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The Community meets the drivers in Valencia

November 28, 2010 · Posted by Staff
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The Finali Mondiali weekend in Valencia was concluded with an exciting day for the Scuderia Ferrari Community fans, who had been invited to the event. In the late morning, after the intense race and show programme, the exclusive meeting with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa was on the agenda. The two Scuderia drivers dedicated some of their time to sign autographs and answer some questions from the fans, who were excited by the meeting.

In the early afternoon they had the possibility to follow the GT and Formula 1 car show right from the pit wall. One and a half hours of breathtaking cars entering and leaving the pitlane, including the simulation of a Grand Prix by the Formula 1 single-seaters. Immediately afterwards, once they had out on their helmets, the friends from the Community participated in a hot laps session on board of a 458 Italia next to a professional driver for a lap on the track.

Three exciting days in Valencia our friends are never likely to forget.

Jose Luis: The lap on the track was incredible! I am so happy that I had the possibility to get on board of a car with such an incredible performance. I liked the corners more than the straights, and then the driver’s countersteering, he’s great.

Pedro: It was phenomenal seeing the drivers, they approached us, spoke to all us and were really available. Seeing them on telly and here is really completely different. Already when we entered the Scuderia’s area I felt privileged, and then when they came out for us it was almost unreal.

Joan Carlos: The show was so exciting, we were just metres away from the Formula 1 cars, from the pit stop, the F10s’ burn outs on the finishing line. Everything increases the excitement: the noise, the frenetic work by the men around the cars, the smell of the tyres, the petrol. Well, a fascinating world, which today was really close to us.

Giulia: I finally saw the drivers! I came from Italy to see them and I was really excited. Fernando and Felipe spent some time with us for taking photos, talking to us and we could give them our best wishes for the next season.

Giorgio: Today I’ve seen them all: the Chairman, Stefano Domenicali, the drivers, the test drivers, the mechanics, the whole motorsport team. Well, today I personally met my heroes.

Virman: I’ve always been a Ferrari fan and seeing the historical cars from close up, driven by modern drivers, is even more beautiful. This was a unique occasion for me. In my country, a couple of hundreds of kilometres from where I live, Ferrari has made its best impression!
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Just like real mechanics

November 27, 2010 · Posted by Staff
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Valencia – Another intense day for the Scuderia Ferrari Community premium users, invited to Valencia to experience the Finali Mondiali Ferrari celebration. At 9:30am the pit walk, an exceptional stroll where the cars present at the boxes were explained to the guests.

Later on in the morning the group of fans watched race 2 in the Ferrari Challenge Italia - Trofeo Pirelli, where after an exciting race the title went to Stefano Gai, racing in this category for the first season.

Around noon the guests had an extraordinary opportunity: watching the Historic Race, the competition with historical cars, held for the first time here at the Valencia circuit. The guests watched the race from the pitwall, while the cars passed only a couple of metres away from them.

In the afternoon everything was ready for race 2 in the Ferrari Challenge Europa - North America, where our friends had the possibility to go onto the track, having a close look at the 430 Challenge a couple of minutes before the start.

The race was followed by what was probably the most amusing and enjoyable part of the day: a pit stop race, where the team from the Scuderia Ferrari Community changed the tyres of an F10 in an absolutely competitive time…and they gave everything: while changing the tyres, behind the wheel as well as behind the lollipop. Everybody contributed to gain the final prize: a visit at the Works in Maranello. The result will be announced tomorrow.

Giorgio: The day took the right turn when I was at the pitwall taking pictures of the cars passing! That was great!

Joan Carles: I really liked being on the track right before the start of the race. It’s nice to see how the drivers and mechanics get ready, how the drivers are concentrated and experiencing the tension before the race.

Virman: I was really impressed by the F1 Clienti single-seaters; those are the original cars used in races many years ago. That box was pure history!

Pedro: I had so much fun with the pit stop race: it’s really exhausting changing tyres! But it really was like when the driver comes in and you have to give everything so that he can restart as soon as possible.

Giulia: I just arrived from Rome and was immediately part of the team and in the F10’s cockpit! There’s so much noise and hectic life around. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. I can’t wait to meet the drivers.
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Scuderia Ferrari Community at the Finali Mondiali

November 26, 2010 · Posted by Staff
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Valencia - We met the lucky premium users from our Community, who came to Valencia from different parts of Spain and also from Italy, under a clear sky with mild temperatures.

They were ready for the first of the three days of the Finali Mondiali Ferrari, the event concluding the Corse Clienti season with the different drivers in motorsport competitions and the non-competitive participants together on the track.

In the morning the guests were invited to the TV department, where the images from the qualifyings and the races are transmitted to around 40 countries all over the world, where TV specialists and technicians deliver a great show to viewers, based on technology and their capacity of reaction. Later on the guests had an exclusive meeting with Alvaro Barba, winner in the International GT Open Championship with a F430 GT2.

Today eight Community members participated in the Scuderia Ferrari Community activities entering the box of the 599XX and the historical Formula 1 single-seaters.

Giorgio (Milan): I have always been a huge Ferrari fan and to be here is fantastic. I could see the cars of my dreams. The best bit was seeing the historical Formula 1 cars on the pit lane during the clients' show. It was unbelievable!

Jose Carles (Valencia): I come to the Ricardo Tormo circuit quite often, but seeing the Formula 1 cars pass and those fantastic supercars is really exceptional. We met Alvaro Barba, who told us about his work. We're really proud to have a driver from Valencia with such a great career. The Challenge races are really impressive, a challenge right up to the last corner. Seeing them from so close up is a real privilege.

Jose Luis (Madrid): I liked a lot that we could enter the box, walk past the XX and seeing the GT cars from close up, even getting inside them. I admired every car I saw, the 458 Italia, the California, the 612 Scaglietti and the 599 GTB Fiorano.

Pedro (Valencia): This is all completely new, I'm very happy to experience the race track of my home town this way. I can't wait for the other activities tomorrow and on Sunday!
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Ready for the grand finale

November 13, 2010 · Posted by Staff
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The world championship got underway back in March, in Bahrain, with Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro securing an important one-two finish. Eighteen races later, here we are in Abu Dhabi for the grand finale of a hectic season with Fernando Alonso absolutely in the fight for the Drivers’ title.

Considering the sort of form shown by the Red Bulls at this track, third place for Fernando Alonso come the end of qualifying is definitely a great result. Even more so because even if Vettel put his signature down on the pole position placing, the other Red Bull, in the hands of Mark Webber, the biggest threat to the championship aspirations of Fernando and the Scuderia, is only in fifth place. Felipe is actually sixth, having run into so much traffic on his last attempt.

There is no such thing as an easy race and for obvious reasons that really applies to tomorrow’s grand prix. That is not just because of what is at stake, but also because of the unique situations encountered in this race. Much of the race takes place in the day-for-night conditions provided by the host of floodlights, but the Abu Dhabi GP starts at dawn, so the ambient temperature does not really drop much throughout the race, therefore in the early stages of the race, the soft tyres could develop higher levels of degradation than we see at other tracks.

As Stefano Domenicali pointed out after qualifying, “ tomorrow afternoon more than ever, it will be vital to keep a cool head. We have to focus on our own work: if we can put together another perfect day, then we are in with a chance of reaching the target we have fixed for ourselves.”

Alonso is confident and so are we in the team. Every member of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro is ready for the grand finale.
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Keep focussed

November 7, 2010 · Posted by Staff
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Interlagos can always be guaranteed to provide an exciting race weekend, packed full of incidents both positive and negative as this scenario is pretty much part of the furniture at the Carlos Pace circuit. Today’s qualifying was just the latest example in a long line of similar episodes. This time we had a wet track that was drying out with the final top ten shoot-out seeing all the contenders for pole position fitting slick tyres in the closing stages.

For Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the final outcome of this penultimate qualifying session of the season did not match up to expectations, nor to the potential of the F10. Fernando Alonso ended up fifth, after a mistake at Turn 10 on his final run robbed him of what should have been a front row start. Ninth fastest time for Felipe Massa, who was struggling with a lack of grip on the slick tyres in the last moments, when he had hoped to shine in front of his home crowd. Whatever the outcome, the young Nico Hulkenberg deserves recognition for taking his first ever pole at the wheel of his Williams.

Of course there is good cause for regret, but it is also true that they don’t dish out the points until Sunday after the chequered flag has been waved. Indeed, there have been plenty of occasions this year when the outcome of qualifying has been turned on its head come the race. According to the forecast, the rain should stay away tomorrow and given the excellent race pace demonstrated by the F10 here in free practice, there is every reason to believe that a big points haul ought to be on the cards. Staying focussed and doing the best job possible will be the key factors once the lights go out at the start.
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