheel rims and features a special coating developed for the aerospace industry to the channel and spokes which efficiently dissipates heat generated under braking.
The evolution of the Ferrari 488 Pista’s dynamic vehicle control systems saw the introduction of a new actuation system that flanks those featured on the 488 GTB and is integrated into the new version 6.0 of the SSC concept.
The 488 Pista also hails another first for a Ferrari road car – a lateral dynamics control system that uses Ferrari software to adjust the brake pressure at the callipers. The Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE) is available when the manettino is in the “CT-OFF” position. It regulates the lateral dynamics variables, including side slip angle estimation. The control system intervenes in advance, lightly actuating the callipers through, and exiting corners.
As a result the system manages the evolution of the side slip angle, making control of the lateral dynamics in high performance situations more intuitive, controllable and predictable. So it is not a stability control system, but a maximum performance-focused system.
The introduction of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer into the integrated SSC 6.0 system thus gives drivers extra confidence so that they can more easily handle even lengthy oversteer situations. It also makes performance on the limit easier to reach and control even for less expert drivers.
The Ferrari 488 Pista is extremely efficient in dealing with rapid changes of direction and offers drivers a unique sense of predictability. The recalibrated SCM-E dampers and the 10% stiffer springs contribute to this improved handling precision.
As the Ferrari 488 Pista was developed for mostly road use but also to unleash impressive performance on the track, the braking system was modified to improve cooling, particularly under extreme use, and also to cut the time it takes to get up to temperature. The 488 Challenge’s brake servo was adopted to enhance the sporty pedal feel and deliver smooth, consistent braking even in extreme conditions.
These interventions, combined with the lightweight solutions adopted, have shortened the 200-0 km/h stopping distance by a metre compared to the 488 GTB.
In-depth aerodynamics research played a big part in improving the Ferrari 488 Pista’s performance. Working on a concept focused on uncompromising innovation allowed considerable engineering freedom in developing significant solutions. The already-exceptional aerodynamic efficiency of the 488 GTB has been improved by 20%, with major benefits in terms of absolute speed and lap times on medium-fast tracks as well as sheer fun behind the wheel.
Essential to the development of the Ferrari 488 Pista’s aerodynamics was the wealth of knowledge Ferrari has built up on previous and parallel projects where the aerodynamics department was able to test new and efficient solutions, integrating ideas developed for the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE.
The 488 Pista’s V8 turbo punches out 50 cv more than the car on which it is based, thanks in part to a reduction of almost 15° C in the temperature of the air entering the plenum with respect to the 488 GTB. The development of the thermo-fluid dynamics consequently focused on the powertrain cooling specifics, to minimise any impact on pure aerodynamic performance.
To guarantee the kind of performance demanded of the powertrain, the intercooler required an increase of over 25% in size compared to that of the 488 GTB. In order to minimise the increase in weight and drag associated with such a large radiating surface, the engineers worked intensively on the car as a whole to improve efficiency, limiting the increase required in surface area to just 7%. The main contributing factors to the improved intercooler efficiency were the radical layout choices made at the front of the car.
The front radiator arrangement was completely redesigned to minimise interference caused by the thermal boundary layer, introduced by the hot air flow coming off the front radiators, with the air flow entering the intercooler intake. As with 488 Challenge, the rake of the radiators has been inverted and they are now inclined towards the rear to direct the hot air to the underbody ahead of the front wheels.
This choice produced, on the one hand, an improvement of 10% in the performance of the rear intercoolers, and, on the other, an additional aerodynamic benefit: the virtual fairing of the exposed area of the tyre cuts the car’s drag by 7%.
The engine air intakes have been moved from the flanks – the solution adopted on the 488 GTB – to the rear spoiler as per the 488 Challenge. The specific shape of the spoiler delivers powerful recompression which guarantees the engine air intake benefits from high dynamic pressure, shortening the length of the inlet duct, reducing consequent losses and boosting engine performance.
The need for efficient downforce resulted in the whole of the front of the car being completely redesigned, particularly the bumpers and bonnet. One innovative Formula 1-derived solution in particular stands out: the S-Duct, which is being used for the very first time on a road car. The air from the intake on the front bumper passes through an aerodynamic duct with calibrated sections and exits through a vent on the bonnet, creating downward force over the front axle.
Furthermore, the front intake is completed by a central lower wing profile that, on the one hand, acts as a splitter which, thanks to its curvature, accelerates the flow and increases the amount of air passing through the S-Duct, thus improving its performance while, on the other hand, creating a low pressure area under the front underbody thanks to the acceleration of the flow generated on its lower surface, further boosting downforce.
This introduction of this particular solution accounts for 18% of the overall increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB, but barely a 2% increase in drag.
The exterior sections of the bumper ahead of the wheels were also extensively redesigned with solutions modified from the 488 Challenge and reinterpreted so successfully that they are responsible for 23% of the increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB. Radical scoops in the front bumper allow aerodynamic elements to protrude in areas where they can be most efficient. The volume of the front bumper extends towards the wheelarch to deflect the flow ahead of the wheels outwards, generating suction from the wheelarch and thus from the front underbody, which is equipped with diffusers, all to the benefit of front downforce.
At the rear, two elements contributed to the achievement of the downforce target: the blown spoiler system and the venting behind the rear wheels.
The spoiler is higher (+30 mm) and longer (+40 mm) compared to the spoiler on the standard production car. Development work focused on the efficiency of the bleed under the spoiler to adapt it to the change in the car’s overall downforce. The calibrated sections have been optimised and the direction in which the air is blown has been modified: the angle is now upward, aided by the deflection of the flow by the upper surfaces of the spoiler, to generate even more rear downforce. The evolution of the spoiler system and its bleed has had a significant impact on downforce, accounting for 25% of the overall increase compared to the 488 GTB.
The increase in drag caused by the new blown spoiler system is compensated for by the shape of the air flows venting from the rear bumper below the tail lights. Furthermore, the vents have been optimised to exploit the pressure field generated by the spoiler to encourage evacuation from the rear wheelarches, increasing intercooler efficiency by 3%, on the one hand, and incorporating the wake from the wheels on the other, allowing the diffuser to be struck by a cleaner, more energised flow, boosting the rear downforce it generates.
As is always the case with each new Ferrari, the 488 Pista’s underbody has been specifically redesigned to ensure it delivers as efficient a Cl figure as possible. The first big difference compared to the 488 GTB is how the hot air from the radiators is deflected to the underbody ahead of the front wheels. This choice, made to enhance the cooling layout and lower the car’s drag coefficient, however shrinks the surfaces that can be used to generate downforce. To make up for this and further boost downforce, the designers decided to exploit other areas of the underbody.
The Ferrari 488 Pista was thus equipped with front diffusers, made possible by the change in the inclination of the front radiators and the elimination of the dams ahead of the wheels. Thanks to a ramp already optimised for the 488 GTE, the diffusers accelerate the flow, venting it into the wheelarches, creating strong suction that in turn is responsible for 12% of the overall downforce increase compared to the 488 GTB.
The vortex generators on the underbody have also been optimised and now generate 20% more downforce, thanks to modifications to their profile and length.
The rear diffuser is also derived directly from Ferrari’s World Endurance Championship experience and has the same double kink line as the 488 GTE’s, amplifying the extraction and downforce generation capacities of a traditional diffuser. As in the 488 GTB, the diffuser is equipped with a system of 3 active flaps which rotate 14° in minimum drag configuration to completely stall the diffuser and thus significantly reduce the car’s drag.
Aerodynamic demands guided the work of the Ferrari Design Centre team. The 488 Pista’s forms have been meticulously sculpted to ensure they are more performance-oriented than ever, with huge attention lavished ensuring that while aerodynamic demands were met, the Maranello marque’s signature styling elements and aesthetic canons were respected.
The designers used innovative elements, such as the aerodynamic S-Duct at the front, as an opportunity to visually shorten the car’s nose, creating an original floating wing effect. The black, omega-shaped edging on the front bumpers and the side flicks reference the prominent aerodynamic underbody motif of the 488 GTE.
Most notable on the flanks is the fact that the splitter in the side air intakes of the 488 GTB has been removed. At the front, the aerodynamic profiles that start at the front bumpers run sleekly along the side miniskirts all the way to the side appendages of the rear diffuser.
The concept of the front is echoed in the dolphin-tail rear spoiler which appears suspended to provide an impression lightness and efficiency, while the rear volumes add a sense of power to the tail. The rear diffuser juts out and has been developed in width: its design was inspired by that of the 488 GTE.
The Ferrari 488 Pista features a two-tone livery that runs the entire length of the car, starting at the front bumper, then diving into the S-Duct and continuing all the way to the rear spoiler.
The interior has a distinctive racing feel with all superfluous elements eliminated. The extensive use of lightweight, exclusive technical materials such as carbon-fibre and Alcantara works brilliantly with the meticulous crafting and sophistication that is the signature of all Ferrari cockpits. Contrasting hand-stitching, tread plates and heel rests in triangular pattern aluminium and particularly fluidly sculpted door panels are fine examples of this.
The glove compartment (normally incorporated into the dashboard directly in front of the passenger) has been removed and replaced by handy storage pockets on the rear bench and the doors. The effect is to significantly visually slim down the volume of the under-dash area.
Ferrari 488 Pista
Type V8 – 90° twin turbo
Overall displacement 3902 cm3
Max. power output* 530 kW (720 cv) at 8000 rpm
Max. torque* 770 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII
Specific power output 185 cv/l
Max. engine speed 8000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.6:1
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
Length 4605 mm
Width 1975 mm
Height 1206 mm
Front track 1679 mm
Rear track 1649 mm
Kerb weight** 1385 kg
Dry weight** 1280 kg
Dry weight/power ratio 1.78 kg/cv
Weight distribution 41.5% front – 58.5% rear
Boot capacity 170 l
Fuel tank capacity 78 l
Front 245/35 ZR 20 J9.0
Rear 305/30 ZR 20 J11.0
Front 398 x 223 x 38 mm
Rear 360 x 233 x 32 mm
TRANSMISSION AND GEAR BOX
F1 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox
ELECTRONIC CONTROLS E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High Performance ABS/EBD with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, SSC with FDE
0-100 km/h 2.85 s
0-200 km/h 7.6 s
100-0 km/h 29.5 m
Max. speed > 340 km/h
Fiorano lap time 1’21.5”
FUEL CONSUMPTION/C02 EMISSIONS
Fuel consumption*** 11.5 l/100 km
Emissions*** 263 g CO2/km
* With 98 octane petrol
** With optional content
*** ECE+EUDC Combined Cycle with HELE: under homologation
Test Barcelona – Pushing for the 800
Posted: 06.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
That’s the distance in kilometres covered by Seb today in the SF71H
Montmelò – 171 laps of the Catalunya Circuit totals 796 kilometres. That’s the distance Sebastian Vettel reeled off in the SF71H on this the first day of the second and final pre-season test session.
This time, the weather behaved itself with air temperature reaching 15 degrees and the track hitting 26. Only wind in the afternoon affected the session.
Scuderia Ferrari set to work on the dot of 9, the car doing some laps fitted with sensors to acquire data linked to the aerodynamics. After that came some relatively long runs, switching between the Soft and Medium compound tyres. It was on the latter that Seb set his fastest time in 1’20”396, on his 66th lap.
“It was a good day’s work,” commented the driver at the end of the session. “We managed to get through our programme, even if the conditions weren’t always ideal, because of the wind.”
Tomorrow, Wednesday, testing continues with Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel.
Test Barcelona – Testing ends at Catalunya
Posted: 01.03.2018 / Source: Ferrari
120 laps for Seb today, almost 300 over three days
Montmelò, 1st march – The 120 laps Sebastian Vettel drove today, brings the total completed by the SF71H over what was effectively just a three day session to 298, equivalent to 1387.19 km/h. After yesterday’s snowfall, temperatures were very definitely on the up today at the Catalunya Circuit: at the end of the session, there had been a high of 12.7° air and almost 15 on track, but damp conditions in the morning still affected the work. It explains why, during the first few hours, Seb used wet weather Intermediate tyres, before switching to new and used Softs for the rest of the day. The final part of the session was given over to long runs, which yielded a best lap during these tests of 1’20”241. “The afternoon wasn’t exactly ideal,” commented the driver, “because of the track conditions and also a bit of time lost in the garage to sort out a few details. I’d have liked to have driven more, but we can do that next week, when we will start to get a clearer picture.”
The team also did some pit stop practice. Testing resumes on Tuesday 6th March, running through to the 9th.