The Formula 1 Circus has set up its Big Top for the seventeenth round of the season at the all-new Korea International Circuit, in the Jeollanam-do province of South Korea. It is the tenth new track to feature on the Formula 1 calendar since 1999. The setting that tomorrow hosts the first ever Korean Grand Prix is so new, that not all the infrastructure is in place yet as can plainly be seen by the fact that work is still going on today. However, when it comes to the track, that’s a different matter, as it was given the all-clear after a final FIA inspection immediately after the Japanese Grand Prix.
The final layer of asphalt only went down a few days ago, which caused more than a few problems in terms of lack of grip, but from yesterday to today, the situation has improved as the track got rubbered in by the cars.
In fact, grip could play a key role in the opening dash away from the grid in tomorrow’s Grand Prix. Having qualified third fastest today, Fernando will actually start from the clean side of the track. However, after setting the sixth best time, Felipe will have to start from the side which will give less grip. That is something which is important at every circuit, but it is even more vital on a track that is so new it only felt the weight of cars on it for the first time yesterday. So everyone will be keeping a watch out for the first corner and the straight that comes shortly after the start, which is the longest on the calendar: the order at the end of the opening lap could have a few surprises in store. Let’s just hope those surprises are pleasant ones for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.
The characteristics of the tarmac, the challenge of the fast corners, the proximity of the barriers in some sections, the threat of rain: these are all ingredients that could add even more interest to the seventeenth round of the 2010 season, with five drivers still in with a real chance of taking the title.
Vallelunga - The Ferrari Challenge Italia weekend was hosted at the race track near Rome with numerous spectators on a sunny day. On the occasion the Scuderia Ferrari Community had invited some passionate premium users for a day organised by Ferrari, where, amongst other things, the guests could visit the paddock with jewels straight from the dealerships, as well as participate in exclusive activities and follow the races from places, where usually only the staff is allowed.
In the morning they watched the races from the paddock terrace, from where most of the track near Campagnano can be seen. Later on Beppe Schenetti (Italian Challenge Champion in 1999) accompanied our guests as a special guide to visit a box, where a 430 Challenge was set up for race 2, explaining everything regarding the technical characteristics and driving pleasure of this extraordinary 8-cylinder for the track. At the end of the tour Schenetti took each one of the guests on a lap in the 458 Italia, which, as of next year, will start to be raced in the version "Challenge", in the Corse Clienti championship.
During the preparation for race 2 in the Challenge Italia the staff took the guests to the starting grid just before the race, to then follow the early stages from the pit wall just a few centimetres away from the racing cars. The circuit TV room, from where the races are transmitted, with the editor and the involved cameras along the track, hosted the fans from the Community to follow the exciting stages of race 2, where Sauto won the Coppa Shell and Malucelli the Trofeo Pirelli
Here are some statements from the premium users:
Alessandro (ipescatori): today was my birthday and I couldn't have celebrated it any better! The lap on the track with the 458 Italia was so exciting. For years I've dreamt to drive in a Ferrari and then at my "home track" here in Vallelunga. That was such a surprise. The hospitality area, the Ferrari staff, who knew what we needed and explained everything about the competitions, the environment made me feel really good. Well this was a great birthday!
Pierluca (pasini87): The Challenge really impressed me. This is where the people are really in contact with the cars. Formula 1 is really exciting. No doubt about that. But here you can talk to the experts and listen to the engine sounds from close up, experiencing it all so much better. I've got a great passion for engines in general, but the 458 Italia really impressed me: this car flies! You should actually need a special license for it! Thanks to the meeting with Schenetti I could take a close look at this world and I was really surprised by how nice and competent he is. I could really feel the car's downforce and the engine at the highest level on the lap with him.