Second and last day in Mugello for the Challenge Italia. The Community participated again in the activities organised to make their visit as interesting and exciting as possible.
In the morning race 1 in the Challenge was held and watched by our guests. Later on they went to visit the box of Motor Piacenza with explanations by the team. At 12:30 pm the "Emozioni in pista" session started on the track: two guests from the Scuderia Ferrari Community got on board of the Safety Car for a lap on the track. An exciting moment for the participants, who had never been at the Mugello circuit before. At 2:45pm race 2 of the Ferrari Challenge was started with thrilling moments. The guests watched the race from the TV compound, from where the race is broadcasted live.
Here are some statements from our guests at the end of the day:
Giuseppe: I’m so happy today after the lap on the track. It was great to be in such a performing Ferrari (599 GTB Fiorano). I also liked the work at the TV compound, because at home everything seems so easy, but in reality it’s really difficult.
Nicola: The track was just great. It was a fantastic experience and I’m so happy that I had the possibility to participate in this event with my son, who loved it so much and now wants to repeat this weekend when he’s a little bit older.
The next Community event will be held in Vallelunga on the weekend of 9 October for the penultimate round of the Ferrari Challenge Italia with the 458 Challenge on the track.
A two-week break and here we are again on the track, this time at the Marina Bay city circuit, which is definitely one of the most fascinating tracks on the Formula 1 calendar. Singapore is always a very special place with a unique atmosphere, generating high adrenaline levels not just for the drivers, but also for all of us from the team. The weather is always an unknown factor here and the fact that the race is held at night is just one more obstacle, because with the artificial lighting visibility is obviously very different compared to the other tracks and the drivers have to adapt best possible with Sunday’s race in sight. The atmosphere inside the team is very good, because after Alonso’s place on the podium in Monza we’ve introduced some further modifications during the break and now we hope that we can show some important progress tomorrow. The positions gained in today’s qualifying – with Alonso fifth and Massa sixth – naturally don’t completely satisfy us. The competition is always extremely fierce, but we’re convinced that we can have our say during the Grand Prix. Let’s hope that the tyres brought here to Singapore and the enormous concentration of our drivers during these days will help, too. These are the key elements to tackle this difficult circuit, with insidious parts just around the corner. Recently the track has been slightly modified and in some sections the safety barriers are right next to the track. We’re extremely optimistic regarding our potential and we’re convinced that we can play an important role in tomorrow’s race right from the start to the chequered flag.
On the race weekend of the Ferrari Challenge Italia in Mugello the guests, Scuderia Ferrari Community premium users invited to the track, arrived today to follow some tests and visit the pit lane with a guided tour of the box with a professional driver. After lunch at the hospitality area two guests had the possibility to get on board of the Safety Car for a lap on the track and were extremely enthusiastic about it.
In the afternoon the guests followed the qualifying sessions for the Ferrari Challenge Italia for the start into tomorrows races, which they will watch from the grandstand and the terraces here at the Mugello circuit.
The guests will be back tomorrow for another exciting day here at the wonderful Tuscan race track.
Here are the comments of our guests at the end of the day: Marco: "the lap on the track was the most exciting moment. It was the first time for me on a track ...and doing it in a Ferrari was the best possible way! The atmosphere at the races is very nice. I've never been to a box, but now I'm even more curious."
Simone: "a unique experience. Spectacular. If I can I will definitely do it again. I want to thank the Ferrari Staff for this opportunity. It was a fantastic day and the group from the Community was great."
Giuseppe: "being at the box was great. Understanding how things work, the car. It's really interesting. I really want to do that again. I'm signing up for the Finali Mondiali here in Mugello!"
Nicola: "this has to be repeated, definitely. The hospitality is wonderful and also how we were welcomed. Everything was so well organised and done."
There is no race more important than the other. Having said that, in sports, playing at home, has always a certain special kick to it. Even more so in Formula 1, where the whole Circus travels all over the world from March to November and the home race for the Scuderia is Monza, one of the Championship’s legendary circuits. The entire Scuderia Ferrari feels this Grand Prix in a very special way. A GP where the fans’ enthusiasm can be felt as soon as one gets close to the track’s gates and literally explodes on the grandstands, pushing every single member of our Team to give it one’s all.
You can bet on it, that even if Fernando starts from fourth and Felipe from sixth position into this 13th round of the Championship, the Team has worked extremely hard to reach this result, with continuous improvements during every single session.
Maybe someone who saw today’s qualifying from the grandstand feels a little bit disappointed, but the starting grid reflects the relative strength on the track. We don’t have the best possible single-seater in the field, which doesn’t mean that won’t give it our all tomorrow with everything we have available in a race, which will be a big attack.
What will the race be like? Fighting for the win will be extremely difficult, although we’ve had some nice surprises so far this season at almost every race. One of the key elements will be to choose the right moment to come in to the box to put on fresh tyres. Considering that the 150° Italia is softer on the tyres compared to its competitors, this could be an advantage in a race held over 53 laps – especially with high temperatures.
The goal of Fernando, Felipe and the entire Team at tomorrow’s Grand Prix is simple: reward the fans for their great enthusiasm with a good result.
Spielberg, 04 September 2011 - Today was the last day at the Austrian race track of Spielberg for the Ferrari Racing Days with a participation of the Community's users, who had started their adventure here yesterday together with the Ferrari staff and the numerous activities here at the track.
This morning the participants went for a guided tour of the box with the cars started in the Challenge with technical explanations and a glimpse behind the scenes of the Italian and European racing series. Later on they visited the paddock, while the most exciting moment was the show by the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro with Marc Gene behind the wheels.
Here are some comments from our friends from the Community:
Thomas Lenitz: "This wonderful day started with the XX Programme, followed by an explanation of the Challenge by an exceptional teacher, the test driver we saw yesterday for the hot laps. He told us everything about the cars, the set ups and the behind-the-scenes. We also saw the F1 Clienti teams with their wonderful cars...today's best thing was the Formula 1 show with Marc Gené. I will always remember these two days, incredible activities and emotions! Thank you so much Scuderia Ferrari Community, thank you that you let me be here."
Kurt Peter Jermann: "It was so exciting seeing the Formula 1 show and the cars from the past, from Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa for example. I'm really proud to be a guest of Ferrari and therefore a small part of the Ferrari family. I'm a collector of Ferrari models and I have around 700 of them. I have them in a private museum at home. I'm also collecting patches and everything related to Ferrari - watches, necklaces, shades, pendants, small leather goods. Thank you so much!"
Spielberg, 03 September 2011 - This weekend the Austrian race track of Spielberg is hosting the Ferrari Racing Days, delivering loads of red passion on a track where in the past many exciting Formula 1 races were held. Also here in Spielberg the Scuderia Ferrari Community had invited some of the Premium Users to be part of the two most important days of this event, Saturday and Sunday. Today the Ferrari fans watched race 1 of the Ferrari Challenge Italia from the TV compound, followed by laps on the track, which was a unique moment for the users: on board of a 458 Italia for a lap next to a professional test driver. Later on the enthusiastic participants had the possibility of a pit walk tour at the box and along the pit lane.
Here are some comments from the participants, who can't wait to be back tomorrow:
Thomas Lenitz: this was a fantastic day, we saw so many cars and we could live and feel the Ferrari spirit. We saw a lot from the teams, the TV compound, the walk through the box...but the best moment of the day was the hot lap with the 458 Italia, an unforgettable moment.
Philipp Alexander Elbl: fantastic, a great day, this place is wonderful. What more could you ask for: wonderful weather and so many Ferraris around! A big hello to all Ferrari fans.
Kurt Peter Jermann: a wonderful day, perfect organisation, the people from Ferrari were always really friendly and available to answer all of our questions.
We'll be back tomorrow again here at the Spielberg circuit!