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F1 Clienti – Paolo Barilla and his 312B at Mugello

Posted: 27.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 27 April 2017 – Paolo Barilla’s dream of owning the car of his dreams, a 312B, the car that Ferrari used in its 1970 and 1971 Formula 1 campaign. Mr. Barilla is well known for his victory in the 1985 Le Mans 24 Hours and raced 9 times in Formula 1 with Minardi and had a chance to drive his singleseater at Mugello Circuit during the F1 Clienti event in April. Ferrari.com had a chat with him about his fantastic race car.

Car of dreams. “The 312B of 1970 is one of the cars of my dreams – says Barilla – I remember it when I was a kid. I was nine year old when this car won the Italian GP with Clay Regazzoni and I remember the emotion: my passion for motorsport was growing and as an Italian kid Ferrari was the best”.

A Dream that came true. Later on, Paolo had a chance to buy the car: “I always thought that this car was the symbol of my passion and now I own it and I can drive it. When I’m at the wheel it’s like jumping back in the past because I can still see myself as that kid dreaming. The beauty of the car is not just aesthetic: I was ready to find myself driving something wild but when I drove it the first time I realized it was a fantastic car to drive too. It was easy with an incredible sound. This car is able to combine beauty with the perfection of the technology of that period”.

 

 

Circuit Sochi Autodrom
Date 30.04.2017
Laps 52
Distance 303,897 km / 188,873 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 2.
           
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 3.

 

Russian Grand Prix – Sochi, 30 April

Posted: 30.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “A shame, because today’s result could have been better. We didn’t get a great start and that penalised us for the rest of the race, on a track where overtaking is difficult. Our race pace was very good, as indeed was our strategy. Once again, both Seb and Kimi proved their worth, driving great races. Now it’s already time for us to look ahead to the next Grand Prix in Spain.”

Sebastian Vettel: “I think my getaway was ok. Maybe I could have been a bit more aggressive. There was a delay in turning the lights off, so that I didn’t get a proper reading of how the grid was. Still, I had a good start but we had a strong head wind all day and Bottas could get a massive tow, so there was nothing I could do. Valtteri had a great race. He drove better than the rest of us so he deserved to win. Towards the end I was flat out, I had a feeling that I could get into DRS distance, maybe on the back straight, put some pressure on him and, who knows, lead him into a mistake, but he made none. What happened swith Massa was just a bit of a misunderstanding, I wasn’t sure where he was going, but I did not lose the race at that point. Now we look ahead to Spain. We had a good answer about our car in Barcelona during testing days and I don’t need to think about the championship. We had a very good start. We are here to win, to do our best, but we can still learn and improve. The speed was there today, but we could have done better. Yet, we have a strong car and a strong team and there is a lot of positive aspects.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall, it has been a more positive weekend compared to the first three races. I was happier with the car and when I needed to push I could get the lap time out. The race was decided at the start and I had a pretty bad one. I thought I was losing a lot, but I managed to get the position back and stay there. My car was good all the way through the race, but after that, not a lot happened. We tried our best but there was not much to do, I was just holding my position. So, obviously, I’m happy for the podium, but I’m disappointed to lose a place at the start instead of gaining one. Now we need to keep working; small details can make a big difference in the end. I’m very happy for Valtteri who won his first race, I’m sure he will have a bright future.”

 

Russian Grand Prix – A double podium for Scuderia Ferrari

Posted: 30.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb second and Kimi third in Russia: a thrilling race

Sochi, 30 April – A front row lock-out in qualifying and both cars on the podium at the end of the race, courtesy of Seb Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finishing second and third respectively in a Russian Grand Prix that was settled in two moments; the start and the final lap. Thanks to this result Seb extends his lead in the Drivers’ classification over Hamilton, who finished fourth today, to 13 points. In total the Scuderia walks off with 33 points thanks to Kimi also making it to the podium for the first time this season.
There was a worrying moment with the need for an extra formation lap, when Alonso was forced to park his stop his car on track. At the start, Bottas managed to get ahead of Seb and Kimi, who did a good job of fending off Hamilton, in the long run down to the first turn. But the Safety Car was called out immediately following the Palmer-Grosjean collision.
At the end of the third lap, the race was on again and the positions at the front remained unchanged. Drivers were able to use the DRS from lap 6, but there was a long way to go, so managing the race was on the agenda. Seb posted a quickest lap on lap 16 and a long-distance battle continued. With track temperature reaching 45 degrees, tyre blistering was a concern, but at this stage, Seb’s lap times were improving and on lap 23 he posted another fastest lap. Kimi also raised his pace. Bottas pitted on lap 27 and took on Supersofts. The first of the two Ferraris to stop, while now leading, was Kimi on lap 29, switching from the Ultrasofts to the Supersofts. On lap 31, Hamilton pitted with Seb staying out, even improving his split times.
Come the end of lap 34, it was time for Seb to change tyres and he rejoined in second place, ahead of Kimi who was running at a great pace. Five laps later, Bottas flat-spotted his left front when he braked right on the limit and Seb made the most of it to close to within 2.2 seconds. The gap dropped below 2 seconds towards the end and the Ferrari No. 5 set another fastest lap to get within DRS distance, with Kimi still fastest. In the end, it was traffic on the final lap that decided it all, when Massa blocked Seb’s attempt to pass him. Then the finish came in a flash and the Ferrari crossed the line just 6 tenths behind, with Kimi a comfortable third.

 

Russian Grand Prix – “The car was phenomenal”

Posted: 29.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb, Kimi lock front row after huge team effort.

Sochi, April 29th – Scuderia Ferrari drivers locked the front row of the grid at the Russian Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel coming 0.059 seconds ahead ot team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to clinch his second pole position for Scuderia Ferrari, the 209th for the Maranello team and the 47th of his career. The team had worked until late last night to fix a sensor problem to Kimi’s car in the garage, so this is a very good result for a real collective effort.

“I think it’s just great”, said Sebastian. “We had had a very good run also yesterday and this morning, and the car was phenomenal. So there’s no real secret to today’s result, it’s just the fact that if you get along with the car you find the rhythm and know what to expect. We knew it would be very tight against the Mercedes, it could have gone the other way, but I am very happy that we locked out the front row for the team. I had a good start to Qualifying , then in Q2 I lost a bit the rhythm. My first run in Q3 was not very tidy, so I left it to the last run. For us it’s so important as Mercedes had done an impeccable job in the last few years, so it’s great for the team and for me that we managed to break that. But now we’ll see what tomorrow brings. It’s a long race and we’ll try to confirm this result”.

Kimi came in second in a very close fight, scoring his best qualifying result this year. He commented: “Generally, it has been a very straightforward weekend: we have been happier with the car, set-up wise, since the beginning and when you start well it’s easier to work and improve here and there. This first row is great for the team, obviously I would rather be in front, but this is not an easy track to get a good lap. I’m happy to take second place , it’s a lot better that it has been so far this year. It’s good but it’s only qualifying, tomorrow is the day where we get points, and we have to do a good job out of it. I expect us to be ok, for sure it’s going to be a close fight. Hopefully we can make a good start and see what happens”.

 

Russian Grand Prix – Scuderia Ferrari locks first row

Posted: 29.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Vettel on pole position with Raikkonen second

Sochi, 29th April – The qualifying session in Sochi just ended with an all-red front row for Scuderia Ferrari. Sebastian and Kimi will start tomorrow’s race respectively from the first and second position.
1:33.194 the best time for Vettel, with Raikkonen stopping the chrono at 1:33.253.
Supersoft and Ultrasoft compounds were used in the qualifying session.

 

 

Russian Grand Prix – Free Practice 3: Seb on top

Posted: 29.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb first ahead of Kimi. Qualifying starts at 14h00 (CET)

Sochi, 29 April – Saturday’s action in Sochi began with the final free practice session, in which Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest time of 1:34.001 in his SF70-H ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, second in 1:34.338. Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver used two sets of Ultrasofts, the same tyre compound which his team-mate used to set his best time. At 15h00 local time (14h00 CET) qualifying gets underway and it looks like it will be very closely contested.

 

Russian Grand Prix – A positive Friday at Sochi

Posted: 28.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb: “Reasonably happy”. Kimi: “Things ran smoothly”

Sochi, March 28th – It was another day at the office for Seb and Kimi who eventually came in first and second in the time sheet at the end of Friday free practice. Yet, Friday being Friday, Sebastian feels that there’s still work to be done: “I think we improved so I can be reasonably happy but not entirely. We had a tough start this morning and it took a while to increase speed. I am sure we can still do more. I think this is a circuit where you need to feel confident. There’s a lot of corners that look all the same on paper, they feel similar in the car, but then it’s quite tricky to get everything right. I wish they planted more trees next to the track so that you could have more references! But it’s tricky and that’s why you need to get into the rhythm. I struggled a bit in the morning but I think we understood what we need. We always fight for the pole position, that’s, for sure but on paper this track looks like a Mercedes one. They didn’t show everything today and didn’t get their lap together. So we’ll see”.

As for Kimi, he was quite satisfied with the way things went today: “It’s been a nice Friday, things ran smoothly and we had no issues. I’m happy with the car, I had a nice feeling straight away and it’s always more fun when it goes like that. So far so good; but it’s only Friday and we have no idea what the others are doing, but we started well and I’m quite happy. We’ll try to make a good day tomorrow and then we’ll go from there”.

 

Russian Grand Prix – Vettel and Raikkonen top the FP2 time sheet

Posted: 28.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

FP2 looking good

The track characteristics and the Pirelli tyres have delivered a significant increase in performance for the cars when compared to last year. Sebastian Vettel ended the second free practice session on the top slot of the time sheet with a lap in 1.34.120, followed by Kimi Raikkonen, second in 1.34.383. Both men did 36 laps. They began the session on Super Soft tyres, before switching to the Ultra Soft, which they also used for the end of the long run test. Now the team will embark on the technical debrief to analyse today’s data and look for areas where improvements can be made.

 

Russian Grand Prix – The Sochi weekend is underway

Posted: 28.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi fastest, Seb fifth

Sochi – Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel posted the first and fifth fastest times at the wheel of their SF70Hs in the first free practice session at Sochi. The Finn did a 1’36”074, while the German’s best was a 1’37”230, with both men completing 19 laps. As usual in Sochi, the very smooth track surface didn’t offer much grip in the first session, and one can expect that situation to improve as the track progressively rubbers-in. The two Ferrari men began the session on the Soft tyres, the hardest Pirelli is providing this weekend, before switching to the Supersofts. On the softer compound, Kimi immediately improved, while Seb’s first run was nullified by the red flags that came out after Ocon’s Force India lost its engine cover on track. After that, Vettel encountered traffic and also survived a spin. Both SF70H cars were fitted with new turbos as part of the usual programme for rotating components.

 

Russian Grand Prix – “Focusing on every single step”

Posted: 27.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi’s thoughts about Sochi-and the season ahead

Sochi, April 27 – Scuderia Ferrari drivers are all set for the new challenge at Sochi. The team arrives at Sochi leading both drivers’ and constructors’ championships, but both Seb and Kimi are well aware that this weekend won’t be a walk in the park.

“We have a good car and the challenge for this year will be to make sure that we keep on having a good one”, says Seb.” I think everybody will improve their own cars and we’ll do our best as well. I’m looking forward to this weekend as we seem to be closer to our competitors than last year. Of course we had an excellent start to the season, but Mercedes are still very strong. It should be an interesting race. I like the track and it’s not an easy one. It’s difficult to have everything in one lap and there’s always a couple of things to look out for. Tomorrow will be an important day. We are happy with where we are and about the races we’ve had so far, but especially this year we have to focus on every single step.

Kimi finished on the podium last year at Sochi, but he seems to be just a little puzzled with… the location. “I like this race, but you wouldn’t think that we are in a country neighboring Finland, as here we’re quite far away from that border! The track is quite interesting, too. If you look at the past races here, it has not been easy for us to make the car and  tires work as we wanted, but with the new cars and new rules  the picture can be  completely different. Also, the weather seems to be warmer than last year and this could help”.

“So far, this season has been very close with Mercedes,” he adds, “but It’s hard to know how this weekend will go. Obviously if you look at last year’s races they have been pretty strong everywhere compared to the other teams. This is a new weekend and I think we have a good package, but who knows, there’s always some tracks that fit one team a little bit  better than the others. We can only do our best and hopefully we can be up there in the fight. As for myself, I haven’t had a problem with the car in the last race, in fact the feeling has been pretty good, but I need to qualify in a better position to be able to use its speed”.

 

Russian Grand Prix – Rendezvous on the Black Sea

Posted: 25.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Smooth tarmac, high fuel consumption, every type of corner: that’s the Russian GP

Maranello, 25 April – Next weekend’s race will be the fourth running of the Russian Grand Prix. But if you think that single-seater racing is all recent history for the biggest country in the world, then think again. There was a project to build a Formula 1 car here when it was the Soviet Union, during the Cold War period. However, today’s link to the sport is the Sochi circuit. Despite the fact that its mountainous coast enjoys a mild climate, the town hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014 and since then it has welcomed the arrival of Formula 1. The track is 5.848 kilometres in length, making it a touch shorter than Silverstone and a bit longer than Suzuka and Monza. One of its standout corners is the wide semi-circular Turn 3, taken flat out by the new generation of F1 cars. The surface is very smooth, but the layout means fuel consumption is high, while the final sector has no less than six corners where traction is important. Pirelli is bringing along its three softest compounds, the yellow Soft, red Supersoft and purple Ultrasoft. To date, the Russian GP has not looked too kindly on Scuderia Ferrari, although last year, Seb Vettel was second fastest in qualifying. However, he then had to take a grid penalty and was later hit by Daniil Kvyat, while Kimi Raikkonen drove a great race to finish on the podium.

 

 

Ferrari Festival of Speed – A Grand Celebration of Ferrari 70th Anniversary in Indonesia

Posted: 23.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Jakarta, April 23rd 2017 – To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, Ferrari Jakarta has held a series of events including a press conference on Thursday April 20th, The Red Gala on Friday April 21st and many other events to celebrate this momentous occasion.

On Sunday April 23rd, Ferrari Jakarta has organized for the first time the biggest Ferrari event ever in Indonesia — Ferrari Festival of Speed, at BSD City, where more than 3,500 owners and fans gathered to see an incredible line up of around 200 classic and modern Ferrari models from every era.

The Ferrari Festival of Speed kicked off with a rally of more than 130 Ferrari cars early in the morning from Senayan City, parading through the streets of Jakarta, before travelling to BSD City.

Once at BSD City, the Ferrari Owners Club Indonesia (FOCI) proceeded to parade around the 3.2 kilometer custom-built temporary circuit in their cars.  These participants and cars hail from different parts of Indonesia including Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Malang and Bali.

Next, a special parade of 70 Ferrari cars ensued; some of the models include Special Cars like the LaFerrari, Enzo, F40, 360 Challenge Stradale, 575 Superamerica, 599 GTO; Classiche Cars like the 250 TR, Dino 246 GTS, 365 GTC4, 365 GT 2+2 Queen Mary, Testarossa; Past and Current Models like the 360 Modena, F430, 599 GTB, 488 GTB, as well as Racing Cars like 599XX, 488 Challenge, 488 GT3 and many more.

To demonstrate the racing DNA of Ferrari, Toni Vilander, Ferrari GT Driver, made a special appearance at this celebration.  Toni, who competes in the GT races for Ferrari, drove the icon of the Ferrari 70th Anniversary, the LaFerrari Aperta, during the parade and also participated in a time attack event with the 488 Challenge car.

Ferrari Festival of Speed brings the concept of “Sportainment”, which combines sporting and entertainment elements to entertain all Ferrari enthusiasts.  Besides the action on the circuit, there was also a lot of off-circuit entertainment such as live music performances by Eva Celia, The Groove and DJ Patricia Schultz.

This spectacular event to celebrate this significant milestone with the Indonesian clients and fans was truly a unique one. Through Ferrari Festival of Speed, the spirit, passion and the DNA of Ferrari was shared with the Ferraristi in Indonesia.

 

 

The highest-performance V12 Ferrari to date has made its first public debut in China

Posted: 19.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Ferrari 812 Superfast sets a new benchmark for performance and luxury

April 19th, 2017, Shanghai — Ferrari announced the first public debut of its most powerful production car to date, the 800-cv 812 Superfast today at Auto Shanghai. As the only manufacturer to have continuously produced sports car with 12-cylinder engines, the unveiling of this flagship V12 Berlinetta is particularly significant. This reveal of the 812 Superfast proudly represents a new chapter in the Ferrari story that began 70 years ago back in 1947.

Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12, the 812 Superfast represents the benchmark in the mid-front-engined sports car segment, achieving its maximum power output at 8,500 rpm, which ensures the kind of thrilling top-end performance that is exclusive to Ferrari’s V12s. Maximum torque is 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm, a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving driveability and pick-up at low revs.

The 812 Superfast is striking for both its highly innovative design and aero package, as well as its unparalleled handling. It is the first Ferrari to introduce Electric Power Steering (EPS) which, in line with the Ferrari tradition, is used to fully exploit the performance potential of the car. The introduction of the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) combines electric front-wheel steering assistance with the mechanical concept based on tyre dimensions and the rear-wheel steering. This is all integrated with the vehicle dynamics control systems, based on Version 5.0 of the SSC, with the aim of improving the agility and response time to steering wheel inputs. The 812 Superfast will be delivered to the customer in the fourth quarter this year with the price started from RMB 5,388,000.

Ferrari’s 70 years of unrivalled achievements were left in no doubt with a display of the LaFerrari Aperta and one of only 209 to ever be built. The limited-edition spider version – the most powerful naturally-aspirated spider from Ferrari – retains the same characteristic exhilaration as the coupé. All of the planned LaFerrari Aperta, have already been sold.

Completing the range of Ferrari models on display in Shanghai, were the iconic 488 GTB; the four-seater V8-powered GTC4Lusso T; and a dazzling expression of Ferrari’s sporty DNA with its retractable hard top, the California T. Showcasing the full extent of personalization on offer from the Tailor-made team in Maranello were two cars including a Verde coloured 488 Spider and, exclusively for VIP visitors to the Tailor-made showroom a Rosso Scuderia coloured 488 GTB inspired by the acclaimed Tricolore livery made famous by the Ferrari 458 GT2.

Beyond Auto Shanghai 2017, Ferrari is demonstrating its commitment to China with a wide range of ongoing 70th anniversary celebrations across China during the year ahead. After opening with Ferrari Owners Club of Hong Kong “70 Mile Rally” on March 18, from May 28 to 29, the world’s most popular track experience, “Ferrari Racing Days” will return to the Shanghai International Circuit allowing celebrations to continue for owners and enthusiasts. In August, owners will then have an opportunity to embark on an unforgettable seven-day journey setting off from Xining, Qinghai for an incredible 1,000 kilometres journey before arriving at the fabled Yu Men Pass. In a tribute to Ferrari journeys of years past, the expedition will retrace part of the magical route previously covered by the “15,000 Red Miles” in 2005. This year is sure to provide more milestones for the “Cavallino Rampante”.

 

 

Bahrain Test – Sebastian brings Bahrain test to a close

Posted: 19.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

After testing for Pirelli, a day dedicated to development

Sakhir, 19 April – This time there was no need to extend the test session: at 18h00 local time, (17h00 CET,) Seb Vettel parked the SF70H in the pits at the end of the day’s work. 67 laps were completed, the best in 1’31’”574, set on the Soft compound. Yesterday, the Bahrain GP winner had been testing for Pirelli, while today it was a normal programme of development for the season. “It would be nice to have done even more,” said Sebastian at the end of the day. “But today we had a few little problems in the morning, which is normal for testing and then, in the afternoon, we lost some time when there was an electrical black-out in our garage.” That’s not unheard of during testing, when so many sets of tyres are used that the tyre blankets can soak up quite a bit of energy. “In any case, driving this car is always a pleasure,” concluded Seb. “The times don’t mean much, given we don’t know what programmes the others are running.”

That marks the end of the first in-season test of 2017. The next one takes place in July in Hungary.

 

Bahrain Test – Antonio, a whole different feeling

Posted: 18.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Giovinazzi’s first drive in the SF70H; 93 laps in Bahrain

Sakhir, 18 April – “I enjoyed every single lap.” On every one of the 93 times that he sped past the Scuderia Ferrari pits, Antonio Giovinazzi must have had a big grin on his face under the helmet. It’s true that he’d already experienced a Prancing Horse Formula 1 car in Fiorano and is au fait with what Formula 1 is all about in 2017. However, the Ferrari he drove in that first test was the SF15-T, not bad for a first run but two years old. And when it came to this past winter testing and the first two GPs of the season, that experience came at the wheel of a Sauber.

But, truth be told, for an Italian driver, the first “real” day was surely this Tuesday in Bahrain. Antonio’s day began with a massage and some breakfast and that was followed with no less than nine hours of testing and even as we write, the technical debrief is still ongoing. Antonio showed maturity and professionalism at the wheel, setting a best lap of 1’31”984 on Supersoft tyres, although he spent more time running the Mediums and also when downloading information with his engineers. “To drive the car that won the last race and is leading the world championship, working with the Scuderia Ferrari engineers and mechanics, is not just a great feeling, it’s a dream I’ve had since I was little and racing in karts. And today it came true.”

The reality of testing however could be seen elsewhere, as Seb Vettel was working late into the evening, to make up for time lost earlier in the day, as he was at the wheel of another SF70H, working on a separate programme, tyre testing for Pirelli.

 

 

XX Programmes – FXX K queen of Mugello

Posted: 13.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 13 April 2017 – The second and final day of testing for the cars of F1 Clienti and XX Programmes were held at Mugello. The second day saw no less of a show, with some of the most successful cars of the last 15 years alternating on track with the special cars of the XX Programmes. These extreme sports cars can only be driven on track although they are not approved for any championship.

Queen. The FXX Ks held court on the ups and downs of the Tuscan track, being the most numerous cars at the event. Indeed, Mugello was graced by 10 examples of one of the most special cars ever to have been driven through the gates of Maranello, endowed with over 1000 hp and hybrid technologies deriving from Formula 1. The special customer-testers took advantage of the perfect conditions at Mugello to push their cars to the limit and then study the telemetry together with the engineers.

The other jewels. The other cars of the XX Programmes, the 599XX, 599XX EVO and the FXX, the first model of a project that last year celebrated its 10th anniversary, also raced around the Arrabbiatas, San Donato and Bucine corners.

Special Award. A special event was held on Wednesday evening when the mechanics of F1 Clienti joined the customers for a cocktail event at the racetrack to present an award to someone special, Giuliano Tacconi, who recently exceeded 500 Formula 1 Shakedowns. His is a life in “red” and one marked by limitless passion.

 

F1 Clienti – The best of the 21st century on track at Mugello

Posted: 12.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 12 April 2017 – It was the first day of testing at Mugello for the special customers of the XX Programmes and F1 Clienti, who felt the irresistible pull of one of the world’s most beautiful tracks to attend an event with 30 single seaters and GT cars that can only be driven on track.

Kings of the track. The Formula 1 cars at Mugello included the best in the category so far this century. Indeed, some customers drove the F2001 with which Scuderia Ferrari repeated the famous “Red Dawn” of Suzuka 2000. The Maranello team dominated the 2001 season winning the Drivers’ title with Michael Schumacher and the Constructors’ one thanks to Rubens Barrichello in car no. 2. Mugello also saw a F2002, the record breaking car that won 15 races out of 19 in the 2002 and 2003 seasons and was the vehicle in which Michael Schumacher won his fifth Drivers’ championship and Ferrari its 12th Constructors’ title.

Unmistakable sound. The roar of Formula 1 engines is even more fascinating on the ups and downs of the Tuscan track, because the valley in which the circuit is built acts like a giant echo chamber. It is amazing to hear the 2.4-litre naturally aspirated engine of cars like the F2007, the world Constructors’ and Drivers champion with Kimi Raikkonen, and the F2008, another world Constructors’ champion, which also came very close to the Drivers’ title with Felipe Massa. There were also a F150° Italia and a F138, the last generation of the car not equipped with a hybrid power unit and that gave full voice to the 056 engine and its output of almost 800 hp.

 

 

Circuit  Bahrain International Circuit
Date 16.04.2017
Laps 57
Distance 308,238 km / 191,571 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 1.
           
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 4.

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – Sakhir, 16 April 2017

Posted: 16.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today’s victory was an important one, achieved thanks to the great efforts of all the guys at the track and back in Maranello. For the whole weekend, the team demonstrated courage, determination and a little bit of madness. This is all part of our DNA, characteristics which 70 years ago saw the birth of Ferrari. Courage and determination were needed to tackle a weekend like this, in which we expected to encounter a few difficulties in qualifying, which is why, based on good long run data on Friday, we prepared as well as possible for the race. In order to do this you also need to use some madness… Sebastian drove a really great race, demonstrating once again all his class. Kimi was caught up in traffic at the start and then he certainly wasn’t helped by the arrival of the Safety Car. The SF70H proved itself to be strong also in these conditions, at a track which requires above all power and good traction. The tyres worked very well, which allowed us to fully exploit our very good strategy. And now it’s time to concentrate on the next round of the World Championship, the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.”

Mattia Binotto: “It wasn’t an easy weekend, because, as qualifying showed, Mercedes still has the upper hand on Saturdays and definitely more so here than in the previous two races. That means we must go through a lot of data and perhaps this will help us become stronger in the future. We are very happy about the race result: we definitely showed that today we had more speed than the Mercedes, especially on the Qualifying tyres. This can be seen by the fact that we have less tyre wear than our main competitors.”

Sebastian Vettel: “A great result thanks to all the team! At the start, it was important for me to get second place, and I managed. Also, we got everything right with the strategy. We decided to pit early and this tactics proved to be working. Towards, the end, I tried to manage the gap I had over Lewis. I expected him to charge through, of course I was concerned, with all the traffic ahead of me. But it the end it was all OK. The car was like a dream to drive today. I felt right from the beginning that we had the speed to win today. I had a good feeling yesterday already, and it was just confirmed today. The lap back to pits was so sweet, with all the fireworks around, and I really savored it. Tonight we enjoy the moment, but tomorrow we’ll be back at work. I haven’t changed my mind: to become world champion, you must first beat the Mercedes We’ll take it race after race.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “In a way, a lot of good things happened this weekend, but the end result is still disappointing. The car was working pretty nicely and to be honest I expected that. Today I had a bad start and because of that, the first two corners were really bad; obviously after that I was catching up, I got past Massa reasonably quickly. Then I did my pit stop, but I was unlucky with the Safety Car. The overall feeling was good, I was fast but obviously the time lost at the start did not help: we put ourselves in a difficult position. I feel that we are absolutely doing the right things, and in the big picture we are pretty much where we want to be, but we still need to fine-tune a few things; it’s all about putting the lap together. We need to start more at the front and then our races will be a lot easier. I am happy for Seb and for all the team.”

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – Scuderia Ferrari wins in Bahrain

Posted: 16.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Sebastian takes his second win from three races. Kimi is fourth

Sakhir, 16 April 2017 –Sebastian Vettel produced a gutsy drive this evening to win the Bahrain Grand Prix, having started from third on the grid. His victory was also down to the strategic calls from the Scuderia Ferrari pit wall. Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth, despite encountering a few difficulties. He fought back to finish just off the podium. After the first three rounds, Ferrari lead the Drivers’ Championship with Seb, on 61 points, and the Constructors in which it has 102 points. This is Seb’s fifth won in Prancing Horse colours.

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – Statement from Ferrari President Mr. Sergio Marchionne

Posted: 16.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

It is, of course, hugely satisfying to be back on the top step of the podium with Seb. More importantly, however, we are now completely confident that our victory in Melbourne wasn’t just a one-off and that we will be at the forefront of this World Championship until the last. We finally have a competitive car to count on and it is important to recognize the speed with which we implemented the developments demanded for each new race. All this is the fruit of superb work at the track and in Maranello, so my compliments not just to Seb for his achievements in Bahrain, but also to the whole team. Congratulations to Kimi too on a good race. That said, we are well aware we have a long road ahead and know that if we want to get to the most important finish-line of all, we cannot stint on our commitment and focus for a second.

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – “Tomorrow it should be closer”

Posted: 15.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb hopeful as car looks better for the race

Overall, it has been a good day. Yesterday I couldn’t get the right feeling, I kept sliding too much. We made some minor tweaks on the set-up and the car felt better today, I was quite happy with the balance. But in qualifying, after seeing what the gap was at the end of my first run in Q3, I wasn’t so happy, so I tried it all and maybe pushed a bit too much. This is a circuit where you can easily overshoot it. Today, we were losing a bit everywhere around the lap, perhaps more than usual down the straights. But tomorrow it should be closer, and hopefully we’ll have a tight race. The car feels good for Sunday.

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – “Not what we wanted yet”

Posted: 15.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi: car has a lot of potential, difficult to unlock in qualifying

The car was good overall, I thought there was a lot of potential, but for many little reasons we never really got the time out of it. The final result is far from what we wanted, but that’s how it ended up today. I have been struggling to find the right set up: all in all it has been better here than it’s been the last few races, but in qualifying, when we start to push, it is not what we wanted yet. Tomorrow is another day, the grid position is not ideal and the race is going to be quite tricky. So let’s try to make a good start , make the right decisions and take the best out of it.

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – Ferrari on the second and third rows

Posted: 15.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb qualifies third with Kimi fifth

Sahkir, 15 April – In this evening’s qualifying held at the Sakhir circuit, Sebastian Vettel set the third fastest time of 1.29.247, to finish two places ahead of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, whose best lap was a 1.29.567.
Starting from pole tomorrow will be Valtteri Bottas, quickest for Mercedes with a 1.28.769.

 

 

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – Final practice in Bahrain

Posted: 15.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb 3rd, Kimi 5th in P3

Sakhir, 15 April - Come the end of the final free practice session the Scuderia Ferrari drivers had set the third and fifth fastest times, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel (1:32.750) and Kimi Raikkonen (1:32.785) respectively.
In track conditions that were different to those that will prevail during this evening’s qualifying, Vettel used one set of new Mediums and one set of new Softs, while Raikkonen ran one set of new Supersofts and one of used Mediums.

The German did 10 laps and the Finn 9. Qualifying begins at 18h00 local time, 17h00 CET. Temperatures: track 38°, air 37°

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – “We still need to do better”

Posted: 14.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb “not entirely happy” but car feels good on quick lap

I can’t explain why the car stopped altogether, but we were able to recover, restart the engine in the garage and, fortunately, it happened at the end of the lap. Today it was not our best day for us and we still need to do better. The car feels good on a single lap though, and as for race simulation, we can further improve for tomorrow. Overall, I am not entirely happy with my long runs, but they were OK after all, and we also were caught a bit in traffic. Now let’s see what tomorrow brings.

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – “The guys did a good job”

Posted: 14.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi pleased with team fixing the car in time for P2

It’s far too early to say what we can do here and conditions were tricky today. We had an issue that stopped us in very early part of the first session; this issue had nothing to do with the engine, but rather with the turbo area. The guys did a good job in fixing the car in order to be ready for the second practice. The day could have been a bit better, but that’s how it goes. I like this circuit, but there’s nothing more special here than in other places. Obviously it’s very hot and this can be a little bit tricky for the tires. As usual on Friday there’s a lot of work to be done to be ready tomorrow.

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – Social comments – Kimi

Posted: 13.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Sakhir, 13 April – “You and me are in agreement, we think the same way about a lot of things and that’s the most important thing.” Kimi Raikkonen and his race engineer Dave Greenwood get on really well and not just when it comes to work. You can see just this on the eve of a Grand Prix in which the heat, the variations in temperature from day to night, management of the tyres and the car, are all vital elements of this weekend.

 

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – Social comments – Seb

Posted: 13.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Sakhir, 13 April – Rhythm, braking, Bahrain peculiarities are just some of the words used by Seb Vette to describe the Sakhir track when talking to his race engineer, Riccardo Adami. We eavesdropped on their conversation round a small table as their chat revealed how when two people have been working together for a few years at Ferrari can develop an understanding that goes beyond just the technical details. To the extent, that in the end, it’s Ricky who surprises his driver…

 

 

 

Bahrain Grand Prix – The challenge hots up

Posted: 12.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Temperatures round the 40 degree mark in Bahrain

Maranello, 12 April – In a few days, Formula 1 faces a complete change of scene. From the metropolis to the desert, from the cold and damp of Shanghai to a sweltering Sakhir and temperatures around 40 degrees. The only thing the Chinese and Bahrain Grands Prix have in common is that they both first appeared on the calendar in 2004. The circuits have very little in common: while Shanghai is all flowing corners, the Bahrain International Circuit juxtaposes straights with hairpins and heavy braking. Engine performance, traction out of the corners and stability under braking make up the technical challenge here. After a good result on Sunday, Scuderia Ferrari has travelled to the small archipelago of Bahrain – it measures just 765 square kilometres – in the Persian Gulf. The first back-to-back races of the year have involved a demanding schedule, with all the work of packing up quickly and sending the freight from China in a very short space of time. The race is run at night, although it’s still hot at that time and afterwards, some of the team will stay on for two days of testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

 

Ferrari Land takes flight

Posted: 06.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Spain’s Prancing Horse theme park opens to the public

Tarragona (Spain) – After the official event at which Vice Chairman Piero Ferrari pressed the symbolic starter button, Ferrari Land has now also opened its doors to the public. This is the first Prancing Horse theme park in Europe and the second in the world after Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. It occupies an area of 70,000 square metres within the PortAventura World resort, about an hour away from Barcelona. Ferrari Land is obviously for fans and enthusiasts, but above all it is a place where families can have fun and at the same time explore the history of the marque.

There are 11 attractions on offer. The most spectacular is unquestionably Red Force, the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe, at 112 metres high and with a top speed of 180 km/h reached in just five seconds: an unforgettable experience for thrill-seekers. Racing Legends and Flying Dreams are two of the park’s most innovative experiences, allowing visitors to fly (literally) through the history of F1 and GT. Ferrari Gallery is an interactive journey through the history of the marque. Visitors can have a go at a pit stop or experience the excitement of driving a GT car with Maranello Gran Race and there are also plenty of simulators for adults and children. Finally, anyone wanting more thrills can try Thrill Towers; two towers in the shape of a piston for an experience of the thrill of free fall.

 

 

Circuit Shanghai International Circuit
Date 09.04.2017
Laps 56
Distance 305,066 km / 189,600 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 2.
           
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H -
Scuderia Ferrari 5.

 

Chinese Grand Prix – Shanghai, 9 April 2017

Posted: 09.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today, on a track and in conditions which were very different from those we had in Melbourne, we proved that we have a strong car. Sebastian drove a very good race, and the fact that the safety car came out right after his first tire change certainly didn’t help. Perhaps, without that interruption, the result could have been even better. Now all the team is already focused onto the next race in Bahrain.”

Sebastian Vettel: “We can be happy with today’s results. The race was a lot of fun, very entertaining. Conditions were tricky at the start, you never know what can happen in those moments, so I was perhaps a bit too conservative. Then we chose to change tires since the track was quickly drying out, so that we could take advantage from the slicks; but luck was not on our side as the safety car came in right after. I can’t say how much this affected the final result, it was still a long way from there to the finish, but I think it had an effect. From then I had to work my way through the field, and I had a tense wheel-to-wheel fight with Ricciardo. I like this way of overtaking, when gaining position comes at a price and not simply by opening up the DRS. At that moment though, the gap to Lewis had widened, and I kept pushing to keep some pressure on him, while asking my engineer what pace was needed for me to catch him. I think that pace-wise we were a match today, sometimes he was faster, sometimes I was: if we can fight with Mercedes also in Bahrain that will be again good news. We can still improve.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was not a very strong race, the car felt good with fresh tires, but we seemed to lose the front very quickly and I was struggling; in a place like this that’s very tricky and gives a lot of laptime away. I feel that, even with that, we should have had a better result: maybe we could have changed the tires a bit earlier, but it’s always easy to speak after the race, now we have look at the data and understand. This result is far from ideal but this is what we have got today, hopefully next week we can make things better.”

 

Chinese Grand Prix – Scuderia Ferrari second in China

Posted: 09.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb takes the runner-up spot with Kimi fifth. The Safety Car was key

Shanghai, 9 April – Scuderia Ferrari leaves the Chinese Grand Prix with a further 28 points to its name, thanks to a second place for Sebastian Vettel and a fifth for Kimi Raikkonen. The race got underway on a damp track, with Seb making an early stop to change from Intermediate to Soft tyres, but immediately after that the Safety Car came out because of Giovinazzi’s accident and wiped out the advantage of that tactical move, as all the drivers had to come through pit lane. Seb then put on a show, passing Kimi, Ricciardo and Verstappen, before closing on the leader Hamilton. Right from next weekend, F1 is back in action at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit.

 

Chinese Grand Prix – “This result is good news”

Posted: 08.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb on first row says there are ‘lots of chances’ for the race

Shanghai, April 8th – “Tomorrow is another day” said Seb over the radio, sending thanks to all the team at the end of his qualifying lap which yielded Position 2 on the grid.“It was a bit closer than in Australia, so a good session overall with lots of chances for tomorrow. We’ll see what the race can bring, with the different conditions and everything. Of course I would have liked to be even closer, knowing that the Mercedes would be very strong in Q3, as they proved to be. We had some luck with Valtteri, because when you’re a thousand of a second apart, it could be one way or the other. I was happy with my lap, even if I braked a bit too early for the last corner, hit the kerb hard and had to wait for the car to settle. That’s where I lost a bit of time, but not all the gap to Lewis. There wasn’t much more I could have gained. So this result on a totally different track, with conditions significantly cooler than Melbourne, is definitely good news. The confidence is there, I trust what the car is telling me and she seems to respond to what I tell her. It’s a good match but we need to improve further.

 

Chinese Grand Prix – “Not bad, but can do better”

Posted: 08.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi after 4th grid place: details need to be improved

Shanghai, April 8th – Kimi Raikkonen had been consistently fast throughout qualifying, then lost out a little bit right at the end, where hundredths of seconds make the difference. He ended up with fourth on the grid. “I’m not that surprised from the result after strong performance in Q2, because in the end I was struggling a bit with the front end, especially in the first corners; in Turn 3 there was not much we could gain. It has been tricky to get everything right, with the limited running we had yesterday, and we’re still not 100 per cent where we want to be, up there in front. There are some details in the set-up that need to be improved, and as you push more they become more apparent, but it’s already better than in Melbourne. Handling-wise the car wasn’t bad, even though I had experienced understeer in the beginning and then, for whatever reason, it changed to oversteer. In Q2 I made two runs, because we had tires available so why not go out and see what the other cars were doing? Conditions will be different for tomorrow and there will be a bit of guessing for everyone if it rains, so we’ll see”.

 

Chinese Grand Prix – Scuderia Ferrari on the front row in Shanghai

Posted: 08.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Vettel second fastest, while Kimi starts from fourth spot

Shanghai, 8 April –Yet again it was all very close in the battle for qualifying for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix. At the end of the session, Sebastian Vettel found himself in second place thanks to a lap in 1’31”864, which is 186 thousandths off the pole time, set by Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen is on the second row, with the fourth fastest time of 1’32”140. The two SF70H cars comfortably made it through Q1, only running the Soft tyres, before switching to the Supersofts in the second and third parts. Qualifying took place in variable conditions, with a strong wind blowing. No rain fell, however that is on the cards for tomorrow’s race.

 

Chinese GP – Bad weather rules the day in China

Posted: 07.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi complete no timed laps. Practice a wash-out for everyone

Shanghai, 7 April – Three laps in the first session, none in the second. Rain and fog, or more accurately smog, meant the medical helicopter was unable to fly, so that Friday’s practice was effectively cancelled. In the morning, Seb Vettel went out on track just twice, once with the extreme wet tyres and once on intermediates, just to get an idea of the track condition. Kimi Raikkonen did a single lap on the extreme wets, but there was no point in doing more. In the afternoon, the entire field stayed in the garages, with the circuit in constant contact with the Shanghai city airport, but as landing there was deemed impossible, the start of the session was repeatedly delayed until there was no time left as the finish time of 15.30 approached.

Vettel’s main concern was for the fans: “A shame about today, especially for the people who came here to watch, but what else could we do? Over the past few days, there have been so many fans and so many messages from people saying how delighted they were with the result in Australia. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow and let’s hope we have the right set-up, otherwise it will be difficult. However, I’d add that I’m confident we can do it and tomorrow the weather will be better.”

Kimi’s comments were equally succinct: “Today we learned nothing: after the installation lap we wanted to go back out on track, but the session was interrupted. It’s a shame, but it’s the same for everyone. You can’t change the weather and sometimes things like this happen. It was not an ideal day, but even if we had run today, it would have been in the wet and tomorrow it’s not due to rain. So we must wait and see what the weather will be and how things will go.”

 

Chinese Grand Prix – A fresh challenge in China

Posted: 06.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi and Seb: “One race at a time, let’s just try and do well”

Shanghai, April 6th – A new challenge awaits Scuderia Ferrari drivers in China, where teams were welcomed by heavy rain on Thursday . “This circuit is completely different from the one in Melbourne, more of a ‘normal’ track”, says Kimi. “It’s way too early to know how things will go, we haven’t run a single lap yet and the conditions may change very quickly. At the last race in Melbourne the car was feeling good when we were running. The team was very happy for Seb’s win , it was a great result also for all those working at home. We have a good team, but we have only done one race, the season is long, and the tracks are all different. We have to keep doing a good job , improve things and minimize mistakes”.

As for Seb, winning in Melbourne hasn’t changed his feet-on-the-ground attitude: “The real expectations we have is to try and do well. Good conditions and good luck will be important, as well as the set-up of the car. If we can be close to Mercedes that means we can be close to the top: we will just try to do well and then we will see what it will be. We are working better as a team and have improved from last year. We did very well in Australia, but that was only one race. Still, we have potential and can do better”.

 

Chinese Grand Prix – Shanghai: the countdown begins

Posted: 05.04.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari, the winner of the first ever GP held here, is already in China

Maranello, 5 aprile – It’s now a classic on the calendar, but when it was first held in 2004, it caused quite a stir. A Formula 1 race in China would have been unthinkable a few years earlier, even in a city like Shanghai which was the first to open up trade with the West. For the record, Scuderia Ferrari won the maiden event with Rubens Barrichello. Thirteen years later, Scuderia Ferrari is again in Shanghai having travelled there directly from Australia. On arrival, the team encountered spring-like changeable weather and the forecast for the weekend includes a bit of everything including the chance of rain. The Shanghai International Circuit is interesting and demanding, running clockwise, with a very long 1.170 kilometre-long straight and corners that give the tyres a hard time, especially the front left. For this event, Pirelli is providing the Medium, Soft and Supersoft compounds. Shanghai also kicks off the first “back-to-back” of the 2017 season and once the race is over, it will already be time to prepare for the next round at Sakhir in Bahrain, the following weekend.

 

 

Circuit Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia
Date 26.03.2017
Laps 57
Distance 302,271 km / 187,863 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H - Scuderia Ferrari 1.
           
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H - Scuderia Ferrari 4.

 

Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne, 26 March

Posted: 26.03.2017
Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “A good result today that could have been a great one if we’d managed to get Kimi on the podium too. When we launched the SF70H we referred to it as “Our Ferrari” and indeed today’s win reflects all the effort and hard work put in over the past few months, both in Maranello and at the track. As for Sebastian, he did a great job, as did the whole team in fact. It’s a shame that Kimi struggled in the early stages to get into the right rhythm. Our car went very well on track: it was well balanced and consistent performance from the tyres meant we were able to adopt an aggressive strategy. This is only the first race of the championship: there are still 19 to go and we must maintain a high level of concentration at every Grand Prix, avoiding distractions and, already as from today, we are looking ahead to the next Grand Prix in China.”

Mattia Binotto: “Happy? Yes, definitely. It’s on the track that you reap the rewards of your collective efforts over the winter. It was a busy period during which everyone doubled their energy and effort. We still have 19 challenges ahead of us and today’s race shows how the slightest thing can make the difference between being in front or being behind. Therefore, we must continue to push as hard as possible on development. As for this Melbourne weekend, it was already clear in qualifying that there is little that separates the teams and we knew the race would be very close. The GP was all decided at the pit stops: at that moment, we probably had less tyre degradation than our rivals towards the end of the stint and that meant we were able to stay out on track for longer. From then on, it was a case of bringing home the car in terms of reliability. Seb did an excellent job, while Kimi definitely had a more complicated race, partly because he started from a bit further back on the grid. However, he managed to hold onto this position to the finish and his lap times in the final part of the race showed what he was capable of.”

Sebastian Vettel: “It’s been a great day for us. The team has been working so hard at the track as much as back at the factory. It’s a great feeling. “Grazie mille”, you can’t say much more. The last months have been really intense, it’s been tough to get into the rhythm. It’s just the beginning and there’s still a lot of work going on. This is one of many steps and we have to enjoy what we do. It’s great to see people smiling. Now we have to reset to go to China and try to do a good job.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “In the first stint I struggled a bit with the Ultrasoft tires, but once I switched to the Soft compound the car was behaving really nicely. It was not the most exciting race for me, most of the time I was fuel saving, but when I was pushing the car was fast and I got a really good feeling. Fourth place is a bit disappointing, but we scored some points and Seb’s win is a great result for the whole team. We learned a lot from this weekend: we start from here, with a good package and we pretty much know what we have to do to make the car better.”

 

Australian Grand Prix – A statement from Ferrari chairman mr. Sergio Marchionne

Posted: 26.03.2017
Source: Ferrari

It was about time. I am delighted for the team and for our tifosi who stood by us throughout this whole period. We’ve been waiting for this victory for almost a year and a half. Hearing the Italian national anthem again was very moving.

Sebastian  delivered a great race and I am sure Kimi  will be soon up there battling alongside his team-mate. Of course, this victory is something to share with the entire team, both at the circuit and back in Maranello, because teamwork is the only way to achieve major goals.

Congratulations to Antonio for his debut in Formula One.

Now, however, it is absolutely essential to remember that this is not the destination but the first step on a long road that must see us all focused on improving each and every day.

 

Australian GP – Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari on top in Australia

Posted: 26.03.2017
Source: Ferrari

Raikkonen fourth. A great job from the entire team

Melbourne, 26 March –Ten years on from Kimi Raikkonen’s victory at Albert Park, Scuderia Ferrari has returned to winning ways in Melbourne, in the first race of the season. Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line in first place after 57 laps, in a race whose key moment came on lap 23, when a perfectly executed pit stop for fresh tyres saw him rejoin the track ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes.
This is Scuderia Ferrari’s 225th Formula 1 victory, Seb’s 43rd and his fourth with the Maranello team.
Thanks to his fourth place finish, Kimi Raikkonen brought home a further 12 points, so that Scuderia Ferrari now has a total of 37 points in the Constructors’ Championship.

 

Australian GP – On the front row in the Antipodes

Posted: 25.03.2017
Source: Ferrari

Seb 2nd and Kimi 4th in qualifying in Melbourne: “A great recovery after yesterday”

Melbourne, 25 March – “If we look back twelve months, the progress we have made is clear to see,” said Sebastian Vettel. “We are working well as a team, having had a great winter; a winter of changes, but all for the best.” There are no points given out after qualifying and the 2017 championship has only just begun, but having Seb Vettel on the front row in the SF70H, with a gap to pole down by half a second, does nevertheless mean something. And with Kimi Raikkonen right behind in fourth place, it shows that the overall picture is encouraging. “Good recovery” said Seb over the radio, immediately after posting a time of 1.22”456, which secured him second place on the grid. He was referring to the work of the team that had managed to fix what needed to be fixed in terms of set-up, after Friday’s free practice. As for Kimi, whose best lap was a 1.23”033, his usual honesty meant he didn’t disguise his slight disappointment at being on the second row. “I made life complicated for myself right from the first session: I never managed to put all the sectors together and that cost me lap time. But the car feels strong and I just have to do better.”

 

Australian Grand Prix – Friday for learning

Posted: 24.03.2017
Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi working on car balance

Melbourne, 24 March – The first day of a new world championship is always a special event, but for Scuderia Ferrari, practice in Albert Park was simply an opportunity to work through a planned programme. For the SF70H that meant mainly working on set-up and balance. Sebastian and Kimi tried all the specifications of tyre that Pirelli has supplied here, starting on the Soft before then using the Super and Ultrasoft in the second session.

The dirty track conditions and the different fuel loads used make it impossible to give an accurate assessment of the relative performance levels. As Vettel explained at the end of practice, “on Friday, it is always difficult to say much. Anyway, it was nice to be back in the cockpit again. In the first session, we had a few small problems which slowed us down a bit, but things went better in the second one. As for the balance, today wasn’t bad, but there is still room for improvement. The lap times don’t mean anything. Only tomorrow will we find out what the score is.”

Raikkonen expressed pretty much the same sentiments. “We can be pleased, because overall the day didn’t go badly. We learned a lot of things and now we know in which areas we have to improve. As for performance, you cannot compare it to winter testing, partly because this is a bit of an unusual track and doesn’t produce a clear picture of the situation.”

Seb completed 45 laps over the two sessions (10+35,) while Kimi racked up 16 in the first part and 30 in the second.

 

Australian Grand Prix – “No certainties, hard work”

Posted: 23.03.2017
Source: Ferrari

Seb on the eve of the Australian GP

Melbourne, 23 March – I think nothing is certain. There is a lot of work ahead of us and the car seems to work well. We’ve done a lot of laps, so I think we can be happy but there is no certainties. Nothing has to be taken for granted and the year is long, it’s still March. I don’t know which expectations we have from the outside but inside we have none. We hope to be very high up. That’s our target and we know there’s a lot of work ahead of us. We will focus on the single steps and we have to keep pushing.

 

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