FOS – Ferrari to put on a show at Goodwood
London, 12 July 2018 – Ferrari is once again showcasing its incredible product range at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, from 12-15 July 2018. Star attractions from Ferrari Attività Sportive GT will include the incredible range of track-only XX Programmes cars, which are a regular crowd favourite and which demonstrate the company’s commitment to providing clients with the opportunity to become an integral part of the Prancing Horse’s development and testing programme for new technology but also the F1 Clienti single-seaters. On display in the Michelin Supercar Paddock will be an FXX, a 599XX and a FXX K EVO.
Pit stop challenge. A new feature from Ferrari for 2018 is a Ferrari Pit Stop Challenge which is located in the Race Car Paddock: members of the public will have the chance to simulate being part of a Ferrari Challenge pit crew, changing wheels and tyres in a timed environment that replicates race conditions.
Le Mans car. Ferrari Competizioni GT division will also be part of the show with the 488 GTE which was driven at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 2018 by Toni Vilander, twice winner, Antonio Giovinazzi and Luis Felipe Derani. Various Ferrari works drivers will alternate at the wheel of the cars: James Calado will drive the 488 GTE while David Rigon, Olivier Beretta and Alessandro Pier Guidi will bring the XX Programmes cars up the famous hill. Marc Gené will be driving an F60 Formula 1 single-seater in an exhibition run with the Scuderia Ferrari.
Road range. People will also have the chance to see the new Ferrari 488 Pista and 812 Superfast, both of which are making their UK dynamic debut at the event. The Ferrari 488 Pista is the latest Special Series mid-engined V8 which is sure to become a future classic, just as have its predecessors, the Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia and the 458 Speciale. The 812 Superfast is also the latest a superlative line of front-engined V12 GT cars, with a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine delivering an incredible 800hp.
Awards winner. Also on display in the Michelin Supercar Paddock, and taking part in the Supercar Runs up the famed hillclimb twice each day, are the Ferrari Portofino and the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T – which share a version of the 3.9 litre twin-turbo V8 engine which has won the International Engine of the Year award for the last 3 years, and which also appears in the 488 Pista. The LaFerrari Aperta will also be returning to the event in 2018, after its debut at the company’s 70th Anniversary celebrations last year.
Ferrari takes the “Red Dot: Best of the Best” design award for the fourth year running
The Ferrari Portofino is recognized for its ground-breaking design
Red Dot awards also for the 812 Superfast And the FXX K EVO
Maranello, 10th July 2018 – Ferrari has received the Red Dot: Best of the Best award for the ground-breaking design of the Portofino, Ferrari’s most recent V8-engined GT car. This is the consecutive fourth year that the Prancing Horse receives this prestigious honour for one of its new models.
The Ferrari Portofino is an elegant and versatile convertible which features a retractable hard top together with class-leading performance and luggage space. Its styling impressed the international judging panel which stated: “Embodying an impressive evolutionary advancement, the Ferrari Portofino fascinates with an exciting design language. It comes across as a fascinating sculptural statement. The integration of the retractable hardtop presents an optimal solution. The haunting elegance is further underscored by the uncompromising quality in material and workmanship. The Ferrari Portofino is the perfect embodiment of novel approaches that point to the future.”
During the Gala ceremony on the 9th of July at the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany, the jury of international designers also assigned two Red Dot awards for outstanding design quality to Ferrari for the 812 Superfast and the FXX K EVO.
The awards are testimony to the unmistakable design and ground-breaking technology that are at the basis of Ferrari’s production. The 812 Superfast redefined the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris without altering either the exterior dimensions or interior space. With a distinct fastback sleekness to its silhouette, sharply slanted crease lines and impressively muscular wheelarches imbue the 812 Superfast with the power and aggression warranted by its imposing 6.5-litre V12.
The FXX-K Evo marks a significant evolution of the XX programme launched in 2005 with cars developed specifically to play an active role in this exclusive research and development programme. The FXX-K Evo features an evolved aero package developed by Ferrari’s engineers in synergy with the Ferrari Styling Centre’s designers, to push to the very limit the performance of a model that already represents the state-of-the-art in terms of track-only supercars.
British Grand Prix – A hammer blow
Seb first and Kimi third on rivals’ home turf. Overtaking and strategy make the day
Silverstone, 8 July –The best race of the year so far, ended with a win for Scuderia Ferrari, which sees Seb Vettel increase his lead by 7 points to 8 in the Drivers’ championship and the team extend its advantage by 10 points to 20 in the Constructors’. Despite some neck pain Seb secured his fourth win of the season and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen made a good recovery following a collision shortly after the start. The SF71H proved to be the car to beat, even if that had not seemed the case going into this event.
FILM OF THE RACE. Would the boiling hot tyres give enough grip? Yes would seem to be the answer given the way Seb shot from second on the grid into the lead. Kimi fought with Hamilton and it did not go well, with the Mercedes spinning and the Ferrari continuing in fourth place, before retaking Ricciardo at the end of the opening lap.
In the early stages, Seb’s SF71H was clearly the quickest car on track, while Kimi was right up Verstappen’s exhaust pipes. However, after seven laps, the Stewards hit the Finn with a 10 second penalty for the collision at Turn 3, while the driver was radioing the team asking about suspected front wing damage. They decided to bring him in on lap 13 to change the tyres and take the penalty. He rejoined tenth, between Sainz and Magnussen. He immediately dealt with the Renault and set the fastest lap. The aim was to stay ahead of Hamilton when he too would have to pit.
At one third distance, Kimi had moved up to sixth and Red Bull called in its drivers to avoid finding themselves behind the Ferrari. At the end of lap 20, Seb pitted switching from Soft to Medium tyres. He emerged ahead of Hamilton, as planned. Obviously, at that point, Bottas was told to pit, but Sebastian still found himself leading, by the same margin of 4”4, as before the stop. However, now it was time for tyre management.
Hamilton pitted on lap 26, but surprisingly, Ricciardo hung on for a further five laps before handing fourth place to Kimi. With 20 laps to go, Ericsson crashed into the barriers at the first corner and the safety car came out, which changed the shape of the race. Ferrari pulled off a double pit stop, switching back to Softs, but the Mercedes duo stayed out, so that behind the Safety Car, Bottas led the way, from Vettel, Hamilton, Verstappen and Raikkonen.
At the end of lap 37, the race resumed with Seb maintaining position and Kimi fighting with Verstappen. But almost immediately there was another crash, this time involving Sainz and Grosjean at Copse. So once again the Safety Car appeared, coming back in with ten laps remaining. The first three tore off and behind them, Kimi got the better of Verstappen and set his sights on Hamilton. The next two laps were incredible with four cars fighting it out. Then, on lap 47, Seb concealed his move to the very last moment and dived inside Bottas at turn 6. He was first! And for the second time in this race, those behind switched places. Only three laps left, but there was plenty of excitement still to come. Kimi attacked Bottas and passed him decisively at turn 6. First and third “here at their home” said Seb on the radio.
British Grand Prix – “Congrats to the whole team”
Seb fights a sore neck to get P2, with Kimi right behind him
Silverstone, July 7 – On a day in which five Ferrari engines made the cut into Q3, Scuderia Ferrari confirmed the solid performance already seen on Friday with Seb Vettel in P2 on tomorrow’s grid with Kimi Raikkonen immediately behind him in third. The first three drivers are all within less than a tenth of a second on the 5.8 Km British track. Seb’s result came under difficult circumstances, as he had to fight a neck problem which had troubled him since this morning in P3.
“Today” said Sebastian “the gap to Hamilton was only less than half a tenth, so my lap was almost the same as his. I was happy with my first attempt in Q3, but then on my last run I lost a lot of time on the straight. I don’t know why it happened, otherwise pole would have been there. However, tomorrow we should be ok in the race. Also, the pain in my neck was not nice today, but it should be gone by tomorrow. Even if we couldn’t beat Mercedes today for pole, we made big steps forward as a team, so I wish to congratulate the whole Scuderia because everybody, on track and at home, has done their best. The car is working well and we are faster than last year”.
“On my last run in Q3” Kimi explained “I locked the front wheels a little bit on the second last corner and I definitely lost some time there. It’s difficult to get the perfect lap together, for sure there’s always room to improve, but this is what we have got today. So far it’s been pretty ok with the car and the set-up and things have been running smoothly; let’s hope that tomorrow is an even better day. Third position is not ideal but not too bad, either. It’s impossible to know if the hot conditions will help us ; yesterday we did some long runs and after that we had a rough idea, but on Sunday it’s a different story and the conditions might be slightly different .Tomorrow we’ll do our best and see where we end up. It’s going to be a long race and it will be quite tricky for the tires. We’ll try to make a good start and then make the right decisions”.
British Grand Prix – Ferrari second and third on the grid
Seb ahead of Kimi in qualifying
Silverstone, 7 July – Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from second and third places respectively on the grid. Sebastian’s best lap was a 1’25”936, while team-mate Kimi did a 1’25”990. Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers ran the Soft and Medium tyres during qualifying. The race gets underway at 14:10 (15:10 CET.)
British Grand Prix – Ferrari 2nd and 4th fastest
As Silverstone free practice ends
Silverstone, 7 July – Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest in the final free practice session for the British Grand Prix with a time of 1’26”815. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel was fourth quickest with a best time of 1’27”851. With 45 minutes of track time remaining, the session was red flagged because of Brendon Hartley’s accident in the Toro Rosso. Seb then chose not to drive in the rest of the session, as he cricked his neck and needed the attentions of his physiotherapist. Both drivers ran the Soft tyres. Track action resumes at 14h00 (15h00 CET) for qualifying.
British Grand Prix – “A very good Friday” for both drivers
Seb and Kimi happy with the car’s pace and development
Silverstone, July 6th – Summer is at its peak in Silverstone and today track temperatures topped 50 degrees in the heat of the afternoon during P2. These unusual – at least for Silverstone – conditions, though, seemed to suit the characteristics of the SF71H very well, proven by the fact it came out on top of the time sheets, while proving strong on race pace. Nevertheless, it’s only Friday and both Seb and Kimi are aware of the work the team has to do in preparation for tomorrow’s qualifying session.
“The situation is difficult to judge – said Seb – “because we haven’t seen much today and mostly collected data, and also because time is limited between the two sessions. But the important thing is that we had a good Friday, everything we put on the car seemed to work, and I felt happy with the balance of the car straight away and managed to find a good rhythm from the beginning. There has been a lot of talk about the third DRS zone: it may be easier to drop the wing for us than for smaller teams, whose cars have probably less downforce, anyway we’ll see what happens in the race. I believe that most of the difference today is due to the new asphalt and… the amazing English summer!”.
“It was a very normal Friday” commented Kimi “We have been trying different things and solutions and learning as much as we could. For sure there’s still some work to be done, but so far everything is ok. The resurfacing of the track made it a bit bumpy, in a few small spots, but all the time you feel it chattering all around the track. It’s a bit funny, but in the end it’s better than it used to be. This track has many nice parts and the grip has increased with the new tarmac. I don’t know if the new DRS zone is creating overtaking opportunities: I think it depends on what your car can or can’t do. I closed the wing during practice, I think it’s too tricky to keep it open and it doesn’t really make a big difference in lap time. Now we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”
British Grand Prix – Friday practice over
Seb fastest, Kimi fourth
Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the second practice session at the English track, with a time of 1’27”552, while in the other SF71H, Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in 1’28”045.
A few minutes into the start of the session, the red flag came out because of Max Verstappen’s accident. Scuderia Ferrari ran Medium and Soft tyres during the session. The afternoon programme focussed first on short runs and then race runs. The third and final practice session takes place tomorrow at 11h00 (12h00 CET.)
British Grand Prix – Free practice underway at Silverstone
Seb 3rd and Kimi 5th
Silverstone, 6 July – The weekend in England brings to a close the run of three races in as many weeks. Come the end of the first free practice session, Scuderia Ferrari drivers were in third and fifth places with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen respectively. The German posted a best time of 1’27”998 and the Finn did a 1’28”218. Both drivers ran the Medium and Soft tyres, while assessing various aerodynamic solution. Second free practice gets underway at 15h00 CET.
British Grand Prix – A warm welcome in Silverstone
Kimi and Seb get ready for the challenge-in unusual weather conditions
Silverstone, July 5 – The British weather is notoriously unpredictable, and actually, very few people could have predicted that the Silverstone event would have started under blue skies and Mallorca-like temperatures. These conditions should last through the weekend and Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, are enjoying the sunshine and preparing for battle.
“It’s difficult to know which team will dominate this weekend”, says Kimi. “If you look at the past years our rivals did very well, but I don’t think that we ever had this kind of weather here at Silverstone and this will probably make some difference. The track is supposed to have a new surface; what will it bring, nobody knows. We will find out over the weekend. There are a lot of differences from the past years, so let’s wait and see. Last year we were not too bad here and speed wise we were stronger than in the previous years. We were running in a pretty solid second position before we had a tire issue. Obviously there are many factors that might affect or help us over the weekend. I think that if we can put things where we want them to be and do our best we can score good points”.
For his part, Seb added: “This track may not see us as favourites, but with regard to last year I think our car has more potential: it’s up to us to find the way to get the most out of it. The season so far has been filled with ups and downs, but there’s always the chance to do well. We can’t say yet which way the championship is going on, but, obviously, it all depends on the big steps in terms of performance; we have our plan and we’ve been working very hard”.
British Grand Prix – A warm welcome in Silverstone
Beach weather predicted for the most northerly race on the calendar
The British event brings to an end a triptych of races that has made Formula 1 history: from Paul Ricard to Silverstone via Spielberg. It’s been a logistical marathon which, for some team members, has involved being on the road permanently, while others returned to base before setting off again, at the very latest, two and a half days later. This time the race cars did not return home to be overhauled and the work was done on site.
If you want to amaze your friends who are into racing, then you could always ask them which is the most northerly GP venue on the calendar. The majority reply “Canada,” but actually the most northern is the one in Northamptonshire, which is currently experiencing a major heatwave. It seems that hot weather (up to 26 degrees) and an absence of rain is likely to be the order of the day this weekend.
The track, a former wartime airfield, was the first to host a world championship Grand Prix and, over time, it has undergone many changes. The superfast track of the early years gradually made way for a more sinuous outline, until the final layout was created in 2010, with new facilities completed the following year. Many purists turned up their noses, but while the Arena section, aimed at improving visibility for fans and overtaking for drivers, might leave the nostalgic disappointed, there is much to appreciate when it comes to some other changes. The old grass paddock might have had a garden party atmosphere, enhanced with the smell of barbecues, but the boggy car parks were a nightmare. Today however, other tracks could learn from the way things are done here.
The track is still very technical, with fast corners and a track surface that gives the tyres a hard time. For the third and final time this season, the tread depth will be reduced. But the best part of the setting, as at all the classic tracks, comes from the spectators themselves…
Record number of Dinos flock to Maranello
Celebration of 50th anniversary of road debut on Saturday
Maranello, 2 July 2018 – More than 150 Dinos and over 300 customers from all over the world flocked to Maranello and Ferrari on Saturday 30 June for an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the road debut of the first production car. The Dino, one of the world’s best-loved and biggest selling Ferraris, had a rather long gestation. Fitted with a six-cylinder engine designed by Enzo Ferrari’s son, the saloon was first presented as a prototype at the Paris Motor Show in October 1965. A year later it went on display at the Turin Motor Show but was only officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show the following November.
Thus, the car’s 50th anniversary should really have been marked in 2017, but any commemorative event would have been overshadowed by the Ferrari 70th anniversary celebrations. Hence the decision to celebrate the half-century of another special event, the road debut of the first model in March 1968.On Saturday, the first cars arrived in the forecourt of the Maranello Museum at 8:30 am and then headed to the Fiorano track.
An hour later a second group of customers followed the same route. The cars paraded all together on the track before gathering on the steering pad for a wonderful souvenir photo. At midday, the Dinos drove into the factory where the customers were given a special tour. Then at the end of the afternoon a memorable day closed with the traditional drive, one car at a time, under the arch of the historical entrance on Via Abetone Inferiore. This spectacular parade attracted many fans of this much-loved Ferrari.
Austrian Grand Prix – Spierberg 1st July
Maurizio Arrivabene: ” The real story today is that there are six Ferrari power units in the top ten on the race result sheet. And, apart from that, we are leading both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships. Today’s result was not ideal, but it is definitely useful. The team did a great job, at every level, to make up for a difficult Saturday. During the race, the handling of the car, the perfect management of the tyres, the strategy and reliability, all made the difference. On paper, next weekend at Silverstone looks difficult for us, partly because it’s a home race for our main rivals. But we will tackle it with our usual level headedness and determination.”
Kimi Raikkonen: ”At the start I had a good getaway, but I found myself between two cars and I had to lift off to avoid them squeezing me, while I hoped they would see me. I lost momentum, speed and the chance to challenge them in the first corner. It’s a pity, because without that, I think I could have been in the lead. The first lap was quite hectic, then the situation calmed down for a while. Tyre management played a big part today: it was hard to know when to go flat out and be on the safe side at the same time. The beginning of both stints was a bit tricky; we struggled a bit to get the grip and to make the tyres work, but then it got better and in the end we had very good tyre. We were obviously hoping to catch Max, but by then it was perhaps a bit too late. Today we had the speed, but there just weren’t enough laps left in the race… Of course we wanted to win, we tried very hard, giving our best, but it was not enough. The good thing is that, as a team, we did a solid job. It was a strong weekend.”
Sebastian Vettel: “We did a good job and a good race. I had a very solid start, but in Turn 1 things got a bit messy. I tried to recover, but there was no room and lost some positions in Turn 3. From them on, I had to fight with Renault and Haas and lost some time. However, the car was very good, we had a very good pace and we didn’t have any issues with the tyres; in fact, the car was very good on them, even if I had to manage the Softs for a long stint, which again proves we have made good progress since Barcelona. Obviously, I am happy with the points that we’ve got and the podium, but I am not satisfied 100 per cent, because I think there would have been more up for grabs today, if I hadn’t got the penalty. We were the only cars that could be there with the Mercedes in terms of pace, but in the end, we proved more consistent.”
Austrian Grand Prix – Both on podium and back in the lead
Kimi second Seb third and back in championship lead
Spielberg – It looked like being a tough race, what with penalties and problems at the start, but it ended with both Scuderia Ferrari men on the podium. Kimi finishing second ahead of Seb was not something that would have been predicted going into the race. The result was down to the drivers of course, but also to a great job from the team, a well planned strategy and an SF71H which seemed particularly good at managing its tyres.
STORY OF THE RACE
Kimi was third on the grid on the left hand side. Sebastian had been given a three place grid penalty after qualifying and was sixth. Both men were running the Ultrasofts, as track temperature came close to 50 degrees, the hottest it had been all weekend.
Kimi attacked to move up to second, but ran wide at turn 3 and then was hit from behind by a Red Bull to find himself back in fourth. Seb also had to run wide to avoid an incident at the first corner and lost ground. But he quickly retook Magnussen to go seventh, before dealing with Grosjean with a brilliant pass.
Both Ferraris picked up the pace a bit. On lap 12, Hulkenberg’s engine let go, spraying oil onto the track at turn 1. Kimi set the fastest lap, under the 1m 9s mark. Two laps later, Bottas parked at the side of the track and the Virtual Safety Car came out. The team therefore called in both cars and fitted the hardest tyre (the Softs.) Red Bull covered the move, but Kimi managed to rejoin ahead of Ricciardo.
When the race restarted, Vettel overtook Magnussen again. The two SF70Hs were now third and fifth, but Kimi locked up under braking and Ricciardo went past. Hamilton pitted on lap 25 and emerged between Kimi and Seb. Verstappen now led, with his four pursuers covered by 4 seconds. Kimi, following Ricciardo and Hamilton behind the Ferrari, could use DRS, for attacking and defending.
With half the race completed, Kimi could see from the cockpit that the left rear on Ricciardo’s Red Bull was blistered. The remote garage back in Maranello was also on the case. Meanwhile, Seb was closing on Hamilton in the DRS zone and so began the duels: Kimi attacked on the outside of the climb and then passed Ricciardo who pitted. On lap 39, Seb passed Hamilton!
Ferrari were now second and third. It was time to look after the tyres. The gap between Seb and Lewis moved like an elastic band, while ahead of them, Kimi seemed comfortable. On lap 53, Hamilton had to pit again, this time swapping the Softs for Supersofts. He rejoined behind Ricciardo, but the Red Bull immediately parked at the side of the track on the pit straight.
The Ferraris did not drop their pace with Kimi nibbling at the gap to Verstappen. With 7 laps remaining there was more drama as Hamilton retired. Raikkonen upped his pace, setting the fastest lap on lap 66. It was not enough to win, but it proved that “never give up” is more than a slogan.
Austrian Grand Prix – “Let’s focus on the race now”
Seb will serve a grid penalty, Kimi to start from 3rd.
Spielberg, June 30 – Third and fourth place for Seb and Kimi on tomorrow’s starting grid had been the result of a tense qualifying session for the Austrian Grand Prix. However, Seb involuntarily impeded Carlo Sainz in the Renault during Q2 and the Stewards imposed a three place grid penalty on the Ferrari driver. It means that Kimi is promoted to P3 on the grid.
“Obviously, it’s not the ideal result, but it’s a rather decent one,” Kimi commented. “It has been a pretty straightforward and consistent day. I struggled a little bit with understeer in the last few corners to get the car to turn and carry the speed into the corner, but apart from that it was ok. For sure there are always things to improve and you can always go faster; today we did our best, but it was not enough. Tomorrow is a different day, we know that sometimes qualifying is different from the race. We’ll start on different tires to our competitors, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out. This is quite a special circuit, lap time is very short so we expect everybody to be very close. As for overtaking, it’s supposed to be easier with an additional DRS zone. Let’s hope we have a stronger day on Sunday”.
“I’m sorry for Carlos” said Seb, “it was never my intention to ruin his lap. You can’t see well straight back in the mirrors, with the rear wing and everything, and this time I was not told that he was coming. As for my qualifying, I think I had another tenth in my pocket today, but probably not enough to become a threat. In my first run in Q3 I knew I had to ramp it up, so I pushed very hard and made a small mistake that turned into a big snap, so I tried to recover concentration for my last attempt, which is always difficult, and probably held something back a little bit. Now let’s focus on the race tomorrow”.
Austrian Grand Prix – Ferrari on second row
Spielberg, 30 June – It will be an all red second row for the start of the Austrian Grand Prix tomorrow. Come the end of qualifying, Sebastian Vettel was third fastest in 1’03”464, one place ahead of his Finnish team-mate Kimi Raikkonen who had a best lap of 1’03”660. Both Scuderia Ferrari men ran the same tyre strategy, using the Supersofts in Q1 and Ultrasofts for the next two sessions. Tomorrow’s race gets underway at 15.10
Austrian Grand Prix – “We should be well prepared”
Seb and Kimi comment on a solid Friday session
Spielberg, June 29 – The rain never came, except for a few harmless drops and the two SF71Hs in the hands of Seb and Kimi managed to have a good run through both Friday sessions. All the three available compounds were tried out, and although the last attempt at a fast lap was cut short for Seb by a red flag caused by Gasly’s Toro Rosso, the two Scuderia Ferrari drivers managed to cover a fair distance also in race trim.
“We can always improve, but today I’m happy”, said Seb. “The car was pretty good, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. On this track it is true that the kerbs can be “aggressive” somehow, but today we didn’t have any issues and hopefully we won’t have problems tomorrow and in the race. We did a lot of laps, which is good, and usually on Saturday we can make a good step forward, so we should be well prepared for tomorrow and for Sunday”.
“It was a normal Friday session”, commented Kimi. “Obviously, we have some work to do to find the right set-up for tomorrow, like at any other race. It’s hard to judge our performance compared to other teams, because we don’t know what the other were doing, but in general it was not too bad. Tomorrow we’ll see where we are”.
Austrian Grand Prix – Friday practice completed
Vettel 3rd, Raikkonen 6th
Spielberg, 29 June – In the second free practice session, Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, taking his Ferrari round in 1’04”815, while Kimi Raikkonen was sixth with a best lap of 1’05″265. With 52 minutes remaining, the session was red flagged because of an incident involving Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso. In this second session the Scuderia Ferrari drivers ran different tyre programmes: the Finn used the Supersoft and Ultrasoft compounds, while his German team-mate went for the Softs and Ultrasofts. The last practice session takes place tomorrow at 11:00, before qualifying gets underway at 15:00.
Austrian Grand Prix – Free practice 1 given over to testing
Seb 4th and Kimi 6th in Spielberg
Spielberg, 29 June – Just a few days on from the French GP, the engines were fired up again for the Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg. The Scuderia Ferrari drivers were fourth and sixth fastest in the first free practice session, with Sebastian Vettel posting a 1’05”180 and Kimi Raikkonen doing a 1’05”776. The German got on with the usual Friday checks, while Kimi had to come back briefly to the pits after flat-spotting a tyre at turn 3.
Both men used two sets of Ultrasoft tyres.
Austrian Grand Prix – “A great feeling in Austria”
Kimi and Seb enjoy both the track and the atmosphere
Spielberg, June 28 – A rainy morning welcomed the Formula One teams ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, Just a few days after the French event. Scuderia Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are all geared up for the challenge to come.
“It’s a great feeling to be back in Austria”, says Kimi. “This is a very nice track , I have always enjoyed coming here, the atmosphere is great and the people have always been very welcoming to us. This circuit looks easy on paper, but it’s still difficult to go fast and put a good lap together. Usually, we’re all very close here, because the lap is quite a short one and in qualifying you seem to be fighting everyone and the traffic because the smallest delay can make a big difference on lap time. It’s impossible to know now how our car will perform on this track; I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be strong, but how strong we’ll have to wait to find out. The end result depends also on small things, we need to make everything right and tidy up a few things on Saturday to make our life a little bit easier on Sunday. Hopefully we’ll have a smooth weekend and be up there…”.
Seb took some time to reflect on the events of the last race: “If we consider the whole weekend, France was a much better one than Barcelona, and there are similarities between the two circuits in terms of asphalt and because we had the same tyres. Our pace was good, but there’s no point now in looking back too much, it was what it was. As for Austria, I always enjoy coming down here, both in winter for skiing and now for the Grand Prix. Our car is strong and this track should suit us in principle, although now it’s impossible to predict how competitive we will be, with the weather and all the variables of a racing weekend”.
Austrian Grand Prix – The great race
A GP within a GP, even on the logistics front
As far as race fans are concerned, a race weekend ends on a Sunday night and another one starts on a Thursday morning. But for a Formula 1 team, the race never ends. Last Sunday night, the Scuderia Ferrari trucks set off on the tortuous roads that run down the hill from Paul Ricard, jammed with traffic, to get back to Maranello in time for the race cars and equipment to be overhauled.
Meanwhile, part of the team headed straight for Austria to set up the garage and paddock facilities. The rest of the crew will arrive in Spielberg over the coming days. It’s now the height of summer and the race in Styria has always been one of the classic events of the holiday season, with the odd exception such as the ’97 race, which was held in late September. It’s yet another reason to expect a good crowd, in an area famous for its natural beauty and the welcome it provides.
There’s enough accommodation in the area, but it’s mainly guest houses, so that the F1 folk are scattered all around the villages in the area. The track has been modified over the years: the original one made use of the local airfield and was only 3.2 km in length and all it had in common with the current format was the very short lap time. Last year in qualifying, cars were lapping in around the 1m 4s mark and one could speculate that this year, with the Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft compounds on offer, we will see them crack the one minute barrier: weather permitting of course because at the moment the forecast says there’s a chance of thunderstorms, at least up until Friday.
French Grand Prix – Paul Ricard 24 June
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”It was a shame about the accident at the start, which meant we couldn’t show what we could really do. But on a track that is not best suited to the SF71H, it proved to be very competitive in tenms of its race pace. That was evident from the great fight back up the order, featuring overtaking moves from Kimi and Sebastian. The team gave its all, making the right strategy calls to give the drivers every chance to get the best result possible in the circumstances. With such a tight calendar, we are already looking ahead to the Austrian GP, which gets underway in a few days and we have to focus on making up the lost ground.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “At the start we lost two places; I was on the outside and then the accident at the first corner happened, and it was a quite messy situation. I tried to stay out of trouble but chose the wrong side of the track. After that I was able lo recover. I had a good feeling with the car, especially after we had our pit stop and put the Supersoft tires on. We had a good speed through the whole race. We decided to do a very long stint with the first set and it lasted very well; only towards the end it got a bit tricky. Then, with the new tires, the car was very good and I could race and actually pass other drivers; it was a lot more fun than the last two races!”
Sebastian Vettel: ”I think my start was good, perhaps even too good, as I found myself very close to Lewis in front and, when I tried to brake, I had absolutely no grip and there wasn’t much space where I could go: Valtteri on my right was trying to get his position back and Max was also trying to come round on the outside. It’s a shame for Vattteri because he did nothing wrong and it’s a shame for us, because we could have obtained a better result. Fortunately, we could continue racing, we had a good car in the race, but the outcome was not wnat we wanted. It was my fault, but now let’s move on and think about the next weekend.”
French Grand Prix – Never give up
Disaster at the start, then Kimi on the podium with Seb 5th, thanks to guts and strategy
Le Castellet, 24 June –An accident at the start, duels on the track and a well thought out strategy which delivered a third and a fifth place for Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. Scuderia Ferrari thus made the best of what turned into a bad situation right from the start. Seb limited the damage, with Hamilton now heading him in the championship by 14 points.
STORY OF THE RACE. “Nose damage” shouted Seb: just moments from the start, a collision with Bottas at Turn 1 produced damage that was clear to see. The Safety Car came out immediately because of a collision between Ocon and Gasly and the number 5 Ferrari pitted for a new nose, while Bottas also came in with a puncture. Seb took on Softs, the hardest tyre, in order to rejig the race strategy. Kimi was now seventh after also having a moment braking into the first corner.
5 laps later and the race was on again. Seb went round the outside of Alonso, who spun and Kimi got the better of Leclerc. Vettel gained a further two places before use of DRS was authorised. Raikkonen passed Magnussen to go fifth. Seb had just passed Vandoorne to close in on the points zone when the stewards handed him a 5 second penalty for the earlier collision. Further up the order, Kimi showed that the SF71H had a strong race pace as he next passed Sainz.
On lap 12, Vettel pulled a great passing move on Hulkenberg to go tenth and next on his list was Perez, followed by Grosjean. On lap 16, Kimi set the fastest lap, as Seb now passed Leclerc and Magnussen for sixth place.
Lap 20 and Seb got past Sainz, braking from 330 km/h at the chicane and he was clear of traffic. The aim was to get ahead of Verstappen when the Red Bull would pit, but was there was the added variable of the lurking threat of rain. Seb asked which sector was costing him the most time. Verstappen pitted at the end of lap 25 and Seb stuck right with him down the straight but also had to look after his tyres at the halfway point.
At the start of lap 30, Ricciardo pitted and this time Sebastian managed to stay ahead, without counting the penalty. With 20 laps to go, Hamilton pitted, which meant Kimi was leading, before he too pitted to change tyres, going from Ultra to Supersoft. On fresher tyres, Ricciardo managed to get ahead of Seb who now found himself ahead of his team-mate. Then Raikkonen put in a super lap in 1’34”819 and soon after Seb left the way clear for his team-mate who was racing Bottas. Indeed, it was Valtteri who came in for Supersofts but it was a slow stop. Ferrari reacted, bringing Vettel in for Ultrasofts, sitting there for longer to take the penalty too, comfortably maintaining his position.
Last few laps: Raikkonen was very quick and had Ricciardo in his sights, but there were backmarkers to be dealt with. The first scrap came at the start of lap 47 and then Kimi made the decisive move at the chicane and was in a podium position. Right at the end the Virtual Safety Car was used after Stroll went off. Scuderia Ferrari picked up 25 points, which one minute into the race had seemed an impossibility. It was down to the determination of the drivers and the cool headed approach of the guys on the pit wall.
French Grand Prix – A day of mixed feelings
Seb happy with 3rd, while Kimi looks ahead to “a challenging day”
Le Castellet, June 23 – It was a rain-free qualifying session at the Paul Ricard circuit today, but a day of mixed feelings for Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. While the former secured third place on tomorrow’s starting grid, the latter could do no better than sixth, due to a few mistakes on his last run. Anyway, the race pace of the SF71H looked encouraging during Friday’s long runs and the race may have some surprises in store for our drivers. Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that five out of six Ferrari Power Units made it to Q3 in today’s qualifying.
“During the session”, Seb explained “it was getting better and better and I was more confident. So, I think today we can be happy with the third place. My last run was not spectacular, though, and I don’t think it was good enough to put me n the front row. After my first attempt in Q3, I had thought I could be closer to Mercedes and hoped to improve. But, unfortunately, in my last fast run I pushed a bit too much and made some mistakes here and there. Anyway, the car is good and we proved it. Let’s see what happens tomorrow, as we start with different tyre strategies. I think the car should be strong in the race”.
Kimi, on the other hand, was less than happy with his result: “My car was working well today and it was a pretty straightforward qualifying until my last run. I was not able to put a timed lap together in the whole of Q3. The first run was pretty decent, but then I went a bit sideways in turn 11, and lost time. After that I was not able to improve my lap time. For tomorrow we chose the strategy that we think is the best for us, but we have to wait and see. In other races we have seen people starting with different tires and it did not change things from night to day. For sure tomorrow will be a challenging day”.
French Grand Prix – Qualifying ends at Paul Ricard
Seb third and Kimi sixth
Le Castellet, 23 June – After the final free practice session had been pretty much wiped out by rain, the clouds parted just enough to let a pallid sun shine through for qualifying. Scuderia Ferrari got its cars into third and sixth places on the grid for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen respectively with the German lapping in 1’30”400 and the Finn posting a 1’31”057.
The session was red flagged with seven minutes remaining, because of Romain Grosjean’s crash. Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers ran the same tyre programme, using the purple Ultrasoft throughout the sessions. The race starts tomorrow at 16:10.
French Grand Prix – Rain wipes out P3
Very few laps for Seb and Kimi
Le Castellet, 23 June – The third free practice session saw hardly any running as rain and poor visibility meant the cars stayed in the garage for most of the session. Sebastian Vettel posted a best lap of 1’36”756 while Kimi Raikkonen did a 1’49’’711 as they tackled an exploratory lap of the track on dry tyres when the track was damp in several places. Qualifying is next on the agenda, at 16h00.
French Grand Prix – Potential to be unlocked
Kimi, Seb “reasonably happy” but feel they can find more performance for tomorrow
Le Castellet, June 22 – The Paul Ricard Circuit may be “new” to the youngest generation of fans, but for Scuderia Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel it was just “another hot day at the office” as they progressed through the planned sequence of laps in Friday’s free practice, using different tyre compounds track that saw temperatures shoot over the 50 degree mark, while testing new solutions on their SF71Hs. The day ended with Kimi and Seb setting P4 and P5 respectively, before switching to a race simulation which produced encouraging pace.
“It was a good day” commented Kimi “and it’s fun to be in a new place, I enjoyed it as it’s something different. In the afternoon session, the weather conditions made it quite tricky. It was not the easiest situation on track, but overall it was ok. From the tyre point of view I think it was also pretty ok. Obviously we cannot compare what we saw today with the past, as this is a new track for everyone, but I think that we had no particular issues.”
Sebastian’s wrap-up of the day sounded quite similar: “The long-runs felt pretty OK, quite consistent, although I haven’t seen much of what the other teams did. I think the car has more potential here, especially on the fast laps, which we need to unlock for tomorrow and then we’ll be fine. The wind was quite an issue at the beginning of the session, but then it calmed down and it all started to come together. In the end I was reasonably happy with today’s run”.
French Grand Prix – Friday testing ends
Kimi ahead of Seb
Le Castellet, 22 June –Just like Practice 1, the second session was also interrupted by a red flag and again Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth respectively. The Finn posted a best lap of 1’33”426 while his German team-mate did a 1’33”689. Kimi ran the Soft and Ultrasoft tyres, while Sebasitan used the Supersoft and Ultrasoft. The final free practice session takes place tomorrow at 13h00, with qualifying at 16h00.
French Grand Prix – First session completed
Kimi and Seb fourth and fifth in free practice
Le Castellet, 22 June –The Formula 1 World Championship has returned to the Paul Ricard circuit for the eighth round of the season and for the first time in 28 years. At the end of the first practice session, which was red flagged with just a few minutes remaining, after Ericsson crashed in his Alfa Sauber, Scuderia Ferrari were fourth and fifth fastest with Kimi Raikkonen (1’33”003) and Sebastian Vettel (1’33”172) respectively. Both Scuderia Ferrari men ran the Ultrasoft tyres. Second practice gets underway at 16h00.
French Grand Prix – The great comeback
“No reason why we shouldn’t be doing well here”
La Castellet, June 21 – We’re back to Europe after Canada, back to France after an absence of ten years and back to the Paul Ricard circuit which had hosted its last F1 Grand Prix in 1990. Seb Vettel was three years old then but he knows about the history of the sport and remembers “that Ferrari won with twice as many cylinders as we have today”.
“The car has worked everywhere so far”, says the winner of the Canadian Grand Prix, “and we are very happy about it. It’s more difficult to know what to expect here than on any other track, as we’ve never been properly here with the other teams at the same time and on the same circuit layout. We’ll see how it will be, I don’t see any reason why we should struggle and I think we should be doing fine here, but we don’t know exactly what to expect, the asphalt is new and the track is also new to a certain extent. The fact that we’ve been competitive so far in most of the recent races makes us quite confident for the next ones. We’ll focus on the next races always going step by step. I’m looking forward to racing here!”
For his part, Kimi Raikkonen is keen to re-discover the French track. “I think it’s nice to have a new place for racing”, says Kimi. “This is not a brand new track, I had driven here some years ago and we did a tyre test in 2016, but obviously racing is different. The layout of the track was different then, but it hasn’t really changed that much; it’s a bit wider in a few places, but the last part is always the same. As on any Thursday, it’s hard to know what to expect, but the weather is pretty warm and for sure it will play a part in many ways. What will happen and how the tyres will behave, nobody really knows. Let’s see how it is tomorrow and hopefully the circuit will provide some exciting racing. As for us, we’ll go through our normal program and see how the weekend will go, hoping this weekend is more straightforward than the last one”.
Ferrari Cavalcade 2018 – The Cavalcade climbs Mont Blanc
Maranello, 21 June 2018 – The Ferrari Cavalcade 2018 that starts today and ends on 25 June will pass through a decidedly new landscape. The seventh edition of the special event for Prancing Horse customers is the first to take place in an area at the crossroads of historic transalpine routes between Italy, France and Switzerland.
More than 100 Ferraris will climb the Alpine passes and valleys, through scenery full of monuments as well as still snowy hairpin bends that bring out the best in the cars and provide plenty of thrills at the wheel. Based in the famous Saint-Vincent, the Cavalcade climbs to high altitude from day one, with regularity tests on the Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo at Courchevel 1850. In the evening, the Ferraris will parade through Piazza Chanoux in Aosta, from where they will depart for Issogne Castle.
The second day pays homage to Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, which participants will reach by way of Chamonix, before ascending its peaks in the Skyway cable car. The weekend will begin with skill tests on the track of the Balocco Experimental Centre, a challenge that will push the cars near to their performance limits. On Sunday, the route will run alongside the Place Moulin dam to end in Aosta, with a gala dinner at the Roman Theatre.
The over 30 nationalities among the customers taking part in the Cavalcade reflect Ferrari’s worldwide popularity, with many people coming from outside Europe, including the US, China, Japan, Australia and the Middle East. Ferraris from the current range, such as the GTC4Lusso, Portofino, 812 Superfast and 488 GTB make up the majority of the models taking part. Of course, there are also special limited series such as the F40, F50, F12tdf, LaFerrari and LaFerrari Aperta, as well as many Tailor Made cars, which their owners have customised to the maximum.
French Grand Prix – Time for the “triple header”
Le Castellet hosts the first of three GPs on consecutive weekends
The doyen of all Grands Prix returns to the calendar after an absence of ten years. The first race to be called a Grand Prix was held in France, 112 years ago at Le Mans. Back then, the track was triangular and measured 103 kilometres, of which 12 laps were required to make up the race distance. It was won by the Hungarian, Ferenc Szisz in a Renault, at a respectable average speed of 101.19 km/h.
Many years later, F1 as we know it began and the French GP moved around various circuits: Reims, Le Mans, Rouen, Clermont-Ferrand and Dijon. Then, before the Magny-Cours facility was built, the lion’s share of races took place at the Le Castellet Circuit, otherwise known as Paul Ricard. The last race was held there in 1990 and was won by Alain Prost driving a Ferrari 641. From then on, the track was used for testing, with facilities for watering the track, but with no permanent grandstands.
So now, the race returns to Provence with a race that kicks off F1’s first ever triple-header, with three GPs- France, Austria, Great Britain – one weekend apart, followed by a weekend off before two back-to-backs at Hockenheim and the Hungaroring. It makes for a very demanding schedule in the run up to the August break.
Planning for three events, with one of them at what is effectively a brand new venue, is no easy logistical task. However, after Sunday’s race, our cars and a good part of the personnel, will return to Maranello. This will be a weekend of discovery on the 5.861 km long track, where the tyres available will be the Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft, with a construction similar to that used in Spain a month ago.
24 Hours of Le Mans – Two Ferrari customer teams on the podium in the La Sarthe classic
Posted: 17.06.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Le Mans, 17 June 2018 – The 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans won’t be remembered with any fondness by Ferrari crews in the GTE-Pro class. A large dose of bad luck, along with the impossibility of fighting on equal terms with other manufacturers due to an unhelpful Balance of Performance (BOP), kept the 488 GTEs of AF Corse off the podium. It was better in the GTE-Am class with two podium finishes thanks to Spirit of Race and Keating Motorsports-Risi Competizione.
GTE-Pro. The race of the Ferrari crews in GTE-Pro class was immediately affected by incidents. A puncture during the third hour forced James Calado to limp from the Michelin chicane to the pits, losing practically a lap. The first Safety Car phase then split the group into three sections, with Porsche no. 92 out on its own behind Safety Car A, all the rest of the GT cars stuck behind Safety Car B car and no. 51 behind the third Safety Car. This cut world champions Calado and Pier Guidi along with Daniel Serra out of the leading group. During the following neutralisation, car no. 71 found itself with a damaged front splitter due to debris from another car and lost a few laps for repairs. The 488 GTE stayed in the race and crossed the finish line in tenth place, earning championship points. Antonio Giovinazzi, Pipo Derani and Toni Vilander in car no. 52 benefited from the Safety Car, moving up into second. During the night Calado, Pier Guidi and Serra lapped like metronomes rising to sixth position before dropping back to eighth due to a shock absorber problem. However, this finish was worth fifth place in terms of points, as only cars entered in the FIA World Endurance Championship are elegible for. Car no. 52, on the other hand, suffered three stops&go’s for speeding in the slow zone and the pits but finished in sixth. Victory went to Christensen-Estre-Vanthoor in the Porsche no. 92.
GTE-Am. As usual, Ferrari customer teams played a leading role in the GTE-Am. In this class too, Porsche made the most of the favourable configuration imposed by the regulations, but Spirit of Race, Keating Motorsport-Risi Competizione and JMW Motorsport teams, later delayed by a series of problems, were in the fight. Giancarlo Fisichella started out like a lion and even led for a time before having to content himself with a fight for a podium place when car no. 77 of Campbell-Ried-Andlauer took a decisive lead. After a difficult start the Keating Motorsports crew pulled off a perfect comeback thanks to solid stints from Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Lucas Stolz. In the final stage Keating’s mistake gave Flohr, Castellacci and Fisichella second position but a podium was never in doubt. The Ferrari of JMW Motorsport (MacNeil-Griffin-Segal) finished fifth while the car of Clearwater Racing (Griffin-Mok-Sawa) was eighth, ahead of the 488 GTE of MR Racing (Ishikawa-Beretta-Cheever III). The overall win went to the Toyota of Alonso-Nakajima-Buemi.
24 Hours of Le Mans – Two Ferraris still in the group
Posted: 17.06.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Le Mans, 17 June 2018 – The sun is shining again over the 24 Hours, but it’s as anaemic as the race enjoyed by the Ferraris in the GTE-Pro class, who haven’t had much luck so far.
GTE-Pro. The 488 GTE no. 52 of AF Corse is still the best placed but slipped from fourth to seventh due to two stop & go’s for a slow zone infringement and one in the pits. The car also had to make the longer pit stop to change the brakes. The same is true for no. 51, in eighth after a night spent on the attack in an attempt to make up time lost with a puncture at the start of the race. Ferrari no. 71 is still on track even though it is several laps off the lead, in eleventh. Porsche no. 92 remains in command.
GTE-Am. Ferrari is still doing well in the class aimed more at gentlemen drivers. The 488 GTE of Keating Motorsport – Risi Competizione is in second, ahead of Flohr-Fisichella-Castellacci for Spirit of Race. JMW Motorsport’s entry has slipped back and is now in eighth behind its Clearwater Racing rival. The Ferrari of MR Racing is tenth.
24 Hours of Le Mans – Midway point in sight
Posted: 17.06.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Le Mans, 17 June 2018 – The 24 Hours of Le Mans is now in its eleventh hour and not much has happened in the last six.
GTE-Pro. In the main class, Antonio Giovinazzi is back at the wheel of the Ferrari 488 GTE no. 52, driving the AF Corse team car into fourth. Daniel Serra is eighth in car no. 51, while no. 71 is in 13th place with Miguel Molina.
GTE-Am. In the GTE-Am class, the Ferraris of Keating Motorsport and JMW Motorsport are in second and third place. Spirit of Race’s car is in sixth while Clearwater Racing holds eighth place. MR Racing rounds off the Ferrari group in 12th.
24 Hours of Le Mans – Car no. 52 battling for the podium
Posted: 16.06.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Le Mans, 16 June 2018 – The 86th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours race is in its seventh hour and the Ferraris are fighting, with the cars of AF Corse dogged by bad luck.
GTE-Pro. In the early stages of the race, car no. 51 had climbed to fourth when James Calado suffered a puncture at the Michelin chicane and then had to drive the entire lap at a limited speed. A Safety Car, brought on due to a puncture on a prototype, then broke the race into three sections. Porsche no. 92 led, because it was behind Safety Car A, while all the other GT cars were stuck behind Safety Car B, and car no. 51, delayed by the puncture, was behind the third safety car. Car no. 52, with Antonio Giovinazzi at the wheel, benefited from the situation, to take command of the group that was chasing the leader. At the moment, car no. 52 is seventh in the group fighting for the podium, while car no. 51 has been lapped by the race leader. Car no. 71 found itself with a damaged front splitter probably due to debris and lost a few laps for repairs.
GTE-Am. The 488 GTEs of JMW Motorsport and Spirit of Race are continuing their excellent race in the GTE-Am class. Porsche no. 77 leads the field, while the Ferrari of Jeff Segal, Cooper MacNeil and Liam Griffin is in second. The 488 GTE of Keating Motorsport has climbed into fifth with Jeroen Bleekemolen overtaking Thomas Flohr in the twin car of Spirit of Race. Clearwater Racing’s entry is in eighth, while the 488 GTE of MR Racing lost a few laps to a technical problem.
24 Hours of Le Mans – 86th edition underway
Posted: 16.06.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Le Mans, 16 June 2018 – At 3 pm tennis player Rafael Nadal waved the flag to start the 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which was immediately marked by an accident involving two prototypes.
GTE-Pro. At the start, Ferrari 488 GTE no. 51 of AF Corse, driven by James Calado, was overtaken by Porsche no. 93 and Ford no. 66, which took advantage of their higher top speed allowed by the regulations. Sam Bird and Toni Vilander maintained the starting position. Calado was able to recover fifth place.
GTE-Am. Giancarlo Fisichella pulled off a Formula 1 style start, surging from fourth to second in the Ferrari no. 54 of Spirit of Race. Matt Griffin also got off to a great start in the car of Clearwater Racing, as did the car of JMW Motorsport.
Unique Tailor Made specification for the Ferrari 488 Pista
Posted: 15.06.2018 / Source: Ferrari
A tribute to the FIA World Endurance Championship world titles exclusively for client racing drivers
Maranello, 15 June 2018 – In occasion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Prancing Horse is launching a unique ‘Piloti Ferrari’ specification for the Ferrari 488 Pista. This special custom creation, the latest from the exclusive Tailor Made programme, was designed to recognise the success of clients who race Ferraris and will make its debut on the eve of the legendary French endurance race at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Inspired by AF Corse’s no. 51 car, with which Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, this special finish for the new Ferrari 488 Pista is available exclusively for customers involved in the company’s motor sports programmes.
The exterior features a new livery with stripes in the colours of the Italian flag recalling the racing version of the 488 GTE, embellished by a laurel celebrating the WEC title, the logo of the championship and the word “PRO” indicating the class the car raced in. The Italian flag livery features again along the car’s flanks which are also adorned with the personal race number each client will be able to add. The version that will be unveiled at Le Mans carries the number 51 used by the world championship drivers. The matte black S-Duct and the natural carbon-fibre ‘dovetail’ suspended rear spoiler and vent surrounds round off the personalisation of the exterior.
The ‘Piloti Ferrari’ 488 Pista will be available in four different colours inspired by the world of racing: Rosso Corsa, Blu Tour De France, Nero Daytona and Argento Nürburgring.
The interior, in black Alcantara®, includes seats upholstered with a special perforated version of the same material that incorporates the Italian flag in the central band of the backrest. The national colours are also clearly visible on the edge of the gearshift paddles and on the floormats which, like the carpeting itself, are made of a special technical fabric. The number that features on the external livery also appears on the base of the steering wheel, while all the carbon-fibre trim parts have a matte finish. The personalisation of the interior is completed by an exclusive identification plate and sill trim in carbon-fibre, the latter with the Tailor Made logo.
The ‘Piloti Ferrari’ 488 Pista is powered by the latest 720-cv version of the 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 which has been voted best engine in the world for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards.
24 Hours of Le Mans – Massive crowds greet the Ferrari drivers parading through the city
Posted: 15.06.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Le Mans, 15 June 2018 – Ferrari drivers took part in the traditional parade through the centre of Le Mans the day before the 24 Hours. The crews of cars no. 51, 71 and 52 were preceded only by the new 488 Pista ‘Piloti Ferrari’, the car that the guys who brought the constructors’ world title to Maranello had unveiled at 12 pm.
Group photo. Before the start of the parade, all 24 drivers competing behind the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GTE posed for a group photo together with the new Tailor Made special series. Some of the biggest cheers, of course, were for the three AF Corse crews racing in the GTE-Pro class: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Daniel Serra (car no. 51), Davide Rigon, Sam Bird and Miguel Molina (no. 71) and Antonio Giovinazzi, Pipo Derani and Toni Vilander (no. 52), who threw promotional items and postcards from their classic cars to a public that, as usual, thronged the city streets.
Race at 3 pm. After this light and fun moment, the focus returns to the world’s most gruelling race. The 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 will start on Saturday at 3 pm.
24 Hours of Le Mans – The Ferrari of Pier Guidi-Calado-Serra to start from second row
Posted: 15.06.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Le Mans, 15 June 2018 – The Ferrari crews in the GTE-Pro class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will start on the second, fifth and eighth rows. The 86th edition of the French classic, known to everyone as the toughest race in the world, will kick off at 3 pm on Saturday at the Circuit de la Sarthe circuit. The fastest of the Ferrari in the GTE-Am class will also start from the second row. The six hours of qualifying, which can seem endless to anyone who doesn’t know Le Mans, were a sort of lottery because with 60 cars competing there really was very little free track with no yellow flag to slow down the drivers. Low temperatures and a particularly dirty track made things very difficult. In the last part of the third session the rain also started to fall.
GTE-Pro. In the GTE-Pro class, the times were obtained in the first minutes of the two night sessions. In the first on Wednesday, car no. 51 of world champions Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, together with Daniel Serra, recorded the fifth fastest time in 3:49:854 with Pier Guidi at the wheel. In the third session, the Italian driver improved to 3:49:494, moving up to fourth place. In car no. 71 Sam Bird, alternating at the wheel with Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina, couldn’t do better than a 3:50:669, forced to limit his speed due to a slow zone called by race officials over the last few hundred metres of the lap. On Thursday evening the British driver cut his time to 3:50:246, moving from 12th to 10th. Car no. 52 recorded the sharpest improvement, with Pipo Derani cutting its time from 3:52:112 on Wednesday to 3:50:957 on Thursday. The Porsche no. 91 of Bruni-Makowiecki-Lietz set the best time in 3:47:504.
GTE-Am. The picture in the GTE-Am class was similar to the main category, with Ferraris fighting for a place on the second row. In the end, the 488 GTE no. 54 of Spirit of Race crewed by Giancarlo Fisichella, Francesco Castellacci and Thomas Flohr came out best with a time of 3:51:956 good for fourth position. Clearwater Racing no. 8 will start from the fourth row, with Weng Sun Mok, Matt Griffin and Keita Sawa stopping the clock at 3:53:409, 30 thousandths of a second faster than the 488 GTE of JMW Motorsport driven by Liam Griffin, Cooper MacNeil and Jeff Segal. Ferrari no. 85 of Keating Motorsport, with Stolz-Keating-Bleekemolen, set the eleventh fastest time in 3:54:000, while MR Racing (Ishikawa-Beretta-Cheever III) were 13th in 3:54:951.
24 Hours of Le Mans – Eight Ferrari crews go for glory
Posted: 13.06.2018 / Source: Ferrari
Le Mans, 13 June 2018 – The first free practice session today at 4 pm, will mark the official opening of the 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Sixty cars are due to start, divided equally between prototypes and GT cars. The GT contingent includes 17 cars in the GTE-Pro class and 13 in the GTE-Am. There are three Ferraris in the Pro class and five in the Am.
GTE-Pro. Three Ferraris are competing in the top class for professional drivers, all in the colours of AF Corse. The iconic no. 51 will be crewed by world champions Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, who today celebrates 29 years on the track. They will be joined by Brazilian Daniel Serra. Last year Calado and Pier Guidi dominated the Drivers’ championship with an incredible second half of the season and amazing wins like those at Austin and Fuji. Daniel Serra, instead, started the IMSA season in America with a pole position in the Ferrari of Spirit of Race at both the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. The same trio as last year will drive car no. 71. Sam Bird will take turns in the 488 GTE with Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina, a globetrotting driver who has been notching up some great results in the European Le Mans Series, the Blancpain Endurance and the Pirelli World Challenge.
Car no. 52. The 488 GTE no. 52 is not the usual one that takes part in the FIA WEC. Instead, it is only competing in this race and is doing so with drivers who mix experience and youth. The crew includes Toni Vilander, one of the most experienced drivers in the world, twice winner of the Sarthe classic, Pipo Derani, who despite his tender years has already triumphed in the 24 Hours of Daytona and Sebring, and Antonio Giovinazzi. Giovinazzi has prepared with dedication for his debut in the French race, practising on the simulator and working hard in the test two weeks before the race. Indeed, he recorded the best time for his crew in car no. 52.
GTE-Am. Five Ferrari cars will be racing in the GTE-Am class, three of which are habitual FIA WEC competitors, while the other two appear in Europe and America. Giancarlo Fisichella, Thomas Flohr and Francesco Castellacci will take turns in the 488 GTE of Spirit of Race, while Motoaki Ishikawa, Olivier Beretta and Eddie Cheever III will be in car no. 70 of MR Racing. Car no. 61 of Clearwater Racing, driven by Keitha Sawa, Weng Sun Mok and Matt Griffin, completes the trio of Ferraris entered for the entire championship season. They are joined by the 488 GTEs of JMW Motorsport, which has abandoned its traditional yellow on behalf of sponsor Cooper MacNeil who will be at the wheel along with Jeff Segal and Liam Griffin, and that of Risi Competizione, entered by Keating Motorsport and driven by Jeroen Bleekemolen, Lucas Stolz and Ben Keating. Today’s free practices (4 pm to 8 pm) will be followed by the first qualifying session (10 pm to 12 am). The other two qualifying sessions take place on Thursday (7 pm to 9 pm and 10 pm to 12 am).
Canadian Grand Prix – Montreal 10 June
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”Without a doubt, today’s win is down to a very good car and a great drive from Seb. The team, both at the track and back in Maranello, has worked hard and methodically, preparing the car, which right from Saturday’s qualifying proved to be very quick. The tyres responded very well to the strategies we devised. It’s a shame that Kimi’s mistake in qualifying affected his whole race. There is still a long way to go in the championship and we have to continue giving it our all. I take this opportunity to thank our fans and customers who never fail to show us their support and our sponsors and technical partners, especially Shell, for their support in our development programme.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”This win is very important for our tifosi and for our team, today is a special day. 40 years ago Gilles won here, then 14 years ago it was Michael and I was thinking of that today. At the start I tried to build up a margin, I was happy with my first lap and then the safety car came out and I had to start over again. During my last 10 laps I prayed that my car would not develop a problem until the end! Points are always important but today this win means a lot and not just in terms of Championship. The season is still so long and there are many races ahead. The main thing is that our car is strong and stays like that, so that we can fight.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “Yesterday’s mistake in qualifying did not put ourselves in a good position for the race. Overtaking was very difficult here; I tried to get ahead of Hamilton after my pit stop, but it did not work out. Then It was even difficult to get close enough to him to open the DRS. It was a surprise, because on this track you would expect to see overtaking and fights, instead it was a similar story to two weeks ago in Monaco. The race was boring and not much happened. We decided to stay out a little bit longer on our first set of tyres and I don’t think that cost us any position: it was our only option to try something different.”
Canadian Grand Prix – “Great job, great!”
Seb takes third win and is back leading the championship. Kimi sixth.
Montreal, 10 June –Scuderia Ferrari won the Canadian GP to end a 14 year drought at this track. Seb Vettel is now back in the lead of the championship, while Kimi Raikkonen brought home 8 points for sixth place. A weekend that started with a few difficulties was turned around thanks to team work, a fact Seb was quick to underline.
Seb got away well from pole, while Kimi had Hamilton in his sights, but had to lift off and lost a place. The opening lap saw a collision between Hartley and Stroll, which brought out the Safety Car, which is a classic Montreal feature. Four laps later the race was on again and the number 5 Ferrari pulled out a bit of a lead to ward off the threat of an undercut. At this point, Seb was the only one lapping under the 1’16” barrier and all he had to say on the radio was that the tyres were fine.
The strategy was based on a single stop to take on the hardest compound available here, the Supersoft and then run to the flag. So Kimi also upped his pace a bit. Seb locked his front wheels and lost a second and then had some traffic to deal with. But once he’d cleared the backmarkers, he banged in a super third sector to set the fastest lap on lap 29.
Kimi also upped his pace prior to his pit stop in the hope of attacking Hamilton. He came in on lap 33 and had his rival in his sights, but lost time lapping Sirotkin.
Out in front, Sebastian led by around 6 seconds. Raikkonen set the fastest lap and was back in the hunt. On lap 37, Bottas pitted and that was the sign for the Scuderia to also bring in Vettel and the mechanics did a good job on his car.
After that it was a race run at arms length, with Seb managing his lead, the tyres and fuel consumption and paying particular attention to the backmarkers. Behind Seb, Bottas had to fend off a hard charging Verstappen.
“Tell them not to wave the chequered flag, it’s not over yet,” said Seb on the radio. He was right, as there was still a lap to go, the best one of the whole weekend.
Canadian Grand Prix – “This pole means a lot to us”
Seb over the moon after Qualifying, Kimi unsure about what happened
Montreal, June 9 – Every metre counts on this 4.361 Km long circuit where half a tenth of a second can make a lot of difference. Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel got the best out of it today and his effort resulted in pole number 217 for the team, the 4th in the season so far. Conversely, a small mistake on his very last run, cost Kimi Raikkonen dear and he had to settle for fifth place when a much better result had looked on the cards. However, the substantial performance improvement that the SF71H has shown since the first day of practice means there’s a lot of potential to be explored in tomorrow’s race.
“Pole position is always important”, said Seb “and for Scuderia Ferrari this track and this country means a lot, as this is the place where Gilles Villeneuve came from. That’s why I am very happy to have qualified on pole. It’s a great result for all the team, but I think I could have been even faster. I was quite happy with my first run in Q3 but I knew there was something more in the car for the first part of the lap. So I tried it all but I wasn’t sure until the end if it was enough. We have definitely improved since yesterday, I was very happy with the car today . Choosing the Ultrasofts for the start of the race was a pretty straightforward decision for us, now we have to do our best on Sunday!”
Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was obviously less happy: “On my last try in Q3, I suddenly had a lot of understeer entering Turn 2, I struggled to turn the car round. At that point I had no choice but to try and get out of it as quickly as possible , but obviously I was off the line and my lap finished there. What happened was a bit odd, my car had been working well all day. I’m sure there was more to come today, and the end result is not what we were looking for. Tomorrow is a different day though, we’ll see what happens. For sure it will be tricky, with different tires on different cars in the front. It’s difficult to have a clear picture of how it will pan out, but we believe we made the right choice for the start of the race”.
Canadian Grand Prix – Scuderia Ferrari on pole
Seb heads the field, with Kimi on third row
Montreal, 9 June – Sebastian Vettel drove his Ferrari SF71H to pole position this afternoon at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Canada. On the way, he set a new track record of 1’10”764. It is Seb’s 54th career pole, the ninth with the Scuderia and it is number 217 for the team. Kimi Raikkonen made a mistake on his final run and that meant he could do no better than fifth fastest in 1’11”095. Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers ran the Hypersoft and Ultrasoft tyres and having used the latter in Q2, these are the tyres on which they will start the race, which gets underway at 14h10 (20h10 CET.)
Canadian Grand Prix – Final free practice completed in Canada
Seb second and Kimi third
Montreal, 9 June – By the end of the final free practice session, Sebastian Vettel set the second fastest time of 1’11”648, followed by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen who posted a lap in 1’11”650. Both drivers ran Hypersoft tyres for the entire session, doing long runs towards the end of the hour. Qualifying starts at 14:00 (20:00 CET.)
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Laursen Wins 2017 Best Livery Award
Misano, 9 June – We had to wait until Misano for the winner of the 2017 Ferrari Best Livery competition to receive his prize. The model created by Amalgam, a reproduction the Formula Racing team car driven by Johnny Laursen, was thus presented at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The livery was the favourite of the guests of the sponsors who voted by postcard in all last season’s races.
After the award ceremony for Eric Zang for the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific Championship and Brent Holden for the Ferrari Challenge North America, Coppa Shell champion Johnny Laursen received his miniature car with a 488 Challenge matt red and white livery.
We had to wait until the fourth round of the season because Laursen decided to appear in fewer races in 2018 and made his seasonal debut at Misano. On the circuit’s starting grid, head of Ferrari Attività Sportive GT, Antonello Coletta, presented Laursen with a 1:8 scale reproduction of his 488 Challenge, one of the most coveted prizes among Ferrari Challenge drivers.
Ferrari Challenge Europe at Misano – Victory for Cheung, Cuhadaroglu, Nielsen and Wohlwend
Misano Adriatico, 8 June 2018 – Eric Cheung, Murat Cuhadaroglu, Nicklas Nielsen and Fabienne Wohlwend triumphed on the first day of the fourth round of the 2018 Ferrari Challenge Europe season at Misano.
Coppa Shell. The day’s racing kicked off with the Coppa Shell, which took place at sunset and was an exciting and spectacular race. Christophe Hurni (Team Zenith Sion-Lausanne) jumped the start and was punished with a drive-through. The lead then passed to poleman Erich Prinoth (Ineco-MP Racing), who was followed by Eric Cheung (Formula Racing), Manuela Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) and Vladimir Hladik (Baron Motorsport). There was no change until mid-race when Prinoth spun out, having to start again from fourth. This left the way open for Cheung, Gostner and Hladik. Thomas Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing), fifth up to that point, and his daughter Corinna Gostner, were hit respectively by Giuseppe Ramelli (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing) and Agata Smolka (Rossocorsa). Hurni climbed up to eighth while Tommy Lindroth (Baron Motorsport), in his one 100th Challenge race, and Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing), in his 200th, finished ninth and tenth. Despite the result, Prinoth still tops the championship standings although Cheung has pulled much closer.
Shell Am. Giuseppe Ramelli seemed to have notched up his first career win in the Coppa Shell Am. Driving the 488 Challenge of Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing, he performed impeccably from start to finish. However after the race was considered responsible for a contact with Thomas Gostner and was hit with a 25-second penalty dropping down to sixth. Turkey’s Murat Cuhadaroglu (Kessel Racing) won the race to close the gap with championship leader, Sweden’s Ingvar Mattsson, who started from pole but was third over the line. Alexander Nussbaumer (Formula Racing) took second.
Trofeo Pirelli. The Trofeo Pirelli race took place at night. At the start, poleman Nicklas Nielsen pulled away from the competition helped by the fierce duel between David Fumanelli (Rossocorsa) and Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126). The Formula Racing driver crossed the line more than six seconds ahead of Fumanelli and Grossmann. Nielsen tops the championship standings.
Pirelli Am. Fabienne Wohlwend is letting nothing get in her way at the moment. The 20-year-old from Liechtenstein, winner of Race-2 at Spa, dominated from qualifying in the 488 Challenge of Octane 126. Like Nielsen, Wohlwend also benefited from the battle that raged behind her involving Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa), Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa) and Chris Froggatt (Ferrari GB – H.R. Owen). The three fought it out until the last lap, when Froggatt, who overtook Nelson after the midway point, passed Rocca to seize second place. The second set of races are on Saturday at 8 pm and 10:15 pm.
Canadian Grand Prix – “We didn’t get all the answers”
Seb and Kimi predict further improvement for tomorrow
Montreal, June 8 – A very mixed picture emerged from the first day of practice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where Kimi Raikkonen was in second place on the timesheets and Seb Vettel managed fifth best after losing some time in the garage and then being hampered by a red flag and traffic on his fast runs. The Canadian circuit is notorious for featuring strong track evolution as the weekend progresses, so it is not easy to predict what the future holds.
“We’re not far off,” was Seb’s comment, “although I am not entirely happy yet and there’s still some work to do. In the end I didn’t do many laps today and I think we were running a bit late. It is difficult to get to know all the answers, I think we need some more time to get everything together and then we’ll see what happens. We tried various things, but there’s still something we have to work on. I didn’t get into the rhythm, but tried to go through as much of the programme as we could. In the end, we need more time to get a better picture of the situation. Hopefully, putting everything together can help us tomorrow. Now we’ll stay focused on the work to do”.
“This track is not the easiest to get things where you want them,” added Kimi. “It’s not straightforward and we expected that. It’s very bumpy, not just with all the bumps, but also with the kerbs to ride over. The combination of low downforce and low grip can make it very difficult. As for the Hypersoft tyres, at least we have a better idea of how they work. They’re good on one lap and then last quite a few more. We’ve been improving during the day and that proves that we’re going in the right direction. For sure we have some work ahead of us, but I was a bit happier at the end of the session”.
Canadian Grand Prix – Friday practice completed
Kimi 2nd, Seb 5th
Montreal, 8 June – Come the end of the second free practice session at the Ile Notre Dame track, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers were in second and fifth places with Kimi Raikkonen (1’12”328) and Sebastian Vettel (1’12”985) respectively.
Following a crash for Renault driver Carlos Sainz at the exit to turn 7, the session was red flagged so that debris could be removed from the track. The Finn ran Ultrasoft and Hypersoft tyres, while the German used all three compounds, the Supersoft, Ultrasoft and Hypersoft.
The final free practice session takes place tomorrow at 11h00, 17h00 CET.
Canadian Grand Prix – P1, updates on the SF71H
Session given over to testing: Seb 4th and Kimi 6th fastest
Montreal, 8 June –Sunny and windy conditions greeted the drivers for the first free practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix at the circuit named after Gilles Villeneuve. The two SF71Hs took to the track with various new parts, both aerodynamic to suit this low downforce track and also some mechanical changes to elements of the Power Unit. The 90 minute session was red flagged at one point as the Ferrari drivers focused on various types of test and, come the end, Sebastian was fourth fastest in 1’13”574 and Kimi was sixth in 1’13”727, both times set on the Hypersoft tyre. The second session gets underway at 20h00 CET.Canadian Grand Prix – “This is quite a special place”
Kimi and Seb reflect on the ‘superfast’ challenge ahead
Montreal, June 7 – Scuderia Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel arrived at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this morning – in the case of Seb, riding a bike – and now, they are all set for the challenge on one of the few remaining ‘superfast’ tracks on the calendar.
“This is quite a special place”, says Kimi “where you need a good top speed, but the most important thing is to have a good ride over the kerbs; it’s about compromising the top speed through the slowest part and the braking. It’s the first track of the year that is quite different from the others. Compared to Monaco, here you have less chances to go off track and hit the wall, but there are places you can easily lose the car and end up in the barrier, because the kerbs are quite rough here and the chicanes are taken at quite high speed. Obviously you don’t want to waste time going off the track and missing part of a session, but it’s part of the game. You want to push as much as you feel it’s ok for that moment, especially in qualifying and the race. The rest is just about figuring things out and trying, making sure that you have the right feeling to go as fast as you can. It will be interesting to see how the Hypersoft tyres will behave at this track; I tried them for a couple of runs in the winter test , but obviously the conditions are different now. I’m sure over one lap they will be very good, but how long they will last will depend on many things. It’s been very close between everybody in the past races, so I don’t expect the situation to be completely different all of a sudden. It’s impossible to know now what will happen over the weekend; tomorrow we’ll start driving and get the first feelings and then will go from there. Hopefully we’ll be there in the fight”.
Seb’s comments reflect his teammate’s point of view: “Compared to last year, we have another car and the approach is, of course, also different. It is hard to make any prediction about this weekend. A lot can depend on what the other teams can do here and on the weather as well, as it might be raining. The track is a little bit different from any other, but we think the engine can play a role here. So, let’s see where we are. We have brought some updates here, which I am sure everyone does at some point along the season: so far, we’ve had a good and efficient car on the straights and this should help. There are a couple of tricky points, but I like this track. Unlike Monaco, which is not the best place for overtaking, I think it should be different here. However, tires play a bigger role this year. We’ve done a good job so far, but there’s still a long way to go”.
Ferrari Challenge Europe – All ready for Misano night race
Misano Adriatico, 6 June 2018 – The Ferrari Challenge Europe is all set for round four at Misano Adriatico track. Unusually, this weekend’s races are all at night, kicking off on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:15 pm.
Special guest. Andrea Bertolini will be race advisor at Misano. The Sassuolo driver is preparing to take to the track in the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of an LMP2 class prototype. Bertolini triumphed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE-Am class in 2015 together with Russians Victor Shaytar and Aleksey Basov.
Trofeo Pirelli. Just 16 points separate Nicklas Nielsen and Bjorn Grossmann in the Trofeo Pirelli. The Dane of Formula Racing and the German of Octane 126 have so far shared the spoils except for Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps, won by an extraordinary Florian Merckx. Chris Froggatt is comfortably ahead in the Trofeo Pirelli Am, although Fabienne Wohlwend is ready to do battle after her victory in Race 2 in Belgium.
Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell sees a very open fight between leader Erich Prinoth (Ineco-MP Racing) and pursuers Christoph Hurni (Team Zenith Sion-Lausanne), Eric Cheung (Formula Racing) and Thomas Gostner. After a one-two at Mugello Prinoth limited the damage in the next two rounds while Hurni and Cheung put in good performances at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps to put themselves back in the running for the title. Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) is making consistency his strong point. In the Coppa Shell Am Ingvar Mattsson (Scuderia Autoropa) tops the standings 18 points in front of Murat Cuhadaroglu (Kessel Racing) and 18.5 ahead of Alexander Nussbaumer (Formula Racing).
Ferrari Challenge North America Heads to Montreal
Englewood Cliffs, 6 June 2018 – Forty-five Ferrari Challenge race cars will again gather at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada from June 8th to the 10th for the fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli series in North America. Drivers will take to the track in practice sessions on Friday while racing action will be on Saturday and Sunday.
A Competitive Season Continued at Laguna Seca. Ferrari Challenge returns to action in Montreal after a hugely competitive weekend at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in May. Nearly 70 Ferrari Challenge cars competed at the fabled California circuit and six drivers went home with the first place trophies of their respective classes.
A Special Weekend in Montreal. Ferrari Challenge will again support the Grand Prix du Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a tradition that dates back to 1995 and has been continued nearly every year since. The circuit’s long back straight and tight confines make this a special challenge, particularly considering the limited practice time on a busy weekend.
Schedule. Cars will take to the track for the first time on Friday morning for the first of two 20-minute practice sessions where all 45 cars will take to the track at once. On Saturday, there will be qualifying from 12:20 to 12:55, followed by racing action at 3:35. On Sunday, drivers will have a single race at 11:20 before enjoying the spectacle of Formula 1 action which starts at 2:10.
Canadian Grand Prix – 40 years on
Montreal and memories of Gilles Villeneuve
There are several unusual elements to an old photo from 40 years ago. For starters, the winner is wearing a heavy jacket over his race suit and instead of champagne, a magnum of beer features in the celebration. It was a weekend of rain and arctic cold and it might have been even more strange, as the original idea for this Canadian Grand Prix, the first staged in Montreal, was that it was originally meant to be held on the following Monday, Thanksgiving day. But even back in 1978, TV was all-important and the race ran on Sunday.
But maybe, the strangest thing about this short, oval shaped track, with its layout cut by chicanes and built alongside the Olympic Rowing basin among the greenery of the Ile Notre Dame, skirting the Saint Lawrence River, was that apparently, the drivers didn’t like it. There were mutterings that it was built specifically to suit the local man, the daredevil Gilles Villeneuve. True or not, he won the race on Sunday, his first F1 win, at the wheel of the Scuderia Ferrari T3. He drove like a demon to catch Jones and future team-mate Scheckter, before inheriting the lead after Jarier retired.
Gilles has gone, but the truth is, the likes of him always stay with us a little bit. And the track, the one no liked at first, is now considered one of the classics on the championship calendar. And of course, it bears his name: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Ferrari’s turbo-charged V8 is voted the best engine of the last 20 years
The 3.9-litre V8 takes the International Engine of the Year Award for the third year running
A record number of six awards
Stuttgart, 5 June 2018 – The latest iteration of Ferrari’s turbo-charged V8 that equips, in various forms, all Ferrari’s V8-engined cars, has been nominated the best engine in the world for the third year running in the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards.
In this, the award’s 20th anniversary edition, Ferrari took no fewer than six awards, the highest number for any manufacturer in any one year, bringing the total of Ferrari’s trophies up to 27, a record number of wins for any sports car company.
Along with the overall Engine of the Year honour, the 720-cv 3.9-litre V8 that powers the new 488 Pista also took the 3-litre to 4-litre class, the Performance Engine category and the special nomination for the ‘Best of the Best’, with the 68 international judges asked to vote for the top engine from among all the winners over the last 20 years.
“In the 488 GTB, the 3.9-litre eight-cylinder was a near-perfect example of a high-performance turbocharged engine, setting the bar so high that it swept aside rival powertrains,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the IEOTY Awards. “But redeveloped and tweaked for the 488 Pista, the best engine in the world just got better. Without doubt, we’re looking at an engineering masterclass from Ferrari. No turbo lag, beautiful delivery, raw emotion, a furious growl and so much power – this Ferrari V8 is a work of art.”
Crowning Ferrari’s record-breaking year, the naturally-aspirated 800-cv 6.5-litre V12 powering the 812 Superfast also won two awards: the Above 4-litre class and, due to it being comprehensively re-engineered from the 6.3-litre unit that equipped the F12berlinetta with 75% new components, the Best New Engine category.