A one-off offering exclusive open-air V12 motoring at its purest
Maranello, 28 November 2018 – The latest Ferrari one-off project, the SP3JC, has been officially consigned to its owner. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the SP3JC was commissioned by a Ferrari client and collector whose brief set out to create a pure, uncompromising roadster using the chassis and running gear of the F12tdf.
The sole one-off car to be commissioned on this limited-series special, the SP3JC is the maximum expression of open-air motoring, harking back to Ferrari’s epic V12-engined spiders of the 1950s and ‘60s. The striking one-off makes an important and individual styling statement and represents the outcome of over two years of intense work, with close involvement from the client throughout the process.
The SP3JC features a very muscular stance with dynamic sculpturing on the flanks designed to emphasise the front-engine layout, a distinctive air intake outline at the front, and a dramatic rear fascia with horizontal slashes contributing to a wider stance.
The client’s passion for Pop Art is reflected in the strong graphics, and the unique combination of the Azzurro Met and Giallo Modena livery over the main Bianco Italia colour scheme underlines the car’s sensual volumes.
The sporting theme is reinforced by specific detailing such as split glass inserts on the bonnet to show off the 780cv V12 engine, a flying bridge between the fairings of the integral carbon-fibre roll hoops and a brushed aluminium external fuel filler cap.
The seats are trimmed in blue leather with a white insert. The blue leather extends to the lower dashboard and the colour is picked up in the contrasting stitching to the rest of the interior trim.
Test Abu Dhabi – “I’d been waiting for this day for a long time”
Charles Leclerc completes tyre test for Scuderia Ferrari: “A special feeling”
Yas Marina, 28 November –135 laps, or around two and a half Abu Dhabi Grand Prix distances. That’s what Charles Leclerc achieved today, with his new team, as the SF71H bowed out of official duties. In fact, the end of the Pirelli test also marks the end of the 2018 season, even if the focus of these two days was very much on the future, evaluating next year’s tyres.
“Of course it was emotional,” commented the 21 year old Monegasque driver. “Because driving a Ferrari is special and because this was a day I had been waiting for, for so long without being sure if it would happen. I am pleased about that and with the work we did. Our entire programme was based on comparison testing between this and next year’s tyres. For me, it was important because I also got to know the team better, although some were no strangers to me, given my time with the Ferrari Driver Academy. Over the next few weeks, I will work to be in the best possible shape and to learn from everyone in the team and my team-mate. I can’t wait for next season to start…”
By the end of the day, Charles’ best time was a 1’36”450, set on the Hypersoft tyres.
Abu Dhabi Test – “No major surprises”
Seb’s comments after testing new tyre specs for 2019 at Yas Marina
Yas Marina, November 27 – Sebastian’s racing year came to an end today as he completed 68 laps of the Abu Dhabi track, with a best time of 1min36.812, which came courtesy of a fresh set of 2018-spec Hypersoft tyres.
“The purpose of this test is primarily to get a first feeling of the new tyres, with the impressions of the last weekend of racing still fresh in our minds,which gave us the possibility to compare. Unfortunately, today we lost some track time to repair work, but overall I think there were no major surprises as these tyres seem to work and to be fairly similar to the ones we used this season. Now we’ll see how the new regulations for 2019 affect the speed of all cars and how they work in combination with the tyres, also depending on the compound choices at the various tracks”.
Tomorrow, for the second and last day of tyre testing, Charles Leclerc will take over from Seb with a similar programme.
The Ferrari 488 Pista is BBC TopGear Magazine’s Supercar of the Year
Ferrari’s latest special series car continues to garner international recognition
Maranello, 26 November 2018 – Ferrari’s latest mid-engined Special Series V8, the 488 Pista, has been nominated “Supercar of the Year” by BBC Top Gear Magazine. This brings Ferrari’s tally of BBC TopGear Awards to 16, and complements the 488 GTB which won the same award in 2016.
When deciding on the Ferrari 488 Pista as the Supercar of the Year, the editors at BBC TopGear were overwhelmingly impressed by the 488 Pista’s playfulness and the ease with which Ferrari’s control systems allowed the driver to enjoy the full 710hp available from the car’s award-winning twin-turbo V8:
“The Pista is a natural-born performer, a four-wheeled peacock wearing white and blue war paint, constantly wanting to be under the spotlight while creating a plume of smoke out of its arches from disintegrated rubber.”
This is the fourth international accolade taken by the 488 Pista since its launch at the Geneva Show this year. In June the Ferrari 488 Pista’ s 3.9 litre twin-turbo V8 was nominated the best engine in the world in the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards – the third year running that Ferrari’s V8 has taken this award.
In October the 488 Pista was nominated Car Magazine’s Sports Car of the Year 2018 and, more recently, the best Imported Production coupé over €150K in the readers’ poll of leading German automotive magazine, Sport Auto.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina, 25 November 2018
Maurizio Arrivabene. Today’s result, a second place for Sebastian, along with the work of the entire team, means we have been able to finish the world championship with our drivers in second and third places. Kimi deserved a better result from today’s race, but the send off he was given by the guys, as he drove out of the garage was a lovely moment. As from Tuesday, we take part in the tyre test, which is the first step for next season and the entire team, both at the track and back in Maranello, will be giving their utmost once again in 2019. My heartfelt thanks goes to all of them, to our sponsors, our fans and customers, who have always supported us.
Sebastian Vettel. I think today’s race sums up the year pretty well: a few ups and downs and in the end just being close, but not close enough. Today, I really tried to hang on as long as I could, but it was tough being behind Valtteri. I believe I was a little bit quicker, but it was very difficult to get close, especially in the last sector, until he had some issues and I managed to get past. We were strong in the straights and we had speed, but we were struggling in the last sector to keep up, especially in the last two corners. At one point, I had hopes of winning the race, so I was pushing as hard as I could, but in the end it was not enough. It has been a very intense year and I think we have to look at ourselves, as there are many things that we can do better and the potential this team has is still huge.
Kimi Raikkonen. Obviously I’m a bit disappointed. It’s not the way we wanted this last race together to finish. We wanted to do well and I think we would have had a pretty good car for the job. Unfortunately we had an electrical issue; in the back straight, I felt I was lacking power and then everything shut down. It’s a pity but that’s how racing goes sometimes. It’s been a pretty decent season, but the four retirements were not in our plans and obviously did not help; we wanted more for sure. I want to thank all the Ferrari fans who always gave me a lot of support. We went through good and bad times together, and this makes it all the more interesting. Of course we wanted a better finish, but that’s part of the sport. We will always have the memories of winning the Drivers’ Championship and two Constructors Championship together.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Seb second and Kimi still third
Vettel on the podium, but disappointment for Raikkonen who still finished third in the championship
Yas Marina – “We tried our very best and I’m looking forward to staying with you for the coming years. Thanks also to the team, here and in Maranello. Next year we’ll try again.” That was Seb Vettel’s immediate radio comment from the cockpit, after finishing second in the Abu Dhabi GP. He made up one place from where he qualified and drove an impeccable race. The day could have ended on a better note, but for the fact that Kimi Raikkonen had to retire the car with an electrical problem, in his final race for the Scuderia. However, partly helped by Seb’s second place, Kimi still finished third in the championship, his best position since returning to the Scuderia in 2014.
The twilight race start is always a beautiful sight. From the second row, “wearing” the Ultrasoft tyres, the middle compound on offer here, the two Ferraris got away well, with Seb trying to attack Bottas. But there was drama immediately, as Hulkenberg’s Renault tipped over at turn 9. The Safety Car came out, which is not a common occurrence in Abu Dhabi. The race was neutralised for four laps. Once underway again, Kimi was glued to his team-mate. But almost immediately his SF71H crawled to a halt on the start-finish line. The pit wall told him to try and restart it (using the electric MGU-K motor) but unfortunately there was nothing to be done. The Iceman’s final race in red ended in disappointment. Then Hamilton pitted and Seb found himself in second place.
After 15 laps, Vettel was called in for his tyre change, shedding the Ultras and fitting the Supersofts, the hardest compound, to run all the way to the finish. A bit of time was lost with the front right wheel at the pit stop and, as he came out of pit lane, Seb had to attack to get past Ocon. That meant he was unable to pull off the “undercut” on Bottas who pitted after him.
Incredible but true, a few drops of rain began to fall, the craziest strategy variable one might encounter in the Emirati desert. At this point, Seb was running at a very strong pace and in fact the rain didn’t actually dampen the track. Bottas was struggling and Seb got by with 20 laps remaining, at the end of the second sector. With Ricciardo having pitted, Sebastian was now second, 7.3 seconds off Hamilton.
Seb kept pushing and the gap went under 6 seconds, but he also had to keep an eye on Verstappen who was coming up behind, with Ricciardo in tow. The final laps: the gap to the leader got smaller, while Max dropped back. That’s how it ended, with the Scuderia repeating its best result at this track that has never suited it too well. A somewhat sad farewell to Kimi therefore, as his team-mate paid tribute by setting the race fastest lap.
Fuoco ends Formula 2 season with a win
The Ferrari Driver Academy driver won the final race of the year at the Yas Marina circuit
Antonio Fuoco was a convincing winner of the second Formula 2 race held at the Yas Marina circuit. The 22 year old FDA driver got a great start from second on the grid, which saw him take the lead at the first corner. “I knew I had a chance at the start,” explained Fuoco. “And I managed to get off the line really well, passing the pole man to take the lead right away. Once out in front, I concentrated on driving as cleanly as possible so as to manage the tyres well.”
This he did, building up a lead which he then controlled to the chequered flag. “It’s always great to end a season with a win,” added Antonio. “It’s been a long tough season and I think I made a solid contribution to a team that was in its first year in this championship. It’s the perfect way to end 2018.” Thanks to the victory in Abu Dhabi, Fuoco has finished sixth in the championship, with two wins to his name.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – “A solid qualifying”
Seb and Kimi lock out second row of the grid: right tyre choice, just a bit shy of speed in T3
SEB (P3, best lap time 1’35”125 on Hypersofts, will start the race on Ultrasofts):
“I think that today we correctly worked out the direction to take in terms of tyre strategy and we were able to follow the trend. Yesterday we had tried everything, but the Hypersoft tyres didn’t last for long, so we were quite confident they weren’t the tyres we wanted to start the race on. Today I knew in my second run I had some lap time to gain and I wanted to start on the Ultrasofts, so that’s why I was happy to take the risk and do my second run in Q2 on the same compound.
In general, I’ve been happy with our session. For tomorrow I would have liked to start from the front row, but our main rivals probably had saved some performance cushion for the last run in Q3. As I told the guys in the garage, in the race we will fight as much as we can; then anything might happen. Today we had good speed on the straights, but I guess we were lacking a little bit of downforce in the last sector, so let’s see what we can do. For sure, it is going to be a long race”.
KIMI (P4, best lap time 1’35”365 on Hypersofts, will start the race on Ultrasofts):
It was a solid qualifying session and I think there was nothing wrong with the car today, nothing to complain about. In fact, it worked pretty well, we were only lacking a bit of speed especially in Sector 3; that’s where we were losing the most and it has been like that for all the week end. Our competitors were probably playing around a bit in the first part of the session, then in the end the margin was bigger. As for tomorrow, I can only say that we are going to do our best. We will start the race on the Ultrasoft tyres, which hs the choice all the top teams have made. We hadn’t tested that kind of compound before today, and in terms of race pace, we have some figures from Friday’s long runs, but practice is another story from the race itself and usually, on Sunday, the gaps close up a little bit.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – “There is still more to come from the car”
Seb, Kimi looking for extra pace after P2 improvement
SEB (P8 in Session 1, best 1’40”453 on Hypersofts, P6 in Session 2, best 1’37”569 on Hypersofts)
“I think today has been ok; obviously we are not quick enough yet, but we did improve between the two sessions, track conditions came towards us and hopefully tomorrow we will be better placed and we’ll try to do our best. I think on Sunday a lot will depend on the tyres. We tried to work a bit on the car today and we still have some margin in terms of performance, but we need to find another extra bit of pace. However, I think we should be able to improve for the race. I was surprised by the fact that the tyres allow you a second attempt on a fast lap today. This is the last race of the season and I remain focused on this year. There’s still a few months to the beginning of a new Championship, so I think we can still learn something from the car we have now”.
KIMI (P7 in Session 1, best 1’40”417 on Hypersofts; P5 in Session 2, best 1’37”461 on Hypersofts)
“Today, the first session of free practice was a bit tricky in the hotter conditions. However, in the second session after sunset, we were able to improve our pace and the feeling with the car was pretty OK. Twilight conditions do not affect driving at all, only the tyres get a little bit cooler. If you look at the time sheet, you will see that everybody is pretty close, with six drivers within three tenths of a second, so we see where we can end up tomorrow”
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – No reason to be sad”
Ahead of Kimi’s last race with the Scuderia, both he and Seb sum up the season
KIMI: “This is my last race with Ferrari, I’m excited and will try to have a good weekend. At the moment, though, I don’t feel any different to any other end of season race. I’m leaving the team, but we have a very close relationship in many ways. Last night the team organized a party for me, it was a really nice surprise, it was great to have all the team together. It’s so nice to see how much they all appreciate my efforts and I wanted to thank all of them. I don’t see any reason why I should be sad; we’ve had a great time together in two different periods of time, with some difficult days, but that’s all part of the game and I think it makes it even nicer. We won the Drivers’ Championship and two Constructors’ Championships together, I couldn’t ask for more; I’m glad that we managed to do that, it’s great what we achieved. It’s going to be special memories, in the future we are all going to be friends and that’s also important. We’ve come a long way since I returned to Ferrari in 2014; we made a huge step forward and today, everything is definitively going in the right direction. Some things still need to be improved, but it’s the same with everything, the work never ends and we always try to do better”.
SEB: “Overall, I think this has been a good year, but not as good as we wanted, which is clear if you finish second in both Championships. We had a season of highs and lows, so naturally you would like to finish the year on a high. Then we’ll have to focus on how we can do our best for the next one, but first of all, I want to do well here this weekend. I hope the car will be strong and hopefully we can have a good race here in Abu Dhabi. I haven’t thought about the future yet, but the most important thing for me will be to start the new season happily. I think we’ll need a stronger package, as sometimes this year we lacked a bit of speed, but we are working hard to make that step forward and make the difference. All the people working at Ferrari are passionate about their job and feel privileged to be part of this team!”
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – A special end to the season
The final race of the year also brings the curtain down on Kimi’s days in red
The final round of this very long season will come to an end on Sunday night, in the picturesque setting of Yas Marina. However, 2018 Formula 1 track action won’t quite be over by then, because on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, the Abu Dhabi circuit will host the final test session of the year, given over to evaluation and development of next year’s Pirelli tyres. Scuderia Ferrari will be represented by what is in fact its 2019 line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.
The Grand Prix in the Emirates will also be Kimi Raikkonen’s swansong wearing red, after eight seasons with the Prancing Horse team. The first stint, during which he won the world championship, went from 2007 to 2009, while the second started in 2014. As of today, Kimi is fifth in the list of most GP participations and with at least a further two years of racing ahead of him, the signs are that he could end up at number one!
The Scuderia’s trip to this race began when the advance party left on Saturday and those involved in the test session won’t return until Thursday 29th. Apart from the possibility of a couple of drops of rain over the next two days, the Abu Dhabi forecast has no surprises in store for when cars are on track, with temperatures in the 30s for practice and the race. As always here, the night time running adds that something extra to the weekend.
Ferrari unleashes the power of its latest GT models with an exhilarating test drive through Huangshan, China
Esperienza Ferrari visits Anhui Province for an unforgettable drive
Huangshan, 13 November, 2018 – Ferrari staged an exhilarating test drive along the winding routes of Huangshan, Anhui province, with tailor-made programmes specially designed to highlight the sheer power, performance and handling of its latest models. The exclusive event offers esteemed media guests and loyal Ferrari customers the unique opportunity to test-drive the all-new Ferrari Portofino, GTC4Lusso and GTC4Lusso T.
Rich in both culture and history, Huangshan city was a natural choice for Ferrari to demonstrate its latest line-up models. Being one of the three most prestigious regional cultures in China, Hui culture is profound and affluent in philosophical, economical, historical and artistic elements. Huangshan city is also home to one of UNESCO’S World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites, Huangshan Mountain, known and beloved for its scenic features of legendary pines, picturesque rocks and sea of clouds – the perfect setting for a thrilling test drive in some of the world’s most iconic supercars.
With 163 kilometres of pure driving adrenaline passing through ancient villages and lakes, guests were able to push the supercars through challenging routes under the guidance of experienced Ferrari instructors whilst fully enjoy the invigorating driving. In the meantime, guests were also welcomed with culinary feats and cultural marvels to reflect the heritage of the Italian supercar brand. As night fall, the red spotlights lit up the wooden tower adorning the hotel’s gardens, bringing to life the signature symbol of Ferrari, the ‘Cavallino Rampante’.
The three stars of the event showcased their GT pedigree against a backdrop of mountains and ornate Chinese structures. The Ferrari Portofino, new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of sportiness, elegance and on board comfort. It houses an impressive 3.9 litre V8 engine with a top speed of 320 km/h, which won “International Engine of the Year”, three years in a row. Capable of unleashing 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, the Portofino is a powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space plus two rear seats suitable for short trips.
The GTC4Lusso T is also equipped with the award winning V8 turbo engine capable of punching out a maximum speed of 320 km/h. With decreased fuel consumption and significantly less weight, the GTC4Lusso T is the perfect supercar to fulfil daily driving needs with enough space for four. As another member of the GT family, the GTC4Lusso offers unrivalled performance with a 12-cylinder engine that delivers smooth, consistent power with a top speed of 335 km/h, while superb drivability is guaranteed in all weather conditions thanks to its new control and integration logics with evolved 4RM systems (four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering). This is a car designed for those eager to experience the pleasure of driving a Ferrari anywhere and anytime, be it on short spins or long journeys, snowy mountain roads or city streets, alone or in the company of three.
Completing the impressive line-up of Ferrari supercars, guest also tested the 812 Superfast, designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre and with a V12 powertrain boosted to a maximum speed in excess of 340 km/h; the 488 GTB, a mid-engined V8 supercar which can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in an astonishing 3 seconds; and the 488 Spider, delivering a top speed in excess of 325 km/h, is one of the most powerful and innovative Ferrari Spider ever built.
Reflecting on the success of the Esperienza Ferrari test drive, Mr. Paul Smyth, President of Ferrari Greater China, commented, “We are delighted to bring our latest line-up models to our Chinese advocates. Esperienza Ferrari is as much a social activity as it is a thrilling driving event, providing an exclusive platform for our loyal customers and advocates to come together as likeminded Ferrari enthusiasts. As a Ferrari aficionado myself and after 20 years with the brand, it gives me great pleasure to see that the fascination for our super sports cars has been firmly rooted on Chinese soil; and we endeavour to keep bringing innovative products and exciting events to meet the sophisticated demands of our Chinese Ferrari owners and enthusiasts.”
Brazilian Grand Prix – São Paolo 11 November
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Unfortunately, even though Kimi finished on the podium today, we were unable to reach our goal, which was to keep the battle going for the Constructors’ title. Right from the formation lap, we became aware of a problem with a sensor on Seb’s car. This meant that, for the whole race, he had to run different settings to those we would have normally used and that made the car difficult to drive. Congratulations to Mercedes on taking the teams’ title.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a nice exciting race. We had good battles throughout and the car was working well during the whole race. The speed was there and we had no particular issues. The first set of tires was very good at the start and I was really happy, but then I destroyed them a little bit trying to pass the Mercedes. Once we changed the tires the car was absolutely fine; we kind of knew that once we pitted we could have gone past them. After that the behaviour of the car was still very good, but at that point we were a bit too late, as it had taken too long for us to get there. As for the strategy, we did what we thought was the best for us. We can always debate many things, but today we made the best of it. Obviously it is not the greatest of results, but I don’t think we could have got more; we did not make any mistakes and fought hard. As for the Constructors’ Championship we knew that it would have been difficult; we did our best, but unfortunately it was not enough. The best team won this year, that’s how it goes.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Obviously, this was not an easy race and I am not happy with sixth place. I tried to do my best, but the car was difficult to drive and I even struggled to drive on the straights. However, I am happy that Kimi got to the podium, because it is a good result for us, even if we didn’t win the Constructors’ Championship. Honestly, I don’t think it was an advantage for us to start on Soft tyres, because the Supersofts lasted longer than expected, but that’s how it was. The first part of my start was going well, but then the second was not that good, as I had nowhere to go with Lewis in front of me. I think we just didn’t have enough grip in the second part of the “esses”, Lewis and Valtteri worked together and I had no chance. Also, Lewis was a little bit quicker on the brakes to give Valtteri the outside line and then in lap 2 or 3 Max passed us as he was faster. There’s not much to say as this year Mercedes has been stronger than us and we can only congratulate them.”
Brazilian Grand Prix – Ferrari on the podium again
Kimi third, Seb sixth with a sensor problem
Interlagos, 11 November – Kimi Raikkonen stood on the podium after coming third in the Brazilian Grand Prix. For Seb Vettel it was a case of damage limitation, after a sensor problem meant his SF71H was proving difficult to drive. It was a tricky Sunday with different conditions to those experienced up until the end of qualifying. But at least, with one race still to go, the Scuderia has had more podium finishes than it did in 2017.
FILM OF THE RACE – Sun or rain? That’s the eternal question at Interlagos. In fact, before the start, it was hot with track temperature exceeding 40 degrees. A daring and well planned strategy had seen the two Ferraris qualify on the Option tyre, the Soft, which is more durable than the Supersoft. Seb was second on the grid and Kimi fourth.
Getting off the line, the harder tyre didn’t give any advantage and Seb found himself slightly blocked by Hamilton and let Bottas by. Kimi was fending off Verstappen, but the Dutchman forced his way by at the start of the second lap, going on to snatch third place too. Seb locked up under braking and Kimi made the most of it.
After ten laps, the tyre choice began to pay off, as could be seen in the all-Finnish duel between Bottas and Raikkonen. Valtteri was doing a good job of defending and the Scuderia went for a strategic move: in the pits the tyres were ready, but the driver went by without stopping. However, his fellow countryman did pit, followed next time round by Hamilton.
On lap 28, Sebastian pitted, the crew pulling off the stop in a record time, under two seconds. Kimi stayed out for a further four laps, before also coming down pit lane, when the mechanics again did a brilliant job, so that he emerged right behind Seb, who was chasing Bottas.
The number 5 car had picked up a sensor problem even before the start and so the two drivers swapped places, with Kimi immediately setting a race fastest lap as he set his sights on Bottas. With 30 laps to go, there were two duels: Kimi versus Bottas, while Seb was doing all in his power to fend off Ricciardo.
There was drama on lap 44, when Ocon, a lap down, tried to unlap himself from Verstappen going into the Senna corner, spinning both he and the Dutchman around. Meanwhile, Kimi got ahead of the Mercedes to make it into the podium zone, while Ricciardo won a great battle with Sebastian who, in order to deal with the driveability problem, decided to switch to a two stop strategy, fitting a set of Supersofts, which soon saw him retake sixth place.
Out in front, the top four were separated by just five seconds. Kimi gave his all and made it to the podium, while Seb did what he could and came home sixth. There are no world titles left to fight for this year, but we are ready to give it our best shot as usual in the final race of the season.
Brazilian Grand Prix – “Happy with the car today”
Seb’s and Kimi’s comments at the end of an eventful Qualifying session
SEB (P2, 1min07sec364 on Supersofts, will start on Softs tomorrow):
“I think what happened today with the scales is clear, so I believe we should just talk about qualifying. Today we had some good laps and tire management was really good. On my last run in Q3, I made a small mistake in Turn 8 and that cost me some time and momentum. I knew I had to push a little more, maybe it would work and maybe not, and in the end it didn’t work, but I am not complaining, as the car felt really good to drive. Starting on the Option (Soft) tires tomorrow may be useful for the race, unless it rains of course: we also have an estimate of what the disadvantage might be right at the getaway, through having less grip, but it’s a very short run to Turn 1, so we’ll see. I think a lot will depend on the job we do at the start to get everything right”.
KIMI (P4, 1min07sec456 on Supersofts, will start on Softs tomorrow):
“Considering how difficult the weekend has been so far, this qualifying has been our best session. The result is obviously not ideal but we did a good job. I was happy with my car and that’s a positive thing for tomorrow. In Q2 the conditions were tricky, there was risk of rain, but we decided to go out with the Soft tires to try and start the race on that compound and it worked. We think this is the best option for us, but now we’ll see, as there are many things that can happen in the race. On my last attempt I did a very good first part of the lap, but then I fell off a little bit in the last sector; I tried to get it back on the last corner but could not improve my lap time. The time difference with the guys at the front is very small, it was a close battle; the race will be very interesting tomorrow”.
Brazilian Grand Prix – “A good Friday with decent runs”
Seb’s and Kimi’s comments after P2: “There’s work yet to be done”
SEB (P3, 42 laps best in 1min08sec919 on Supersofts)
“Today was a good Friday and I think we had decent runs; the biggest worry we had today was a little screw that had ended up between my feet, but we found it in the end, so apart from that, I think it was ok. Tyre management was also ok, but Sunday is going to be more challenging. However, we still need to improve the car as it is does not feel perfect yet. There’s still some work to do, but I think that if we can get the balance in the window, it can be fine. It is supposed to be hotter over the next days, so that could make it tricky for the tire management, but we’ll see”.
KIMI (P6, 42 laps, best in 1min09sec412 on Supersofts)
“It was not the easiest day today, quite tricky in many ways, but it’s Friday and that’s how it goes sometimes. Very often, on the first day of practice, we struggle a bit here and there; there are some sections of the track which are good for us, and some others which are not that good, but that’s part of the game. Regarding the tires, the harder compound felt a bit slippery, but it’s more or less what we expected. For sure we have some work to do; we’ll make some changes and then we’ll see where we get to”.
Brazilian Grand Prix – “We’ll keep fighting and hope to win”
Kimi and Seb reflect on the challenge at Interlagos
SEB: “We have two more races to go and I am looking forward to racing. I think this is not the right time to draw conclusions as the Championship is not completely over yet. I would like to win these last two races. The last two Grands Prix were better for us in terms of pace, so hopefully we can continue like that and we be able to win. For sure, we’ll try to do the best that we can. We want to focus on winning the Constructors’ Championship, trying to put our main competitors as far back as we can. As for this circuit, it is difficult to predict what will happen, as Interlagos has an unusual layout, one on which… things just happen. We’ll see how the weather turns out, but I believe it’s going to be a challenging weekend. Along the way something went wrong for us this year and we need to make sure we learn from it; clearly we missed something and it’s up to us to fix it and make sure it won’t happen again”.
KIMI: “Interlagos is a nice circuit, although probably not the easiest one to drive. They‘ve downsized the kerbs somehow and certain corners have changed quite a bit because of that. The track has been resurfaced and the grip is very good here now. As for our expectations, it’s a bit pointless to start guessing where we are going to end up this weekend: we’ll do our best and see what it brings. Hopefully we can be there in the fight. The last race for sure was not easy, despite the podium finish, but then Mexico is a special place: here it should be okay. The Constructors’ Championship is probably the most important to win for any team especially for manufacturers. We’ll try our best and the see what we can get in the end. We are not in the strongest position on that, but we are still in it and we’ll keep fighting”.
Brazilian Grand Prix – On to Brazil
All you need to know about the penultimate championship round
For Scuderia Ferrari, the Brazil trip began last Saturday, when the race team’s “advance party” set off for Sao Paulo. Heading into the penultimate round of the season, the race is still on for the Constructors’ title and the aim is to fight for it all the way to the very end. Whatever the outcome, the numbers show that this has been the Prancing Horse’s best season since 2008 in terms of number of wins, pole positions and championship points scored.
The track that saw Kimi Raikkonen crowned champion with Ferrari back in 2007 is named after Carlos Pace, who died in a plane crash in 1977. This very talented driver had also raced for Ferrari in what was then known as the prototype championship. The track runs alongside the Avenida Interlagos, in a suburb of the Brazilian megalopolis. It’s a rather dated facility, although the infrastructure was recently upgraded. The circuit is just a little over 4.3 Km in length and features fifteen corners and it’s quite a quick lap: the pole time for last year’s race, won by Sebastian Vettel, was just over one minute and 8 seconds.
It’s a popular track, offering spectacular views such as the one of the esses named in honour of Ayrton Senna, that come at the end of the main straight. Visibility for the fans is excellent as the whole track is set in a natural bowl. The weather? According to the forecast, there is a chance of rain on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and here the downpours are usually torrential. Sunday however is meant to be dry. That’s a script we have seen many times before during this 2018 season.
Finali Mondiali – The big Ferrari party takes place at Monza
More than 30,000 people in the grandstands on the final day
Monza, 4 November 2018 – More than 30,000 people flocked to the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza for the final day of Ferrari Finali Mondiali, where the world titles of the four classes of the Ferrari Challenge were assigned and a great show staged involving almost 100 Prancing Horse cars. More than 50,000 people attended the circuit over the four days of the event despite the rain that disrupted the first races of the weekend.
The show. The last day of the Finali Mondiali saw the presence of Chief Executive Officer, Louis Camilleri, Managing Director of Gestione Sportiva, Maurizio Arrivabene, and Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Enrico Galliera, who presented the awards to the new Ferrari Challenge world champions and then attended the Attività Sportive GT track show. The show started with four F60s Formula 1 cars driven by Marc Gené, Giancarlo Fisichella, Andrea Bertolini and Davide Rigon, who then also took part in the GT Competizioni part of the show with the 488 GTEs competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 488 GT3s of the International GT Open and Pirelli World Challenge. The official standard-bearers were joined by the F1 Clienti single-seaters and the cars of the XX Programmes as well as members of the Ferrari Owners Club. As well as the fans, there were also members of the Scuderia Ferrari Clubs and many Ferrari employees who came from Maranello.
Fabienne’s fairy-tale. The Ferrari Challenge has written yet another page in a unique story, with its first ever woman champion. Fabienne Wohlwend triumphed in the Trofeo Pirelli Am at the wheel of the 488 Challenge of Octane 126 for the best possible end to a season already full of satisfaction for the driver from Liechtenstein. The Trofeo Pirelli title went to the Dane Nicklas Nielsen after an exciting battle with home driver David Fumanelli, while the Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell Am races were won respectively by Switzerland’s Christophe Hurni and Sweden’s Ingvar Mattsson.
Nel paddock. On the final day, the paddock was literally invaded by fans and tifosi who got the chance to see the entire road range, as well as 40 legendary cars whose names are inextricably linked to the history of Monza and the new Ferrari 488 Pista Spider and Monza SP1 and SP2. For 10 lucky employees from Maranello there was also the unforgettable experience of a hot lap in a 488 GTB of the Corso Pilota alongside one of the Competizioni GT drivers.
Ferrari Challenge – Nicklas Nielsen and Fabienne Wohlwend 2018 Trofeo Pirelli champions
Monza, 4 November 2018 – Nicklas Nielsen (Formula Racing) claimed the Trofeo Pirelli Championship and Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) was the first woman to ever claim a World Final championship at the final race of the 2018 Finali Mondiali.
Dramatic Start. Thirty seven cars lined up to contest the thirty minute sprint to the championship, but a number of cars were eliminated before even arriving to Turn 1. Light car to car contact sent Cooper MacNeil (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari Beverly Hills) spearing left and into the Armco, rebounding back across the track before finally coming to a rest at pit-out. The chaos collected a number of cars, particularly from the North American continent and caused the race to be red-flagged while repairs to the Armco barriers could be enacted.
Restart. As the red flag had come out before any cars could take a full lap, a double file re-start was again called for. David Fumanelli (Rossocorsa) moved up to the lead as pole sitter Bjorn Grossman (Octane 126) was forced into the pits and retired. David was able to withstand a strong attack from Nicklas Neilsen in the opening corner, but that battle was far from settled. In Trofeo Pirelli AM, Fabienne maintained her lead with a bit of a cushion from second place Renaldi Hutasoit (Ferrari Jakarta) in the form of another Trofeo Pirelli car. Further back in Trofeo Pirelli AM, Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa) and Ross Chouest (Ferrari of Palm Beach) began another battle that would last all race, separated by only a few tenths.
Second Safety Car. The on track action would be put on hold a second time by a high speed incident on the front straight that sent them careening at high speed through the first chicane and into cars exiting on the other side. This brought out the second safety car period of the race, with 16 minutes remaining. It would take another 8 minutes to clean the resulting debris.
Restart and Finish. At the re-start, the battle between David Fumanelli and Nicklas Nielsen resumed almost immediately. But it was not until there were only two minutes to go that Nicklas was able to make the decisive move. On the approach to parabolica, Nicklas faded left before juking right. The move seemed to catch David unawares as he opened his hands in surprise. The small adjustment was all that Nicklas needed to power through. While the two both over-ran the first chicane, David had to give back his advantage. In Trofeo Pirelli AM, Fabienne maintained her advantage over Renaldi, but the true battle was for third place as Ross Chouest continued to pressure Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa). But the American was unable to take his place on the podium, falling behind the Sweede by just two tenths of a second.
Ferrari Challenge – Christophe Hurni Dominates Coppa Shell Finali
Monza, 4 November 2018 – Christophe Hurni (Team Zenith Sion – Lausanne) took the championship in Coppa Shell with a lights to flag victory. As overcast skies rolled in over the Temple of Speed, Christophe made a perfect start and held his lead into the first chicane.
Dramatic Opening Lap. The Coppa Shell category was interrupted by a single safety-car period when two incidents required clean-up on the opening lap. The first predictably occurred in the first chicane when two mid-pack cars came together at the end of Monza’s long main straight. Some additional door banging involving Erich Prinoth (Ineco – MP Racing) and another car in the same chicane caused a bit of bodywork to begin to rub on Erich’s tire. The Italian soldiered on, at speed, but the tire predictably let go just prior to the Ascari chicane, leaving a significant amount of debris and fluid on track.
Tippl Attempts Fight Back. The safety car period was a bit of a gift for Thomas Tippl (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari Beverly Hills). Thomas was swamped at the start, falling from the front row to 4th by the time the safety-car was called. Once the race got back under way, Thomas was able to set a sequence of fastest laps, earning third position with a daring pass down the inside into the parabolica with 15 minutes to go and set about hunting down Tani Hanna (Scuderia Lebanon). The APAC driver held his own despite an overly optimistic move from Thomas, again into the Parabolica that did not stick.
Final Laps. With Christophe well and truly clear of Tanni, it seemed the race would resolve without great drama with Christophe leading Tanni, leading Tippl to the line. On the final lap, however, Tanni made a mistake into the second chicane and ran wide. The paved run-off ensured he was able to rejoin quickly, but the week’s rain and humidity meant that the run-off was wet. The resulting loss of grip meant that he was virtually defenseless against Thomas who seized the moment to take the inside line at the first Lessmo. Forced off of a dry line that had formed, Tanni became a passenger and spun into the gravel trap outside Lesmo 1. This promoted Manuela Gostner (Ineco – MP Racing) to the third and final step on the podium.
Ferrari Challenge – Mattsson is the Coppa Shell AM World Champion
Monza, 4 November 2018 – Ingvar Mattsson (Scuderia Autoropa) claimed the World Championship in Coppa Shell AM, staying clear of a hectic race that saw multiple incidents as cars battled for the remaining steps on the podium. Run under blue skies and dry conditions, the twenty seven Coppa Shell competitors put on quite a show to open the Finali Mondiali at the Temple of Speed.
The champion. Ingvar Mattsson drove a flawless race, but it was not without its moments. Most important was the first corner on the first lap when Murat Cuhadaroglu (Kessel Racing) made a lunge in the first chicane, and briefly took the lead. He sustained the lead through the opening period when a safety-car interrupted the proceedings for a first lap incident in the first chicane. Ingvar would regain the lead on the restart, a move that would prove decisive.
Battle for second. The battle for second, however, raged throughout the race. Murat fell back into the clutches of John Megrue (Ferrari of Long Island) and Agata Smolka (Rossocorsa) who swapped positions numerous times, each leveraging the miscues of the other to gain advantage. Murat in particular put up a spirited defense, taking second place back from John Megrue, however the American driver returned the favor with only five minutes to go. Murat’s attempt to regain his advantage ultimately cost him as he went off circuit and lost a significant amount of time and positions, finishing in 21st overall.
Final lap. With Murat now out of contention, the battle raged between Agata Smolka, John Megrue and Alexander Nussbaumer (Formula Racing). Intense competition at the front had both allowed Ingvar some breathing room and brought some lower placed cars into contention for the podium. In a crazy sequence of corners, John Megrue found himself in fourth, just behind Alexander. As the two exited the Ascari Chicane, John was able to close the gap and lunged down the inside. The two made contact and spun with John able to rescue the car and cross the line first. A post-race inquiry confirmed that John was in the right and Alexander had simply turned in on the American.
Challenge Europe – Hurni Claims Championship, Fumanelli wins at home
Monza, 3 November 2018 – David Fumanelli (Rossocorsa) survived a late charge from Nicklas Nielsen (Formula Racing) to win the final race of the European Series of Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli. While early showers left the track soaked for the start of the race, the sun finally showed itself in the second half of the race. Competitors made use of the extra grip to set faster and faster lap times, but to the detriment of their treaded Pirelli tires.
Trofeo Pirelli. David Fumanelli led from lights to flag at the Temple of Speed, but his path to victory was far from easy. Tricky wet conditions generated several spins in other categories, but he survived a critical restart and began to establish his lead over the rest of the field. Further back, however, there was drama as Louis Prette (Formula Racing), starting second, was soon demoted to fourth at the expense of Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) and Nicklas Nielsen. Tha Dane was on an absolute tear and forced his way past Grossmann past the midway point in the race and set to work chasing down David. His chase, however, ran out of time, as a last gasp move into the Parabolica on the final lap was thwarted by corner entry oversteer.
Trofeo Pirelli AM. Chris Froggatt (Ferrari GB – H.R. Owen) took victory in an exceedingly tight battle with Jack Brown (Ferrari GB – Graypaul Nottingham) that ended up with the two cars separated by only 0.18 seconds at the conclusion of the race. While Chris was able to largely drive from the front, Jack Brown had to make several audacious overtaking maneuvers, passing Christian Overgaard (Baron Motorsport) for second place. Christian ultimately fell down the order, finishing in fourth in the category but behind several Coppa Shell cars. Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) completed the podium in third position but was later penalized and so Christian Overgaard took the last step of the podium.
Coppa Shell. Christophe Hurni (Team Zenith Sion – Lausanne) claimed the final Championship within the European leg of Ferrari Challenge after his chief challengers were unable to achieve the requisite result. Manuela Gostner (Ineco – MP Racing) took the win and the Ladies Cup in Coppa Shell in a wild race where any one of five drivers could have won. In what was a tight battle all race, the Gostner sisters traded positions with Ernst Kirchmayr (Baron Motorsport), Erich Prinoth (Ineco – M.P. Racing) and Eric Cheung (Formula Racing). Ultimately, it was Manuela, followed by Ernst, followed by Erich respectively on the podium.
Coppa Shell AM. Murat Cuhadaroglu (Kessel Racing) took his second win of the weekend, beating out Agata Smolka (Rossocorsa) and Igvar Mattsson (Scuderia Autoropa). The three did battle for the duration of the race, but ultimately Murat was able to lead from the front while his pursuers had to settle for the positions that they started in.
Schedule. This race concluded the European leg of the Ferrari Challenge. The Finali Mondiali will take place tomorrow starting at 9.00 for Coppa Shell AM, 10.35 for Coppa Shell and 12.55 for Trofeo Pirelli and Trofeo Pirelli AM
Challenge NA – Ross Chouest Wins Dramatic Trofeo Pirelli AM Championship – Hites Takes Overall Win
Monza, 3 November 2018 – Ross Chouest (Ferrari of Palm Beach) claimed the last undecided championship in the North American series with his third place finish in the Trofeo Pirelli AM category. As the sun fell on the Monza Temple of Speed, the North American circuit was able to fit slicks and use them to their full affect in the 30-minute sprint. The sun had long set by the time the last of the champagne was sprayed as the podiums of all three classes reveled in a well-enjoyed season.
Trofeo Pirelli. Cooper MacNeil (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari Beverly Hills) elected to sit out the final race of the year, having already secured his place at the top of the championship rankings and saving the car for the Finali Mondiali on Sunday. This left the field open for Peter Ludwig (Wide World Ferrari) and Benjamin Hites (The Collection). A jump-start, however, meant that Peter had to serve a drive-through penalty, leaving Benjamin Hites to claim the win. James Weiland (Boardwalk Ferrari) and Jean-Claude Saada (Boardwalk Ferrari) rounded out the podium.
Trofeo Pirelli AM. By far the greatest drama and greatest stakes of the race were found in the Trofeo Pirelli AM category. Rob Hodes (Scuderia CAVA – Ferrari of Washington) had to recover a three-point deficit to Ross Chouest (Ferrari of Palm Beach), and thus had to finish ahead of him on the road to claim his championship. After Ross was able to eeke ahead, Rob made a mis-judged move into the first chicane and made contact with Ross causing him to spin. The stewards ruled that this was avoidable conflict and Rob had to serve a drive through, ending his championship ambitions. John Boyd (Ferrari of Denver) took second and Rob was able to salvage the bottom step of the podium.
Coppa Shell. Mark Fuller (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari Westlake) took the win over Thomas Tippl (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari of Beverly Hills), passing the Coppa Shell champion on the track in the waning laps of the race. Chis Carel (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari of Beverly Hills) made the podium an all Scuderia Corsa affair, claiming the third step.
Coppa Shell AM. Brian Simon (Cauley Ferrari) did an excellent job to finish 9th overall and first in the Coppa Shell AM category, just four seconds off of Thomas Tippl and Mark Fuller’s pace. Ted Giovanis (Scuderia CAVA – Ferrari of Washington) claimed the second step while John Megrue (Ferrari of Long Island) took third.
Schedule. This race concluded the North American leg of the Ferrari Challenge. The Finali Mondiali will take place on Sunday starting at 9.00 for Coppa Shell AM, 10.35 for Coppa Shell and 12.55 for Trofeo Pirelli and Trofeo Pirelli AM
Challenge APAC – Prette Wins Trofeo Pirelli Championship in Chaotic Race
Monza, 3 November 2018 – Philippe Prette (Blackbird Concessionaires) took the race win and the championship in a chaotic race that saw multiple changes for the lead. The sunshine that began in the European race continued and a true dry line emerged, allowing the APAC series to finally run on slick tires.
Trofeo Pirelli. A race long battle for supremacy gripped the front of the APAC field as Alex Au (Blackbird Concessionaires) and Philippe Prette did battle, virtually from the off. The Italian started from the lead and maintained his advantage through the first chicane but the Hong Kong driver was never far behind. Despite missing the braking for the first chicane with 20 minutes to go, he was soon again at Prette’s bumper and finally made a move stick a few minutes later. That was not the end of it, as Prette was able to execute a pass with five minutes to go. It would prove to be the pass for the championship. Alex went off in his pursuit and so was unable to mount another challenge. Go Max (M Auto Hiroshima) rounded out the podium in third.
Coppa Shell. Tani Hanna (Scuderia Lebanon) took the win after a dramatic moment early in the race. The Lebanese driver spun, but thankfully had enough of a cushion that he was able to continue without any negative affect. He was followed by Kazuyuki Yamaguchi (Cornes Osaka) for his first podium of the weekend and Tiger Wu (Modena Motori) followed them home in third.
Coppa Shell AM. Newly minted champion, David Dicker (Continental Cars NZ) took his second win of the weekend, having worked his way there after starting a bit further back on the grid. David was followed to the finish by Kent Chen (Modena Motori), the pair finishing over 11 seconds apart. Kent started second and ultimately maintained that position. Grant Baker (Continental Cars NZ) also maintained his position, starting and finishing third. Polesitter Alex Wu ultimately fell out of contention, falling to fourth at the finish.
Schedule. This race concluded the Asia Pacific leg of the Ferrari Challenge. The Finali Mondiali will take place on Sunday starting at 9.00 for Coppa Shell AM, 10.35 for Coppa Shell and 12.55 for Trofeo Pirelli and Trofeo Pirelli AM
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Murat Cuhadaroglu Claims Championship Under Sunset at Monza
Monza, 2 November 2018 – The clouds broke to reveal a glorious sunset while the first day of racing action at the Finali Mondiali concluded with Race 1 of the European leg of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli. The largest grid of the weekend at 39 cars took to a track that started wet and remained wet for the entire 30 minute run-time.
Trofeo Pirelli. Nicklas Nielsen (Formula Racing) demonstrated once again why he is the Trofeo Pirelli Champion in Europe. Despite starting further down the grid, by the end of the first lap he had regained his leadership position, and by the time it came to the finish, he had established a 12 second gap to second and third. Thankfully, second and third provided race-long drama as Formula Racing’s Jens Liebhauser and Lous Prette had a race-long fight. The battle was not decided until the very last lap and the very last corner when Jens held off his challenger through Parabolica. The final gap was only eight tenths of a second.
Trofeo Pirelli Am. Chris Froggatt (Ferrari GB – H.R. Owen) continued his impressive run of form, winning the Trofeo Pirelli AM category without too much trouble over his nearest competitors. He led home Jack Brown (Ferrari GB – Graypaul Nottingham) and Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa). Trofeo Pirelli AM polesitter Fabiennne Wohlwend (Octane 126) was shuffled down the order and ultimately finished fifth in the category but did capture the Ladies’ Cup with her performance.
Coppa Shell. Christophe Hurni (Team Zenith Sion-Lausanne) took an important win in Race-1, holding of his chief championship antagonist, Eric Cheung (Formula Racing) by seven and one-half seconds. The result had critical championship implications as Christophe was only 7.5 points ahead of Eric going in to the weekend. Today’s victory extended his points margin and will make his race on Saturday much less stressful. Christan Kinch (Gohm Motorsport BB) took the final step on the podium.
Coppa Shell Am. Laurent De Meeus (Ferrari GB-H.R. Owen) claimed his first win of the season on the back of an excellent performance at the Temple of Speed. Surviving a consistently damp race, he was able to claim victory with very little margin to spare. His nearest competitor in the Coppa Shell category was only 1.9 seconds behind. That nearest competitor was Murat Cuhadaroglu (Kessel Racing), who was able to turn second place into a championship victory in Coppa Shell-AM. Dusan Palcr (Scuderia Praha) advanced well from the 18th row on the grid to finish third in the category.
Schedule. The European leg of the Ferrari Challenge will conclude tomorrow, starting at 9 for qualifying, and concluding with Race-2 at 12.55.
Ferrari Chellenge APAC – David Dicker Claims Coppa Shell-AM Championship in the Wet
Monza, 2 November 2018 – A wet but drying circuit greeted the drivers of the Asia-Pacific leg of the Ferrari Challenge as the earlier rain shower that made the North American race so entertaining abated. In the interest of caution, drivers performed two laps behind the Safety Car before being unleashed for a thirty-minute sprint at the Temple of Speed, Monza.
Trofeo Pirelli. Philippe Prette (Blackbird Concessionaires) took an impressive Race-1 win, passing Renaldi Hutasoit (Ferrari Jakarta) as the race restarted with thirteen minutes to go. The battle for the lead would continue all race as Renaldi attempted a pass on the final lap on the exit to Parabolica. While he seemed to be closing the gap to Philippe, the line came too soon, and Renaldi finished three tenths behind. Philippe’s pass at the restart proved critical for his championship hopes as he started the weekend in third in the championship and his win has closed his gap considerably to the leaders. Martin Berry (Ital Auto Singapore) finished third.
Coppa Shell. Tani Hanna (Scuderia Lebanon) claimed victory at the Temple of Speed in Race 1. Tani was consistent, clean and untouchable by anyone in his class, winning by a margin of over ten seconds. The fight for second place proved dramatic, however, as Yanbin Xing (CTF Beijing) overcame Tiger Wu’s (Modena Motori) defenses and took second place, ultimately stretching his margin to four seconds over the Chinese Taipei driver. The class also proved responsible for the loan caution period of the race as Charles Chan (Blackbird Concessionaires) was tipped into a spin in Lesmo 1. The gravel proved too much for the stricken Ferrari 488 Challenge car, requiring a tow and safety-car interruption.
Coppa Shell Am. David Dicker (Continental Cars NZ) claimed the Coppa Shell AM championship simply by starting the race, but that did not stop him from claiming the class victory by seven seconds over Kent Chen (Modena Motori). His win did not come without some drama, however, as the Australian driver was initially dicing with Trofeo Pirelli AM and Coppa Shell drivers before a mistake dropped him back into close proximity to Kent. That was the last mistake he would make, however, en route to victory at the Temple of Speed. Andrew Moon (Forza Motors Korea) rounded out the podium, defending his position by 1.9 seconds over Evan Mak (Denker Group).
Schedule. The APAC championship will return to the circuit on Saturday at 10.35 for qualifying followed by the second race of the weekend at 14.50
Ferrari Challenge NA – Cooper MacNeil, John Megrue Confirm as North American Champions
Monza, 2 November 2018 – Cooper MacNeil (Scuderia Corsa–Ferrari Beverly Hills) and John Megrue (Ferrari Long Island) confirmed their status as champions of the North American series of Ferrari Challenge at Monza. Racing under grey skies and starting on a dry track, Race-1 soon took a dramatic turn as light sprinkles and then a full on downpour wet the circuit. In the drama, some drivers elected to pit, gambling the time lost would be made up as the rain continued. Others elected to stick it out – betting on their own ability would be worth more than the time lost. The result was a thrilling and chaotic start to the Finali Mondiali.
Trofeo Pirelli. Having started on pole, Cooper MacNeil started from pole and did not look back, maintaining a 1.5 second advantage over the well-qualified Thomas Tippl (Scuderia Corsa–Ferrari Beverly Hills). Despite some dramas further back at the first corner that eliminated Angie King (Scuderia Corsa-Ferrari of Beverly Hills) and Murray Rothlander (Ferrari of Vancouver), Cooper was able to establish a gap and control the race from the front. Cooper’s win, his ninth of the season, was enough to secure him the championship in North America. Further back, Benjamin Hites (The Collection) held second against a hard-charging Peter Ludwig (Wide World Ferrari). As the rain began to fall, Peter became ever more aggressive, saving some lurid moments in the treacherous conditions. Ultimately, however, he was able to pass Benjamin and as the rain intensified, Hites made the decision to pit for rain tires, loosing significant time in the process. That also promoted Chris Cagnazzi (Ferrari of Long Island) into third place. But as the conditions worsened, Chris was unable to hang on to the position, ultimately crashing in the Lesmo corners, ending the race early and promoting Jean-Claude Saada (Boardwalk Ferrari) to the podium.
Trofeo Pirelli AM. Ross Chouest (Ferrari of Palm Beach) took the win in Race-1 – earning critical points that have put him in the lead of a very tight Trofeo Pirelli AM championship. He now leads Rob Hodes (Scuderia CAVA–Ferrari of Washington), who managed third in class, by three points. Second place was claimed by John Boyd (Ferrari of Denver). The championship contender Murray Rothlander suffered a serious blow to his championship hopes after a first corner, first lap incident that involved Angie King. Murray’s car became airborne briefly over the high curbs and he retired soon after due to suspension damage.
Coppa Shell. Thomas Tippl (Scuderia Corsa–Ferrari Beverly Hills) did an exceptional job to qualify second overall and he maintained that position through the opening few laps. As the rain intensified, he was able to dice with the top Trofeo Pirelli drivers before ultimately finishing third overall and first in class. Further behind, Brian Kaminskey (Ferrari of Long Island) claimed a well deserved podium in his black 488 Challenge car, accented distinctively by neon green wheels and striping. He finished only five seconds ahead of Chris Carel (Scuderia Corsa-Ferrari Beverly Hills) who took the final podium position.
Coppa Shell AM. John Megrue (Ferrari of Long Island) secured his first Ferrari Challenge championship in his first season of competition with the series in the Coppa Shell AM category. Capping an impressive season, John finished among drivers in the Trofeo Pirelli AM category, and nearly 13 seconds ahead of his nearest Coppa Shell AM competitor. That nearest competitor was Brian Simon (Cauley Ferrari) who was closely followed by Theodore Giovanis (Boardwalk Ferrari).
Schedule. Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli North America will return to action on Saturday morning at 11.15 for qualifying followed by racing action at 16.40.
Ferrari Challenge APAC – Dicker a point from glory
Monza, 2 Nov 2018 – While the Trofeo Pirelli of the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific is still very open, the Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell Am are done deals. Tani Hanna, the Lebanese driver of Scuderia Lebanon arrives at the Finali Mondiali in Monza with the Coppa Shell title in his pocket after six victories and four podiums.
Coppa Shell Am. The other category is yet to be decided but the Australian David Dicker of Continental Cars NZ is just a point off victory. He only needs to turn up and start the first race of the weekend to seal the title ahead of New Zealander Grant Baker, also of Continental Cars NZ.
Outsiders. The outsiders include Andrew Moon, driver of the 488 Challenge of Forza Motors Korea, twice winner this season, and Hent Chen, of Modena Motors, with victories in Race-1 at Suzuka and Singapore, two beautiful but very different tracks. The two Ferrari Challenge APAC races take place on Friday and Saturday at 2.50 pm.
Ferrari Challenge NA – MacNeil against Ludwig in the Trofeo Pirelli
Monza – Last year at Mugello the Trofeo Pirelli saw a three-way tussle between Peter Ludwig, Wei Lu and Cooper MacNeil. Ludwig triumphed by just two lengths. In 2018, Lu switched to GT racing in the Ferrari 488 GT3 of TR3 Racing, while Ludwig and MacNeil, also involved in the IMSA championship, once again come to the final round of the season with the title at stake.
Parallel path. MacNeil has a 29-point lead, a gap that has been built-up race after race even though the two rivals have mirrored each other almost perfectly all season long. At Daytona MacNeil won Race-1 ahead of Ludwig, but the positions reversed the next day. At COTA, the Scuderia Corsa-Ferrari of Silicon Valley driver beat Ludwig (Wide World Ferrari) in Race-1, while they both did poorly the next day. MacNeil’s victory on Saturday was counterbalanced by Ludwig’s subdued performance, but in Race-2 the Wide World Ferrari driver won while his rival finished empty-handed. This scenario repeated at Montreal and Watkins Glen while MacNeil took 32 points at Road Atlanta against Ludwig’s 34. The 45 points up for grabs at Monza will decide a hard-fought season.
Third challenger. The duel between MacNeil and Ludwig has dominated the year with only one other driver winning a race, the 19-year-old Benjamin Hites with the 488 Challenge of The Collection. The Chilean driver is third. He won Race-2 at COTA and will now have to fend off attacks from Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario), Naveen Rao (Scuderia Cava-Ferrari of San Diego) and Chris Cagnazzi (Ferrari of Long Island). The two races will be held on Friday at 12.55 pm and Saturday at 4.40 pm.
Finali Mondiali The most exciting weekend of the year gets underway at Monza
Monza, 1 Nov 2018 – The first free practice sessions of the Ferrari Challenge kicked off the Finali Mondiali 2018 at Monza this morning. The final event of the Ferrari racing season sees over 150 cars on track and a paddock full of attractions for the whole family.
Nine races. The event goes live tomorrow, with the first three Ferrari Challenge races, in which most of the three continental series’ titles are still up for grabs. Two European and Asian championships are still to be decided and three in North America. The Monza circuit gives rein to the enormous power of the 488 Challenge and its 670 hp engine like few others. In the dry, from exiting the Parabolica to braking at the first chicane, the cars hit speeds of up to 300 km/h, new peaks for the one-make series and way higher than those achieved by the GT3 cars.
Queens of the track. The Challenge races will be interspersed with the sessions of XX Programmes and Formula 1 Clienti. These single-seaters will feel at home at Monza, a circuit that has always hosted the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The fans will have the chance to see legendary cars streak by, including the F1-89, the first single-seater to be fitted with a semi-automatic gearbox with paddle shift levers on the steering wheel, the 412 T2, the last car with a V12 engine, used in 1995, or the cars that marked the era of Michael Schumacher such as the F2001, F2003-GA, and F2004, and then that of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa (F2007 and F2008).
Power and technology. The Formula 1 cars will be joined by those of the XX Programmes, cars created solely for the track and totally uncompromisingly designed because they are not constrained by any championship regulations. The FXX K EVO, presented at the 2017 Mugello Finali Mondiali, is the latest addition to this series of very special cars intended for equally special customers. It has an output of 1050 hp, produced by the combined power of a 6-litre V12 engine and a Formula 1 derived kinetic energy recovery system under braking. This jewel of power and technology is accompanied by two other cars from the programmes, the FXX of 2006 and the 599XX of 2009.
Forty legends. However, the Finali Mondiali are not just an event to be experienced on the track. The paddock too offers a real show. Forty cars in one way or another connected to Monza are gathered in a pavilion. They range from historic models, including six examples of the 750 Monza, to the cars of the Ferrari Challenge, for which Monza has always been a must, to the GT cars of recent years and the Formula 1 single-seaters that have won at the National Circuit, such as the F1-87/88C, or the 312 T that helped Lauda to the title in Italy 11 years after John Surtees.
Range. Another pavilion displays the entire current range, with 8- and 12-cylinder cars including the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider recently presented at the Paris Motor Show. There is also a lot of excitement about the two Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2s, whose names tie in with the location of the Finali Mondiali 2018. Children can visit the junior paddock, which hosts many fun activities organised by specialised personnel.
Show. The grand finale will take place on Sunday afternoon at the Ferrari Show, with the Formula 1 cars, the Ferrari GT drivers together with Marc Gené, the cars taking part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the most important closed-wheel championships, and a record number of cars produced at Maranello over the years. An event not to be missed, which will turn Monza Ferrari red.
Finali Mondiali at Monza – From 1 to 4 November, a weekend of pure adrenaline
The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza will host the 2018 edition of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali. From 1st to 4th November, the Prancing Horse fans and passionate will have the chance to attend the last races of the three Ferrari Challenge series as well as the special practice sessions of the exclusive XX Programmes and F1 Clienti.
Monza is one of the world’s most iconic circuits not only because it is one of the oldest tracks in the world, but more particularly since it is quite unique. Monza is the last proper temple of speed inmotorsport, apart from oval circuits, and will host our final event of the season for the first time since 2006. On this legendary circuit, adrenaline, racing and passion will merge together in four days full of adrenaline dedicated to the customers and the enthusiast of the Prancing Horse.
On the track the Ferrari Challenge drivers from all over the world, racing the final event of each championship, will alternate with the sessions of F1 Clienti and XX Programmes activities. The Formula 1 single-seater that wrote the history of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza will run again on this famous tarmac while the FXX, 599XX, FXX K and the new FXX K EVO will take the track with their immense power to thrill the people on the grandstands as well as the customers at the wheel.
On Sunday, a record number of 488 Challenge will take the track in pursuit of the coveted world championship title. Expectations are high also for the Ferrari show with Formula 1 cars, the Competizioni GT cars and drivers, and the latest road cars from the range.
There will be an area devoted to junior Ferrari fans, the Ferrari Store, a display of some of the most iconic Prancing Horse cars that will highlight the special relationship between the brand and the Autodromo Nazionale. Customers and enthusiast will have also the chance to have a close look to the brand new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2, the limited series unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. It’s a great event for all, in one of the most iconic locations, for a weekend to remember.