Challenge APAC – And the winners are Prette, Seto, Fujiwara and Berry!

Posted: 22.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 22 December 2017 – The seventh season of the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific (APAC) had the honour of hosting the debut of the 488 Challenge in Abu Dhabi. In the Trofeo Pirelli Angelo Negro was first driver to win with the new car. Philippe Prette came back to take Race-2, while the Racing Days in Shanghai as usual witnessed some excellent performances from the Chinese drivers. Hulin Han won Race 1, but the following day it was the turn of Prette who also triumphed in the only race at Zhejiang and the first at Fuji. However, Race-2 in Japan saw a win for his rookie son Louis. Prette took another step toward the title with a victory at Sepang in Race-1, while the next day Han bagged his second victory of the season. Ringo Chong prevailed twice in Singapore while Prette wrapped things up in Race-1 at Mugello.

The duel between Japan’s Ken Seto and Taipei’s Tiger Wu dominated the Trofeo Pirelli Am season. The two shared the spoils in Abu Dhabi, with Wu making a clean sweep at Fuji. However, Seto limited the damage and then triumphed at Sepang in Race 1. Ziad Ghandour enjoyed two days of glory in Singapore, while Wu lost precious points to Seto. Then finally, while King ruled the roost at Mugello, Seto sealed the title with a second and a fourth place.

Makoto Fujiwara made an explosive start to the Coppa Shell. The Japanese driver finished first in two races at Abu Dhabi and at Shanghai but he had to fight it out with China’s Eric Zang who won the two races at Fuji. The rivals shared the winner’s laurels at Sepang while in Singapore Zang pulled-off a one-two, although Fujiwara limited the damage with a second and third place. The Japanese won the title finishing second and a fourth at Mugello. David Dicker took the Coppa Shell by just one point over Grant Baker, 105 to 104, while the Ladies’ Cup went to Indonesia’s, Kathicha Chimsiri.

Australian rookie Martin Berry was fastest right from the get-go in the 458 Challenge EVO class and sealed the title very early. The only other drivers to win were Tani Hanna, Hidehiko Hagiwara, Sam Lok and Tamotsu Kondo.



“We have taken giant strides”

Posted: 18.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

The President’s message: “There are already signs of progress for 2018”

Maranello, 18 December –The Gestione Sportiva Christmas lunch with members of the media is a time for exchanging season’s greetings after a year spent together at the race tracks. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to look back at the key moments of what was an action packed championship.

“Given where we started from last year, this season we have taken giant strides forward,” was president Sergio Marchionne’s overview. “Having said that, the second half of 2017 was…character building. We learned a lot over the past six months, trying to move forward and that’s the most important thing. From back in August of last year, when we overhauled the organisation, I totally believed that these guys, with Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal and Mattia Binotto heading up the technical side, would be capable of doing something amazing. We really believed we could do much more: but in 2017, we were unable to reach our objectives. That has also resulted in some changes to the organisation of the Gestione Sportiva. We can already see significant signs of change when it comes to the team’s production capacity. The important thing is to start 2018 with all this expertise and experience and to manage this organisation. I have no doubt that we will be competitive.”

Naturally enough, the conversation moved on to the subject of the drivers: “Sebastian Vettel is a guy who studies a lot, studies himself and is committed, therefore, I think that we will see less of his emotive side. I think he has learned enough. Plus, there were plenty of opportunities for him to get annoyed, as he’s had a couple of rather difficult seasons, this year and the previous one. I continue to maintain we have an obligation towards these drivers, to give them a car with which they can race the others. I think we gave them a great car in 2017 and so, from now on, it’s down to him. As for Kimi Raikkonen, I believe he is really great, truly talented and I have never doubted his abilities. I tell you, he’s a really top guy, otherwise he wouldn’t have taken pole at a track like Monaco. I think Maurizio has done a great job with the drivers and that’s not an easy task.”

Until we meet again on 22nd February, when we will reveal the car that will race in the 2018 world championship, happy holidays to you all.



Screen & Track Star: RM Sotheby’s adds 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Spider to Paris Sale

Posted: 09.01.2018
Source: RM Sotheby’s


  • RM Sotheby’s announces unique Ferrari 166 MM Spider raced in 1953/54 Mille Miglia and featured in Kirk Douglas film The Racers for annual Paris sale, 7 February
  • Auction held during world-famous Rétromobile week features 84 vehicles, including very rare riveted Iso Grifo A3/C formerly owned by the late, beloved Johnny Hallyday
  • RM Sotheby’s Paris digital catalogue now available at

LONDON (9 January 2018) – RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce final featured entries for its fifth annual Paris sale, 7 February at Place Vauban during Rétromobile week. The 84 vehicles on offer are led by a supremely original 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Spider, chassis no. 0272 M.

The fifth of 13 166 MMs built for 1953, the car on offer features unique spider coachwork, though its specific builder remains a mystery. Most historians believe that it was designed by Aurelio Lampredi and is thought to have been built by Ferrari itself. One of 0272 M’s earliest track outings was at the 1953 Mille Miglia, with original owner Dr. Alberico Cacciari and R.H. Bill Mason—father of Pink Floyd drummer and noted Ferrari collector Nick Mason—at the helm. During this time, the car was also used in the production of the 1953 Shell movie about the Mille Miglia, directed by Bill Mason himself.

Raced in numerous events across Italy throughout the 1953 season, the car was campaigned once again in the 1954 Mille Miglia by Emmanuel de Graffenried and G. Parravicini. While entered under the Scuderia Ferrari name, the 166 was used exclusively by MGM Studios for its movie The Racers starring Kirk Douglas, with the two pilots acting as stuntmen for the film. Following the race, the car was exported to California to continue filming, after which it was raced and shown frequently throughout the U.S. West Coast, including at the Monterey Historics and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, as well as at the Cavallino Classic. In more recent years, the car has participated in numerous events, including the Mille Miglia Storica, Le Belle Macchine d’Italia, and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The 166 MM is offered at RM Sotheby’s Paris sale retaining its original mechanical components, including frame, engine, gearbox, rear axle, steering box, and all carburettors, as well as most of its original bodywork. With a fascinating history, 0272 M would be an exceptional acquisition to show, drive and enjoy at the world’s most prestigious concours and vintage racing events (Est. €3.700.000 – €4.500.000).

“A 166 MM is truly a joy to drive – smooth and with plenty of horsepower on tap channeled through its might V-12 and five-speed gearbox,” comments Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s Europe. “The reliability of this particular early Ferrari racer is clearly demonstrated by its long and continuous competition history and incredible originality, further set off by its unique coachwork and Hollywood connection.”

The Paris sale is also set to feature the eighth of just 10 riveted Iso Grifo A3/Cs built for 1964, chassis no. B 0209. Bred with endurance racing in mind (A3/Cs won their class at Le Mans in 1964 and 1965), the example offered in Paris is one of the very desirable ‘riveted’ A3/Cs, made by Carrozzeria Sports Cars of Piero Drogo in Modena. The bodies were made in ‘avional’, a special alloy of aluminum, copper and magnesium that is very light and elastic but difficult to weld, meaning it needed to be riveted in a fashion similar to an airplane.

Finished in dark red over black leather seats, the A3/C was delivered to its first French owner in November 1964 and was quickly sold to Paris resident Jean-Phillippe Smet, better known as none other than the late musician Johnny Hallyday. Beloved throughout France, Hallyday is pictured in and around the car in Paris in late 1964 and early 1965. Following Hallyday’s ownership, the Iso spent significant time in long term ownership, including 24 years in Prince Pierre Sangusko’s castle, and more than 15 years in Michel Hommell’s Manoir de l’Automobile museum in Lohéac, France. It has since been displayed at the 2017 Chantilly Concours, where it garnered the ‘Special Award’ within the Great Musicians’ Cars class, and it comes to Paris with less than 27,000 km covered and having spent its entire life in France (Est. €2.500.000 – €3.000.000).

Sabatié-Garat adds: “The offering of a riveted Iso Grifo A3/C is extraordinarily rare in its own right. Add to that its exceptional French provenance and former ownership by the late, and much loved, Johnny Hallyday, and you have a once-in-a-generation opportunity for collectors. We’re tremendously honoured to bring an important car owned by such a cherished French icon to public auction for the very first time.”

Additional featured highlights for RM Sotheby’s fifth annual Paris sale include:


  • 2017 Bugatti Chiron, one of the first 20 examples to be delivered worldwide (Est. €3.200.000 – €3.600.000);
  • 1993 Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport Prototype, an ultra-rare prototype with unique factory modifications and showing just 3,300 km from new (Est. €850.000 – €1.100.000);
  • 2014 McLaren P1, with numerous McLaren Special Operations custom features and just 6,000 km from new (Est. €1.700.000 – €2.000.000);
  • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy, a matching numbers, Classiche certified example clothed in desirable ‘long-nose’ alloy bodywork (Est. €2.400.000 – €2.800.000);
  • 2005 Maserati MC12, one of just 50 ever built, and one of six cars offered as part of a private collection entirely without reserve (Est. €2.000.000 – €2.500.000); and,
  • 1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II, highly original throughout and having had just two German owners from new, including single ownership for more than four decades (Est. €1.600.000 – €1.800.000).

Coinciding with the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February 2018), RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International, which runs through 4 February. This exciting event features a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pays tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on Festival Automobile International, please visit

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Paris sale, to view the complete digital catalogue, or to register to bid, please visit Interested bidders are invited to call RM Sotheby’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 to speak with a car specialist.


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RM Sotheby’s 2018 Paris Auction – The Ferrari Lots

S/N 19751
Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina
  • Lot: 111
  • Estimate: 150.000 – 175.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 4189 GT
Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III
  • Lot: 115
  • Estimate: 430.000 – 470.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 08069
Ferrari 275 GTB “Alloy
  • Lot: 120
  • Estimate: 2.400.000 – 2.800.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 36775
Ferrari 512 BB
  • Lot: 121
  • Estimate: 240.000 – 280.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFDT57B000139664
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
  • Lot: 122
  • Estimate: 200.000 – 250.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N – Coming soon
Ferrari F 40
  • Lot: 123
  • Estimate: 850.000 – 950.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFFD60B000167984
Ferrari 599 GTB
  • Lot: 125
  • Estimate: 300.000 – 350.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFBT55B000128466
Ferrari 575 M Maranello
  • Lot: 138
  • Estimate: 85.000 – 125.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFZR528000124364
Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina
  • Lot: 140
  • Estimate: 265.000 – 325.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks: 386/448
S/N ZFFLA40B000096850
Ferrari 512 TR
  • Lot: 141
  • Estimate: 110.000 – 145.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 12043
Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
  • Lot: 146
  • Estimate: 210.000 – 240.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFPA41B000101523
Ferrari F 355 Challenge
  • Lot: 161
  • Estimate: 135.000 – 175.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 00854
Ferrari 246 GT Dino “L-Series”
  • Lot: 164
  • Estimate: 300.000 – 350.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFUA36B000096858
Ferrari 348 GTS
  • Lot: 166
  • Estimate: 75.000 – 100.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 0272 M
Ferrari 166 MM Spider
  • Lot: 172
  • Estimate: 3.700.000 – 4.500.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFSP44B000102488
Ferrari 456 GT
  • Lot: 178
  • Estimate: 60.000 – 80.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFAA17B000091201
Ferrari Testarossa
  • Lot: 182
  • Estimate: 70.000 – 90.000 EUR
  • Result:
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Posted: 18.12.2017 / Source: RM Sotheby’s

  • Star of RM Sotheby’s upcoming Paris sale is a recently restored alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
  • Rare, one-of-five, 2-litre 1954 OSCA 2000 S and one-of-14 1995 Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet also confirmed
  • Supercar selection includes a prototype Bugatti EB110 SS and a 2014 McLaren P1 with MSO features
  • More than 70 collector cars set to be offered on 7 February 2018 during Rétromobile week
  • Frequently updated list of entries and additional sale info available at

LONDON (18 December, 2017) – After a phenomenal end to 2017, RM Sotheby’s 2018 European auction calendar will open again in Paris with an auction offering that features stunning sports, racing, and performance lots, including a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy, a one-of-five 2-litre 1954 OSCA 2000 S and a rare Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet.

Held during the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018), RM Sotheby’s has amassed more than 70 collector cars for its prestigious Paris sale on 7 February. The star of the auction is an exceptionally rare long-nose, alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB. Benefitting from over forty years of single ownership in the United States, chassis no. 08069 has recently undergone a ground-up restoration, returning the matching-numbers car to its original factory colors of Argento Metallizatto over a Nero interior, whilst also boasting certification by Ferrari Classiche. One of a mere 60 alloy-bodied 275 GTBs ever made, and widely considered one of the greatest Ferraris of the 1960s, this is one of the finest 275 examples to be offered for public sale (Est. €2.400.000 – €2.800.000).

Lining up alongside the Ferrari is one of the rarest sports cars ever made, a 1954 OSCA 2000 S, chassis no. 2005. This example is one of five cars built and sports gorgeous Morelli coachwork. Winner of the 1954 12 hours of Messina and raced at a handful of other events in Italy, the OSCA benefits from a four-year restoration concluded in 2003 and is ready to be enjoyed and driven on road or track by a discerning new owner (Est. €875.000 – €975.000).

At the other end of the rare collector car spectrum is a 1995 Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet. One of just nine left-hand-drive examples made of a mere 14 that ever left the Porsche Exclusive factory, chassis no. 8509 has been carefully used and has covered just 32,000 km from new. A unique and appealing mix of narrow-bodied ‘993’ Carrera bodyshell and ‘964’ Turbo running gear, this drop-top Porsche was a special edition, paired with a desirable ‘G50’ manual gearbox and, unlike the production 911 Turbos of the era, is rear-wheel drive. This example is the second-to-last car ever made and is fitted with a unique electric clutch produced by RUF and installed by Porsche Exclusive. It comes with a comprehensive history file, and a fresh service (Est. €625.000 – €725.000).

Joining the recently announced ‘no-reserve’ 2005 Maserati MC12 and 1992 Ferrari F40 are additional iconic supercars, including a rare Italian-delivered and registered 2014 McLaren P1. Finished in a unique paint-to-sample Porsche Grauschwartz 7A1 Gloss with Rocket Red Pinstripes by McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) team – a €100.000 cost when it was ordered – the P1 has covered just 6,000 km by its sole owner (Est. €1.700.000 – €2.000.000). It is featured alongside a prototype 1993 Bugatti EB110 SS with unique factory modifications, including a twin tank single filler system, a carbon fibre engine cover, and a revised gear selector (est. €850.000 – €1.100.000). Rounding out the modern era supercar line-up is a one-of-150, two-owner 1996 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 in a rare colour combination of Titanium over Blue Alcantara.

And for less ‘money, money, money’ than you might imagine, the sale also features a rakish 1977 BMW 633 CSionce owned by Polar Music, the record company of ABBA—Swedish super group of the 1970s. The car was purchased new to be used by Björn Ulvaeus, an avid BMW fan, as well as fellow band member Benny Andersson, and will be sold without reserve at the Paris sale (Est. €25.000 – €35.000). Joining it is an Italian-delivered 2001 BMW Z8, which is offered from its single private owner, a successful Italian touring car driver, and has covered just 28,500 km from new (Est.€180.000 – €240.000).

Meanwhile, ahead of next year’s deliveries of the new Alpine A110, RM has secured a pair of Alpine-Renault A110s for its Paris sale; a 1974 A110 B ‘Team Vialle Autogas’ and a 1974 A110 1600 S. The former, a highly successful example, was driven by Piet Kruythof in 1977/8 in the FIA European Rallycross Championship and has been restored by its current long-term owner with historic racing in mind. The A110 1600 S participated in the 1975 Targa Florio before being placed in storage until 2000. It has since been restored and is ready to drive and enjoy, be it in vintage racing or on the open road. Both cars are exceptional examples with fascinating competition histories and carry pre-sale estimates of €140.000- €180.000 and €130.000- €140.000 respectively.

Coinciding with the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018), RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International, which runs through 4 February. This exciting event features a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pays tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on Festival Automobile International, please visit

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Paris auction or to view a frequently updated list of entries, please or call RM’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070.



Posted: 22.11.2017 / Source: RM Sotheby’s

  • 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix and 2005 Maserati MC12 to be sold ‘without reserve’ at RM Sotheby’s Paris sale
  • More than 60 collector cars set to be offered on 7 February 2018 during Rétromobile week
  • Additional highlights include one-owner 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 and two-owner 1958 BMW 507 Roadster, along with collection of desirable 911s featuring two modern 911 GT2s and 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster Schmal
  • Frequently updated list of entries and additional sale info available at

LONDON (22 November, 2017) – RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce early featured automobiles for its fifth annual Paris sale on 7 February, which coincides with the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018). With fifty percent of entries already confirmed to be offered ‘without reserve’, RM will undoubtedly kick its European auction calendar off in spectacular fashion next year in the French capital.

Early highlights are led by a hugely original 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix, offered from long-term French ownership. Known as one of the most successful of the Bugatti racing models, chassis no. 4394 was delivered new to marquis Georges Cholmondeley “Lord Rocksavage” in early 1925 to his home in France. Complete with a large collection of period photographs with Lord and Lady Cholmondeley, including one with Malcolm Campbell at Brooklands in 1925, it represents a remarkable opportunity to acquire what is truly one of the most iconic and respected automobiles of the 1920s. The Bugatti displays lovely original patina and is offered in excellent condition complete with original chassis, body, gearbox, axles, and differential (Est. €950.000 – €1.050.000, offered without reserve).

At the opposite end of the collector car spectrum is a 2005 Maserati MC12, chassis no. 12085, which is also offered ‘without reserve’ from a private collection at RM Sotheby’s 7 February auction. Being one of 50 cars built between 2004 and 2005, the MC12 model is highly prized by collectors seeking the ultimate, exclusive, modern hypercar to wear the trident badge, and this particular example has been well-maintained throughout its life, having covered only 12,500 km from new (Est. €2.000.000 – €2.500.000). Another iconic Italian supercar making its way to Paris from the private collection and set to sell to the highest bidder is a 1992 Ferrari F40, chassis no. 93710. Offered with books, tools and its rare original luggage, the F40 has been recently serviced and is ready to return to the road (Est. €850.000 – €950.000, offered without reserve). 

“We’re thrilled to return to Paris for our fifth anniversary sale with an already incredibly diverse lineup of cars on offer,” said Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Car Specialist and European Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s. “Early auction highlights cover all segments of the collector car market, from pre-war racers through to the most advanced supercars of today, all of which we’ve seen perform well in Paris in past years as demonstrated by our particularly strong 2017 results. Our total sales were up more than 50 percent over 2016, we achieved the highest sell-through rate of the Rétromobile auction week, and sold more vehicles within or above estimate range than any of our competitors. We look forward to building on this success for 2018 as we continue to grow our European presence.”

Following last year’s successful sale of a private Porsche collection, RM Sotheby’s has once again secured a plethora of Porsche 911s from the Seventies to Noughties for its return to Paris, including a rare narrow-body1989 Porsche 911 Speedster in remarkably original condition and surely one of the lowest mileage examples extant at a mere 577km from new (Est. €275.000 – €325.000), along with a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI ‘Jubiläum’ anniversary model. With just 25 European MFI-engined Carrera models ever made, this example has covered a mere 600km following a meticulous restoration and is estimated to sell for €250.000 – €350.000. Other Porsches confirmed include a 1994 Porsche 911 ‘964’ Turbo 3.6 with desirable X88 pack boasting 385 bhp (Est. €250.000 – €300.000) and two modern GT2s; a 2002 Porsche 911 ‘996’ GT2 ‘Mk1’ (Est. €100.000 – €150.000) and a 2008 Porsche 911 ‘997’ GT2 Clubsport (€150.000 – €175.000).

With its unrivalled reputation for offering exceptional fresh-to-market collector cars, RM Sotheby’s has also tempted two wonderful automobiles with outstanding histories and long-term ownership status into the Paris auction. The first is a 1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II which has had only two owners and, unbelievably, has been maintained by the same BMW-trained mechanic from new. Chassis no. 70127 remained with its first lady owner until 2004, and this highly original and coveted example of a Series II 507 Roadster benefits from having new carpets, recovered seats, a new soft-top and a set of Rudge wheels (Est. €1.600.000 – €1.800.000). Joining the BMW is a 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 which will be offered for sale out of single-family ownership since new. The 400 GT was purchased by its first and only Dutch owner directly from the Lamborghini factory where he met with Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. It has been carefully preserved and enjoyed throughout its life, and comes to Paris wearing the majority of its original paintwork, showing less than 62,000km, and ready to drive at a moment’s notice (Est. €450.000 – €500.000).

Sabatié-Garat adds: “We’re equally excited that we’re able to bring so many of these cars to auction for the very first time, whether it is for their original or long-term owners. In today’s buyer’s market, it is the truly special examples like the 507 and the 400 GT that stand out.”

Further consignments already confirmed include a 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT that competed in several rallies in Germany during the 1971 and 1972 seasons and is offered fresh from restoration (Est. €220.000 – €260.000), as well as a 1958 Triumph TR3A Works Rally Car that competed at many events with Triumph’s Works team, including the Monte Carlo Rally and the Tour de France (Est. €160.000 – €180.000).

Coinciding with the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018), RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International which runs through 4 February. This exciting event features a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pays tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on Festival Automobile International, please visit

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Paris auction or to view a frequently updated list of entries, please or call RM’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 to discuss limited consignment opportunities.


Five Ferraris on track in the Gulf 12 Hours

Posted: 14.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Abu Dhabi, 14 December 2017 – The GT calendar year closes this weekend with the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi, which a few weeks ago hosted the final round of the Formula 1 World Championship.

Official drivers. Two official Ferrari drivers will be on track at Yas Marina, with Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina teaming up with Poland’s Michal Broniszewski in the 488 GT3 of Kessel Racing. Rigon and Molina were also teammates earlier this season at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the Blancpain Endurance Cup. The Italian driver and Broniszewski are defending champions. The trio of Rinat Salikhov, Norbert Siedler and Marco Seefried will be back together behind the wheel of the 488 GT3 of Rinaldi Racing, the other car entered in the Pro class.

Pro-Am class. Two 488 GT3s are also involved in the Pro-Am class, both in the colours of Kessel Racing. Piti Bhirombhakdi, Giorgio Roda, Han Chen Chen and Nicholas Foster will crew the car of TP12 HubAuto car, while Claudio Schiavoni, Andrea Piccini and Sergio Pianezzola will share car no. 77.

Gentlemen’s class. One Ferrari is on track in the Gentlemen’s class. The 458 Italia GT3 of Dragon Racing will be driven by David Perel, John Hartshorne, Ollie Hancock and Greg Caton. A total of 26 cars will take part, with qualifying on Friday. On Saturday the race will run from 9 am to 3 pm and from 5:45 pm to 11:45 pm.



David Fumanelli wins Challenge race at Motor Show

Posted: 02.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 2 December 2017 – David Fumanelli won the exhibition race of the Motor Show featuring the 488 Challenge cars that usually compete in the Ferrari one-make series. The Italian Rossocorsa driver defeated 2017 European champion Daniele Di Amato (CDP) in the final. Third and fourth place went to Thomas Gostner, with the 488 Challenge of Ineco-MP Racing, and Bjorn Grossmann, in the car of Octane 126.

Eliminated in the first round. The other four competitors in the Motor Show exhibition race were knocked out in the first round. Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) and Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) were respectively eliminated by Thomas Gostner and David Fumanelli in the other Rossocorsa car, while Daniele Di Amato and Bjorn Grossmann defeated Manuela Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) and Maurizio Pitorri (CDP).

2018 championships. The Ferrari Challenge is over for 2017, but will resume again in January with the first of the three championship series. The first round of the North American series takes place from 24 to 27 January at Daytona. The other two championships will kick off on 22 to 25 March. The first round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific goes to Melbourne, while the Ferrari Challenge Europe begins at Mugello, the Ferrari-owned track.


Ferrari drivers shine at the Bologna Motor Show

Posted: 02.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 2 December 2017 – Antonio  Giovinazzi was the highlight on the first day of the public opening of the Bologna Motor Show. Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver put on an exhibition with two shows at the wheel of a 2009 F60. The Italian pulled off some electrifying accelerations before pulling in to allow the mechanics of Scuderia Ferrari to execute a number of lightning fast pit stops. “It was great having the chance to drive a Ferrari Formula 1 car at the Motor Show. I remember when I used to visit the Motor Show with my father when I was a child, and it looks incredible now to be here for the enjoyment of so many tifosi and young motorsport lovers on the grandstands”, said Giovinazzi after his exhibition on the F60.

World champion. Massive crowds also greeted Alessandro Pier Guidi, the recent winner of the GT class of the World Endurance Championship. He performed at the wheel of the 488 GTE no. 51 of AF Corse in which he secured the world title in Bahrain two weeks ago. The Italian won three races over the season: the 6 Hours of the Nurburgring, the 6 Hours of COTA and the 6 Hours of Fuji.

Fisichella, Rigon and Molina. The other three Ferrari drivers present at the Motor Show also received great support and appreciation. Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and the Spaniard Miguel Molina put on a show at the wheel of the 488 GTE and in the cars of the XX Programmes, the 599XX and FXX K with over 1000 horsepower and hybrid technology derived from Formula 1.


Ferrari to star at Bologna Motor Show

Posted: 01.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 1 December 2017 – Ferrari will be the big star of the first day of the Bologna Motor Show, which runs until 10 December.

Challenge Race. Eight 488 Challenge cars will be at the start in a knockout tournament whose quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals will take place in Area 48. Bjorn Grossmann will line up in the colours of Octane 126. The multiple times Trofeo Pirelli European champion will be joined by Fabienne Wohlwend, the young driver from Liechtenstein who at Imola in October became the first woman overall winner of a Ferrari one-make series race. Wohlwend will be challenged by her biggest track rival Manuela Gostner, in the car of Ineco-MP Racing, which will also field a 488 Challenge for Thomas Gostner. CDP will deploy reigning European champion Daniele Di Amato and Maurizio Pitorri. Rossocorsa will have David Fumanelli and Tommaso Rocca.

Exhibitions. In addition to the Challenge race, the Area 48 will also see a number of exhibitions. At 12 pm and again in the afternoon Scuderia Ferrari will put on a show with the test and development driver Antonio Giovinazzi performing thrilling accelerations and burnouts in the cockpit of an F60, while the Formula 1 mechanics will pull off some flashing fast tyre changes. Several GT drivers will also be on track including WEC GT World Champion Alessandro Pier Guidi, Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina. The Italians and the Spaniard will take turns in the cars of the XX Programmes, including the FXX K with over 1000 horsepower, and the 488 GT, the GTE version of which dominated the World Endurance Championship in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ rankings. In its GT3 configuration the 488 won races on four different continents in 2017.

Cars on display. Several Ferraris will also be on display in the pavilions of the Motor Show. These include the Portofino just unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and glorious cars such as the 458 Italia GTE, winner at Le Mans in 2012. There will also be an SF70H, the hybrid single-seater that won five Formula 1 Grand Prix in the season just over.


Circuit Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
Date 29.10.2017
Laps 71
Distance 305,909 km / 190,124 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H
Scuderia Ferrari 1.
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H
Scuderia Ferrari 3.


Brazilian Grand Prix – São Paulo 12 November

Posted: 12.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “Already yesterday, in qualifying, it was clear that the SF70H was quick and well prepared. Today, we got the confirmation that we have a very good car at our disposal. The result of this race is also down to the great job carried out by the team, both here at the track and back in Maranello, not forgetting the drivers who, on the day, know how to step up to the mark. Now we look ahead to the next challenge in Abu Dhabi, still determined to give it our all, right to the very end.”

Sebastian Vettel: “I think this was one of the most difficult races of the season, there was no time for mistakes. My start was not perfect, but enough to beat Bottas off the line. Then, Valtteri was always very close and we had the same pace, but I pushed very hard and managed to pull a gap. This win is very important for me and for the team. After such a long time it’s been great to achieve it. I’m happy for the whole team, because it has been through a tough couple of weeks, with long nights, hard work and a big support from the factory. I dedicate this win to all of them, to the guys here and to those who’ve been working in Maranello. It’s been very hard for us, but today is a great day and I want to thank my team and our tifosi. Hopefully we’ll have a good race in Abu Dhabi!”

Kimi Raikkonen: “My start was pretty average, I had some wheelspin and I was happy I did not lose any places. The first fifteen laps were a bit tricky with tires, but after the pit stop I was happy with my car. I expected that improvement, because I knew that with the soft tires I would be really strong. It was easy to keep up with the guys in front and at the same time look after my tires. At some point I tried to push and I got closer; I felt I had a lot of speed but today in these conditions there was no way to pass. It was a bit frustrating, but when Hamilton was behind me I could see him closing up, but I had a good car and I was pretty confident that if I was not making any stupid mistake I could keep him behind. I held him quite easily, he never really had a good chance to get me. Obviously we could have finished one place up, but it’s a great result for the team. The car has been pretty strong all weekend. We have been strong almost everywhere this year, obviously in a few races we had some difficulties, but as a team we can be proud. We are building ourselves for next year.”


Brazilian Grand Prix – A “bravo” to the entire team

Posted: 12.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Behind the win and double podium, a great job by the team

Sao Paulo –Scuderia Ferrari has taken another win, its fifth of 2017, after what was an exciting Brazilian Grand Prix, perfectly managed by the drivers and the team. It was held in hot conditions, with air temperature at 30 degrees, while the track almost hit 60, so it was vital to look after the car components and especially the tyres. Getting both drivers to the podium clearly shows that Ferrari never gives up.
Seb’s lightning start was the key to victory, as he took the lead going into Turn 1. Kimi held third, but immediately there was chaos further back with several incidents. The Safety Car came out and the drivers had to come through pit lane so that the track surface, which had already hit a very high 54 degrees, could be cleaned of debris. Five laps went by before the race was on again, with the lead positions unchanged. DRS could now be used, but Seb had a lead of over a second. The heat meant that everyone was managing their pace so as not to overheat the tyres, while waiting for the pit stop window. Second placed Bottas initiated the run of stops, coming in on lap 28, trying for an undercut on Vettel, who pushed flat out to maintain his advantage. He emerged from the snaking pit lane still ahead and immediately pulled out more of a lead. Kimi also pitted, nimbly popping out ahead of Ricciardo and Verstappen. At this point, both Ferraris were lapping in under the 1’13” mark.
Hamilton had started from pit lane and did not make his pit stop until lap 44, when Seb led the GP again, controlling his advantage over Bottas. Kimi put in his best lap of the race to fend off Hamilton, which saw him close on Bottas. The final stages were very close, but Seb and Kimi both held on, to bring the total to date in this 2017 season to five wins and 19 podium finishes.


Brazilian Grand Prix – Fifth win of the season for Scuderia Ferrari

Posted: 12.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Vettel victorious, with Raikkonen also on the podium in third

Interlagos, 12 November – Sebastian Vettel won today’s Brazilian Grand Prix, held at the Interlagos circuit. It is Scuderia Ferrari’s 229th Formula One win, the fifth this season for the team and for Seb. Kimi Raikkonen also made it to the podium having finished third. Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers started the race on the Supersoft tyres, making a single pit stop to switch to the Softs. There were three key moments: the start with Seb managing to get ahead of Bottas; the pit stops, carried out perfectly by the team and Kimi’s defence of third place, when under attack from Hamilton in the closing stages.



Brazilian Grand Prix – “Today it was close, and tomorrow…”

Posted: 11.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi confident for the race after tight qualifying battle

Interlagos, November 11th – Scuderia Ferrari has been a regular on the front row of the grid, including taking two pole positions, since the last Singapore Grand Prix and Brazil was no exception today as Sebastian topped the time sheet right up to the last run in Q3 and lost pole to Bottas by a mere 38 milliseconds, while Kimi lined up right behind his team-mate. Tomorrow, in what are expected to be warmer and dry conditions, the 71-lap race promises to provide fans with lots of excitement.
“We have improved since Friday, and that’s the important thing” said Seb. “I was happy with my car today, but in my last run, I was perhaps a bit too shy in braking for the first corner. I had a better run at the end of my out-lap, so there was probably more grip than I expected there. In the last sector, I knew I could make up for some of the lost time, and I did, but it wasn’t enough. However, it was very close, and we’re usually even closer in race conditions, so my motivation is high for tomorrow and I’ll being aiming for a win”.
“The feeling with the car was good most of the time” commented Kimi, “but somehow the laps were always a bit tricky, with everybody trying to get their free space. When the tyres switched on well, then everything was easier, but with the traffic in the out-lap it was not always the case. Some sets were feeling better than others purely because of having a bit better out-lap. It was a bit hard to trust them and not get a front lock-up at the first corner. Overall the car itself was nice to drive when the tires worked, so it’s a bit of a shame. It was not the most straightforward qualifying but in the end it was a decent result. I think we did a solid job today, we can consider it a good team result. For sure there was more to get, but the race is tomorrow and it’s going to be long. For the start we’ll try our best, the first corner is quite tight, so we’ll try to make a good start and see what we can get”.


Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying. Ferrari 2nd and 3rd

Posted: 11.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Sebastian ahead of Kimi in Interlagos

Interlagos, 11 November – Qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix ended with a second and third place for the Scuderia Ferrari drivers. Sebastian Vettel posted a time of 1’08”360 to line up ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen whose best lap was a 1’08”538 on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race. Both SF70Hs ran the Soft and Supersoft tyres over the three qualifying sessions, which were held under cloudy skies that produced a few drops of rain towards the end.




Brazilian Grand Prix – Free practice comes to an end in Interlagos

Posted: 11.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi and Seb third and fourth fastest

Interlagos, 11 November – Come the end of the third and final free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third in 1’09”326 and Sebastian Vettel was fourth in 1’09”339. Both drivers completed 20 laps each, with a work sheet aimed at qualifying on the Supersoft compound for the Finn, while the German also ran the Medium tyres.
Qualifying, which should be a dry session, is due to start at 17h00 CET.




Brazilian Grand Prix – Making the best of a dry Friday

Posted: 10.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi just under the 50-lap mark

Interlagos, November 10th – Both practice sessions at the Autodromo Carlos Pace turned out to be quite uneventful, as despite the ever-present threat of rain, drivers only had to contend with a few intermittent and harmless drops during FP2. Scuderia Ferrari drivers jumped at the opportunity to rack up the laps of the 4.3 Km circuit, working mostly in preparation for Sunday’s race, which is supposed to be run in dry conditions. Sebastian covered 48 laps and Kimi 45.
“I think that in the end we ran more than what we expected as it didn’t rain”, Seb commented. “It was nice to be able to do a lot of laps today. We need to find the right balance and this should help us get the pace for the qualifying session and the race, but I still think it won’t be easy to defeat our main competitors. We’ll see where we get tomorrow”.
“It’s only a Friday”, said Kimi, “and as always, we keep trying different things to learn from them. The tires will play a key role here as usual, the performance will depend on how they work and how long they will last. I felt some vibrations at the beginning of my stint, but that’s quite normal to have sometimes in the car: usually it comes from tires and different sets. We don’t know what the temperatures will be over the rest of the weekend, but we cannot change them anyway and it will be the same for everybody”.
The third and final practice session will start tomorrow at 11 AM local time. There is a high chance of showers.


Brazilian Grand Prix – Friday’s free practice concludes in Interlagos

Posted: 10.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

FP2 sees Seb finish fourth and Kimi sixth

Sao Paulo, 10 November – In the second free practice session in Brazil, Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest in 1’09”875, completing a total of 48 laps. Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth quickest with a 1’10”117, doing 45 laps.
Both Prancing Horse drivers ran the usual tyre programme, using new Softs and Supersofts, setting their best times of the afternoon on the latter. Tomorrow, the final hour of free practice at Interlagos gets underway at 14h00 CET, with qualifying following on at 17h00.




Brazilian Grand Prix – Free Practice gets underway at Interlagos

Posted: 10.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Kimi 3rd and Seb 6th in FP1

Sao Paulo, 10 November – The penultimate round of the Formula 1 season, the Brazilian Grand Prix, has got underway with the usual first free practice session. The Ferraris are third and sixth on the time sheet, Kimi Raikkonen having posted a best lap of 1’09”744 and Sebastian Vettel doing a 1’09”984. Both Scuderia Ferrari men ran the same tyre programme, using the Medium and Supersoft compounds. The second session gets underway at 17h00 (CET.)




Brazilian Grand Prix – “We’re here to fight for the win”

Posted: 09.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi “learned from this season” and want to end on a high

Interlagos, November 9th – Rain in the morning, then a warm and sunny afternoon. Sao Paolo weather keeps true to its tradition of unpredictability, which should make the coming challenge even more interesting. With two races to go, Scuderia Ferrari drivers are determined to make the most of them.

“Obviously, time passes and that helps”, Seb comments. “Mexico was a big disappointment, but here it’s a different race and a new challenge that we are looking forward to. For these last two Grands Prix, we want to do everything really well as a team and enjoy the weekends. We don’t stop developing our car and this year we have improved it in order to give us advantages also for the future. Development is an ongoing process and since the regulations don’t change that much, there are many things we can learn from this season and carry over into next year. I really like this track, although not so much the fact that they change the kerbs every year, but it’s not my decision. However, overall, it’s a great place and I am looking forward to racing here.”

“Interlagos is a nice track, a short one with not so many corners,” says Kimi. “Racing is quite tricky here and usually a lot happens. I had some good races and some bad ones, but it’s always been very interesting. The weather can change very quickly and, on track, we’re all very close to one another because of the short lap time. Although both championships are now decided, our aim is still the same; as at any other race, we are here to fight for the win and do the best we can. Then at the end of the season we’ll see where we end up”.


Brazilian GP – Tackling the legendary corners

Posted: 07.11.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Interlagos, so much history and so quirky

It’s the biggest city in the Americas and almost certainly not the most beautiful. But, for Brazilians and for the world, Sao Paulo is also “the city” of Formula One. Of the 44 editions of the Brazilian Grand Prix held to date (plus the opening non-championship race in 1972) only ten have been taken place at Rio’s Jacarepagua track, with all the others run at Interlagos, a suburb to the south of the city. Half of all Brazilian drivers who have raced in Formula 1 come from the Paulista state: Fittipaldi, Pace (after whom the circuit is named,) Senna, Barrichello and Massa, to mention the best known. The original layout was almost eight kilometres in length, running on past the current Esses, dedicated to Ayrton Senna. The drivers always complained about the condition of the track surface, which also moved around, as it is built on swamp land. Today, it’s a case of the extreme opposite, as the track is just over 4 kilometres and its main straight is just 650 metres long, although the cars are accelerating all the way through its final part.

The Scuderia Ferrari roll of honour in Brazil features the names of Lauda, Reutemann, Mansell, Prost, Schumacher, Massa and of course, Kimi Raikkonen, who, with an adventurous drive in 2007 also took the Drivers’ title: there are some who would assert they spotted a tear when he removed his helmet and balaclava to thank everyone in the pits. A few years ago, the look of the Paulista paddock also changed, with the narrow corridor between the garages and hospitality areas replaced with something more modern and spacious. What remains unchanged are the famous corner names: Bico de Pato (duck bill, because of its narrow flattened appearance,) Mergulho (the dive,) so called due to its sharp drop and Laranjinha (literally, small orange) because, for Brazilians, the “oranges” are inexperienced drivers and this tricky turn is not made for them…


Circuit Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Date 29.10.2017
Laps 71
Distance 305,354 km / 189,779 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H
Scuderia Ferrari .
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H
Scuderia Ferrari .


Mexican Grand Prix – His Highness the Hermanos Rodriguez

Posted: 24.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Ferrari passion at 2300 metres

Mexico – “… and I realised that he was consumed by an inner fire that his family fed with fuel rather than water.” This powerful and emotive phrase was used by Enzo Ferrari to describe Ricardo Rodriguez de la Vega, a rising star of Mexican motorsport who died all too soon at the age of 20 in 1962. Both he and his brother Pedro, who died nine years later at the Norisring, drove for Ferrari.
And today, coming in on a direct flight from Austin, the Scuderia is back in the city with the circuit named in honour of the two brothers. It was also the venue where John Surtees clinched the 1964 World Championship for Ferrari and Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell secured a one-two for the Prancing Horse in 1990. In this its third year of its third incarnation, the Mexican circuit still features some of the original layout, even if, instead of the Peraltada that cost Ricardo his life, today we have the stadium section, which is spectacular but very slow.

The track first staged an F1 race in ’63 and was back on the calendar from 1986 to ’92 and then again from 2015, each time getting shorter in length, from the original 5 kilometres to the current 4.304 kms. Its most striking feature is what happens to the air here, because the Mexican metropolis sits at 2300 metres above sea level, so that air density is around a quarter less (leaving aside the matter of pollution) than at sea level.

Today’s turbocharged engines deal with this deficiency thanks to the compressor, but the level of aerodynamic downforce required is very high, precisely because the air doesn’t “push down” on the cars as it would do at a lesser altitude. Here again, and even more so than at most tracks, the setting for the fans is spectacular and support for Ferrari is not restricted to the circuit itself, as the minibuses used to transport the Scuderia team members to the track are soon spotted and mobbed with affection.


Circuit Circuit of the Americas
Date 22.10.2017
Laps 56
Distance 308,405 km / 191,675 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF70-H
Scuderia Ferrari 2.
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF70-H
Scuderia Ferrari 3.


United States Grand Prix – Austin, Texas, 22 October

Posted: 22.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today’s race was closely fought from the start to the final lap. Sebastian made a great start to go into the lead and Kimi kept the race alive, with both men pulling off several passing moves. The team, both here at the track and back in Maranello, did a good job in coming back from the difficulties encountered in free practice on Friday. The most important thing is that we never gave up and getting both cars to the podium, even if it was not the ideal result, was achieved by fighting right to the end. We did that thanks to a car that, yet again proved to be competitive. Just as we did today, we will continue to fight to the very last corner of the final race.”

Sebastian Vettel: “My start was good today. I think also in Japan the start had been that good, but we just didn’t have power, so it’s good we had it done here. It was good to get the rhythm, but after a couple of laps I was really struggling with the tires that were getting too hot. I am a bit disappointed, because we couldn’t win and I had wanted to. We are on the right track, but all the things that happened to us came out not because of bad luck or because of somebody else; I think it was all on our side and we need to admit that. Then there were races in which we were stronger and we just didn’t race, which is even worse. There are positive aspects, but this was not the result we were looking for and thus, of course, it was not the best day.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “My car worked very well through the whole race. I was very pleased, it was so good and nice to drive. I felt we had a lot of speed and the tires lasted very well until the end. I’m sure that if we had started from the qualifying position we deserved, our pace would have been enough to get us a much better result. We kept gaining ground whenever I could push, which was a very good feeling. In the last part of the race I could have gone a lot faster, but I also had to manage fuel, so I slowed down my pace and this was a limiting factor. The final result could have been better, but we have two cars on the podium, so we cannot be too disappointed. For the next race we’ll try to be even stronger. Regarding the incident involving Verstappen, I can’t comment, because I haven’t seen what happened from where I was.”


United States Grand Prix – Double podium for Scuderia Ferrari

Posted: 22.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb second, Kimi reinstated to third

Austin, 22 October – Scuderia Ferrari is back on the podium thanks to Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finishing second and third at the Circuit of the Americas, at the end of an incredible race that was action packed with passing moves and plenty of dramatic moments. The last of these actually came after the race, once the stewards deemed that Verstappen had left the track with all four wheels in passing Kimi for third at Turn 17. It meant that the Finn was reinstated onto the last step of the podium. With three races to go, the drivers’ title is still undecided mathematically, with Seb on 265 points and Kimi on 163. The front of the grid read as follows: Hamilton-Vettel, Bottas-Ricciardo, Raikkonen-Ocon. Conditions were warm and sunny after the morning storm: 27 degrees air temperature and 36 on the track. Seb got away really well to take the lead on the run up the hill. However, Kimi lost a place, but then retook the Force India on lap 2 and set off in pursuit of the Bottas-Ricciardo duo. Using DRS, Hamilton closed in on Seb, who had to give best under braking at the end of the longest straight. Kimi was running quicker at this stage and was slipstreaming Ricciardo, less than a second behind. On lap 13, he found a clear track ahead of him as the Red Bull pitted. Ricciardo would retire three laps later. Sebastian was struggling a bit with his tyres and pitted on lap 17 to fit the Softs, the hardest tyre available this weekend. He rejoined fifth and was immediately very quick. Bottas was the first of the Mercedes drivers to pit, while Seb posted a quickest lap in 1’39”702. On lap 19, Hamilton pitted and as he came out of pit lane, he had Sebastian in close attendance. Kimi then pitted, also taking on the yellow-banded tyre. He gradually closed on Bottas, who was himself making ground on Seb who was managing his race assets. Verstappen had carved his way up from the back end of the grid and when he opted for a second tyre stop, Ferrari changed its strategy, bringing Seb in as well, to fit the Supersofts. The number 5 car rejoined in front of Max, but it was Kimi who was putting on a show, dispatching Bottas at turn 12 to take second place. Seb upped his pace significantly and the gap to Bottas closed up. On lap 48, Vettel set the fastest race lap, which brought him into the DRS zone. Then came a simply brilliant move at the start of lap 51, as Seb attacked the Mercedes on the climb up to the first corner, going round the outside of Bottas, catching him out as they came up on the backmarker Vandoorne. Next up he passed Kimi who was on much older tyres. In fact, right at the end, the Finn lost third place to Verstappen, but that particular disappointment was not to last long.


United States Grand Prix – “We have a car with which to fight”

Posted: 21.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi determined to attack right from the start

Austin, October 21st – A solid team effort and a fine piece of driving on his very last run means Seb will start from the front row of the grid tomorrow. Kimi was unable to fully capitalize on the potential of the SF70H and ended up with fifth fastest, setting exactly the same lap time as Daniel Ricciardo. However, as the Australian set the time first, he starts ahead of the Ferrari man. Now it’s time for Scuderia Ferrari drivers and the whole team to focus on tomorrow’s race, when temperatures are expected to be lower than in Qualifying. “My final lap in Q3 was good enough for the front row”, Sebastian said “and in the end we got closer than we had expected. I am looking forward to the race, and then tomorrow we’ll see what we can do. The car is good and generally we have a better pace in racing, so it should be better tomorrow. Again, the team did a splendid job in rebuilding the car around a different chassis overnight and not even breaking the curfew! For tomorrow we need a good start first of all and then we need to put pressure on our competitors. I’m not too concerned about starting on the less rubbered-in side of the track, as we’ve seen in the past here that you can attack. We have the car to do so and we can fight”. “Today the car was better than it had been so far this weekend,” said Kimi. “After the Friday session we made some changes and in qualifying I had a good feeling. We tried our best, but fifth position was the maximum we could get. I think there was more to take out of the car, but in some places it was a bit tricky to get it right. I struggled to put all the corners together, some laps were good and in some others it was more difficult. It was a decent qualifying, but for sure it could have been better, so I can’t be satisfied with the result. At the start tomorrow it will be quite tight; we’ll try to make a good getaway from the line and see what we can achieve at the first corner…”.


United States Grand Prix – Scuderia Ferrari on the front row

Posted: 21.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb 2nd in qualifying, with Kimi 5th

Austin, 21 October – At the end of qualifying, held on the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen found themselves in second and fifth places respectively on the time sheet, with laps in 1’33”347 and 1’33”577. The Scuderia Ferrari drivers followed the usual tyre use programme, starting off on the Supersofts, before switching to the Ultrasofts. Tomorrow’s race gets underway at 14h00 local time (21h00 CET.)



United States Grand Prix – Free Practice 3. Ferrari second and fourth

Posted: 21.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb (with a changed chassis) ahead of Kimi

Austin, 21 October – At the end of the third and final free practice session at the Circuit of the Americas, the Ferrari SF70Hs set the second and fourth fastest times, running new and used Ultrasoft tyres. The chassis was changed on Sebastian’s car since yesterday as a precautionary measure. He went on to set the second fastest time of 1’34”570. Kimi Raikkonen ended the hour in fourth place with a 1’34”755. The track was dry throughout the session, but it was very windy. Qualifying takes place at 16h00 local time, 23h00 CET, with an unusually long gap of four hours from the end of practice.



United States Grand Prix – Mixed weather and a mixed-up day

Posted: 20.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

“The car is quick, no need to worry”

Austin – Once again, the SF70H car proved to be quick, but Seb’s practice was disrupted by a less-than perfect feeling with the car at the end of P2, when he was about to start long runs. In the end, he had to spend most of the afternoon session in the garage. Kimi had a more straightforward Friday and now Scuderia Ferrari is back at work to seek further improvement ahead of P3 and Qualifying tomorrow.

“It was a complicated afternoon” Seb commented “and not an easy session, but the car is quick, so we don’t need to worry too much about it. The only lap I had was the one with the Ultrasofts. Before that, I made a mistake taking too much risk and pushing too early. The track was quite slippery and I lost the rear under braking. So, we lost a set of tires, and then again, towards the end of the session, I felt that something was not right with the car. So, we checked a couple of times and now we are looking at the car to see if we can find something. I need to find the rhythm tomorrow and make sure everything’s in order”.

“In the morning the weather was a bit tricky to start with, but all in all it was an ok day,” said Kimi. “Just a normal Friday, in which we tried different things and learned as much as possible. Every circuit can be tricky when you’re trying to go fast, and for sure there can always be an improvement; but it was only the first day of practice. We don’t know what the other teams were doing and obviously it’s too early to make any predictions. All we know is that tonight we have some work to do for tomorrow”.


United States Grand Prix – Second practice ends

Posted: 20.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb third and Kimi sixth

Austin – Come the end of the second free practice session, Sebastian Vettel was third fastest in 1’35”192. Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth with a time of 1’35”514. Sebastian had a harmless spin around half an hour into the sessions, after he lost the rear end under braking, ending up in the gravel. He got the car back to the pits where the team made a set-up change, after which he had to pit again to have the front end checked over. He then went out again just before the end of the session. Kimi had a more straightforward afternoon, carrying out aerodynamic and tyre tests. Tomorrow the Texan track hosts the final free practice session at 18:00 CET, followed by qualifying at 23h00 CET.


United States Grand Prix – Changeable weather in Austin

Posted: 20.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

P1 starts in the wet: Seb 2nd fastest, Kimi 7th

Austin – This morning in Texas – this afternoon in Europe – the USA GP weekend, the 17th round of the F1 season got underway. The first free practice session started off on a wet track. For his first few laps, Sebastian Vettel assessed the Halo protection system. After that, both he and Kimi Raikkonen used the same types of tyre, the Intermediates and the Supersofts. Sebastian set the second fastest time in 1’36”928, with Kimi seventh in 1’37”598. The second free practice session gets underway at 14h00 local time.



United States Grand Prix – “The atmosphere hasn’t changed”

Posted: 19.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Seb and Kimi ahead of US Grand Prix: we trust our package and our people

Austin, October 19th – The last few races have proved to be disappointing for Scuderia Ferrari, but the results haven’t dented the team’s morale and both Seb and Kimi fully believe in the potential that lies in the package for the last four rounds of the 2017 season, starting with the US GP in the capital city of Texas. So they’d rather look ahead to the new challenges than back to the missed opportunities. “I still think we have a chance” says Seb “and we only have to stay focused on our job. We have a great car and a good package, which could have won the last two races; we didn’t, but this doesn’t mean we don’t have a chance to win the last races. So, we need to look at what’s next and focus on the next events. Overall, I think it’s been a very good season for us so far. Some people will base their judgement on the last couple of races, which were not so good, but I think we are the team that improved the most this year. Probably nobody expected us to be as strong as we have been. So, I think there are many positive aspects. We still have races ahead of us and a strong car and we keep improving. We are going in the right direction and we have clever people on board. So I don’t look at what is already behind us, and I stay focused on what’s ahead of us. As for this weekend, I honestly don’t know what to expect here, but the track is ‘mixed’ and the speed is there, so I am optimistic”. “From  tomorrow on we’ll start to understand our level of competitiveness,” adds Kimi. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be strong here, but we must wait and see. We need to put things together better in the early part of the weekend and make sure that we can be up there all the time. In the last races we had some difficulties, but let’s not forget that in every one of them we’ve had a Ferrari car on the first row of the grid in qualifying. So, the atmosphere and the approach in the team  haven’t changed and I can’t find a reason why they should have. Obviously we have to understand and fix the issues; we need to minimize them and finish the races first of all, otherwise you pay a high price. But this all is part of racing, it’s not the first time it happens and it won’t be the last. We keep on working together as a team, even more closely now”.


United States Grand Prix – An American-style challenge

Posted: 17.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Austin, the heir to a very long tradition

The story linking Formula 1 and the United States is a long and complex one. A story which, for several years, in two eras and at different tracks, crossed paths with that of Indianapolis, as the 500 Miles was part of the F1 world championship from the 50s to the 60s and also featured a backdrop of street circuits such as Las Vegas, Dallas, Detroit, Long Beach and Phoenix and permanent tracks at Riverside, Sebring, Watkins Glen, Indy again, before finally landing up at the Circuit of the Americas.
Austin is a lively buzzing city, which is strong on music festivals. It’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird” which has grown into a whole ethos, while there’s a statue of a lady by the name of Angelina Eberly, who saved the city archives from being stolen by firing a cannon to wake up the townspeople. The track is set in the Texan plain surrounded by farms and Tex-Mex restaurants. It was opened in 2012, with the track layout built like a puzzle, featuring some of the most interesting corners from other championship tracks and surprisingly, it works. It runs anti-clockwise, like many of the newer venues and also like plenty of old American street circuits. Its stand out element, apart from the vertiginous viewing tower, is the very steep climb after the start, which leads to a hook-shaped left hander, designed specifically to offer various lines and encourage overtaking. Then comes a series of esses, reminiscent of Silverstone and Suzuka, another hairpin, a straight, and a twisty street-style section, which flows into a multi-radius corner in the style of the unforgettable Istanbul Park. Two tricky right angle corners complete the lap. Given the low tyre wear, the softest tyres in the range will be used here, namely, Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft.




F1 Clienti/XX Programmes – Two days of excitement at Imola

Posted: 11.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

The Imola circuit hosted an intensive two days of free practice sessions for customers of the special F1 Clienti and XX programmes. Over 26 Ferraris took to the track on the banks of the Santerno river for the ninth event in the calendar, ahead of the grand finale at Mugello from 26 to 29 October during the Finali Mondiali.

1990′s. The single-seaters from this decade included the F92A and F399. The latter triumphed with Michael Schumacher at Imola after a race dominated by his duel with the British David Coulthard. However, the F92A was a true concentrate of innovations, especially in aerodynamics. In fact it is remembered as the first Ferrari with a raised nose cone, thanks to the designers Jean Claude Migeot and Steve Nichols, who also endowed it with oval-shaped lateral air intakes separate from the body and, most strikingly, the “double-flat” bottom, which specifically aimed to generate the Venturi effect.

2000s. The cars of the 2000s on the technical track in Romagna were also noteworthy. One of them, the F2002, enabled Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello to win a peremptory double that took Ferrari to the top the constructors’ standings where they stayed until the end of the season. The F2007 driven by Felipe Massa was also on track: a single-seater that won the world championship with Kimi Raikkonen. The F2008, also driven by the Finn and winner of the constructors title, made an appearance, as did the F150° Italia with which Fernando Alonso raced in the 2011 season.

XX Programmes. Customers also drove the 4,909 metres of the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit behind the wheel of the cars of the exclusive XX Programme. Seven examples of the FXX K were on track. The most powerful Ferrari ever produced packs a 1000 hp-plus engine whose power derives from the combined action of the heat engine and electric motor. The 599XX, 599XX EVO and the FXX model that kicked off this customer-test activity 10 years ago, all shone during what was a real on-track workshop.

Gala evening. The stars of the F1 Clienti and XX programmes shared their passion for the Prancing Horse during an exclusive gala evening that has always been held for this type of event.



Finali Mondiali – Incredible crowds on the event’s final day

Posted: 29.10.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 29 October 2017 – The Ferrari Finali Mondiali 2017 closed with over 40,000 fans flocking to Mugello during the weekend. They were drawn by ideal temperatures along with the record number of cars on show, including the 488 Challenge, 458 Challenge EVO, Formula 1 and XX Programmes. Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne was also present, greeting customers and handing the Trofeo Pirelli to the winner Fabio Leimer, before enjoying a walk in the pitlane to chat to the customers and the public in the stands and pose with the drivers and management for the usual photos.

World champions. The morning was dominated by the final races of the Challenge 2017 for the four class world titles along with the Gentlemen’s Cup and Ladies’ Cup divisions. Switzerland’s Fabio Leimer won the Trofeo Pirelli, with the 488 Challenge of Octane 126, while Jens Liebhauser (Formula Racing) crowned a season to remember by sealing the Trofeo Pirelli Am world title. However, European champion Johnny Laursen, another Formula Racing driver, sealed the Coppa Shell. In this race Henry Hassid (Charles Pozzi) secured the Gentlemen’s Cup, while Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) took the Ladies’ Cup. The final world title, the 458 Challenge EVO class one, went to US driver Joseph Rubbo (Ferrari of Long Island).

FXX-K EVO. The day also saw the last session of the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes, one of Ferrari’s special activities that also starred in the gala evening on Saturday at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. After the award ceremony for the European Ferrari Challenge champions the FXX-K EVO was unveiled. This model is the evolution of the car presented at the 2014 Finali Mondiali. Its 1050-plus hp and hybrid technology derive from the experience gained in the Formula 1 World Championship and in GT racing at the highest level.

Sunday. The highlight of the event was the early afternoon show, which saw the participation of Giancarlo Fisichella, Andrea Bertolini and Davide Rigon in three F60 Formula 1 cars. Rigon then hopped into the 488 GTE, which he usually drives in the World Endurance Championship where he gave the change to teammate Sam Bird. The same happened for car no. 51 with Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, who currently top the Drivers’ championship, while Ferrari enjoys a healthy lead in the Constructors’ title. F1 Clienti, XX Programmes and a number GT racing cars then completed an extraordinary array of 70 vehicles. Before the usual photos, the 125 S, the first Ferrari ever built, led the parade of cars along with the paratroopers of the Sezione Paracadutismo Sportivo Carabinieri who arrived on the track with the Italian flag and the Prancing Horse in yellow, the symbol of Maranello.

Packed paddock. Thousands of people thronged the paddock, brimming with attractions, for a photo with the Formula 1 cars in the tent dedicated to 70th anniversary or to make a purchase at the Ferrari Store, or even to collect an autograph during the session dedicated to Challenge drivers including Hollywood actor, Michael Fassbender.