Budapest – On the occasion of the extraordinary Challenge event, including all categories, Ferrari.com invited some of the most faithful users of the Scuderia Ferrari Community, the community, which has been uniting Ferrari fans from all over the world since the year 2000: 3 days as very special guests at the paddock with the possibility to meet the drivers, touching and watching the most beautiful and powerful cars from the Prancing Horse.
Six participants were invited to experience this thrilling event: two from Austria and four from Hungary, for this unique moment, while there will be more surprises in the coming days and the possibility to meet Felipe Massa, who’ll be at the Hungaroring this Sunday.
Here are some impressions from our community’s premium users after the first day at the track:
(Zita and Réka) Sitting in a car with Tibor Valint (Ferrari Challenge Europe driver with the Team Warm Up, editor’s note) was absolutely fantastic: we even tried on his helmet and he sat down with us explaining how his F430 Challenge is made, how it’s driven, the secrets of his success as an expert driver. The Hungarian team welcomed us and explained how it works with the transfers, the logistics, the motorhome management and the spare parts. Our curiosities were completely satisfied. After the qualifying they explained how it went and talking with us about the day and the competitors.
(Peter, Susy) The explanation of the diffuser, the weight distribution and the air flow in the 599XX (by Tomas Kemenater, Ferrari Challenge World Champion, editor’s note) was the biggest surprise for me. I wish I’d own one myself one day. It’s a dream car. It was so exciting when I got into the car: I dreamt about something like this for so long and now…. voilà, here I am invited by Ferrari to see and touch my dream! We went to the viewpoint from where you can see the whole area and the villages around Budapest: on the other side we were right on the pitlane, with the F1 Clienti single-seaters driving for a show lap; they passed right below us, cars once driven by Mansell and other famous drivers.
(Peter, Susy) It’s great how the staff takes care if us, taking us to off limit locations, letting us meet the really important people here and the real drivers; we saw the race control centre and then we were right next to the track; in a corner where the cars change the gears and we could see them accelerating… it seems as if nothing was impossible.
(Tamas) We walked all day long, we saw so many things, we spoke to experts, who explained the cars and we could touch them and the engines and the we sat in the cars, wearing the seat belts; and everything in such a great atmosphere.
(Zita) My preferred car is the FXX: in the next days I’ll try to sit in one of them to feel this thrilling emotion.