Malaysian Grand Prix – Sepang, 2 October
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Clearly, this was not the result we had wanted. In a very tactical race like the one we had today, having both cars on track would have been of fundamental importance. So, seeing what had happened to Seb, we planned a very aggressive strategy for Kimi, but then everybody else did the same. It’s a pity that some damage affected Kimi’s performance today: first, a piece of rubber got stuck in the rear wing profiles, causing the wing to stall and then there was the collision with Rosberg which caused further damage to the bodywork. As for Seb’s incident at the start, I talked to him and I’d rather not comment on the stewards’ decisioni.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “Fourth position is not the result we wanted, but today unfortunately we couldn’t get more. Overall the car was not too bad and the handling was quite ok, but the pure lap time was not there. We were missing speed and we never had the chance to challenge the cars in front . When Rosberg passed me I suddenly had to turn right to avoid him: I knew he was going to hit me and we both would have probably been out: my rear floor was damaged because of that and Nico got penalized. After that I did my best to keep the ten seconds gap to him, but unfortunately it was not enough to get a better result. Obviously we want to be higher up, but now we have to take what we get. We’ll try to improve and push forward to make the car faster and be able to challenge the others.”
Sebastian Vettel: “We had a good start, then I was going side by side with Max. We were both battling for position into turn one. Nico in the front was turning in and he obviously decided to pick his line, which is absolutely fair and in his right. At that point with the speed I had I couldn’t slow down anymore and I was also pushed by Max to the right. I did my best under braking but I couldn’t avoid the impact. It was an unfortunate chain reaction which ruined my race and Nico’s one. I can’t do more than apologize to Nico, because the accident had nothing to do with him being in front. I think it was different to the case in Spa with Max and Kimi, as Max and I were trying to fight for turn 1, and Nico was trying to do a different thing ahead. I don’t have to comment on what Max said afterwards.”
Malaysian Grand Prix – Raikkonen fourth in Sepang
Kimi one step away from the podium. Vettel retires
Sepang, 2 October – Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth in the Malaysian Grand Prix this afternoon at the Sepang circuit. Sebastian Vettel’s race was over after only a few hundred metres, having to retire after a collision at the first corner after the start.
Daniel Ricciardo won for Red Bull.
Malaysian Grand Prix – Sepang 1 October
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a pretty smooth running until the last try: then I had some traffic on the out lap and struggled with the tires to make them work in the first two corners, so I ran a bit wide. It was a decent qualifying session but it’s painful when you have such a bad last try. The handling of the car has been pretty ok and I was hoping for a bit more, but tomorrow we’ll try to do better. We don’t know what will happen and obviously we are not in the ideal starting position. The tarmac is new so it’s hard to say where it’s going to go and which tire will be the best, it will be a lot down to the conditions. We have to do our own best and see what that brings in the race.”
Sebastian Vettel: “We expected it to be tight, but we thought that we could have the upper hand in the end. So I am disappointed to see both Red Bulls in front of us, but they were just a bit quicker. There was not a lot missing, but just enough, just over a tenth. We need to have a look into our data and see if we can pick it up later… In the end, we were hoping to be one row higher up, so in second, right behind the Mercedes. But for the race, nervertheless, we should have a good speed: the strategy will also be important tomorrow. There is a bit of room for manoeuvre, as everybody has to use the harder tire, which might make it interesting. And then there is also the fact that we are in Malaysia, so there might be some rain, or just the heat as a factor.”
Malaysian Grand Prix – A Ferrari third row
Vettel qualifies fifth, Raikkonen sixth
Sepang, 1st October – The third row of the grid for tomorrow Malaysian Grand Prix will be an all-Red affair. At the end of today’s qualifying in Sepang. Sebastian Vettel was fifth fastest in 1.33.584, one place ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen who posted a 1.33.632.
Starting from pole will be Lewis Hamilton, fastest in 1.32.850.
Malaysian Grand Prix – Very close times
Just two hundredths between Kimi in 4th and Seb in 5th in FP3
Sepang, 1 October – Come the end of Saturday afternoon’s free practice session here in Sepang, Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest, taking his SF16-H round in a time of 1.35.150, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel one place behind him in 1.35.170. Therefore only two hundredths separate the two Ferrari men, who worked on set-up as well as qualifying simulation towards the end. Both men used one set of Medium tyres, before switching to Softs on a track that is quicker than in the past thanks to various changes made to it. Topping the time sheet was Lewis Hamilton, with a 1.34.434 in the Mercedes.
Malaysian Grand Prix – Sepang, 30 September
Kimi Raikkonen: ”It was not a very smooth day. I did not have a good feeling with the car through the sessions and I’m surprised that the lap time was not too bad, considering the fact that my feelings were far from what I wanted. The new tarmac feels pretty similar, but it’s smoother and there’s a bit more grip. I haven’t seen what the others have done, I was concentrating on our program. Now we need to sit down and go through all things. There’s work to be done, but I’m sure we can improve for tomorrow.”
Sebastian Vettel: ”I think we had a decent day. We were testing quite a few things, and our pace didn’t look too bad, at least from what I was told inside the car. Mercedes looked again very strong today on long and short runs: as for ourselves, we are pretty happy with the shortruns, but I haven’t seen much yet of what the other people did for their long runs. I think we can improve, especially to get the car a little bit more together. I am confident that we can find a bit here and there for tomorrow. Our target is to win and nothing less. At the same time, you need to be awake and realize that we are not strong enough to come here and say we will win: but if there is a chance, by any circumstances, then we need to be right there and take it. The new asphalt seems to be a step forward, the last corner is a bit trickier but, all in all, it is a step forward. I haven’t used the Hard tires in P2, the Soft is the preferred one; now we have to see what strategy we might choose for Sunday.”
Malaysian Grand Prix – Preparation on two fronts
Seb, 3rd and Kimi 4th while alternating between qualifying and race testing
Sepang, 30 September – The Ferraris were yet again third and fourth in the second and last of today’s free practice sessions here at Sepang. Working on the usual preparation for qualifying and the race, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen split the programme, opting to run different tyres to evaluate potential race pace. Vettel went for the Medium and Raikkonen the Hard. Sebastian’s best time set on the Softs was a 1.35.605, with Kimi running the same compound to post a 1.35.842. Ahead of the two SF16-Hs were the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.34.944) and Nico Rosberg (1.35.605).
Malaysian Grand Prix – All compounds on track
Kimi 3rd, Seb 4th using Hard, Medium and Soft in FP1
Sepang, 30 September –After racing at the Singapore street circuit a fortnight ago, the Formula 1 circus is back at a “real” race track in Sepang for the sixteenth round of the World Championship. Come the end of the first free practice session, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were third and fourth fastest for Ferrari with laps in 1.36.315 and 1.36.331 respectively. During the session they used all three compounds brought here by Pirelli, as they worked on evaluating the car’s handling on the newly resurfaced track, where no fewer than nine corners have also been modified in terms of their camber. Both drivers did an installation lap on Hard tyres, before staying in the pits for around 20 minutes, following the fire that flared up on Kevin Magnussen’s Renault. They then went out again for two runs on the Softs, followed by a further two on Mediums to end the session. Topping the time sheet were the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg (1.35.227) and Lewis Hamilton (1.35.721).
Malaysian Grand Prix – “On the way up again”
Seb: positive mood, but many variables with new tarmac
“It was a very good place for us here last year with hot conditions. This year I don’t know if it feels as hot, at least up to now, but it might change. The asphalt is new, it’s a lot darker, which could cause high surface temperatures, a different reaction response of the car with the tires, and so on. So there are lots of variables, we need to get on top of them and hopefully get it right on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. As for the camber changes on the track, I don’t know: there are some places with more camber, looks like in Turn 5 for example. Positive camber is great for speed, but negative camber feels really bad because you just struggle for grip especially in low speed corners, just like the last one.
The last races seems to show that we are on a way up again so in theory the mood is positive, the car is working fine. We have some new bits, hopefully they help us to be even more competitive and then we’ll see. You need to set into the groove. I think there’s always a chance to win, a lot of things can happen on Sunday afternoon and that’s why we’re here, that’s what I feel like when I’m standing on the grid, there’s always a chance to win. We have six races left so our target is to do well and try to win in all of them, which is very ambitious, but we’ll go race by race and see what we can do.”
Malaysian Grand Prix – “We’re stronger in race condition”
Kimi awaiting feedback from Hard tires
“This is one of the few races in which we have to use the Hard tires, but the conditions here are different from some other places where we have used them: it’s very hot and the track has a completely new surface. So it might be that the Hards are the best tires in race conditions and it might be not. From tomorrow we’ll know. It’s hard to know where we are on pure speed, in the last races we have been a little bit behind, but in race conditions we are usually a bit stronger. If we can have a weekend in good form and with no mistakes, we can be up there and give ourselves a good chance to fight at the front. Then, for the end result, we can only do our best. Obviously our aim is to win. Will it be possible? I have no idea. Hopefully we’ll find out that we are in a strong position.”
Malaysian Grand Prix – Red hot tarmac
Seb gives the lowdown on the “hottest” GP of the year
Maranello, 27 September – After fifteen editions held in the “spring”, the Malaysian Grand Prix returns to its original October spot on the calendar, which is when took place on its debut in 1999 and again the following year. Two weeks on from the Singapore Grand Prix and as the first part of a double-header with Japan, the Malaysian race will be held as always at the Sepang International Circuit, one of the most technical tracks on the Formula One calendar. It combines long straights with tight and complex corners and has often been the scene of on-track duels, for which it is well suited. The weather is unpredictable, regularly regaling competitors with torrential downpours, while it is very hot and humid, which makes life tough for the drivers.
“Malaysia is usually the hottest race of the season” explains Sebastian Vettel, on the eve of a race which one year ago delivered his maiden victory with the Scuderia. “ We did very well last year, so we’ll try to repeat what we did. For sure the first win with Ferrari was very emotional and very special. We had a great race and a fun night after that. So, I have good memories and I am looking forward to going back to Malaysia and hit the track. I think it’s very challenging. You have a lot of high-speed corners. It’s very tough on tires because usually it’s so hot. There are chances of rain at some point of the race. There are thunderstorms there nearly every day. It’s not easy to get everything right but if you do it, it feels great. It’s one of those places that challenges you. But if you get on top of it it’s a great feeling that we had last year and obviously the target is to have it again.”
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.”