After two races in the Old World the Formula 1 circus crossed the Atlantic for the first race in North America: Montreal is one of the preferred destinations of F1, thanks to the very special atmosphere here at the track. For the Scuderia it’s even a little bit more special, because the track carries the name of Gilles Villeneuve.
Since the start of the season, we’ve been working hard to make up ground, updating the F2012 race after race. To Canada we came with a new configuration for the exhaust. The qualifying’s result showed that what we’re doing to improve our single-seater is paying off: third position for Fernando and sixth fastest time for Felipe. This is the best result for the team so far this year. The result is even more important considering that what you need on this track are traction and speed, which were our weak points. We’re still not exactly where we want to be, but we’re working hard as usual.
Tomorrow’s race will be uncertain, just like the first six races of this season. The weather forecast says high temperatures and sun for the 70 laps. So we’ll go for the strategy where the tyre wear is the key element for the GP. But let’s not forget that the safety car loves to come out here pretty often.
Despite the thousands of kilometres away from home, from Emilia-Romagna, and the frenetic rhythm of our work, we are still thinking of the people hit by the earthquake back in Italy. Those, who want to help the families of the victims can participate in the charity auction organised by Ferrari (http://store.ferrari.com/auction
), bidding for unique and exclusive items.
Scarperia, 3 June 2012 – This weekend the Mugello track hosted the third round of the Ferrari Challenge Europa, where friends from the Community had been invited to join us today. With the pass they had the possibility to watch the races from the paddock and the terraces above the grandstand, to meet the staff and to have a look at the boxes, where drivers and mechanics work. A Challenge driver was available in the afternoon for a hot lap with a 458 Italia. Later on the guests from the Community watched a Challenge race from behind the scenes at the TV compound TV and met many available and nice members of the staff and the teams.
Daniele: A great day. The lap on the track and the directing were really exciting. I’m usually following the races in TV and I didn’t know what was going on behind the scenes during the live broadcasts. It was really interesting.
Marco: Everything was really nice, also the organisation. I really would have liked it if the lap had been at least half an hour longer… I would have loved to do the race!
Namal: That was a fantastic day for me: the organisation starting with the welcome at the accreditation centre. Everything was new for me, but I felt really well inside the world of Ferrari. The lap on the track was incredible, the car is incredible and Beppe showed me how a proper driver races. The live broadcast was very impressive. What seems like chaos and rush leads to a very nice result.
Marco: The lap on the track was just stunning. I really like the whole organisation. I’ve been with you before, in Fiorano and in Mugello, also with the Community. I hope to come back to the Works one day, I would love that.