Singapore Grand Prix – Marina Bay, 18 September
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”It’s fair to say that we drove an aggressive race today! Kimi’s move on Hamilton to pass him on track shows that he’s not a world champion by chance. Considering the distance to cover to the end of the race, and tire degradation, it made sense to call him to box one more time to cover Mercedes’ strategy. As for Seb, it’s a shame that he was so penalized by his starting position, but he drove a fantastic race, supported by perfect strategy. There are six more races to the end of the season, and all of them will be important.”
Kimi Raikkonen: ”It was a good and solid race, the car was behaving well and we had a pretty good speed. Obviously it was very difficult to overtake, but at one point Hamilton made a mistake and I managed to pass him, then after the pit stop he got the position back. We lost the place there, I don’t know how and why they managed to jump us, and I don’t know what would have happened if we would have stayed out. Now we have to go through everything, see what happened and what we could have done better. Today we gained one place from the starting position, but of course this is not the result we are looking for, we are trying to be in position to win, but we need to make the car a bit faster.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”We sure had a good strategy today, also we had the chance to make a big progress with a safety car, but it didn’t come, so P5 is a very good result. Thanks to the team, I had been a bit down after qualifying yesterday. What nobody wanted to happen has happened, so we had to deal with it and move on. My start was not good, then there was the accident so I took it a bit easy; most important, the car was still intact, but after the restart it was tricky to get the tires working, I was on the primes, I lost quite a lot of time behind the Sauber, it was quite tough to get past, but then it was important to survive until we fitted the last set of Ultrasofts at the end, where we really could unfold the pace. In the last laps we had a big gap from the front and from the back, so I took it easy. I know patience is not a quality of the Ferraristi, it’s not a quality of mine either, we are here to win and we’re not satisfied until it happens, but we’re progressing step by step and one day I think it will pay off. I believe in the team, and I believe that in the future it will be better.”
Singapore Grand Prix – Fourth and fifth for the Scuderia
Kimi up one position, as Seb recovers from the back
Marina Bay, 18 September – Kimi Raikkonen finished the Singapore Grand Prix in fourth place tonight. Sebastian Vettel came home fifth at the Marina Bay track, having fought his way through from the back of the grid in great style. On the top step of the podium was Nico Rosberg, the winner for Mercedes.
Ferrari Challenge APAC – Double win for Merckx and Victory for Cheung and Chen at Singapore
Singapore, 18 September 2016 – Despite the storm in the early hours of the morning, the weather was bright and sunny when the 2016 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific fifth round race 2 started at 4.00PM local time. All the Challenge drivers made their final preparations in eager anticipation of the final race of the weekend. The 5.065 km Marina Bay Street Circuit welcomed even more spectators as they started to fill the various grandstands around the harbourside track.
Trofeo Pirelli. Due to the packed weekend Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix schedule, qualification for Race-2 was set by the Race-1 results from Saturday. Florian Merckx from Belgium once again started from pole position with Renaldi Hutasiot from Indonesia throwing down an early charge for the lead. However Merckx had a clean track in front of him and opened up a commanding lead that he held throughout the race also setting the fastest lap of the race. Behind him, Hutasoit and Alexander West from Sweden were locked in a battle for points, neither able to close up to the leader. Unfortunately, West spun out of control during lap 8 and Ringo Chong from Singapore grabbed the opportunity to secure third place overall. It was a clear win for Merckx, his second of the weekend. Hutasoit drove a strong race to hold down the second position.
Pirelli AM. Eric Cheung from Canada found himself standing atop the podium steps. He gained his lead ahead of Max Go from Japan in the early laps and never looked back. Go maintained his pace to finish second behind Cheung while Xin Jin from China was in third position for the Trofeo Pirelli AM class being also able to collect the point for setting the fastest lap.
Coppa Shell. Sky Chen from China finished at the top of the podium in the Coppa Shell class today after a fierce battle with fellow compatriot Yuan Yang. It was very much a repeat of yesterday’s race drama where all the drivers battled wheel to wheel in a nail-biting race. In the end, Yang could not find any opportunity to overtake Chen on a track with very tight corners and had to settle for second position. Alan Yeo from Australia closed off the winners’ podium in third position. Tamotsu Kondo from Japan took the Gentlemen’s Cup while fastest lap was set by Paul Montague.
Next Rounds. From here, the Ferrari Challenge drivers head for the final Asia Pacific race at Fuji Speedway in Japan (15–16 October), in support of the WEC (World Endurance Championship) race, thereafter converging in Daytona, USA, for the Finali Mondiali from 1 to 4 December, where they will join drivers from the Europe and North America Series for the traditional end-of-season celebrations.
Singapore Grand Prix – Marina Bay 17 September
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we got more or less what we could from our car. Obviously it’s a bit disappointing given where we finished, but this is a tricky place. The fifth position is not ideal, but I was pretty pleased with my first lap in Q3 and the car was handling well. In the last run I knew I had to push a bit over the limit, trying to improve, but it didn’t pay out. I made some mistakes, I went wide in turn 1 and got sideways. There’s no issue with the car, we are just lacking overall grip and in Singapore that makes a big difference. Tomorrow we have to make a good start and then go from there, there will be different ways of using the tires between the teams. The race is going to be very long, and usually there’s a lot happening, so we have to get the timings right and try to go forward.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Already in the first lap, going into turn one, something happened. Then in turn two, through turn five, I felt that the car was not the same. So far we don’t really know what happened, initially I thought it was at the front, but then it felt like the rear bar had broken. I hadn’t felt anything wrong in P3. Then I wanted to come into the box, but in the end we decided to stay out, and then we came in because it was hopeless anyway, we were just not quick enough, and there was no time within three or four minutes to fix the problem. For tomorrow we have a long race in front of us, with a lot of safety cars. At least we have some new tires, and even if for sure it is not an ideal situation. we can still have a good race.”
Singapore Grand Prix – Raikkonen on row 3
Kimi qualifies fifth, Sebastian hit by technical problem
Marina Bay, 17 September – Come the end of night time qualifying here at Singapore’s street circuit, Kimi Raikkonen was fifth fastest with a time of 1.43.540. Unfortunately, Sebastian Vettel suffered from a technical problem in Q1 and so the German starts from the back row of the grid tomorrow. Nico Rosberg took pole in his Mercedes with a time of 1.42.584.
Singapore Grand Prix – A Ferrari in third
Kimi third with Seb fifth in final free practice
Marina Bay, 17 September – Kimi Raikkonen produced a fastest lap of 1.44.860 to be the best of the Ferraris in third place on the time sheet, at the end of the final free practice for the Singapore Grand Prix. The Finn used two sets of Ultrasofts on his SF16-H during the 60 minutes available to finalise the set-up for qualifying and the race. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel ran a similar programme to go fifth in 1.45.104.
Topping the time sheet was Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes with a lap in 1.44.352.
Ferrari Challenge APAC – Spectacular wins for Merckx, Teo and Yang in Singapore
Singapore, 17 September 2016 – The 2016 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific fifth round Race-1 opened the weekend in support of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. The street circuit welcomed fans from across the world to witness some racing action. The practice session and qualifying session yesterday night under the floodlights proved to be essential for the 30 Ferrari Challenge drivers as most of them were new to the Marina Bay street circuit. Understanding the layout of the track, known as one of the most challenging in the world, is extremely vital for a driver to succeed in a race.
Trofeo Pirelli. Close racing was the order of the day for Race-1 here in Singapore. Florian Merckx and Steve Wyatt challenged each other to dominate the opening laps, with Merckx eventually taking the lead and then dominating the Trofeo Pirelli class. Unfortunately Wyatt suffered crash damage and retired on lap 5. It was the Belgian’s dream to be able to tell his children one day that he raced at the Singapore Grand Prix circuit and won a race there and this dream has now come true! Today’s win helped him close the gap to the Pirelli Championship leader Wyatt. After a safety car session, Renaldi Hutasoit from Indonesia, throughout a massive challenge on Merckx’s lead, but despite wheel-to-wheel battle on the closing laps, found it almost impossible to overtake Merckx. He came in second, while Alexander West from Sweden came in third.
Pirelli AM. The Pirelli AM class also provided the spectators with great racing. There were incidents aplenty here at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, as is the case with Formula 1 – though Gregory Teo from Singapore did his home fans proud by taking the victory also setting the fastest lap of the race in class. Eric Cheung from Canada, despite Huilin Han from China, closed the winners podium in third place.
Coppa Shell. In the Coppa Shell classification, the win belonged to Chinese driver Yuan Yang who maintained his lead in class throughout the first race of the weekend. The other two podium places belonged to Liang Wang from China, who also set fastets lap, and Sam Lok from Hong Kong. Paul Montague from Australia took the Gentlemen’s Cup.
Schedule. All drivers kept their mental alertness in the Singapore heat and humidity today and are all looking forward to tomorrow’s race. Track action will continue for Race 2 at 4.00PM local time tomorrow.
Ferrari Challenge APAC – Thirty Ferraris to shine in Singapore
Singapore, 16 September 2016 – The 2016 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific fifth round race finally makes its return to Singapore in support of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix after a 3-year absence. The Marina Bay Street Circuit, noted to be one of the most physically challenging on the F1 calendar with 23 corners, will see a total of 30 drivers representing Singapore, Japan, China, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States, Canada, Belgium and Sweden. They will be getting behind the wheel of the 458 Challenge EVO for an adrenalin-filled race around the 5.065 km unique track located near the harbourside. The Challenge drivers for the occasion were joined by official Scuderia Ferrari aces Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
The Standings. After the last race held on 6th August at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, Steve Wyatt from Australia comes into the Singapore leg leading the Trofeo Pirelli class with 145 points. Renaldi Hutasoit from Indonesia is not very far behind with 127 points, followed by Florian Merckx from Belgium with 118 points. In the Pirelli AM Class, Xin Jin from China continues his lead on the table standings with 126 points, followed by fellow compatriot Han Huilin with 113 points and Eric Cheung from Canada in a close third place with 100 points. Meanwhile, Liang Wang from China has seen his most successful season this year with the most number of wins and charged ahead in the Coppa Shellstandings with a total of 155 points, while Ken Seto from Japan is second with a total of 103 points and Yuan Yang from China in third place with 81 points.
Schedule. Today’s schedule sees one Practice session and Qualifying will take place tonight at 7.55PM local time under the floodlights. The first race of the weekend will take place on Saturday at 4.40PM local time and the second race on Sunday at 4.00PM local time.
Singapore Grand Prix – Marina Bay 16 September
Kimi Raikkonen: “The first practice session was tricky, I struggled a little bit, but the second practice was good: everything worked and the car was handling pretty well. Here in Singapore, if you get the car right, it’s a lot easier to go faster. Today we had quite a good feeling, but for sure there is still something to improve. It’s hard to say if we can be strong, it’s only Friday, but the feeling was positive. So far so good, but tomorrow is another day, we’ll see where everybody is and then we’ll go from there. We’ll give our best and hopefully we have the speed to challenge our rivals.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Overall we had two decent sessions. In the second one I was not entirely happy, I was struggling a little bit with the car balance, and therefore not really finding the rhythm but in general it has been a good day. It is very difficult to pass here, obviously we’ll try to trim everything towards qualifying. Now we have a lot of stuff to look into, before tomorrow comes: there will be another session and the opportunity to do a few more laps. If we get everything right we have a good chance tomorrow to position the car well.”
Singapore Grand Prix – The weekend comes alive
Qualifying and race work: Kimi second, Sebastian fifth in FP2
Marina Bay, 16 September – The second free practice session of the weekend, the first to be held entirely at night, has just ended at the Singapore circuit. In conditions similar to those that competitors will experience during qualifying and the race, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel tackled different programmes, running different compounds after both setting their best times on Ultrasofts. Raikkonen used them to set the second fastest time of 1.44.161, before completing two runs on the Supersoft. Vettel set the fifth best time of 1.45.161 before changing to the Soft tyres, the hardest compound available this weekend. Quickest was Nico Rosberg, who did a 1.44.152 in the Mercedes.
Singapore Grand Prix – First laps at Marina Bay
Vettel third, Raikkonen sixth in first practice
Marina Bay, 16 September – Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were third and sixth fastest respectively, come the end of the opening free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix, the first race of the final leg of the Formula 1 World Championship, which all takes place outside Europe. Vettel took his SF16-H round in a time of 1.46.287, behind the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen (1.45.823) and Daniel Ricciardo (1.45.872). In the other Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in 1.46.890. Both Ferrari men used two sets of Ultrasofts, assessing aerodynamic updates during the first 90 minutes of free practice. Here, the times depend a lot more than usual on such unknowns as the different fuel loads and the fact that temperatures drop over the course of qualifying and the race. Furthermore, lap times improve as the track, currently still very dirty, rubbers in over the weekend on this street circuit.
The Ferrari 488 Spider takes the Autonis Design Award
Auto Motor und Sport readers elect the 488 Spider as the most beautiful convertible sports car in Germany
Stuttgart, 16 September 2016. The Ferrari 488 Spider is the most beautiful convertible sports car in Germany, according to the result of the readership poll on design innovation held by the leading German motoring magazine, Auto Motor und Sport.
Readers selected their “Most Beautiful Cars 2016” from 115 new models releases in eight categories in the 16th edition of this annual award.
“For Ferrari to win an Autonis Design Award for the 488 Spider is a great honour,” said Flavio Manzoni, Senior Vice President, Ferrari Design, on receiving the prize at the award ceremony in Stuttgart. “It’s a significant result in such a high-level, competitive category, and further recognition of the efforts of everyone at the Ferrari Design centre.”
Singapore Grand Prix – “Circuits can make the difference”
Kimi: “So far we took the best out of the car in most cases”
The race here in Singapore is quite tough, it’s a tricky circuit and quite a long one and the weather is very hot and humid. To go fast here the car has to be right, like any circuit of course, but in a street circuit it’s even more important. It’s not an easy place, but you get exciting moments of racing and overtakes. It’s hard to know what to expect, our approach is the same as in any other race weekend. Last year we did well but this doesn’t mean that automatically it will go the same way this year. From tomorrow we’ll be on track and then we’ll have some ideas of where we are. So far I think we took the best out of the car most of the times, in some circuits and conditions we struggle more, and this can make a big difference. Overall I think we just need to improve the car in all areas, to be faster. Many times this year we have seen that the circuit layout plus the conditions make a big difference. Our aim is to be up there and win in whatever conditions, unfortunately this year it did not happen. For sure we are better than last year but obviously the others have improved more. I’m sure we are doing the right things, we have great people but the speed is missing a bit.
Singapore Grand Prix – “Full of optimism”
Seb looks forward to a track “that should be good for us”
I like this track, it’s a place that I always enjoyed. I was lucky to be very successful in the last couple of years. The race here is always very long, you can be lucky or unlucky with the safety-cars, obviously that’s not what you’re hope for as a driver because you want it to be fair and square. For sure if it plays in your favor you take it, if it works against you it can be annoying, but that’s the way it is, that’s the nature of the street circuits.
This track was has been good for us last year, in general we improved the car, then it should be a good track for us again. For tyres and strategy in general it depends on what happens in the race, for qualifying it’s clear, you try to go as fast as you can.
I like the track and I’m full of optimism, I know that we have to do our homework on Friday to get prepared and then we’ll see where we are. On paper there might be some tracks that suit us more or less, but as usual it’s a combination of so many things, how the tires work, the car balance, where do you start in the right foot, if you chase up with the set-up in time or not for qualifying for the race… then I’m not really looking at the different characteristics of the tracks, I think you should always try to do your best.
When we started off last year it was clear where we want to go, we want to bring Ferrari to the top. It’s true that we haven’t had a great season so far, but it’s also true that we did not have an awful season either. We are criticizing ourselves first because we haven’t achieved what we had set out to achieve. We were closing the gap last year and unfortunately the gap to the top is still there, sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller, but it’s a matter of fact that it’s still there. We didn’t win a lot of races simply because we hadn’t been quick enough, we are working on it 100% to have confidence that we’ll be winning races in the future.
National Debut for Ferrari GTC4Lusso in Berlin
Wiesbaden/ Berlin 14th September 2016 – The new Ferrari GTC4Lusso has over the last two evenings made its eagerly-awaited national debut at the Große Orangerie Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin. Selected guests enjoyed the official welcome of the new four seater GT against the backdrop of creative dance that embraced the new technical highlights of this new V12 prancing horse of the Italian stable.
A unique mix of benchmark sports car performance, all-weather versatility and sublime elegance, guests at the two red-carpet sunset events enjoyed an exclusive opportunity to get closer to the new GTC4Lusso under the themes of Summer, Spring, Autumn and Winter. The seasonal stages showed how capable the powerful GTC4Lusso is at performing in all driving situations delivering a consistent sense of stability and comfort.
Underlying the importance of the GTC4Lusso, attending Ferrari enthusiasts were hosted at the black-tie gala dinner personally by the Italian Ferrari Executive Enrico Galliera, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer and also Ferrari Head of EMEA, Francesco Bianchi together with Ferrari’s Head Test Driver Raffaele De Simone.
Jean-Philippe Leloup, Managing Director of Ferrari Central/East Europe said, “These evenings in Berlin have been a perfect fusion of Italian passion coming together with the love of automotive par excellence. It is a true honour to celebrate the GTC4Lusso altogether here.”
The first privileged owners will be taking delivery of their cars in Europe in Q4 of 2016.
Singapore Grand Prix – The heat of the night
Sebastian’s fond memories of Singapore
Maranello, 13 September – Two weeks on from the Italian Grand Prix, the Formula 1 circus hits Singapore to tackle the Marina Bay circuit for 61 laps of the 5.065 kilometre track. This is the eighth edition of the event, which on its debut in 2008 was the first ever night race on the calendar. After the totally made-in-Italy feel of the Monza autodrome, the South East Asian city-state offers a radical change of scene, with its high humidity and risk of rain making the outcome of the race, illuminated by around 1700 floodlights, very unpredictable.
“I have excellent memories from previous years in Singapore. I was able to win there a couple of times in the past” says Sebastian Vettel, who last year led all the way from pole to the chequered flag to score his third win for Scuderia Ferrari. “It’s quite tricky a Grand Prix. It happens at night and it’s quite different from what you see around the track to make up your reference points. The track is very rough, bumpy, long, with long-lasting laps. So, you need to stay focused for a long time. It’s usually quite hot and humid. So it’s a hard work inside the car, but I think it’s something we all enjoy. We try to stay in the European time, which is quite funny because we stay up very late and wake up in the middle of the day. So, it’s a bit special for all the drivers and all the teams to operate.”
GTC4Lusso: The U.S. reveal
The new four-seater Ferrari presented in Los Angeles
In the trendy downtown district of Los Angeles, ‘The Red Door’ led to Ferrari’s intimate gathering of guests for the U.S. reveal of the GTC4Lusso. The newest four-seater Ferrari GT defied convention with its sporty elegance and luxurious comfort. Presented within an exposition of performances from a pair of electric violinists, dancers and a contortionist, the GTC4Lusso was the undeniable star of the elegant evening with its breathtaking 12-cylinderd soundtrack and powerful performance.
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Smeeth gains the title, wins for Lovat and Grossmann
Hockenheim, 11 September 2016 – Day two of Round 5 of the Ferrari Challenge Europe at the Ferrari Racing Days of Hockenheim. The headline of the day is that a first 2016 title has been secured; it belongs to Sam Smeeth, who earned the Trofeo Pirelli Am championship, together with his sixth race win. In Coppa Shell, another success for Rick Lovat and a key win for Bjorn Grossmann, who increases his lead over Philipp Baron in the Trofeo Pirelli.
Pirelli Am. Sam Smeeth had a virtually perfect season. The driver of Stratstone Ferrari earned his sixth win in nine races and clinched mathematical certainty of the title with two races still left in the calendar. The start of the English driver today was not one of his best, as he ended wide at the first turn and damaged his 458 Challenge EVO. However, he was able to regain first place already on the second lap, by overtaking Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa). Third place went to Henrik Hedman (Scuderia Autoropa) who finished ahead of Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa), the only driver who could still challenge Smeeth for the title.
Trofeo Pirelli. Once again, the Trofeo Pirelli race bore the mark of the Octane 126 team. While Fabio Leimer had no rivals on Saturday, Bjorn Grossmann won Race-2. He overtook his teammate (who was having obvious tyre problems) two laps from the finish. On the strength of this success, Grossmann again increased his lead over his rival Philipp Baron (Rossocorsa), who could do no better than third place in the Hockenheim afternoon. Once again, with remarkable consistency, Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing) finished fourth, ahead of Marcello Puglisi (Rossocorsa).
Coppa Shell. Just like Saturday the Coppa Shell race opened the schedule with an exciting race. At the start, Rick Lovat (Kessel Racing) was able to keep the lead ahead of Thomas Loefflad (StileF Squadra Corse) and Erich Prinoth (Ineco-MP Racing). However, the two made contact at the hairpin and Loefflad suffered the most, also involving Eric Cheung (Motor Service). Therefore, Thomas Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) found himself behind Lovat and Prinoth and was quickly pressured by Fons Scheltema. The two came into contact and Gostner was on the losing end, even if, shortly after, a drive through came into effect for the Dutch Kessel Racing driver. At this point, Claudio Schiavoni (Scuderia Niki) found himself in third place, but shortly after he was challenged and overtaken by Jean-Claude Saada (Rossocorsa) and Kriton Lendoudis (Motor Service). Lovat finished a couple of seconds ahead of Prinoth, after clocking the fastest lap; Saada finished third conquering his first podium in the European series. Lovat and Prinoth also were first and second in Coppa Gentlemen, with Scheltema third, after a comeback to fourth place overall. Loefflad continues to lead the standings while Lovat has increased his advantage in Coppa Gentlemen. Manuela Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) won the Ladies Cup race.
Ferrari Racing Days – Vettel delights fans in Hockenheim
Hockenheim, 11 September 2016 – The Ferrari Racing Days of Hockenheim closed in grand style: on the final day, Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari put on an impressive display for 7,000 spectators that included Ferrari supporters and motorsport fans in general. This means that during the weekend more than 10,000 tifosi filled the Hockenheim grandstands. The show of the most winning Formula 1 team was performed alongside the other activities of the Corse Clienti: the incredible cars of the XX Programmes, the single seaters of F1 Clienti, and the 458 Challenge EVO of Ferrari Challenge Europe, which experienced Round 5 of the season on the German track.
The show of the Scuderia. On Sunday the spotlight belonged to the Scuderia Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, the team’s official driver who will compete in the Singapore GP next weekend. Sebastian shot out of the starting grid in a spectacular simulation of a Grand Prix start; then he demonstrated a few super-fast pit stops together with the mechanics of the Maranello team, before indulging in a few supercharged accelerations and the now obligatory burnouts with smoking tyres. After an adrenaline-loaded half hour, spectators on the stands rushed to the paddock to take a photograph of one of the best-liked drivers or to obtain his autograph.
The magic of Formula 1. In addition to the F2012 driven by Vettel, the audience was able to enjoy the sight of the other cars of the F1 Clienti as they raced around the track. As one might expect, the red cars of the Michael Schumacher era of the Scuderia were very eagerly awaited. The audience was filled with excitement at the sight of the winning single-seaters racing at over 300 km/h, among them the F2002 or F2003-GA, but also the 248 F1, with which the great German driver came very close to winning his eighth world title, which eventually went to Fernando Alonso. And speaking of the Spanish driver, the F10 from 2010 and the F150° Italia from 2011 also gave a great show.
The FXX K. The FXX K did not fail to attract the attention of the spectators both on the track and in the paddock. The latest car born among those of the XX Programmes surprised because of its beauty and performance, with its 1,050 HP supplied by a hybrid power unit derived from Formula 1. Its 6 litre, V12 thermal engine supplies 860 HP to which 190 HP generated by the electrical power unit (the result of the most advanced technologies) must be added.
Sport and Passione. Racing fans were not disappointed either: the two races of the Challenge Europe provided excitement and a great show, as did the cars of Passione Ferrari, which attracted to the Hockenheim track hundreds of customers, some of whom had the chance to test on the track the full power and technology of their cars. The next event of the Challenge Europe will be in Jerez de la Frontera in early October, while those wishing to see other activities of Corse Clienti will have to wait for the Homestead event, in United States in early November.
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Hockenheim smiles on Lovat, Leimer and Smeeth
Hockenheim, 10 September 2016 – Day 1 of Round 5 of Challenge Europe, in the framework of the Ferrari Racing Days of Hockenheim, saw wins for Rick Lovat, Fabio Leimer (the first in the Ferrari one-make series), and Sam Smeeth who is now close to the title in Pirelli Am class.
Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell opened the schedule for the day, with a race filled with individual duels. Rick Lovat (Kessel Racing) had a perfect start, pursued by Thomas Loefflad (StileF Squadra Corse) and Erich Prinoth (Ineco-MP Racing). During the third lap Lendoudis (Motor Service) overtook teammate Eric Cheung to take fifth place. The Ladies Cup was decided three laps later, when a motivated Deborah Mayer (Scuderia Niki) went by Manuela Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) at the hairpin bend. Two interesting duels for points developed in the late laps: Vladimir Hladik (Scuderia Praha), author of a great comeback, overtook Tommy Lindroth (Baron Service) for seventh place, while Claudio Schiavoni (Scuderia Niki) overtook Christian Kinch (Gohm Motorsport) for ninth. At the finish line Lovat, who also clocked the fastest lap, came in ahead of the championship leader Loefflad and Prinoth and also won the Coppa Gentlemen, thus taking the lead in the standings 3 points ahead of Scheltema (Kessel Racing).
Trofeo Pirelli. The Trofeo Pirelli delighted spectators with an emotion-filled race from the very start. Fabio Leimer (Octane 126) made a perfect start entering the first turn ahead of Philipp Baron (Rossocorsa) and Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126). On the very first lap, the race was neutralised by the Safety Car caused by Galip Atar, Jan Danis and Huilin Han; however, on re-start, Leimer took off again, also clocking the fastest lap of the race. The Swiss driver (a former GP2 champion), took a commanding lead, helped also by the duel between Baron and Grossmann who did not shy away from struggling tooth and nail against each other. Grossmann set up the overtake at the hairpin and completed the manoeuvre before entering the Motodrom. At the finish, Leimer came ahead of Grossmann, who strengthened his championship lead, and Baron. The fourth place of Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing), the fifth of Marcello Puglisi (Rossocorsa), and the sixth of David Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) are worthy of mention.
Pirelli Am. In the Trofeo Pirelli Am, Sam Smeeth, is now close to clinching the title after his fifth win of the season. After a somewhat less than perfect start, the Stratstone Ferrari driver was able to pass Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa) and to rush ahead, leaving Nelson, Henrik Hedman (Scuderia Autoropa) and Jens Liebhauser (Gohm Motorsport) to battle for the lower steps of the podium. About half way through the race, the German attacked Hedman at curve 1 but went too far, sideswiping Nelson and wrecking his own race. Hedman thus took second, while Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) climbed the third step of the podium. Tomorrow’s schedule opens at 2:20 p.m. with Race-2 of the Coppa Shell, that will start right after the Ferrari Show with Sebastian Vettel and the Scuderia Ferrari.
F1 Clienti – Thirty-seven years of history on the Hockenheim track
Hockenheim, 10 September 2016 – What do a 312 B3 from 1974, a F1-91 from 1991 and a 2011 F150° Italia have in common? They are all F1 cars and they are among the single-seaters participating in the Ferrari Racing Days under way at the Hockenheimring.
Ageless display. The F1 Clienti event is one of the most anticipated activities of all Ferrari Racing Days. Its stars are iconic cars that have made history in Formula 1 and that, with the roaring of their engines, evoke fond Ferrari-red memories in the minds of the tifosi. On the other hand, customers find it especially exciting to go around famous tracks such as that of Hockenheim before so many fans. This weekend, cars separated in age by 37 years will be on the track.
The 312 B3. It was the year 1974 and Niki Lauda had just joined Ferrari. The Scuderia was about to enter its glory years, which, notably, coincided with the generation of the 312T, in its many variants. In that distant 1974 Lauda was already able to stand out with the 312 B3, while his teammate Clay Regazzoni came very close to winning the world championship. This was one of the most admired cars in Hockenheim as was the F1-91, a beautiful single seater, which, however, did not enjoy great success with Alain Prost and Jean Alesi at the wheel.
The more recent cars. The public was also able to admire the customers at the wheel of the most successful cars: the F2002, the record-breaking car driven by Michael Schumacher (who won the title as early as July) and Rubens Barrichello, the F2003-GA, but also the 248 F1, the F2007, which won the Drivers’ championship with Kimi Raikkonen, the 2008, which dominated the manufacturers’ championship, the F10 and, finally, the F150° Italia, single-seater on which Fernando Alonso won first place in Silverstone in 2011.
Thomas Loefflad introduces the Hockenheimring
Hockenheim, 10 September – Coppa Shell championship leader Thomas Loefflad introduces us to the Hockenheimring track home of the fifth round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe. The StileF Squadra Corse driver talks about the track, one of the most iconinc in Europe and his car, the 458 Challenge EVO. Thomas will be one of the men to watch in this weekend’s races.
XX Programmes – Over 32,000 horse(power)s on the Hockenheim track
Hockenheim, 9 September 2016 – Today is the first of the Hockenheim Ferrari Racing Days, second event of the European season. On this first day, which included the free practice of the fifth Ferrari Challenge Europe (Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell) and the first F1 Clienti sessions, the other Ferraris on the track had to share the limelight with the cars of the XX Programmes, the FXX, the 599XX, and especially the FXX K, an extraordinary car, whether by aesthetic, technological, or engine power standards.
Boundless power. The 35 cars involved in the sessions reserved to the special XX Programmes unleashed more 32,000 horsepowers onto the racetrack. The spectacle displayed by the 21 FXX K was especially noteworthy. The car is a true jewel: its lines are shaped by the wind and its 1,050 horsepower engine descends from Ferrari’s F1 experience. In fact, the car is powered by a hybrid engine: 860 HP are provided by the 6-litre V12 thermal engine and the balance by the hybrid system derived from racecars.
FXX and 599XX. The eleven 599XX and three FXX completed the exceptional display offered by the XX Programmes. The 599XX is powered by a motor of about 700 HP and is characterised by highly sophisticated aerodynamics, which make it possible to suck the air from under the car’s floor, thus generating a ground effect that causes the car to adhere to the track and improves its performance. On the other hand, the FXX is the progenitor of this type of activity. It is equipped with an engine of about 800 HP that offers to the customers-test drivers who own it an exciting, adrenaline-filled driving experience.
Challenge Europe – Trofeo Pirelli: Grossmann wants to pave the road for title
Hockenheim, 9 September 2016 – This weekend, the Ferrari Challenge Europe will be featured as the third to last event of the season, in the context of the Hockenheim Ferrari Racing Days. Two favourites stand out in the Trofeo Pirelli and in the Trofeo Pirelli Am, but the level of the drivers is so even and so high that upsets cannot be ruled out.
Trofeo Pirelli. Bjorn Grossmann is the obvious favourite in the main class. After a slow start, the Octane 126 team’s driver took four of the last five races and took the lead in the standings. The reigning Ferrari Challenge Europe champion is at home in Hockenheim and will attempt to increase his lead over his main rivals, the pair from the Rossocorsa team of Philipp Baron and Marcello Puglisi, each one of whom has four podiums to his credit. The other racers to watch are Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing), David Gostner, and Fabio Leimer, a Swiss driver and former Gp2 champion, who started out with two second places at the Sochi event for the Octane 126 team.
Pirelli Am. In Trofeo Pirelli Am, Sam Smeeth can start to smile, as the title seems to come ever closer. The British driver of Strastone Ferrari will try to gain a handful of points over his main rivals, namely John Farano and Tommaso Rocca of Rossocorsa and Martin Nelson of Scuderia Autoropa. In fact, if he leaves Hockenheim 91 points ahead of the first of his rivals, he will be mathematically certain to gain the championship.
Schedule. The two races of the Trofeo Pirelli are scheduled for Saturday at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday at 4:35 p.m. To get into a race mood, here are the highlights of the latest event held at the Sochi Autodrom.
Auto Cavallino in Kobe
Auto Cavallino in Kobe is now A full-fledged Official Ferrari dealer and inaugurates its grand opening as a hub for the Kinki Region
The only Ferrari dealer with a joint showroom (new models and Ferrari Approved cars) and service center in the Kinki area
September 9, 2016, Tokyo – Ferrari Japan has entered into a licensed official Ferrari dealership agreement with Queen Auto KK, with the company launching the grand opening of Auto Cavallino on September 9 as a licensed Ferrari dealership.
Since 2014, Auto Cavallino has been a licensed Ferrari service center and provided its clients with a range of services. The Kinki area, including Kobe, is second after Tokyo in terms of Japan’s largest markets. The growth of luxury car market in Japan, especially in this area made it essential for Ferrari to ensure a strong dealer network. Auto Cavallino is the second Ferrari dealership in the Kinki region and the only Ferrari dealership in the area that combines a showroom and service center.
Through the agreement, Ferrari Japan has strengthened its domestic official dealer network and aims for enhanced service in the country. The official Ferrari network in Japan spans thirteen dealerships in eleven different cities nationwide. Eight official dealerships are located in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, while five Ferrari official service centers are in Hokkaido, Sendai, Nagano, Kanazawa and Nagano.
Located within the Rokko Island, the second major artificial island in Higashinada-ku in Kobe city, the south east region of Japan, the area offers residential houses, schools, hotels, hospitals and port facilities and many more. It is just off the fifth Wangan Line of Hanshin Expressway, the entrance to the Rokko Island, providing an easy access from, central Kobe, Sannomiya, Osaka and Okayama cities.
The new facility has a size of 3,100sqm. The interior makes use of Ferrari’s latest corporate image and combines a new car showroom, Ferrari Approved car showroom, an Atelier for Ferrari Tailor-Made, and a service center on one floor. This allows Auto Cavallino to provide a range of services across the entire Ferrari experience.
At the opening ceremony, Reno De Paoli, Managing Director of Ferrari Japan commented, “We are delighted to have strengthened our partnership with Queen Auto KK and open Auto Cavallino as an official dealer. Kobe is, along with Osaka, a major strategic location in the Kinki region, so opening a dealership that combines a showroom and service center devoted exclusively to Ferrari will ably meet the growing demand.”
Takehiro Miyasada, Chief Operating Officer of Queen Auto KK, said, “We consider it an honor to inaugurate the grand opening of Auto Cavallino as a full-fledged official Ferrari dealer. Drawing on our experience and proven track record as a service center, we will offer clients in the area the utmost satisfaction.
Japan continues to be one of Ferrari’s most important markets and Ferrari Japan is ever more committed to enhancing the brand’s presence and to cater to the needs of our growing number of Japanese clients with best premises and best products.
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Coppa Shell: Loefflad aims at a fifth win
Hockenheim, 8 September 2016 – The Ferrari Challenge Coppa Shell is back in action this weekend at the Hockenheim track, and Thomas Loefflad, the German driver of the StileF Squadra Corse team, is determined to hear his national anthem being played at the Baden-Württemberg circuit. Loefflad leads the standings on the strength of the four races which he has already won this season. However three strong and determined rivals who follow him in the standings are ready to complicate his life.
In hot pursuit. They are Fons Scheltema and Rick Lovat, both with Kessel Racing, and the inexhaustible Erich Prinoth who is back on the track with the car of the Ineco-MP Racing team after skipping the Sochi event. The three are also in contention for the Coppa Shell in which they are spread over a range of just 22 points.
Ladies Cup. There is a very tight race also among the women of the Ladies Cup. At the moment, Manuela Gostner and Deborah Mayer share first place in the standings. However, Corinna Gostner is only two points behind; therefore, a good race at Hockenheim could upset the standings.
Schedule. On Saturday, the Coppa Shell will open the schedule, with a 3:00 p.m. start. On the other hand, on Sunday, the race will start at 2:20 p.m., shortly after the exhibition of Sebastian Vettel with the Scuderia Ferrari. This video will show us once again the highlights of the race held in Sochi in late July.
Ferrari Racing Days – Vettel on track at Hockenheim on Sunday
Maranello, 7 September – Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari along with the F1 Clienti cars, the cars of the XX Programmes and the forty 458 Challenge of the Ferrari Challenge Europe, will serve up thrills and passion at the Hockenheim circuit, near Heidelberg, where the Ferrari Racing Days begin on Friday. This is the second event of the 2016 European season after the one held in Sochi at the end of July.
Vettel and the Scuderia. Obviously Sebastian Vettel is the star attraction in his second exhibition at a Ferrari Racing Days with Scuderia Ferrari. The fans will flock to see the four-time world champion and local hero (from Heppenheim, less than 50 km away) on Sunday when he will be in action at the wheel of a F2012 with which he will perform fast laps, lightning starts and thrilling tyre changes.
F1 Clienti. The other Formula 1 single-seaters will put on a great show on all three days of the event. The F1 Clienti cars range from a 312 B3 of 1974, in which Niki Lauda became famous and with which Clay Regazzoni nearly won the world title, to the F150° Italia in 2011, two of which will be present, both driven in the World Championship by Fernando Alonso. They cover a period of 37 years of Formula 1 history. Helping the customers to fully enjoy their cars there will be two very experienced tutors: Olivier Beretta e Marc Gené.
The charge of the FXX Ks. The eye of the public and media will also be captured by the latest cars of XX Programmes, the FXX Ks which will be driven by its very special owner-test drivers. There will be 21 specimens of this incredible car, with its 1050 hp hybrid, which should provide a fantastic sight for fans flocking to Hockenheim from Friday. In addition to these amazing jewels there will also be the other cars of the XX Programmes, with eleven 599XXs and three FXXs, the car that gave rise to this Corse Clienti initiative.
One-make championship. The competitive spirit that is etched into the DNA of Maranello will also be present at Hockenheim, where it will be embodied to perfection by the Ferrari Challenge Europe and the two Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell races on Saturday and Sunday. These races will be as hard fought and entertaining as always, with wheel-to-wheel duels and great driving performances from the 40 drivers of the 458 Challenge EVOs. Everything is still to play for in the three championships, although the Hockenheim stage could be decisive as after this weekend there will be only two races at Jerez de la Frontera, in October, and the two at the Finali Mondiali at Daytona to be held for the first time in the United States from 1 to 4 December.
Not just track. Of course there will be activities on the track, but there will also be a paddock packed full of attractions. Above all, there will be the entire range of current Ferrari road cars, including the 488 GTB, GTC4Lusso and California T, the perfect car for this time of year. The paddock will also host a big range of leisure activities for both children and adults in a three-day event perfect for families, chock-full of excitement, and dedicated to the world of Ferrari.
Seb runs 156 laps on the ’17 tyres
Pirelli testing ends in Barcelona
Montmelò, 7 September –The two day Pirelli test at the Catalunya Circuit ended this afternoon. Today it was Sebastian Vettel’s turn to take to the track for Scuderia Ferrari and he completed a total of 156 laps. Sebastian continued with the programme begun yesterday by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, focused on set-up work and testing the Medium dry compound tyres.
Kimi tests the 2017 slicks
Work resumes with Pirelli in Barcelona
Montmelò, 6 September –This morning marked the start of a two day Pirelli test at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit, evaluating the wider tyres due to be introduced in 2017. Kimi Raikkonen was at the wheel, completing 46 laps in the morning session and a further 65 in the afternoon. After some initial laps to adjust the car’s settings, testing focused on the Medium.
Giovinazzi in the F1 simulator
The 22 year old Italian pays a visit to Maranello
Antonio Giovinazzi was in Maranello today, for a test session on the Ferrari simulator. The 22 year old from Martina Franca in the Puglia region, is currently lying second in the GP2 championship, driving for the Prema team. “It was a very enjoyable experience and I would like to thank Ferrari for this opportunity,” said Antonio, for whom this was his first ever time in a specifically Formula 1 simulator. “However, now it’s straight back to concentrating fully on my GP2 programme for the rest of this season.”
Italian Grand Prix – Monza, 4 September
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”Today we did our best, especially at the start which was very good. We chose the fastest possible strategy for the race, trying to achieve the best possible result. It was a good race, but of course we would have liked to do much better, as a way to pay back our fantastic fans who never failed to give us their support and were always close to us, in particular here in our home race at Monza. The team worked well and unitedly, both here and in Maranello, and we’ve seen some positive signs. Now the focus has already shifted to the next round at Singapore.”
Kimi Raikkonen: ”I think that today we were closer to our rivals than we expected after qualifying. Obviously we were on different tactics, but we did the correct things, the right choice with tires and the fastest race we could. We had a pretty good speed but we were not fast enough for gaining a better position. Fourth position is not exactly what we were looking for, but this is not the easiest circuit for us against the Mercedes, and we did our maximum. With Sebastian we were more or less driving behind each other and when you race against your teammate there’s not much that you can do, we both know what the other guy is going to do. After the start it was a bit tricky, I got close after the first pit stop, but then he was able to pull away. In the last few weekends it seems that we are going in the right direction, now we have to keep trying and improving doing our maximum. Every race is a different story, a small mistake here and there from somebody might give us a chance, who knows..”
Sebastian Vettel: ”Of course I am very happy for all the team. It is a very special race for us, to stand on the podium here in Monza, is just great. But for sure you are always aiming for the top step, so well done to our rivals, they have been in a league on their own in the race. Yet, we tried our optimum, this is the perfect result for us, the whole weekend has been very smooth, no issues with the car. We brought an engine update, so grazie anche to the guys at Maranello, for their support. I feel things are changing: it will still take a little bit, but we are heading the right way. And on a day like this, you realize that life is to enjoy, to get so much support is just unbelievalble. I feel we have the best fans in the world, it is difficult to find the right words. This podium here, it’s not the Adriatic sea, it is the sea of tifosi.. We had a rough season, we had high expectations, we have put ourselves on high pressure, we have also done mistakes, but the most important thing is that we stay a team, that we stay together. We have a lot of races ahead, we know we have a good car, unfortunately not yet quick enough for being able to say, here ‘we have the best car’, but I am sure that one day we will be.”
Italian Grand Prix – Ferrari on the podium
Sebastian third, Kimi fourth
Monza, 4 September – Sebastian Vettel came home third in the Italian Grand Prix today, at the Monza circuit. Kimi Raikkonen delivered a gritty, well managed drive to fourth, coming home six seconds behind his team-mate. Nico Rosberg won for Mercedes.
Italian Grand Prix – Monza, 3 September
Kimi Raikkonen: ”Today we did the best we could and got the most out of the car. For sure we would have been more satisfied with the first row, but this is the maximum we could achieve. We have to be happy with what we did knowing our limits, but obviously our aim is to be higher up. Tomorrow is a different day and if we can make a very strong start we can build our race. Certain teams will start with different tires, time will tell what will happen in the long run, but we felt that starting with the Supersoft compound was the best choice for us. It’s going to be a long race, tricky for the tires, and a lot of things can happen; we have to put ourselves up there and if something happens we have to try to maximize our result. We’ll try to make the good choice when it comes to pit stops and see how it pans out. Our rivals have been very strong today, but we’ll try our best tomorrow and hopefully we have the chance to challenge them.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”Overall it has been a good weekend so far, putting both cars in the second row. I’m sure we can have a good race from there tomorrow. Hopefully we can take the advantage at the start but we have to wait and see. Once the lights go out we hope we can find a good traction which the tires should give us. It’s a long way down to Turn 1 and even if we can try something the race is not one stretch, it’s 53 laps around here. To be honest, after I saw the times already in Q1 and in Q2 on a different compound, I knew it would be difficult, but you never know…I was pushing as hard as I could, probably too hard in the first run in Q3 and it wasn’t a good lap; fortunately in the end I got it back again. I think overall I’m pretty happy, not so much with the beginning of the lap but I think our race pace is better than the gap in qualifying indicates, so we’ll see. We don’t mind who’s behind us, the important thing is whoever is in front and we still have two cars. The gap is a bit bigger than we would like, but equally the last two races things are coming down a little bit more and things are heading the right way also back in the factory. Even if we don’t like it, we need to be a bit patient, I’m sure it will come.”
Italian Grand Prix – An all-Ferrari second row
Vettel third in qualifying, one place ahead of Raikkonen
Monza, 3 September – Sebastian Vettel was third quickest in 1.21.972 in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, one place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen fourth in 1.22.065. Starting from pole at Monza will be Lewis Hamilton, fastest in a time of 1.21.135 in the Mercedes.
Italian Grand Prix – Holding the positions
Ferrari third and fourth in final free practice
Monza, 3 September – In the final hour of free practice this morning, the Ferraris were yet again third and fourth fastest, just as they have been in the two Friday sessions, which saw the Italian Grand Prix weekend get underway. Sebastian Vettel was third in 1.22.946, a time set on the Supersoft tyres, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who ran the same tyre compound to post the fourth best time of 1.23.149. Once more, the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.22.008) and Nico Rosberg (1.22.401) topped the time sheet.
Italian Grand Prix – Monza, 2 September
Kimi Raikkonen: ”The morning ran smoothly and the first practice session was pretty good. The second one was a bit messy with the new tires and the yellow flags, but overall it was not too bad and the car was feeling ok. Obviously there are things to improve, but we started the weekend pretty ok. The new engine is a small step, it’s part of the normal progress, we would not put in the car anything that wouldn’t improve our performance. We try to improve in all areas and I think we are going in the right direction. The atmosphere here in Monza is always very nice, there are a lot of fans and the feeling is good, then we have to do well on the circuit.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”It’s Friday after all, which means it’s not the most important part of the weekend, even if it’s important that we ran and that we had a decent speed. In general the car feels good, but we still need to improve from where we are, we need to make it feel good in every corner and bring it together; but other than that, the first impression is positive. We have a new engine, so I think it’s doing what it is supposed to do. Obviously on Friday you try a lot of different things, so we need to wait until tomorrow and Sunday to see where we are. Now we need to improve the car, focusing on ourselves. It’s really good news that Monza will stay for another three years. We need this track in the calendar, it’s fantastic. Monza means history, tradition, racing…”
Italian Grand Prix – Split programmes
Seb and Kimi third and fourth again
Monza, 2 September – Ferrari was again third and fourth come the end of the second free practice session at Monza, home to the Italian Grand Prix. Off track, just a short while ago, it was confirmed that this circuit will continue to host a round of the world championship for the next three years. Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel worked on different programmes in a session given over to qualifying and race simulation. Vettel did a long run on the Softs, setting the third quickest time of 1.23.254, while on his race simulation, Raikkonen opted for Supersofts to post the fourth fastest time of 1.23.427. Topping the timesheet was Lewis Hamilton with a lap in 1.22.801, ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg (1.22.994).
Italian Grand Prix – Ferrari third and fourth
Raikkonen and Vettel assess the Monza settings
Monza, 2 September – The Ferraris finished third and fourth fastest in the first free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix. The three days of track action in Monza have got underway in nice weather and today Pirelli supplied some additional strengthened “prototype” tyres. After an installation lap on these experimental tyres, the two SF16-Hs worked on a programme which was centred on evaluating the aerodynamic elements used specifically for this track and other work, using two sets of Soft tyres. Raikkonen did 16 laps on his way to a third fastest time of 1.24.047. Vettel did 17, to go fourth in 1.24.307. Ahead of them was the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg (1.22.959) and Lewis Hamilton (1.23.162).
Italian GP – “We feel we have a good chance”
Kimi hoping for ‘straightforward’ weekend
“Italy offers a great weekend, it always has had, also when I was not racing with Ferrari. I have good and not so good memories of the race here, as it looks like I never had a really straightforward weekend here at Monza. But it’s a great place to come, especially for the layout and history. I’m pleased to be part of Ferrari, we feel that we have a good chance, we have to choose the right things at the right time. I also heard that my former team mate Felipe Massa has announced his retirement. It’s a big shame, but it’s his choice. We had a good relationship together, he’s had his difficult moments with the accident, but he’s a very nice guy.”
Italian GP – “This race come at the right time”
Seb: we’ve reconnected to the group in front
“The Italian Grand Prix comes at the right time! We need a little bit of boost and support from our fans in this moment. Our race in Belgium last week did not unfold the way we expected, but it was very positive in terms of pace, so it looks like we have re-connected to the group ahead. This is the circuit where I won my first Grand Prix back in 2008 and this race means a lot to me, it’s the home race for Ferrari and the support is great. I am very much looking forward to this weekend, I think we should have a good one, could fight for the podium and it would be a dream coming true winning here with the red suit.”
Italian Grand Prix – Our home race
Maranello, 30 August – Scuderia Ferrari will be playing on home turf for the sixty-fifth edition of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza this weekend. Just a few days after the Belgian race, Formula 1 is back on track for the 14th round of the championship, which is also the last European race before a final leg made up entirely of flyaway events.
“It’s a nice place to go,” says Kimi Raikkonen of the Monza track “a traditional circuit with a lot of history. It’s completely different from all the other circuits. It’s a home Grand Prix for us and this makes it a bit busier for us, but also for a lot of fans. Last year I could do well in qualifying, but not so good during the start of the race… However, I think the result was OK after what had happened. I’d love to win there and hopefully this year we can do better.”
“The mix between the extreme pressure that we feel trying to do our best in the race in Italy and the massive passion and support that all our fans usually give us when we are in Monza is very special” comments Diego Ioverno, Race Team Manager of Scuderia Ferrari. It’s impressive to see in the stands how many people wear something red. For us it’s also a place where we can join our supporters, as well as our sponsors and technical partners. So, all departments have to join in and everyone will be there helping. Technically, the circuit is unique, it’s the quickest of the Championship. There are impressive braking areas, but also reasonably quick corners. The braking areas are the ones where you can make the difference. So, power unit and brake system are normally the most stressed parts of the cars.”
The 500th LaFerrari to be built to benefit the people affected by the earthquake
Maranello, August 31st, 2016 – On the occasion of the bilateral summit between the Italian and German governments that took place at Ferrari today, Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne announced that Ferrari will produce an additional LaFerrari, one more than the original 499 planned.
The 500th LaFerrari of this limited edition series, the first hybrid supercar by the Prancing Horse, will be sold at auction to benefit the people of central Italy affected by the earthquake of the 24th of August.
Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, 28 August
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”It’s such a pity. Today we probably had the pace for finishing the Grand Prix with both drivers on the podium. Unfortunately, the accident at the first corner ruined our race. The positives we can take is that, despite extensive damage, our car proved fast and resilient throughout. And this bodes well for our home Grand Prix next week at Monza. Also, the team behaved strongly and was united both on track and back at Maranello. So, starting from tomorrow, we’ll start preparing the Italian Grand Prix.”
Kimi Raikkonen: ”After the start, at the first corner, Sebastian didn’t see that there was another car on the inside: he expected me to turn but I couldn’t, so I found myself stuck in the middle with nowhere to go. We ended up touching each other and this was pretty bad for the rest of the race. After that it was an uphill battle: the floor of my car was a bit damaged, but we managed to recover some positions and do the best we could, even though it was not easy. I’m fine with fair racing and close battles, but, in my opinion, what happened at Eau Rouge with Verstappen was not correct. I was going full speed and I had to back off before Turn 5 because he just turned in front of me when I tried to overtake him. I’ve never had that with any other driver, if I hadn’t braked hard I would have hit him at full speed and it would have ended up in a massive accident. It’s hard to say where we would have been without the issue at the first corner, but the car felt well throughout the weekend. This was not the result that we were looking for, it’s a pity but that’s how racing goes sometimes.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”Today I had a brillant start. I was in second place and half a car ahead, so I could dictate the way. I could hardly see Kimi, he was in my blind spot, with Max even further right and out of sight. So I don’t think what Max was trying to do would have worked. Obviously he didn’t allow Kimi to move into the inside, and that prevented both of them from clearing Turn One in a normal way. We all three touched and collided, and this was bad news for Kimi and for me. Of course, with hindsight, I would have given more room to the inside, but you want to make the corner and try to race, and I gave room to Kimi, but not to three cars. Max had a bad start, he was falling behind. I think we have seen in the last couple of years that if you really dive down the very inside,the track is falling off and you basically go straight. The cars ahead have priority, and this is something he needs to understand. In that regard there was no way he could have made the corner without making contact. I don’t think that me and Kimi have to change what we are doing, we respect each other and it’s a pity when two cars of the same color collide.”
Belgian Grand Prix – Vettel and Raikkonen in the top ten
Sebastian finishes sixth, with Raikkonen ninth
Spa-Francorchamps, 28 August 2016 – Sebastian Vettel came home sixth in today’s Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The German finished three places ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, ninth at the flag. On the top step of the podium was first placed Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.
Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, 27 August
Kimi Raikkonen: ”So far it has been a decent weekend, the car was behaving well today and we had the speed. My first run in Q3 was very good, but I went sideways and off track. The second attempt was even better, but in the last chicane I had some slight understeer and lost a few tenths compared to my Q2 sector. Today I felt we had the chance to get pole position, so I’m a bit disappointed, my laptime was not good enough. On a positive side, we are very close compared to the last couple of races. We decided to start the race with Soft tires, if you can make them work it will make a massive difference, we’ll see how the race will pan out but I think our plan will be fine. We’ll do our best, of course the hot conditions won’t be easy for the tires, but it’s the same for everybody. Hopefully we’ll be up there fighting also tomorrow.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”I’m sure we made a step forward from yesterday! If you look at the gaps between the cars, they are very close, so tomorrow it should be a good race. Obviously you always want a little bit more, the exit of the last corner in particular wasn’t very strong, so I can’t be happy with that. The rest of the lap was ok, we had a much better balance than on Friday, but it’s important to be fast in all three sectors to be up there. We decided to start the race on the Soft tires, we believe that this is the best strategy, we’ll see tomorrow. Anything can happen, there could even be some rain, in Spa you never know…”
Belgian Grand Prix – Second row for Raikkonen and Vettel
Kimi will start third ahead of Sebastian
Spa-Francorchamps, 27 August 2016 – At the end of a closely contested qualifying session today at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Kimi Raikkonen claimed third place in 1.46.910, just 166 thousandths of a second off the pole time. The Finn finished ahead of Sebastian Vettel, fourth in 1.47.108. Starting from pole will be Nico Rosberg who took his Mercedes round in 1.46.744.
Belgian Grand Prix – Ferrari first and third
Kimi heads the field in qualifying simulation run
Spa-Francorchamps, 27 August – Kimi Raikkonen was quickest in the third free practice at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, where once again today, conditions are much hotter than usual for this time of year. In the last 60 minutes available prior to qualifying, Raikkonen posted a best time of 1.47.974. He did 11 laps on his qualifying simulation run, using the Supersoft tyre, one less than Sebastian Vettel, who was third in 1.48.297, behind Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull (1.48.189).
Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps 26 August
Kimi Raikkonen: “In the morning the feeling with the car was pretty good, but then in the afternoon, when I put the Supersofts on, I struggled to put a good lap together and I kept running off the circuit. For the long run we changed some things but I was still struggling, for whatever reason. It was one of those days when you start well and then the feeling is not right anymore, but I’m sure we can find the right set up for tomorrow. It will be tricky with the tires, but it’s the same for everybody. I haven’t had time to check what the others were doing, it’s too early to have an idea, but for sure there is some work to be done. We have to go through everything and take out the best.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Today it was a very tricky day. It is very hot for Spa, and so it’s very slippery out there. But I think in general, everybody was struggling to make the tyres last and sliding quite a lot. It doesn’t matter which tyre you have, it’s the same for everybody, so we need to try and work on that because the temperatures will be like this for the whole weekend. Also, I was struggling a bit with the balance of the car, but this is up to us. We need to improve the car. It is not yet where we want it to be. But I am sure we will be faster.”
Belgian Grand Prix – Evaluating race strategies
Ferrari 4th and 7th, then long runs
Spa-Francorchamps, 26 August – The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel (1.49.023) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.49.244) finished fourth and seventh respectively in the second free practice session at Spa, where today’s air and track temperatures reach 31 and 43 degrees, as the unusually hot weather continues.
Both SF16-Hs were run to the same tyre choice while running qualifying and race simulations. After beginning on a new set of Softs, both Vettel and Raikkonen switched to the quicker Supersoft compound, before returning to the yellow-banded Softs.
Quickest was Max Verstappen in 1.48.085, ahead of his Red Bull team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo (1.48.341.)
Belgian Grand Prix – Surprisingly hot
Kimi third and Seb fifth in first free practice at Spa
Spa-Francorchamps, 26 August – Unusually hot weather, with temperature in the 30s, characterized the first free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix. This event marks the official return to action for competitors in the Formula 1 World Championship, following the short summer break. Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest Ferrari man, third overall in a time of 1.49.147, while in the other SF16-H, Sebastian Vettel was fifth in in 1.49.768. Most of this morning’s work focused on setting up the cars to suit this low downforce circuit, with both drivers using two sets of Soft tyres, before a final run with the new experimental unmarked tyres. Topping the time sheet were the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg (1.48.348) and Lewis Hamilton (1.49.078).
Belgian Grand Prix – “More to see later in the season”
Seb says changes for Spa are only the beginning
I think that in the previous races we took a lesson that we definitely learnt. We were able to make some small changes for here, but I think we’ll see more later in the season. Giving also the fact that there was a break – but in reality we only had one and a half week to react – you can’t expect huge changes. For the tire allocation this weekend, we hope we don’t have to use the Medium, as it’s usually quite a lot slower. We are pretty confident we chose the right tires and just able to spend more time on the quicker tires. Driving the development Pirelli tires, as I did before the break, was an interesting experience. I was able to get a few laps on the dry, before to switch to Wet tires: they’re quite different but I think there is still a lot of homework to do for Pirelli but also for the teams, because the cars will be different. I like driving so I don’t mind having another test in Barcelona in a couple of weeks, I think it is interesting being part of the process, every opportunity you get to drive the car I’m not afraid of.
About the earthquake in Italy, I think it’s dreadful. Yesterday morning, when I jumped in the car to go to the airport, I heard the message on the radio. They where speaking about six people that lost their lives and this number has just gone up so I hope it stops, I hope we can stop counting very soon. We obviously send all our condolonces and best wishes to the people and families involved. It’s horrible to see how much can happen in just one night.
Belgian Grand Prix – “Maybe it’s going to be easier here”
Kimi has good feelings on ‘special’ track
Spa is a special track, similar to Monza in a way, in that it’s completely different from the new circuits. It has uphills and downhills, and the atmosphere is unique. I like this place a lot, it gives you good feelings, it has always been safe and it usually brings good racing. It’s hard to know what we will be able to achieve in this weekend, from our data it seems that it’s going to be easier than in the last race, but who knows… The weather is going to be nice all weekend, let’s see how it feels from tomorrow. Hopefully our car will fit well here and we’ll be able to fight in the front and make a good result. We keep trying to improve in all the areas in which we know we are not strong enough, but of course things are not going to suddenly change, it takes time and the other teams also are keeping improving. We want to do well and win, we’ll do our best.
Belgian Grand Prix – The Ardennes triangle
Kimi, a Spa “specialist” and Riccardo Adami talk about an old-skool circuit
Maranello, 23 August – After a one month break from racing, Formula 1 is back in action with the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which is so popular with drivers and race fans alike. Spa has undergone numerous changes from the 14 kilometre track used for the first race back in 1924, to the current 7.004 km, which has resulted in a reduction in the top speeds seen on some sections in the past. However, it still has a special attraction and, as well as being the longest circuit on the calendar, it is still today’s most technical track. Part of this is down to the uncertain nature of the weather, which can even change from one section of track to another. Therefore, the Belgian round is major test bench for cars and drivers, as Formula 1 rounds the mid-point marker and tackles this the thirteenth round of the season.
“It’s an old, traditional circuit, with up and down hills.” – says Kimi on the subject of the Belgian track. “ That’s what is different, more than other circuits, even just the place itself in the middle of nowhere. They changed lightly the last chicane in the past years, but I enjoy it. Conditions can be tricky sometimes, but it’s usually good for overtaking and that’s nice for drivers and spectators. On TV it’s hard to say, but when you’re there you can see it’s quite steep.”
“It is very challenging from a meteorological point of view” reckons Sebastian Vettel’s race engineer Riccardo Adami. “The weather is challenging: in the past, I remember having found a part of the circuit with the sun shining and the other part with rain. So, it’s important to be sharp in the strategy and tires.” Moving on to the technical side, Adami has this to say: “In this track we have the second sector with its high-speed corners, while the first and the last sectors are more for top-speed and long straights. Therefore, it’s always difficult to find the right wing level and to have the right aero efficiency in the first and last sector, not compromising too much the second sector where corners are. The braking system, even if it’s not too much stressed, is very important in this track, especially the last chicane in qualifying, because the drivers normally arrive there and it’s like without breathing and trying to take the last braking and the last few tenths, not destroying the whole qualifying lap. Spa is also very important regarding the Power Unit settings, because there’s lot of time in full throttle and also for the ERS: we need to find the right compromise for the energy through the lap. The most important corner of this track is Eau Rouge, at least it was supposed to be in the past, because it’s close to be taken flat out. It is one of the highest compression in terms of vertical load and vertical acceleration, reaching 4Gs. It’s very demanding for the driver because he finds himself through this corner which is so peculiar for the compression. So, he goes down and up without breathing.”
To the Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Ferrari at Monterey Car Week
The Ferrari display at the First Tee of the famed Links at Pebble Beach golf course illustrated the breadth of excellence for which Maranello is famous, including the 488 Spider; California T Handling Speciale; and the limited editions F12tdf and LaFerrari. The latest model in the range, the GTC4Lusso, was flanked by one of its spiritual predecessors, a Classiche certified 1966 330 GTC.
On the lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, no fewer than eighteen prized Ferraris delighted spectators. Examples included: 1963 400 Superamerica; 1967 275 GTS4 (NART Spider); 1952 225 Sport; and 1956 290 MM. Among the crowd’s favorites, a spectacular 330 P4 Spider was awarded the “Gran Turismo Trophy” by the Concours jury.
Shifting Into High Gear
Ferrari at Monterey Car Week
Monterey Car Week shifted into high gear as the Prancing Horse took top honors at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” where a1953 Ferrari 375 MM won Best of Show.
For the car lovers and collectors who’ve traveled from far and wide, Casa Ferrari Carmel was the hub for Ferraristi where a succession of Classiche certified models from the 250 GTL, 330 GTC, 275 GTB4 and 330 GTS set the backdrop as the latest GTC4Lusso took to Highway 1.
At the auctions, the Prancing Horse continued to dominate. At the upper reaches, sales included:1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione (sold for: $18,150,000); 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione (sold for $13,500,000); 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta (sold for $5,445,000); and 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider (sold for $5,225,000). A new generation of rising stars was heralded by a 1989 328 GTS (sold at $209,000).
Next up is the finale, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where Ferrari will certainly continue to delight the crowds gathered for the festivities on the picturesque coast.
Paint it Red
Ferrari at Monterey Car Week
There’s no better place for Ferrari’s latest masterpiece – the GTC4Lusso – to make its public North American debut than at Casa Ferrari Carmel, the Prancing Horse’s “home away from home” as Monterey Car Week gets underway. Nestled along Route 1 in the Carmel Highlands, the “Casa” – with its signature red roof and white walls – is returning for its second year to welcome Ferraristi and invited guests to celebrate the best of Maranello’s past and present. In addition to the GTC4Lusso, guests can also spy the California T Handling Speciale winding alongside the shimmering Pacific Coast—the reality of California Dreaming.
The week that lays ahead will be packed with some of the most spectacular Ferraris to be assembled anywhere. Casa Ferrari Carmel’s Piazza will display both the modern-day range – including the California T HS, F12berlinetta, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, and GTC4Lusso – plus an array of Classiche-certified examples. Additionally, no fewer than eighteen classics from Maranello will grace the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. At the auctions, headlines will likely be made yet again as highly anticipated examples poised to change hands include: 1959 Ferrari 250GT LWB California Spider Competizione; 1960 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione; 1950 Ferrari 166MM Berlinetta; and 1956 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Competizione “Tour de France.”
The teaching of Enzo Ferrari
Maranello, August 14, 2016 – 28 years after the passing of Enzo Ferrari, the President Sergio Marchionne makes the following remark: “Enzo Ferrari marked the history of engines, of sport and passion, changing the world of motoring forever. For the people working in Ferrari he is an essential point of reference, as they are aware that today he would be the first to look at the future. His principles and teachings, still present and tangible, encourage us every day to measure ourselves with new challenges, to innovate and to go against the tide. His legacy is not a nostalgic link with our history, but a constant stimulus to improve ourselves.”
The son Piero, Vice President of the Company, points out: “After many years I am moved by the messages I receive on this day from all over the world. It is nice to know that my father is still loved and respected by so many, although for me the best memories are the personal ones of a father and a son, which I jealously guard.”
Two hearts became one!
Kimi Räikkönen and Minttu Virtanen were married on 7th of August 2016 in Tuscany Italy. A private reception was held immediately following the ceremony. Minttu will take Räikkönen as her surname.
Ferrari mourns Chris Amon
He has died aged 73, having driven for the Scuderia in 27 GPs
Maranello, 3 August – The New Zealand racing driver Chris Amon has died of cancer at the age of 73. He is acknowledged as one of the most talented racing drivers of all time, despite the fact that he never won a Formula 1 Grand Prix, out of a total of 108 in which he took part. He drove 27 of them for Scuderia Ferrari from 1967 to ’69, taking three pole positions in the 312 F1. However, all too often, when heading for the win, a mechanical failure or some unbelievable problem, robbed him of victory. Amon won the 1969 Tasman Series in Maranello’s Dino 246, beating drivers of the calibre of Jochen Rindt, who went on to be F1 world champion (posthumously) the following year and Piers Courage. He did take a memorable win, paired with Lorenzo Bandini at the wheel of a 330 P3/4 in the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours, the race that will be remembered for having the three Ferraris cross the line in formation.
Tyre testing ends at Fiorano
Gutierrez rounds off first Pirelli 2017 spec test
Maranello, 2 August – Pirelli has completed its first two day test session evaluating 2017 specification wet weather tyres at Fiorano. Sebastian Vettel drove yesterday and today it was the turn of Esteban Gutierrez to get behind the wheel of the SF15-T. The Team Haas F1 driver completed 165 laps. The programme was a replay of yesterday’s with a handful of installation laps on dry tyres, before switching to Intermediates and Wets on the artificially watered track.
A record second quarter, on the way to another record year
• Total shipments reached 2,214 units, up 8% (+155 units)
• Net revenues grew 5.9% (+6.2% at constant currencies) to Euro 811 million
• Adjusted EBIT of Euro 156 million, 310 bps margin increase
• Adjusted net profit up 35% to Euro 104 million
• Net industrial debt at Euro 763 million, better than March 2016
Maranello (Italy), August 2nd, 2016 – Ferrari N.V. (NYSE/MTA: RACE) (“Ferrari” or the “Company”) today announces its consolidated preliminary results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2016.
Shipments totaled 2,214 units in Q2 2016, up 8% from the previous year. This performance was driven by a 16% increase in sales of our 8 cylinder models (V8), led by the success of the two newly launched models: the 488 GTB and the 488 Spider. Shipments of the 12 cylinder models (V12) were down 22% due to the phase-out of the FF, the F12berlinetta now in its 5th year of commercialization and LaFerrari that finished its limited series run. This was partially offset by the introduction of the new F12tdf.
The EMEA and Greater China regions experienced a sound year-on-year growth with shipments increasing respectively by +14% and +26%, Americas recorded a slight improvement whereas Rest of APAC remained in line with the previous year due to 488 Spider and F12tdf having just arrived on the market.
Net revenues for Q2 2016 were Euro 811 million, an increase of Euro 45 million or 5.9% (+6.2% at constant currencies) from Q2 2015. Higher net revenues in Cars and spare parts (Euro 589 million, +2%) were due to increased volumes led by new models 488 GTB, 488 Spider,F12tdf, the non-registered car FXX K and the final deliveries of the F60 America, a strictly limited edition car, along with a higher contribution from personalization, which was partially offset by lower sales of LaFerrari. The rebound in Engines (Euro 71 million, +24%), was mainly attributable to higher rental revenues from other Formula 1 Teams. Sponsorship, commercial and brand (Euro 117 million, +14%) was up mostly due to better championship ranking, higher sponsorship revenues and positive contribution from brand related activities.
Adjusted EBIT was Euro 156 million, up Euro 32 million (+26%) from Q2 2015 as a result of higher volumes, thanks to the newly launched 488 GTB, 488 Spider and the F12tdf as well as a positive margin contribution from our personalization programs. Mix was negatively impacted (Euro 25 million) by higher V8 versus V12 range models with LaFerrari that finished its limited series run, partially offset by the non-registered car FXX K and the final deliveries of the F60 America, a strictly limited edition car (only ten units) manufactured to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Ferrari in North America. Research and development costs and industrial costs showed a decrease of Euro 11 million mainly due to lower D&A for the 458 family and LaFerrari phase-out coupled with efficiencies on production costs partially offset by F1 costs. The Selling, general and administrative costs were substantially in line with the previous year as the combined result of new store openings, new model launches and corporate costs offset by bad debt in Q2 2015. Other recorded a positive contribution of Euro 14 million thanks to Sponsorship, commercial and brand as well as other supporting activities.
Adjusted EBIT excludes charges of Euro 10 million due to the worldwide Takata airbag inflator recalls.
Tax rate dropped to 30.7% in Q2 2016 vs. 33.5% in Q2 2015 as a result of the Italian Government’s decision to reduce the nominal tax rate from 27.5% to 24% by 2017.
As a result of the items described above, adjusted net profit for Q2 2016 was Euro 104 million, up Euro 26 million (+35%).
Industrial free cash flow for the three months ended June 30, 2016 was Euro 145 million, primarily driven by a strong increase in cash flow from operating activities, including a positive change of working capital and timing effect of advances on the new open-top LaFerrari, partially offset by capex and the first 2016 tax advance. Q2 2015 industrial free cash flow included a Euro 116 million one-time cash in-flow related to the final reimbursement by Maserati of its inventory in China.
Net industrial debt at June 30, 2016 was Euro 763 million, better than from Euro 782 million at March 31, 2016, thanks to industrial free cash flow generation offset by cash distribution for Euro 87 million paid to the holders of common shares and Euro 13 million dividends paid to NCI.
The open-top LaFerrari: the new special limited-edition series
On July 5th, 2016 Ferrari unveiled the first images of the open-top LaFerrari, the new limited-edition special series. The new model, already pre-sold, will be presented during the Paris International Motor Show in October 2016. The open-top LaFerrari will be provided with a removable carbon-fiber hard top and a removable soft top aimed at customers and collectors who refuse to compromise on the joy of plein air driving even when at the wheel of a supercar.
On July 7th, 2016 Ferrari with Luxottica Group announced the signing of a sponsorship agreement for the Ray-Ban brand to appear on the SF16-H Formula One cars.
The future takes to the track
First day of testing with the 2017 Pirelli tyres
Maranello, 1 August – Sebastian Vettel drove an SF15-T today at the Fiorano track, in the first of a series of test sessions that Pirelli is undertaking, using the wider tyres to be adopted as from 2017. A series of runs was completed, using various specifications of wet weather tyres, thanks to the artificial watering system fitted at this track. The German did 120 laps and tomorrow he hands over to the Haas F1 Team driver, Esteban Gutierrez, for the second and final day of this test.
Pirelli’s 2017 Tyres make their debut on Track
FIRST TEST WITH SCUDERIA FERRARI:
SEBASTIAN VETTEL TESTS AT FIORANO
THE WIDER WET TYRES FOR NEXT SEASON
Fiorano, August 1, 2016 – The testing programme with the new wider Pirelli P Zero Formula 1 tyres for 2017 begins today at Fiorano in Italy. Sebastian Vettel takes the wheel of a Ferrari SF15-T that has been specifically modified to simulate the new aero rules and to accommodate tyres in 2017 size. The four-time world champion will test all day before handing the car over to Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez on Tuesday 2 August.
THE PROGRAMME. Following a few installation laps on slick tyres in the morning, Vettel will then try wide Pirelli intermediate and full wet tyres on an artificially dampened surface. With a tread that is 25% wider than the current size, particular care is required when it comes to research and development of wet weather tyres, which are capable of evacuating even more water. The development work on both intermediate and full wet tyres will be continued by Gutierrez on Tuesday.
DIMENSIONS. The 2017 rules impose the following dimensions for slick tyres:
305/670-13 at the front (currently 245/660-13)
405/670-13 at the rear (currently 325/660-13)
The Cinturato intermediate will have a diameter of 675 mm while the Cinturato wet will have a diameter of 680 mm.
The wheel size remains unchanged at 13 inches.
SLICK TYRE TESTING. Red Bull will be the first team to try the 2017 size slick Formula 1 tyres. This dry weather test will take place on 3-4 August at Mugello in Italy, and it will mark the final test before the summer break. The development programme will begin again in September, when Mercedes (the third Team providing a modified car for testing purposes) will take to the track at Paul Ricard in France.
PROGRAMME. Each of the three Teams taking part (Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull) will undertake a total of eight days of testing per car between now and the end of November. Each Team will have exactly the same amount of testing as each other for wet and intermediate tyres (two days) as well as slick tyres (six days). The final day of testing for all three Teams will be in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 29 November, two days after the final grand prix of the 2016 season
|CALENDAR BY DATE|
|TEST ON MULE CARS – 2017 SIZES|
|Session||Date||Test Days||Circuit||Car (s)||Tyres kind|
|4||Sep 6-7-8||3||Paul Ricard||MGP||Slick|
|5||Sep 21-22||2||Paul Ricard||MGP||Wet|
|7||Oct 14-15-16||3||Abu Dhabi||RBR||Slick|
|8||Nov 2-3||2||Abu Dhabi||RBR||Wet|
|9||Nov 14-15-16||3||Abu Dhabi||FER||Slick|
|10||Nov 29||3||Abu Dhabi||MGP
The first time at Fiorano
2017 wet tyre testing
Maranello, 1 August 2016 – Today the Pirelli P Zero tyres that will be introduced for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship will make their track debut at the Fiorano circuit. They feature a different tread that is 25% wider than the current tyres and the dry specification will only be used for two installation laps. The rest of the day will be given over to evaluating the Intermediates and Wets, running on the artificially watered track. At the wheel of an SF15-T, specifically modified to give the level of aerodynamic downforce expected from next year’s cars and adapted to run the new tyres, will be Sebastian Vettel. Tomorrow, driving duties will be taken over by the Haas F1 Team driver Esteban Gutierrez.