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.
German Grand Prix – Hockenheim, 31 July
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”While one week ago, in Hungary, our race pace was totally respectable, here in Hockenheim we experienced again some issues with both mechanical grip and downforce, which unfortunately are not unknown to us. Obviously, we must react as quickly as possible to cure these problems and most of all we must lose not to too much time in the process. Having been jumped in the Constructors’ championship only pushes us to react, and perform better in the second part of the season, after the summer break.”
Kimi Raikkonen: ”It was a very quiet and boring race, nothing much happened. At the start I had some wheelspin and lost one position on Sebastian. With new tires the car felt pretty ok but then I was starting having understeer and oversteer, as basically we lacked grip. In the last stint we had to do fuel saving so there was not much to do. Obviously we have to improve the car in all areas, if we add downforce it will definitively help us. We all want to do better and it’s painful to see that we are not where we want to be, but I believe in the team. We need some time and hard work and we’ll get there. It’s important for us to find improvements and work as a group.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”We’re usually faster in the race than we are in qualifying, but this wasn’t the case today: we were sliding around too much and this affected the tires as well. Fifth and sixth place was the best we could do but we obviously can’t accept that, we will be working to improve and we know what to do, the stuff that’s coming up for the next races has always been part of our plan. The first part of the season didn’t go as we wanted, we need to work on ourselves and I, for one, had too many ups and downs which cost me some points. But we’ll keep fighting. As for today’s race, the decision to fit Softs in the end was a pretty straightforward one, as we had a new set available. I decided to stay out for some more laps as I did not want to go too long with the last set, with hindsight it was probably a too conservative choice as we would have had a chance to put some pressure on the car ahead. The atmosphere today, with all the German and the Ferrari flags, was incredible and from this point of view it was my best home Grand Prix ever!”
German Grand Prix – Vettel and Raikkonen in the top 6
Sebastian finishes fifth, one place ahead of Raikkonen
Hockenheim, 31 July – Sebastian Vettel finished his home race, the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in fifth place, crossing the line four seconds ahead of sixth placed team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Lewis Hamilton stood on the top step of the podium, the winner for Mercedes.
Ferrari Racing Days – Goodbye Sochi! Over 20,000 spectators at the Autodrom
Sochi, 31 July 2016 – The first Ferrari Racing Days event in Russia was completed today with a record of spectators. Over 20,000 turned out between Saturday and Sunday, confirming the passion of Russian people for motorsport and the world related to the Prancing Horse.
The Scuderia show. On Sunday Scuderia Ferrari did the lion’s share with Andrea Bertolini, long-time tester of official and customer cars. Andrea, who has now tested almost 400 cars, excited the public in the grandstands. He shot out from the starting grid in a spectacular simulation of the start of a Grand Prix, and then performed thrilling burn-outs and accelerations before stopping on the main straight where Maranello’s mechanics carried out some fast pit stops. To finish in style, after a half-hour adrenaline rush, the Italian driver executed a spectacular series of wheelspin that brought the public thronging the main straight to their feet.
Extraordinary power. The FXX K, the latest car built for the exclusive customer of XX Programmes, was one of the highlights of the final day. It is a car of extraordinary power, with more than 1000 hp, which uses the latest technologies developed in the sophisticated world of Formula 1, where nothing is left to chance. The FXX K, unveiled at the Finali Mondiali of Abu Dhabi in 2014, is equipped with a hybrid system that recovers the kinetic energy generated during braking and reuses it by adding it to the power of the 6-litre V12 thermal combustion engine. Along with the FXX K the fans in the stands could also admire an FXX, the progenitor car of this type of activity, and many 599XXs, equipped with a sophisticated ground effect system.
The sound of Formula 1. In addition to Bertolini’s car, the public were also thrilled by the F1 Clienti sessions, with cars that belonged to Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso who drove it on track. It was amazing during the first session to see the wonder in the eyes of the Russian fans who have only ever heard the sound of the current turbo-hybrid cars at their own Formula 1 Grand Prix. The scream, sharp and powerful at the same time, of the eight and ten-cylinder naturally aspirated engines, made more than a few jump out of their seats…
Motorsport and dream cars. Race lovers too were not disappointed at Sochi. The drivers of the Ferrari Challenge Europe provided thrilling overtakes and duels in the fourth round of the series, with victories for Bjorn Grossmann, Sam Smeeth and Thomas Loefflad. As always at Ferrari Racing Days, many cars of the Prancing Horse range were proudly displayed in the paddock. Then at the end of the day the cars of a few lucky customers went out on track as part of the “Passione Ferrari” initiatives.
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Double for Grossmann and Atoev. Loefflad wins Coppa Shell
Sochi, 31 July 2016 – Day two of the fourth round of Ferrari Challenge Europe, held at the first ever Ferrari Racing Days in Russia, saw Bjorn Grossmann and Vladimir Atoev (Pirelli Am) repeat their wins in Race-1 in the Trofeo Pirelli, while in the Coppa Shell victory went to championship leader Thomas Loefflad.
Trofeo Pirelli. The Trofeo Pirelli was first on the programme again today, with another exciting head to head between the 458 Challenge EVOs of Octane 126. Bjorn Grossmann started best, jumping ahead of everyone at the first corner while Philipp Baron (Rossocorsa) took advantage of a sluggish Fabio Leimer to thread through into second place. However, the Swiss soon fought back to take important points off Grossmann’s main championship rival. At the end home driver Aleksey Basov (Motor Service) lost fourth place to an aggressive Marcello Puglisi (Rosscorsa) while Alessandro Vezzoni spent the entire race on the attack. With this victory Grossmann, who also recorded the fastest lap, lengthened his lead in the standings over Baron and Puglisi. Only the races at Hockenheim, Jerez de la Frontera and the Finali Mondiali in Daytona are still to go before the end of the season.
Pirelli Am. The Trofeo Pirelli Am race was thrown open when poleman Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) jumped the lights and received a drive-through penalty from the race direction. The championship leader’s penalty inspired Vladimir Atoev (Motor Service) for the second consecutive day. The 17 year-old product of the SMP Academy showed all the coolness of a veteran to hold off every attack from Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) beating him to the finish by just four tenths of a second. Third place went to America’s James Weiland (Rossocorsa) while Smeeth, who clocked up the fastest lap, had an hard and long duel with John Farano (Rossocorsa) to secure a fifth place useful for the championship.
Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell witnessed a fairly straightforward race with Thomas Loefflad (StileF Squadra Corse) retaining top spot at the start ahead of Rick Lovat (Kessel Racing). Fons Scheltema, winner of Race-1, lost ground and was overtaken first by Eric Cheung in his 103rd outing at the wheel of the 458 Challenge EVO, and then by the other Motor Service standard bearer, Kriton Lendoudis. Further back Claudio Schiavoni pulled off an exciting high-speed comeback after a poor start. The Italian driver also clocked up the fastest lap before ending up in a spin at the last corner to finish ninth. Murat Ruhi Cuhadaroglu (Kessel Racing) chalked up a career best with seventh place. Deborah Mayer (Scuderia Niki) won the Ladies Cup, while the Gentlemen’s Cup went to Rick Lovat.
German Grand Prix – Hockenheim, 30 July
Kimi Raikkonen: ”Our car was behaving pretty nicely today and I was happy with the handling. My last try in Q3 was a bit more tricky, I was struggling a little bit with the feeling from the tires, but apart from that we had no massive issues. I don’t have much to complain from the behavior of the car, we are just lacking speed overall. We need to put more downforce in the car to go faster. This result is disappointing, finishing fifth and sixth it’s not ideal, but this is what it is right now, and we keep working to improve. Usually the race is our stronger side, but every circuit is different. Tomorrow it’s a new day, we’ll do our own race, you never know what is going to happen. We need to make a good getaway from the start and hopefully take the fight to the guys in front, and then do our best.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”I am not happy with 6th position, it was a difficult session. In the moment I tried to do the best, we didn’t get everything together. Somehow we lost a bit and now we need to understand what happened this afternoon. I was reasonaby happy with my lap, but it wasn’t quick enough, there was a bit of time we lost here and there, overall we struggled a bit to extract the pace from the car. The balance didn’t come together in qualifying, it was better this morning and yesterday. We know the car can be quicker, but we didn’t manage to get it in the right window, that’s our job and we didn’t succeed. I’m sure that tomorrow we’ll be competitive, but again we start a little bit from the back foot, so it will be tough because here it’s not easy to overtake. I think we don’t have to hide, in terms of race pace we are fast, then it should be an interesting race.”
German Grand Prix – The Scuderia on Row 3
Raikkonen qualifies fifth, Vettel is sixth
Hockenheim, 30 July – There will be an all-red third row on the grid for the German Grand Prix. Come the end of today’s qualifying at Hockenheim, Kimi Raikkonen set the fifth fastest time of 1.15.142, with Sebastian Vettel right behind him in sixth in 1.15.315. Nico Rosberg will start from pole, having set the fastest lap of 1.14.363 in his Mercedes.
German Grand Prix – Close lap times
Kimi (4th) two tenths ahead of Sebastian (5th) just two tenths behind the fastest
Hockenheim, 30 July – With the final free practice session wrapped up at the Hockenheimring, preparations can now be regarded as complete for qualifying to decide the grid for the German Grand Prix. Just two tenths of a second separate the lap times of Kimi Raikkonen (1.15.902) and Sebastian Vettel (1.16.104), fourth and fifth fastest respectively. Kimi’s lap was less than two tenths slower than the fastest time set by Nico Rosberg in 1.15.738, with his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton second in 1.15.795. The Ferrari duo did an out-in lap on the Medium tyres, before running two sets of Supersofts, the quickest tyre Pirelli has brought to Germany.
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Grossmann, Atoev and Scheltema win at Sochi
Sochi, 30 July 2016 – Two experienced drivers won on the first day of the fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe, held at the first ever Ferrari Racing Days in Russia. Bjorn Grossmann triumphed in the Trofeo Pirelli and Fons Scheltema in the Coppa Shell, while we saw the birth of a star, 17-year-old Vladimir Atoev, a product of the SMP Racing Academy, who triumphed on his debut.
Trofeo Pirelli. The day’s programme opened with the Trofeo Pirelli, which saw a close race from start to finish. A fantastic head to head at the flag between the two 458 Challenge EVOs of Octane 126 saw Bjorn Grossmann slip into the lead at the first corner ahead of star rookie Fabio Leimer (2013 GP2 champion). A little further back Philipp Baron (Rossocorsa), Aleksey Basov (Motor Service) and Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) attempted to thread their way through together on Turn 1, with Baron cutting across part of the track to slip into third ahead of Basov and Smeeth. Grossmann stretched his lead recording the fastest lap of 2:14.100, while Baron was ordered to give way to Basov. Grossmann finished in front of his teammate Leimer while Baron crossed the line third but later received a penalty of 13 seconds to end up behind Basov to the delight of thousands of spectators who had flocked to the Sochi Autodrom.
Pirelli Am. The Trofeo Pirelli Am offered, if possible, an even better show, with lots of overtaking and the discovery of a young star, 17 year-old Russian Vladimir Atoev. At the start the poleman Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) was involved in a close encounter with two other cars. Indeed, the Brit came into contact with Aleksey Basov and Philipp Baron, wasting time and allowing Atoev to gain ground. The young Motor Service driver thus managed to pass Smeeth and next time round decisively stretched his lead with the fastest lap of the race. Shortly after John Farano (Rossocorsa) also overtook Smeeth and established a bit of an advantage. However, Smeeth soon began pushing back to pass Farano who defended his podium spot against the attacks of Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa). So victory went to Vladimir Atoev on his debut.
Pirelli Am. The Coppa Shell thrilled fans with a typically close battle. At the start Rick Lovat (Kessel Racing), who had made a detailed study of the starting procedure, flashed past championship leader Thomas Loefflad (StileF Squadra Corse), who then regained his position but made a mistake to end up in a spin. At that point Eric Cheung led Lovat, Scheltema (Kessel Racing) and Lendoudis (Motor Racing), but the Motor Service driver had jumped the start and was penalized with a drive-through. Lovat appeared all set for victory but in the last two laps Scheltema went full throttle. He attacked first on the home straight and then overtook his teammate on the opposite side of the track for his third career win ahead of Lovat and Lendoudis. He also took the Gentlemen’s Cup while the Ladies Cup went to Deborah Mayer (Scuderia Niki) who notched up a career best with tenth place.
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Aleksey Basov introduces the Sochi circuit
Sochi, 30 July 2016 – Russian Aleksey Basov tells us about the Sochi Autodrom, a wonderful track that is only 3 year-old. Basov is the 2012 Coppa Shell champion and went on to win the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship. He will be driving the Motors Service 458 Challenge
Details. The Sochi track is characterized by 9 turns with sharp corners and narrow chicane. The second part of the track is very technical and features a complex of turns where the driver must maintain the optimal trajectory with absolute precision to make the most of the grip from the asphalt but also two strainght line. The third section is the slowest one with turns to deal with in second and third gear, direction changes and sudden insertions.
German Grand Prix – Hockenheim, 29 July
Kimi Raikkonen: ”On Friday it’s always difficult to have a clear idea of where you are, from tomorrow we’ll understand more, but the session today was not too bad. For sure there’s some work to be done to improve, but more or less we are about there. Obviously we want to be in the front, so this evening we are going to focus on fixing some things and improve in certain areas, then I’m sure we’ll be ok.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”Overall the outcome of the two sessions has been positive, but we still need to improve our car overnight and do some steps forward. I think the one-lap speed was ok, I haven’t seen much from the long runs, I have spent most of the afternoon on Soft tires and they were lasting quite long, so I think overall it was ok but we still have to improve. We have to work on the set up of the car, and bring it a bit better together, so that the car feels better for me on track and it suits my driving, then I can attack better and more. As for the new rules on radio communications, it makes it easier for us, in terms of remembering, so I think it is a straightforward decision.”
German Grand Prix – Ferrari third again
Vettel and Raikkonen run different tyre programmes
Hockenheim, 29 July – Sebastian Vettel was again third in his SF16-H with a time of 1.16.208 in the second free practice session at the Hockenheimring, in the run up to the 62nd German Grand Prix. At the end of the session, spent as usual evaluating the different tyre compounds’ suitability for qualifying and the race, Sebastian completed 39 laps, alternating between Soft and Supersoft tyres, before doing a final long run on the Softs. Kimi Raikkonen ran a slightly different programme, also completing a long run on the softest compound. The Finn completed 45 laps, the best in 1.16.512. Quickest was the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg (1.15.614) and Lewis Hamilton (1.16.008.)
German Grand Prix – “We’re focused on present and future”
Seb confirms team policy after staff changes
“There was a big change inside the team, which doesn’t impact so much here or tomorrow, but you definitely will see the changes in the future. I think Mattia has been around for a long time and it’s not a proper replacement. It’s a sort of different approach, hopefully for the better, but I think we are going in the right direction. The 2017 project is already fully in progress, we’re trying to do a lot and but the same time we’re still focusing on this year, because there are a lot of things for us to learn and to take into next year, even though a lot of the rules will change and the cars will look very different. It’s true that this year we expected a lot more, we had a very good season last year and we wanted to close the gap to practically nothing but so far we haven’t succeeded. There are some reasons we had understood, some other we still have to find, but overall we had made progresses. We had a rough start, races are not going our way and we are not yet where we want to be, Ferrari belongs to the top and that’s what we are trying to achieve and for every single race, for every championship that we start. As for this weekend, racing here is something special: Hockenheim is a very short distance to my birth place, Heppenheim. I like the track, I’ve been running here a lot when I was younger and hopefully the first time with Ferrari I can have a great race. We’re aiming at a podium, I think we should be strong this weekend.”
German Grand Prix – “Need a good qualifying lap”
Kimi knows how to exploit the potential of the SF16-H
“I think that if we manage to put a good lap together and do our maximum in qualifying, then I’m sure that we’ll be more or less there in front. This should make our race easier and probably we can use our speed. We know where we are in the Championship and this is not the position we want to be, we want to be at the top, but so far we haven’t got what we aim for as a team, myself included. We know the areas we have to improve to get there and it’s not easy, we keep working hard and improving things and try to be as soon as we can in the position. Regarding James Allison leaving the team, it’s not my job to comment and to be honest I don’t want to get involved because I have a great respect for him.”
Ferrari Challenge Europe – Fourth round of the season at Sochi
Sochi, 28 July 2016 – The Ferrari Challenge Europe resumes this weekend a little over a month after Le Mans, and its only double-points race. The battle is wide open in the Trofeo Pirelli with just 13 points separating the top three drivers in the standings. Reigning European champion Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) is in command nine points ahead of Philipp Baron (Rossocorsa) and 13 in front of Rossocorsa standard-bearer, Marcello Puglisi. Reigning WEC (World Endurance Championship) world champion Aleksey Basov and 2013 GP2 champion Fabio Leimer will be among the other competitors in the category.
Pirelli Am. Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) will seek to stretch his lead in the Pirelli Am class but Tommaso Rocca and John Farano will be there to push the British driver all the way. Challenge North America regular, James Weiland (Rossocorsa), will also be competing in this class.
Coppa Shell. Thomas Loefflad (StileF Racing Team) will be on the track in Sochi, where the absence of Erich Prinoth will give him a chance to lengthen his lead in the Coppa Shell. The race will also include the current leader of the Gentlemen’s Cup, Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing), who is third in the standings.
Programme. In Russia there will again be two races each day: on Saturday Race-1 of the Trofeo Pirelli will be at 2:15 pm local time (1:15 pm CET), followed by the first Coppa Shell race at 4:40 pm (3:40 pm). On Sunday Race-2 of the Trofeo Pirelli will run at 1:30 pm (12:30 pm CET) while the Coppa Shell will be held at 5:45 pm (4:45 pm CET).
Ferrari Racing Days – The first ever event in Sochi ready to start
Sochi, 27 July 2016 – It is all set at the Sochi Autodrom for the first Ferrari Racing Days in Russia. The city that hosts Formula 1 Grand Prix in the Russian Federation and in 2014 was the venue for the Winter Olympic Games will provide the perfect background for the fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe as well as for a series of track sessions for the cars of the XX Programmes and F1 Clienti.
Scuderia show. Scuderia Ferrari’s performance on Sunday is certainly due to be one of the highlights. Andrea Bertolini, Formula 1 team test driver and experienced endurance racer, will drive the F60. Andrea has completed nearly 400 car tests, including single-seaters and cars for sale to customers, and in 2015 won the World Endurance Championship in the GTE-Am class at the wheel of the Ferrari 458 Italia GTE of SMP Racing team along with Russia’s Aleksey Basov and Victor Shaytar.
Thousands of fans expected. Thousands of fans are expected to line the track, built on the site of the 2014 Olympic facilities, enriching their holidays on the Black Sea with a trip to the circuit to witness the grand spectacle of dozens of Ferraris that will be taking part in the activities of Corse Clienti but not just. The Ferrari Challenge Europe is now in its fourth round with the fight for the Trofeo Pirelli extremely open. Bjorn Grossmann tops the rankings, but Philipp Baron and Marcello Puglisi certainly don’t plan on giving up. In the Trofeo Pirelli Am and Coppa Shell, Britain’s Sam Smeeth and Germany’s Thomas Loefflad will be trying to extend their lead in the standings.
Incredible single-seaters and cars. Ten sessions for F1 Clienti and the cars of the XX Programmes are also due to take place at the Ferrari Racing Days in Sochi. The F1 Clienti on track will include an F10 (2010), an F2005 and an F300, while among the cars of the XX Programmes will be some FXX Ks, the latest car of this very special activity, with over 1000 hp and a hybrid technology derived from Formula 1, plus one FXX and nine 599XXs, the second car the XX Programmes.
In the paddock. As always during the Ferrari Racing Days the attractions are not confined to the track. Lots of Ferrari clients will be parked in the paddock and will also lap the track thanks to the “Passione Ferrari” initiative, while many entertainment areas will provide the Russian public with a complete picture of the Ferrari sports world.
Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award Announces Finalists and Judges
Source: The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award
Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., July 27, 2016 – In its milestone move to reinvigorate the tradition of celebrating the international motoring world’s top accolade for most exceptional classic car, The Peninsula Hotels today announced the six extraordinary vehicles that will be eligible to receive the inaugural The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.
The award will bring together the 2015 best of show winners, ranging from early production to mid-1960s Italian race cars, from six of the top concours events around the globe to compete for the title of the most exceptional car in the world.
The ultimate winner of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award will be announced at a private dinner during the prestigious historic Monterey Car Week on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.
The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, and parent company of The Peninsula Hotels, together with award co-founders Christian Philippsen, William E. “Chip” Connor and Bruce Meyer, created this award in the spirit of celebrating the best of what defines the automotive world for the year. Philippsen is known as the world’s most prominent classic automobile authorities, Connor leads the world of international vintage car collecting, while also being a passionate amateur race car driver and Meyer is praised for having curated one of the premier vintage car collections in the United States at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Each of the founders are widely heralded as some the world’s foremost international motoring experts, brought together by their appreciation of fine motor vehicles, immaculate restoration and the preservation of their heritage.
“We are thrilled to pay homage to the finest attributes of the motor vehicles we celebrate at this year’s The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering,” said Kadoorie. “The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award marks a new milestone as the first of many extraordinary presentations of the most elite cars on the concours circuit and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of elevating the legacy our event has come to manifest.”
The finalists chosen to be showcased at the event as the most elite driving machines are as follows:
1903 Mercedes 60HP Simplex: Royal Concours of Elegance
One of only four in existence today, having been preceded by the Mercedes 35hp, which had once been the fastest production car in the world. It remains Mercedes’ top of the range model, having also been named Best in Show at the Royal Concours of Elegance.
1932 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Sport Cabriolet: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Best in Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015, this magnificent car has had only four owners from new, and it has lived a quiet life in Switzerland and France its entire life until coming to North America in 2014.
1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Before taking home Best of Show at the 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, this hot rod was heralded as defining the mid-century American aesthetic in the automotive industry.
1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS ‘Goutte d’Eau’: Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe
This masterful coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi has won prizes at every major concours in pre-war Europe and is famed for having both redefined automotive style and having won top-level races. The ‘Teardrop’ became trend setting and motivated many other French manufacturers to consider a similar streamlined design.
1965 Ferrari 166 P / 206 SP Dino 0834: Cavallino Classic
Having most recently won the coveted Scuderia Ferrari Cup for Best of Show at the Cavallino Classic, this one-of-a-kind Dino was first entered by Scuderia Ferrari in 1965 and raced by Giancarlo Baghetti and later by Ludovico Scarfiotti to many wins over its long history.
1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
This model was derived from the Alfa Romeo 33/2 racing cars with the goal of creating a sports car staying as true to its racing heritage as possible. The Stradale is fitted with a 2 liter DOHC V8 producing 230 BHP, while the chassis was extended 10 centimeters for additional driver comfort from the 33/2. Since its restoration in 2004, this Tipo 33 Stradale has won four top honors, including Best in Show at the 2015 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.
The Best of Show winners from the six most prestigious international car shows from this year will be reviewed by 23 preeminent motorcar experts, designers and notable celebrities in the motoring world, including:
Anne Asensio, best known for her work as former Executive Design Director at General Motors
Chris Bangle, best known for his work as Chief of Design for the BMW Group
Singh Manvendra Barwani, well known auto enthusiast
Peter Brock, best known for his work on the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe and Corvette Sting Ray
Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar Cars
Miles Collier, who spearheaded the design behind the world-class Collier Collection
Luc Donckerwolke, designer for Hyundai’s Genesis premium brand
Fabio Filippini, Design Director of Pininfarina
Henry Ford III, the great-great grandson of Ford Motor founder Henry Ford
Charles Gordon-Lennox, Lord March, Founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and President of the British Automobile Racing Club
Ralph Lauren, global fashion tycoon
Jay Leno, who is currently launching the second season of Jay Leno’s Garage on NBC
Flavio Manzoni, automobile designer best known for his work at Ferrari, Lancia and Volkswagen
Nick Mason, former Pink Floyd drummer and classic car enthusiast
François Melcion, Director of Rétromobile chez Comexposium
Gordon Murray, best known for his work as a designer of Formula One race cars and the McLaren F1 road car
Shiro Nakamura, the Japanese car designer currently serves as Senior Vice President of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
Ken Okuyama, is widely known for his work with Pininfarina, where he designed and supervised projects such as the Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari P4/5
Adolfo Orsi Jr., well known auto historian and grandson and son of Adolfo and Omer Orsi, owners of Maserati between 1937 and 1967
Frank Stephenson, McLaren’s Automotive Design Director
Jean Todt, after a career as a rally co-driver he worked in motor sport management, first with Peugeot Talbot Sport, then with Scuderia Ferrari, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari before assuming his current role as President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile
Gorden Wagener, Chief Designer of Mercedes-Benz
Edward T. Welburn, Vice President of Global Design at General Motors
The award will act as the pinnacle moment of Monterey Car Week design displays. Following Tuesday’s announcement, the winning vehicle will be recognized on stage at the 14th annual The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on August 19, 2016.
Special invitation from Italy, home to Ferrari!
Ferrari invited preliminary contract customers on an ‘Italian Journey with Ferrari’
July 27, 2016 – FMK hosted the “Italian Journey with Ferrari” event for Ferrari’s customers who have signed a preliminary contract to purchase a Ferrari. This event was organised not only to share Italian cuisine and wine experience but it is also about Ferrari’s own special culture.
Held at the Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul, FMK wanted to show their gratitude to the customers who have been waiting for the delivery of their Ferraris because of the marque’s thorough policy on limited order production and to communicate on its various special programs available to Ferrari owners.
At this event, Alberto Mondi, a popular Italian TV celebrity, personally introduced a few famous Italian cities including Milan and Rome and shared his experience of touring the Ferrari Factory which he recently visited. Furthermore, the guests were given a chance to experience the country’s traditional food and wine at a banquet specially prepared for them.
In addition, Louis Colmache, Head of Ferrari Corse Clienti Asia Pacific, introduced the special programs that are available for Ferrari owners. These include the Ferrari Challenge Race, a world-class one-make series race, and Corso Pilota, the Ferrari Official Driving program. Notably, Junghoon Youn, a Korean actor and a Challenge driver, shared his firsthand experiences competing in the races, receiving very positive responses from the crowd.
The Ferrari 488 GTB and 488 Spider, introduced last year in Korea, were on display to grab customers’ attention. With its extreme power for extreme driving pleasure, the V8 Turbo engine installed in the 488 GTB generates 670 hp of maximum output at 8,000 rpm and achieves 760Nm of maximum torque at 3,000 rpm. Also, 488 Spider is the open top version model with the Ferrari-patented RHT(Retractable Hard Top).
Mattia Binotto becomes Chief Technical Officer
Scuderia and James Allison jointly decide to part ways
Maranello (Italy), July , 2016 – Ferrari N.V. (“Ferrari”) (NYSE/MTA: RACE) announces that after three years of working together, Scuderia Ferrari and James Allison jointly decided to part ways.
Maurizio Arrivabene, Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari, commented as follows:
“The Team would like to thank James for his commitment and sacrifice during the time spent together, and wishes him success and serenity for his future endeavors.”
James Allison stated:
“During the years I spent at Ferrari, at two different stages and covering different roles, I could get to know and appreciate the value of the team and of the people, women and men, which are part of it. I want to thank them all for the great professional and human experience we shared. I wish everybody a happy future with lots of success.”
Mattia Binotto will take on the role of Chief Technical Officer at Scuderia Ferrari.
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Don’t at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Source: Event Website / Image: Mitorosso.com
MONTEREY, Calif., July 27, 2016 — The stacked intake pipes tell a unique story of innovation, unyielding power and a time when the only rules of racing were essentially the limits of men and women’s imaginations.
The original Can-Am era of 1966-1974 provided incredible thrills and attracted the world’s best drivers to some of North America’s greatest race tracks. These same Can-Am cars will reunite once again for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Aug. 18-21, to honor the series’ 50th anniversary.
Many of the cars competing in this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion can trace their roots back to then-called Laguna Seca Raceway. One car, in particular, has special relevance to Monterey by returning to where it took the checkered flag to win the second annual Can-Am race.
The McLaren M6A-1 was driven to victory October 15 by its namesake, Bruce McLaren, in the 1967 Monterey Grand Prix. McLaren drove the car to an impressive victory over Jim Hall’s Chapparal 2G and George Follmer’s Lola T70, recording a fast lap average speed of 105 mph over the original nine-turn, 1.9-mile racing circuit.
After the 1967 season, the car was sold to Penske Racing and prepped for Mark Donohue, who then drove it to victory at the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) race at Laguna Seca on his way to capturing the 1968 championship. This historic McLaren is now driven by Griot’s Garage founder Richard Griot.
Another car that harks back to a Rolex Moment in Time in Monterey is the 1971 Group 44 Triumph TR6 that competed in the D Production class of the Sports Car Club of America National Championships. Campaigned by Bob Tullius, the TR6 won in 1975 with John McComb behind the wheel and repeated the feat in 1976 with actor and racer Paul Newman who had purchased the car from Tullius. The Triumph TR6 is now campaigned by Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
The Trans-Am series lost factory participation for the 1975 season and the fields began to diminish, so the series allowed A, B and C Production cars into the mix. An engine change from carburetors to fuel injection moved the Group 44 Triumph TR6 from D Production to C Production and, therefore, eligible to compete in Trans-Am. It went head-to-head with powerhouse teams running Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros, Porsches, Ford Mustangs, Jaguars, and a Datsun 260Z. McComb was more than competitive in the TR6 and even finished third overall in the season finale at what is now known as Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway. Some say it was the “little car that could.”
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a rolling museum that revs to life in 15 race groups throughout the four full days. This year marks a very special occasion: the 100th anniversary of BMW. There are more than 60 BMW race cars entered in the races and BMW North America is presenting its Living Legends Garage that tells the magnificent story of this Bavarian company.
Rolex is an avid supporter of the internationally acclaimed Monterey Classic Car Week and has been title sponsor of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion since it was renamed in 2010. Every year a driver from each group is selected for their overall excellence in the race and receives a Rolex Award of Excellence. The event’s top honor of a specially engraved 18-karat yellow gold and stainless steel Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is awarded to the driver who excels in the Spirit of the Weekend. Rolex’s involvement with motorsports runs deep, having been associated with the famed Goodwood Revival since 2004 and, most recently, as a Global Partner and Official Timepiece of Formula 1.
Each car that is accepted into the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is evaluated for its authenticity, race provenance, and documentation that it is period and mechanically correct from when it originally ran. Entries range from early pre-war cars, like a 1916 National AC and 1927 Bugatti T37A Grand Prix, to GTP and GTO cars that ran between 1981 and 1991.
For more information on the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, entry list, fan activities and how to purchase advance tickets, visit MazdaRaceway.com.
German Grand Prix – The excitement of racing “at home”
Vettel: “I know Hockenheim well, it’s a very technical track”
Maranello, 26 July – For the final race weekend prior to the summer break, Formula 1 is back in the forests around Hockenheim in the north of Germany’s Land Baden- Württemberg region. The German Grand Prix was first held here in 1970 and it is back this year after the 2015 event was cancelled because of financial problems. Since the major makeover of 2002, when the very long straights were dispensed with, the track has remained unchanged. However, there is the unknown factor that the only data available dates back to 2014, the first year of the new hybrid era. It will be an exciting weekend for Sebastian Vettel, making his first appearance in his home race at the wheel of a Ferrari – his home town of Heppenheim is just over 30 kilometres away from the track: “I think it is nice to come back after last year, when we didn’t have a German Grand Prix. I think it is great to go back to Germany and be able to race. Being German, I think that for all the German drivers it is a privilege to go to your home country and race in front of your home crowd, so I am definitely looking forward to it. It is the first time for me with a Ferrari car, so I think it should be a special feeling turning up. I think I know the track itself quite well from junior categories. I raced there a lot. I usually like it and hopefully we can be very competitive. I think it is a good mix, there is everything a driver can ask for. It is quite technical, not that easy to get everything right, and quite tough also to find the right balance of the car because you have so many corners and different speeds, but it is definitely a fun place.”
Ferrari Store returns to Rome
Rome, 26 July 2016 – The Ferrari Store is reopening on Via Tomacelli in the heart of Rome. The address remains the same, but this long-term symbol and landmark for fans of the Prancing Horse has been given a total makeover. The concept of the space, which covers an area of 400 square metres, draws on and reinterprets the values of the Maranello based company. Ferrari’s sporting spirit is emphasised by the product lines, from the most technical to the clothing collections inspired by our gentleman drivers, and by an entertainment area that will soon be enriched with the latest generation of F1 Simulators. With its five large display windows, the Rome store is the third largest directly operated Italian flagship after those of Maranello and Milan.
FDA with Tony Kart
A new technical collaboration begins
Maranello, 26 July – Ferrari Driver Academy and Tony Kart have reached a collaborative agreement by which Tony Kart becomes a technical partner of the FDA. Both parties will focus on the common goal of seeking out new motorsport talent, educating and instructing those selected to aid their professional development. ”The Ferrari Driver Academy has the clear aim of training drivers for the very highest level of motor sport” Head of FDA Massimo Rivola said. “Being able to work with very young talented drivers is definitely the right way to go about this. The experience and competence of Roberto Robazzi in this area is proven by past results, as well as through Sebastian’s history and that of Michael before him. As from today, the FDA therefore expands its sphere of activity by joining forces with a company that is part of Karting history.”
Ferrari California T Wows in Ayutthaya, Thailand
Kobe Bryant at Ferrari
The great NBA champion visits Maranello
Maranello, 24 July 2016 – Kobe Bryant, the great star of Los Angeles Lakers, made a whirlwind visit to Maranello, where he tested the F12tdf on the track and the GTC4Lusso on the road. When visiting the factory, Kobe also took interest in the cars’ design, manufacturing and personalization aspects, as well as in Ferrari’s history and values. The end of his visit was marked by the classical picture on the track, in front of the building that houses Enzo Ferrari’s office, flanked by the Ferrari California T and the 488 GTB. A legend paid a visit to another legend.
Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, 24 July
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”Today we saw a great reaction from the whole team. Once again, we were able to show that we never give up. Our drivers did an outstanding race really giving their best and, if Seb could have benefited from a better starting position, the final result would surely have been different. As for Kimi, he showed that he fully deserved his contract to be extended into next year. Having said that, when you don’t reach the podium you can’t be satisfied, and indeed we aren’t: but this does not mean that we are not ready to take the fight to the end.”
Kimi Raikkonen: ”Today my car was really good and behaving well, we had the speed, but obviously this is not the easiest place to overtake. Unfortunately, after yesterday’s qualifying, today we were not in a position that would allow us to get the result we deserved, and this is the most disappointing thing. Regarding the battle with Max, it’s not for me to decide but I think that his maneuvers are questionable. The first time he started to move on the right and I went left, but he moved back there too, so I had to try and get out of it because I was hitting him hard on the rear and I lost my front wing, which didn’t make it easier to attack again. Then later, every time I managed to make a move and I was committed to somewhere he decided to turn afterwards, and at that point I had nowhere to go. It’s not my job to determine if he was correct or not, but I have seen people being penalized for much less. Today we did our maximum, I’m disappointed because I couldn’t get past Verstappen and go catch the rest.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”I was hoping for more today. I had a good start, maybe too good, because the run into Turn 1 is very long, so I had to get out of the tow a bit too early. It was bit of a shame because I was stuck in fifth position from then onwards. Then I knew everything would have to go through strategy and pitstops and so we overcut Verstappen. We were much stronger at the end of the race, maybe a couple of tenths, but unfortunately not quick enough to pass. If I had been able to, I would have done more, but I tried everything until the end, we were on a good strategy, we had more pace at the end but as I said this is one of the most difficult tracks for overtaking. With a better position yesterday, I think we could have finished P3 without any problem. We are not happy to finish fourth, because we have to win, we need to improve here and there, but I think the difference with Mercedes is not that big as it looks. They seem to be better managing their tires and that makes for a big gap over a number of laps.”
Hungarian Grand Prix – Vettel fourth at the Hungaroring
Sebastian so close to the podium. Raikkonen sixth
Mogyorod, 24 July – Sebastian Vettel finished today’s Hungarian Grand Prix in fourth place. The German crossed the line at the Hungaroring a mere 6 tenths of a second behind Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull. Kimi Raikkonen had to fight hard all afternoon, having started from the seventh row of the grid. The Finn went on to finish sixth, helped by an excellent race strategy. The top step of the podium belonged to Lewis Hamilton, first for Mercedes.
Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, 23 July
Kimi Raikkonen: ”I’m disappointed by the result of this qualifying, it’s really a shame because our car has been working well all weekend and even in wet conditions the handling was very good. For sure we are far from where we should be. At the end of Q2 I went out for my last attempt and I did a decent lap, at least for that moment, but the conditions were improving every lap, the track was getting faster and unfortunately we did not make it through Q3. Whatever the reason, when the conditions are like today it’s not easy. We tried to do the right things, unfortunately we will pay a price tomorrow, it will be difficult to overtake starting from the back but we won’t give up. We’ll do our best, the speed is there and I’m sure we can make something out.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”I am not happy with P5, because it could have been better. It was quite a mess at the beginning to get through, then at the end I think we had a good performance in the car. We improved for this afternoon, but unfortunately the result doesn’t show it. The pace was there, but we were not able to get the lap. It’s a shame because in the end it was very good, I think it was already half a second down, then there was a yellow flag which caught us out, but we kept going. Then there was a bit of traffic, sometimes it is just like that. I think we have the pace to compete for the podium tomorrow, hopefully we’ll have a good start then we’ll go from there. It’s a long race, anything can happen here. Other than that, I think that in the race pace usually we are quicker. Usually all the people decide to do the fastest strategy possible, but there’s always something you can do. If the occasion comes up to do something smart I know we have the people on board to do it, so I trust them.”
Hungarian Grand Prix – Sebastian fifth
Vettel to start from row 3. Raikkonen fourteenth fastest
Mogyorod, 23 July – Come the end of today’s qualifying at the Hungaroring circuit, Sebastian Vettel was fifth fastest with a time of 1.20.874. The session was heavily affected by rain which started to fall before the start, giving rise to many red flags. Raikkonen paid a high price on the progressively drying track, failing to make the cut into the top ten, as he was the first driver to take the chequered flag in Q2. Kimi thus ended up fourteenth with a time of 1.25.435. Starting from pole tomorrow will be Nico Rosberg who took his Mercedes round in 1.19.965.
Hungarian Grand Prix – It’s hotting up
Scalding hot tarmac, Ferrari 5th and 6th in run up to qualifying
Mogyorod, 23July – F1 action on Saturday at the Hungaroring got underway with the third free practice session, with air and track temperatures already hitting 30 and 50° C respectively. In the final hour available for evaluating changes made overnight based on Friday’s data, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel tackled a programme that saw them be among the first to take to the track in their SF16-Hs for an out-in lap on Medium tyres, before running two new sets of Supersofts. Raikkonen was fifth fastest with a laps in 1.20.859, while Vettel was sixth in 1.21.185. Topping the time sheet was the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg (1.20.261), ahead of the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen (1.20.263) and Daniel Ricciardo (1.20.726.)
Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, 22 July
Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall it was a pretty ok day, we made the right improvements and I’m sure we can still make progress and go faster. I think we are going in the right direction. The conditions of the track are much better, they have done a really good job with the tarmac, it’s much smoother and also the kerbs are better than they used to be. I haven’t seen what the others have done and it’s still Friday, too early to know where we are. We know our rivals are fast, but we can improve, we’ll see what happens.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Today I think we lost a bit of time in the beginning. Obviously with the red flag it was not ideal, we had to come in a couple of times, re-programme the car and go out again. The good news is that we were able to fix it, but I lost a bit of the rhythm. After this the car felt fine, but I think we can improve the setup for tomorrow, and then we should have a better balance in the car. We need to be better in sector 1, 2, 3, I don’t think that there is one sector that stands out. I am not entirely happy with the balance yet, so naturally if everything comes more together I think we can improve overnight and so we will be better in all three sectors. Today is Friday, and I don’t value Friday that much. We look at ourselves, here and there we need to improve, and then go from there. Tomorrow is a new day.”
Hungarian Grand Prix – Different programmes
Seb third and Kimi sixth, working on quick laps and race simulation
Mogyorod, 22 July – Sebastian Vettel was third once again for Ferrari, while in the other SF16-H, Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Formula 1 free practice session, the last of the day, at the Hungaroring circuit. Vettel completed 31 laps, the best in a time of 1.21.348, while Raikkonen did 46 and his best was 7 tenths slower than his team-mate’s, in 1.22.058. Both Ferrari men ran the Soft and Supersoft tyres, and towards the end they worked on split programmes of qualifying simulations and long runs. Quickest was Nico Rosberg, with a 1.21.435 in his Mercedes, followed by Daniel Ricciardo, who posted a 1.21.030 in the Red Bull.
Hungarian Grand Prix – “Now it’s easier to deal with problems”
Seb’s optimism boosted by “knowing the team inside out”
“Looking at the results, it’s a fact that obviously we didn’t manage to score enough points to make ourselves in a better position by now, but I don’t think we need to look constantly at the results we have had. Here and there we could have done better but the bottom line is, we were not quick enough. We know we are not yet where we want to be, so that’s something we’re not happy with, but we are working on it very hard. If we could change it overnight we would, but sometimes is not that easy. We had three races in which we didn’t finish, clearly it hasn’t gone the way we were hoping for, clearly we are not yet where we want to be, but equally it is not as bad. So I don’t think it’s the worst season I ever had. In the last race a couple of things went wrong, but with the tests straight after there were quite a lot of things we understood about our car that should help us get back on track in the future. Obviously it’s difficult to change things overnight but I think here is a different story, a different track. I get along very well with the team, by now I know the team inside out and now it’s easier to deal with problems. Obviously we’re focusing on the race but can’t predict the outcome, that’s why we’re here, trying to work on it and get the best possible result. The motivation to win here is very high, it’s a great race, great atmosphere, hopefully we can repeat what we did last year.”
Hungarian Grand Prix – “I expect us to be close”
Kimi sees performance “stronger than in Silverstone”
“It’s hard to know how the weekend will go, the season has been going with ups and downs so far, on different tracks and with different conditions, but I’m sure that here we are going to be stronger than in Silverstone. Is it going to be enough? I don’t know. I expect us to be very close, but I might be wrong, we’ll have a rough idea from tomorrow. A lot of things have to come together to have a good weekend, we have to do a good job to give ourselves a chance to fight in the front. For sure our car is better than it was at the beginning of the season, but it’s still not good enough. I feel that in some circuits we are very close and in others we still suffer a lot. I l expect we can improve and win races, but of course things will not happen overnight. Our aim is to be up there with both cars, win races and fight for the Championship. It’s still far from over but we have to be realistic, we have to start winning races to beat our main rivals. There are still many races to go , we can still turn things around, we’ll fight until the end.”
Hungarian Grand Prix – Nice memories, a great challenge
Sebastian’s take on the Hungaroring
After a weekend off, Formula 1 is back in action in Budapest, for the eleventh round of the season and the first of another pair of back-to-back races prior to the summer break. The Hungarian Grand Prix has been a permanent fixture on the calendar since 1986 and has always been held at the Hungaroring, the venue just outside the capital city. Few modifications have been made to the circuit for this year, although the track was resurfaced back in April.
Hungary is a favorite place for Sebastian Vettel and it was here that he took his second ever win with the Scuderia. “Budapest is a sweet memory from 2015, when we were able to win the race after a fantastic start. I think it’s a great place where to be with a lot of fans, a lot of German speaking fans as well travelling from Austria and Germany, and all the Hungarians who are usually very enthusiastic and love Formula 1 being in town. The track itself is quite short and often called “The Monaco of racetracks”, just lacking the walls, but you have a lot of corners, one big straight and after that a lot of corners, and not much time to rest in between. It makes it quite tough and physically a big challenge for the drivers, because it’s quite hot and the track is bumpy, but I think overall it is a place where we love to go.”
Ferrari Challenge – One-make championship drivers try their hand at GT
Maranello, 15 July 2016 – The Ferrari Challenge is clearly an excellent training series for aspiring GT drivers. Over the nearly 25 years of its history, countless drivers have moved into the most important Gran Turismo series after having performed well in the world’s most famous one-make championship. Right now, however, we can see a further evolution.
Competitiveness. Indeed, the level of the championship is so high that regular competitors are ready and primed to take the jump to GT competition. It happened last year with the highly experienced Dario Caso, who decided to try his hand in Italian GT Championship during the Challenge season, but 2016 seems destined to set a new standard.
Three qualifying series. This weekend, drivers from all three one-make series will be competing in the different GT championship races. In the GT Asia Series Japan’s Ken Seto, currently third in the Coppa Shell APAC, will start in the GTC class in Fuji at the wheel of the 458 Challenge EVO of Team Rosso Scuderia. The Italian GT Championship also sees a big contingent of Challenge drivers. The 488 GT3 of the Easy Race team, competing at Mugello in the Super GT3 class, will be crewed by America’s Gregory Romanelli and Italy’s Daniel Mancinelli. Six Challenge Europe drivers will be in the same race, but in the GT Cup class. The 458 Challenge EVOs of Massimo Pepe’s Ineco-MP Racing will be in the hands of Erich Prinoth and Matteo “Babalus” Santoponte, Corinna and Manuela Gostner, and David and Thomas Gostner.
Special support. The Challenge drivers can count on the affection of thousands of fans of the world’s most famous one-make series before they catch up with them again in the next races of the Ferrari championship. The three series will be back on track soon: the Europe series as early as next week in Sochi, the APAC championship in Sepang from 5-7 August and the North America at Lime Rock in September.
Scuderia Ferrari launches its first ever App
Ferrari All Access is online for iOS
Maranello, 14 July 2016 – Scuderia Ferrari All Access is the very latest application which gives fans an exclusive look behind the scenes of the team with the longest history in Formula 1. By sharing content, the app allows the user to unlock levels and win badges to get to even more new and exclusive content!
The app allows you to:
- Win points and badges: points come with each use of the app, from signing on, to liking posts, sharing content and the site itself. Points give access to 4 different levels of content. The more points you get, the more exclusive the content that is unlocked. The aim is to move up the various levels -fan, press, VIP and Team- by collecting more rewards and badges.
- Make it into Favourites: the Scuderia will chose the best content from each race weekend, posting them as an incentive to other fans to post content to claim a reward from the Scuderia Ferrari team.
- Take part in Challenges: fans will be asked questions relating to that day’s on-track action. Taking part in the challenges brings more points towards the final classification.
The Scuderia Ferrari All Access app follows on from the creation of the ScuderiaFerrari.social site, which you can find out about here
Silverstone Test – 13 July 2016
Kimi Raikkonen: “We’ve been doing our normal testing work, trying different things. We’ve tried to find good things. We always expect more as a team in terms of results. That’s Ferrari: we want to win and keep working. Then we will see what happens. We believe we can still win and we don’t want to give up, but improve.”
Silverstone Test – Over 100 laps for Kimi
Fastest time of the test on Soft tyres
Silverstone, 13 July – At 6pm local time, the two-day test session ended at the Silverstone circuit in the UK. By the end of the day, Kimi Raikkonen had racked up a total of 103 laps in his SF16-H. The Finn worked on a programme that centred on set-up work, aerodynamic testing and short runs. Kimi’s fastest lap was a 1.30.665, which he set using the Soft compound. The next time the sound of F1 cars will be heard will be the weekend of 20 to 22 July, at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Silverstone Test – Raikkonen’s turn
Kimi gets down to work: 39 laps before lunch
Silverstone, 13 July – The second day of testing got underway this morning at the Silverstone circuit. After the young FDA student Charles Leclerc made his debut yesterday, today it was Kimi Raikkonen who took to the track in the SF16-H. The first part of the programme focused on the usual set-up work and on aerodynamic testing. Kimi ran the Soft and Medium compound tyres, completing 39 laps, with a best time of 1.32.730 set on the Mediums.
Silverstone Test – 12 July 2016
Charles Leclerc: “This morning I was able to run in the dry. Driving a Ferrari is always an incredible experience.This afternoon, the bad weather didn’t help, but all the same I’d like to thank the guys for all their hard work and help. It was a really a great experience. I felt very confortable in the car. This morning we did some aero work, while in the afternoon, we had a problem with an old power unit, so we didn’t do so much running, especially as the weather wasn’t that good. All in all, I’m very happy with my day”.
Silverstone Test – Leclerc’s debut in the wet
Bad weather affects the FDA driver’s programme
Silverstone, 12 July –The first day of testing has come to a close at the Silverstone circuit. Charles Leclerc continued with the work begun this morning, focused mainly on acquiring data with the use of additional sensors. During the afternoon, the FDA driver had to make an unscheduled stop in the pits because of a power unit problem. After that, rain affected the rest of the planned programme. Leclerc got back out on track towards the end of the session, completing 19 laps in all, the best in a time of 1.34.446. Tomorrow, Kimi Raikkonen takes over driving duties for the Scuderia.
Silverstone Test – Leclerc’s first outing in the SF16-H
The FDA youngster kicks off the Scuderia’s fourth test session of the season
Silverstone, 12 July – This morning, the Formula 1 teams two-day test got underway at Silverstone. Taking to the track for Scuderia Ferrari was Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari Driver Academy student, currently racing in GP3. The morning’s programme focused on allowing the youngster to get accustomed to the car, which for its early runs, was fitted with various measurement sensors. This task involved long periods of work in the garage. After that, it was a case of running with the Soft and Medium tyres. Leclerc completed 17 laps, the fastest in 1.34.446. The session restarts at 14h00 (local time) after the lunch break and ends at 18h00.
British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit 10 July
Maurizio Arrivabene: “We knew, coming here, that it would not be an easy track for us-but if you want to be on top, there must be no ‘difficult’ ones. This is a circuit which, power unit aside, puts a premium on other factors which we were lacking here. It’s not the first time it happens, but perhaps it was much more apparent this weekend. In these conditions, we opted for a very aggressive strategy, pitting in for Intermediates after the initial Safety Car stint. Unfortunately, this choice did not pay off because of the Virtual Safety Car which came out immediately afterwards. But to be honest, the best we could have done was to gain one position in the race. Our drivers did a solid job, despite being hampered and somewhat frustrated by the technical issues we are aware of. Now we must turn the page, look ahead to Hungary and capitalize on the hard lesson we learned here.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “In the first part of the race the conditions were quite tricky, the visibility in some places was very poor and I had very low grip on the Wet tires, but I tried to go as fast as I could and I went wide a few times. Once we got the Medium tires the situation improved a little bit, but it was not easy. Since the beginning of the weekend we had realized that this would have been a difficult weekend. Today we tried to do our maximum but we had not enough speed to fight against the guys in front. In these kind of conditions we need more downforce and more grip, I’m sure in Hungary it will be much easier for us. Next races it will be a different story, I don’t expect us to have similar issues, obviously you never know, but I expect that we go back to normal.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Today it was a tough day, but we trust our team and trust our car, so there is no reason to panic and to turn the world upside down. The call to come into the pits was absolutely right, but then the spin didn’t help, and all my advantage was gone again. The penalty in the end didn’t make a difference, it was not on purpose that I was trying to squeeze Felipe. Actually I was going out myself, and I was surprised how little grip there was, going side by side with him. In the end it was a racing incident. Now we need to understand where we lost something. We have a lot of things to learn from a weekend like this. Clearly today we weren’t as competitive as in other races, but at least we recovered some points. And this was the only race of the year where we weren’t able to beat the Red Bulls in terms of race pace. Things may look different in two weeks’ time, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. We need to go forward and understand why we made a step back this time around.”
British Grand Prix – Kimi fifth at Silverstone
Raikkonen comes home fifth, with Vettel ninth
Silverstone, 10 July – Starting from fifth on the grid, Kimi Raikkonen finished the British Grand Prix in the same position. Today’s race at Silverstone started behind the Safety Car because of a heavy shower just prior to the start. At around one third distance, the track was again dry enough for slick tyres and it stayed that way to the chequered flag. Vettel came home ninth, despite a five second time penalty. Standing on the top step of the podium was Lewis Hamilton, who won for Mercedes.
British GP – Silverstone Circuit, 9 July
Kimi Raikkonen: “Fifth and sixth is not what we want, we are not happy with where we finished today, but this is the best we could achieve. We know our limits on this track and where we struggle, the circuit layout and the conditions don’t make it very easy for us and we are a bit stuck with the things we can do. This afternoon the car felt the best it has been in the whole weekend, but obviously we were not fast enough. In Q2 I made it very difficult for myself, I spun at the start of my run with the first new set, and then locked the front wheel on the next one. At my last attempt I was able to make it through to Q3, but these things shouldn’t happen. Race conditions are always different and can change a lot here, usually we are stronger in the race and hopefully tomorrow will be the same. We’ll try to make a good start, make the tires work and take the right decisions”.
Sebastian Vettel“I’m not happy with my lap, the car was better than this morning. I was in a very good lap but I lost the car at Stowe in the first run, trying a bit too hard, then in the second one I went wide in Turn 1 and lost the car from there. On this track it seems we are a bit behind, I think we have done good steps in the past, but probably not enough, also compared to other people, so I think there’s a lot of catching up for us to do. We need to make the car quicker, to put more downforce in it, make it more efficient at the same time, and add a bit of power. Replacing the gearbox is something we have to accept, and we did accept it going into the session. It’s not something that is in your head when you start a race, I look forward for a good one tomorrow, the pace is there, we don’t belong where we start the race, and that’s why I’m quite sure we can make good progress. I hope for a good start, a good first lap and then we’ll see. Maybe we’ll have some rain, anyway we need to keep our head down, keep calm and just go racing and enjoy”.
British GP – Fifth and sixth for the Scuderia
Raikkonen one place ahead of Vettel in qualifying
Silverstone, 9 July – In the final qualifying shoot-out for the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone circuit, Kimi Raikkonen was fifth fastest with a time of 1.30.881, one place ahead of Sebastian Vettel, sixth in 1.31.490. However, Vettel must take a five place penalty following a gearbox change and will therefore start from eleventh on the grid. Starting from pole will be Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes, having set a best time of 1.29.287.
British GP – Saturday free practice, an uncertain outcome
Rain and a red flag cloud the picture
Silverstone, 9 July –The third free practice session at Silverstone got underway on a damp track, with rain having already affected the earlier qualifying session for GP3. Ferrari was fifth on the time sheet courtesy of Sebastian Vettel with a time of 1.32.049, while in the other SF16-H, Kimi Raikkonen did a 1.32.833, which earned him ninth place. Having switched from Intermediate tyres to Mediums, the Ferrari men had to wait a while before using the Softs, because of a red flag after Ericsson crashed his Sauber into the barriers at the exit of Stowe corner. Once the barrier was repaired, Sebastian and Kimi went back out for a qualifying simulation, just as light rain had begun to fall again on some parts of the circuit. Sebastian then aborted his second run. Topping the time sheet was the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.30.904) and Nico Rosberg (1.30.967.)
British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit 8 July
Kimi Raikkonen: I’m really happy for the renewal of my contract, I’m happy to be here now and to stay for next year. It’s nice to know that the team believes in me and I believe in them. Now we can put all the effort in the racing and try to achieve better results. On the track it has been a tricky day, conditions were not very easy, there was quite a lot of wind in some places and this was not helping. We are not very happy of where we finished today, but since this morning we have been improving things. We have been working in the right direction all day and I’m sure we can do even better for tomorrow.
Sebastian Vettel: I think it was a bit of mixed conditions this afternoon: it was quite windy, and at the beginning it was not so good. I believe the long run was sort of OK, but we need to have a look and do some comparisons to know where we are. We know that we have lot of work ahead of us for tomorrow to improve the car but, as a baseline for today, we understood and learned quite a lot of things. As for the Halo device I tested this morning, it has quite a lot of impact in terms of visibility.
British Grand Prix – Race simulation
Long run tests as Seb goes 4th and Kimi 5th
Silverstone, 8 July – Sebastian Vettel was once again fourth in the second free practice session in a time of 1.32.570, followed by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen (1.32.736) in fifth place. In sunny conditions at Silverstone, temperatures were higher than in the morning session, thus asking more from the Hard and Soft tyres used by Kimi and the Medium and Soft chosen by Sebastian. The programme focused on set-up and then, in the second half, on a race simulation. Quickest was the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton (1.31.660,) ahead of the two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo (1.32.051) and Max Verstappen (1.32.286.)
British Grand Prix – Vettel tries the Halo
Ferrari tests the head protector, with drivers 4th and 6th fastest
Silverstone, 8 July –The two Ferraris were fourth and sixth fastest come the end of the first free practice session for the British Grand Prix. This historic round of the calendar is in its 67th year. Strong winds kept the rain away from the track, so the session was run entirely in the dry. The programme involved the usual work to find the set-up best suited to the track, as well as trying some new aerodynamic components. Sebastian Vettel started out on the Hard tyres, before switching to the Softs on his SF16-H. For his installation lap his car was fitted with an updated version of the Halo prototype – the tubular structure designed to improve driver head protection in the cockpit – which had already been tried by Kimi Raikkonen at the Barcelona track during the second winter test. The Finn was sixth fastest in 1.33.039, starting his day on Medium tyres before switching to the Softs, while Vettel did a 1.32.501. Fastest was the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.31.654) and Nico Rosberg (1.31.687.)
Kimi and Ferrari together in 2017
Maranello, July 8 – Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.
Ray-Ban signs a sponsorship agreement with Ferrari
Maranello (Italy), 7 July 2016 – Ferrari N.V. (NYSE/MTA: RACE) announces that Ferrari and Luxottica Group have signed a sponsorship agreement based on which the Ray-Ban brand will appear on the SF16-H Formula One cars, starting from the next Formula One race, the British Grand Prix in Silverstone.
Mr. Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO of Ferrari, commented: “Adding another prestigious brand like Ray-Ban to our livery is very gratifying for Scuderia Ferrari. This new agreement strengthens the ties between Ferrari and Luxottica, two major Italian companies with shared principles and values that are both continuously striving for excellence. I am sure that this new partnership will be satisfactory for both companies and give the team an extra boost to strive for more”.
British Grand Prix – “This is the best team in F1”
Kimi still “happy” with Ferrari at his 100th race in red
“It’s always nice to come back to Silverstone, this place has a lot of history and I enjoy the circuit. The weather can be very tricky but there’s always been very good racing. Our approach to the weekend is the same as any other race, from tomorrow we’ll start to go through our program and see where we are. This is my 100th race with Ferrari, it doesn’t sound like a lot but it’s quite a few years. This is the best team in F1, together we won a title in 2007, we had good years and some difficult ones. I’m really happy to be part of Ferrari, the atmosphere is fantastic, we are always pushing each other forward and hopefully we’ll get the team back where it belongs. It’s still a long season to go, we’ll face every race trying to maximize the result. We’ll see where we end up at the end of the year but I’m sure we can win races this year, we’ll keep fighting until is possible.”
British Grand Prix – “We are on the right track”
Seb says “no point to look back now”
“We still have a lot of races ahead of us and we keep focusing on each one of them, on a race-by-race basis. There is no point now in going into details of what happened last Sunday in Austria, I did not finish the race and that’s it, but up to the point when I had the tyre failure, things weren’t looking bad at all, and with a fresher set of tyres we would have had some good opportunities towards the end of the race. We are not yet where we want to be but we are on the right track. My goal when I arrived in Ferrari was beeing part of the Ferrari team and get back to the top. Now nothing has changed, it’s a great, ambitious target trying to reach it as soon as possible, that’s what we’re trying to do, and I’m convinced that we can get it as the progress we’ve done in the last one and a half year, I think it has been phenomenal.”
“LaFerrari Aperta” – the first photographs of the drop-top LaFerrari
The new limited edition special series to be unveiled at the Paris Show
Order book closes after client preview
Maranello, 5 July 2016 – These are the first photographs of the convertible version of the LaFerrari, the new limited edition special series aimed at clients and collectors that refuse to compromise on the joy of drop-top driving even when at the wheel of a supercar.
The name and technical characteristics of the new car will be announced at the Paris International Motor Show as will the number Ferrari proposes to build. However, all available examples have already been sold after a special preview to clients and the order book is closed.
The new limited edition special series will be available with a carbon-fibre hard top and a soft top. It has the same running gear and performance figures as the original LaFerrari, sporting a 800 cv V12 ICE (with a specific power output of 128 cv/l) coupled with a 120 kW electric motor (163 cv), unleashing 963 cv in total.
Significant and extensive modifications have been made to the chassis with the aim of retaining the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness as the coupé version. The car’s aerodynamics have also been further honed to guarantee the same drag coefficient even without the roof.
British Grand Prix – Where Past meets Present
Kimi, Dave Greenwood and a lot of Silverstone memories
Maranello, July 5th – For its tenth round, the Formula One World Championship will set up camp at Silverstone Circuit. That’s where it all started back in 1950, with the first ever Grand Prix of the series. Over these years, the Northamptonshire track has been changed many times in design and maybe the likes of Kimi Raikkonen and his race engineer, Dave Greenwood, have a penchant for the older layout.
“I prefer the old one, actually” says Kimi. “I think it was better in terms of flowing and more complete, how it was supposed to be and used to be. It is quite fast now with the new layout. There are some slow corners, but the old layout was more flowing, while now the new part doesn’t fit so well. It’s not bad, it allows more overtaking, but if I could chose I would chose the old one. I had quite good races there in the past, I’ve been on the podium a few times. I enjoy the circuit and hopefully we can win again.”
Race Engineer Dave Greenwood, too, has a lot of fond memories of Silverstone: “It was one of the first circuits that I attended as a youngster and spectator. The circuit itself nowadays, it’s obviously changed quite considerably and the addition of the Wellington Straight has obviously lengthened the track, but it still retains quite a lot of its traits in terms of good aero-efficiency, what you need. In recent years we’ve also seen the circuit has become more of a rear-limited circuit than a front-limited, and in general the balance of the wear has been quite consistent across the tires. To that end strategy ends up being quite interesting. The weather of course can also play an interesting part in the strategy and obviously in last year’s race we did see how crucial it was halfway through the race. So, we’ll wait and see what happens this year.”