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Paul Ricard: past and future

May 30, 2008 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Hello to all the friends of the our Community, I’m Max and I’ve been part of the staff at Ferrariworld for a couple of weeks to follow the events and produce interviews at the Challenge circuits; from here I can show you everything what’s going on behind the scenes and tell you about the secrets of this fascinating world. I hope that we’ll talk about many things, which keep your flame for Ferrari burning. At the moment I’m in France at Le Castellet, the high-tech circuit of Paul Ricard.Past and future. These two words immediately came to my mind when I arrived here in the morning at Paul Ricard. This Racing Days weekend has a great schedule: Saturday and Sunday there will be the races of the European Challenge Pirelli Trophy and the Shell Cup, but also the runs of the Italian edition of the same class, plus the races of the Historic Challenge, for the historical cars from Ferrari and Maserati…and the historical Formula One cars, cared for by the F1 Clienti department at Maranello. As you can see there’s a fantastic range from the Prancing Horse with really breathtaking cars from all eras. Walking through the paddock you can see cars such as the incredible 1961 Ferrari 625F1 and when you turn around the corner there are mechanics working on a Ferrari 430. Everything was in place today for a great first day of the race weekend. After a couple of days with heavy rain today it seemed as if the weather was clearing up, although there was just bits of sun peeking through the clouds. The drivers arrived for the first meeting, one of the most important moments to understand everything about the work at the track. Apropos track: the race track of Le Castellet has numerous configurations. For the Racing Days the teams and drivers have to compete against each other on the configuration called 1C-V2, which is 5,842 km long. Drivers, who have already driven on this configuration, told me that this is one with a really high level. We can look out for some exciting races then. Today was the day for Free Practice as far as the Challenge with the 430 was concerned, while the cars of the Historic Challenge had their first official Qualifying session.


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