Barcelona, 29 February 2012 – The winners of the "Vieni a Barcellona con Scuderia Ferrari Community" Contest arrived yesterday at their hotel and went for some sightseeing in Barcelona. But today was the day when their dream came true: in the morning they arrived at the circuit, where they watched the activities of the Filming day, but had the possibility to participate as protagonists, with a photo session together with Fernando and Felipe. Naturally the meeting with the drivers was extremely exciting and Felipe spoke with them about the preparations the team is carrying out in Barcelona before this season’s first race in Australia while Fernando spent a lot of time with them at the pit lane answering their questions about the new single-seater, the teams’ different strengths at this stage of the season and about the car’s set up. In the morning they watched pit stop simulations, how the staff got ready for the shooting and everything that happened at the box.
In the afternoon they met an engineer from the test team, who explained how the preparations are carried out at this stage and how the team is getting organised, thus concluding a very exciting and unforgettable day.
These are the impressions from today at the track with the team:
Niccolò: "It was an incredible experience. I imagined that it’s a fantastic world, but seeing it with my own eyes it’s even better. Everybody is super professional and they are so open to someone from the outside like us. I want to thank Ferrari for this experience. A great present for my 50th birthday. From tomorrow’s test day I expect to see these great drivers and these amazing cars in action and experience all of it at first hand with Ferrari.”
Franco: "What impressed me the most was how available everybody is; everything is just wonderful and so exciting. I asked Fernando to win the Championship. I know that this is quite a request, but he promised to give it his all!”
Maxim: "It’s the first time for me in Spain and this is my first time at a Formula 1 circuit. It’s really exciting. For me it’s a dream come true and it’s a very important day for me. The sound is just magic. And when I asked Fernando about the Pirelli tyres and he replied as if it was an interview with a journalist I was just blown away by that. I’m the happiest man on earth."
Neil: “It was really impressive how much access the team gave us fans to their life. The drivers were generous and very open. It’s wonderful here and everybody is very available. It’s probably the biggest dream of a Formula 1 fan to stand at the pit wall and listen to the starting engines, especially to a Ferrari engine! It was a fantastic day, just amazing; I came from the USA for this and it was definitely worth the long trip!”
Tomorrow the winners of the Scuderia Ferrari Community Contest will follow the action on the first day of the last test session before the Australian Grand Prix, which will be extremely intense.