Budapest, 4 September 2010 - Another intense day for the community's premium users in Hungary. Today started with a F1 Clienti show, which they could admire from a special viewpoint on the hospitality terrace, while they went for a fast lap with a professional driver in a 458 Italia before the lunch break.
In the afternoon the programme proceeded with the races in the European and the Italian Challenge, where the lucky fans were allowed to walk down the pit lane right before the start, meeting the drivers and stepping onto the podium with then after the session. Another special moment during the day was meeting Marc Gene, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's official test driver, who's coaching the F1 Clienti drivers with their historical single-seaters this weekend. Marc, who's always extremely available and enthusiastic, thrilled the fans with stories from his work and his long career
(Zita): I'll never forget the fast lap in the 458 Italia, I enjoyed every single moment, it was fantastic. The driver (Alvaro Barba, FIA GT driver in the 2009 season and LMS driver in 2010) is really good and I had so much fun. I wasn't afraid, but really enthusiastic and so happy!
(Réka): For me meeting Marc was exceptional: he's such a nice person, warm-hearted and nice and although he's really busy, with one client and the next and personally trying out some Formula 1 cars from the past, he spent time with us, signed autographs and shot photos with us. I didn't think that drivers could be so open! Another highlight was the director's room: seeing all the screens with the images from all angles and the director has to put it all live on TV; that was incredible: every replay, every visual is calibrated and there's an incredible rhythm, great tension, really thrilling.
(Peter): I stepped on a real podium! A Challenge Italia driver (Eric Prinoth, winner of race 1 in the Challenge Italia Coppa Shell) even passed me his trophy for some photos! This is such a great atmosphere, everybody is so enthusiastic and loves Ferrari, and they all try to pass this passion on to those who dream at home and are having fun watching the cars on TV and at the dealers. I also went to the starting grid and was allowed to walk along the finishing line. The preparations before the rave are really hectic and there are people defining the last organisational details. This world, seen from inside, is even more passionate.
(Susy): In the beginning it was a little disturbing thinking about a fats lap, but then I loved it! I didn't want to get out of the car, the driver was so good, the whole track seemed so easy to drive. I'm so happy and now I know what it means to own a Ferrari. Peter said the one day he'd like to buy one: who knows, for now I enjoyed this incredible lap and I did something I never thought I would do.
Now everybody is waiting for tomorrow's meeting with Felipe Massa: the Brazilian driver will meet the community's for many photos and autographs for our enthusiastic fans during this weekend organised by Ferrari Corse Clienti.