After the summer break of three weeks we're here at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, one of the legendary tracks in motorsport. Relaxed after the break, but highly concentrated and ready to keep on fighting after the progress made at the end of July at the Hungaroring, we were greeted by Belgium's extremely unstable weather. The rain in the Ardennes set the stage for the days of free practice with a slippery track and temperatures well below the season's average. After the start of the race weekend, which was a little bit uncertain, today's outcome of the qualifying was disappointing: Felipe conquered fourth position, while Alonso will start from eighth. Two positions far from our expectations. Naturally the wet track didn't help our Ferrari 150° Italia, but we're convinced that the positions on the starting grid don't reflect our real potential. Some problems prevented us from completely evaluating the set up for tomorrow's Grand Prix, but we're convinced that we can make our point here in Belgium. The drivers, a little bit disappointed by the qualifying, love to drive on this legendary track and if the weather will give us a little truce they are convinced that they can do it and fight at the top. Tomorrow won't be an easy race, but we can still catch up!
Second and last day for the Ferrari Challenge in Spa-Francorchamps, again with the 458 Challenge in action in the races for the European Championship, together with other racing series of important competitions: the weather was slightly better today and the Scuderia Ferrari Community guests took a walk at the box, discovering the event’s behind-the-scenes, together with the team managers and the protagonists of this important weekend.
Again today the guest’s impressions were positive with a guided tour of the box and the starting grid, while they later watched the race from a privileged position, off-limits for “common” spectators – the TV compound – from where the races are transmitted all over the world.
Christophe - Audrey: "It was a lovely day and well organised. We saw all those wonderful cars on the track. It was great. Being on the starting grid just before the race was really exciting, just like seeing the busy editor during the race. We hope that Fernando will win here at the race in Spa in 20 days."
Pierre: "I again appreciated the warm welcome and the organisation, watching the race from the TV compound, with the speed and emotion of the live transmission. I also loved getting into the car, while they explained the technical details. An experience to be repeated!"
The fifth round of the Ferrari Challenge Europa, together with other competitions for some exciting days, is held on the legendary circuit of Spa this weekend.
The Scuderia Ferrari Community has invited some guests to participate in the activities organised by the staff.
The day included visits to parts usually off limits for the spectators, such as the TV compound, where the races are sent to over 30 TV stations all over the world, the offices with the time-keepers and the race direction, where the decisions regarding the race on the track are taken.
In the afternoon the guests met the Kessel Racing Team, which participates in the Ferrari Challenge Europa. The team manager explained how the box works, spoke about the 458 Challenge, the team and the mechanics, who are working together to guarantee that the drivers have the best possible car available in the race.
Afterwards the Scuderia Ferrari Community made some enthusiastic comments:
Damien: “It was fantastic to see what happens behind the scenes at the races, the infrastructures set up especially for the occasion, the people who are here to manage the race, the people who welcome the guests at this legendary and wonderful circuit. We received some information about the car, how it works and were even close to the mechanics, who work on the cars.”
Pierre: "It’s like a dream being here. Really. I would have never thought that it could be so exciting. The warm-hearted welcome, all the people available to talk with us; I have to say that the atmosphere is much more friendly compared to other sports, like football. It’ the third time for me at a circuit. I’ve been to Monza and Mugello, but here in Spa it’s the first time for me. I’m really happy to make this experience".