1950, British Grand Prix. 2010, Turkish Grand Prix. Sixty uninterrupted years of Formula 1 in which time Scuderia Ferrari has always rallied to the call, fielding its cars on race tracks around the world. Sixty years in which the Maranello team has taken part, putting its name to important pages in the history of this sport, all signed off with an unmatched run of records: 15 drivers titles, 16 constructors, 211 wins, 203 pole positions and 221 fastest race laps.
Tomorrow, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro will reach a landmark total of 800 Grands Prix at the highest level of motor sport. There are various initiatives in place to celebrate this significant moment for our team, and also for Formula 1 itself: a special livery on the F10, quotes from drivers who have played their part in Ferrari’s history, your own memories of exciting moments experienced as Ferrari “tifosi” and the launch of a new Scuderia Ferrari section on the internet (go to formula1.ferrari.com.)
A good result in tomorrow’s race would make the event even more special. Unfortunately, our cars will not be seen at the front end of the grid, when it gets underway. Felipe Massa is eighth and Fernando Alonso only twelfth: the F10 was not quick enough in qualifying trim.
Tomorrow’s race will consist of 58 difficult and taxing laps, although at least the F10 demonstrated in free practice that it has a good pace over a long distance.
Stefano Domenicali pulled no punches: “We have to react,” and that starts tomorrow.