FIA Formula One World Championship 2013 - Round 15 - Grand Prix of Japan - Felipe Massa - Ferrari F138 - S/N 298 / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Circuit Suzuka
Date 05.10.2014
Laps 53
Distance 307,471 km / 191,094 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
7 Kimi Raikkonen F14 T Scuderia Ferrari .
           
14 Fernando Alonso F14 T Scuderia Ferrari .

 

Kimi’s thoughts on Suzuka

Posted: 01.10.2014
Source: Ferrari

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Maranello, 1 October – Kimi Raikkonen was in buoyant mood after the Singapore Grand Prix. The Scuderia Ferrari man’s good humour was down to the fact he felt he had made a significant step forward in getting his F14 T to behave the way he likes his racing cars to feel. “In Singapore, we finally had the speed to put together a quick single flying lap in qualifying, as the car behaved the way I’d been hoping for,” the Finn told www.ferrari.com. “It was just a shame we could not maximise the performance of the car because of a minor issue before the last flying lap. It meant we could not do much in the race, as I was stuck in traffic and couldn’t exploit my pace. But for me, the positive thing that weekend was I finally had a good feeling from the car, something I had been waiting for a long time this year.”
After the streets of Singapore, the Formula 1 circus heads for one of the classic venues and you don’t need to know much about Kimi Raikkonen to realise that Suzuka is just the sort of track he loves. “It’s a high power circuit, but also technically very challenging,” continues the Ferrari man. “So we are looking forward to see how our car goes there compared to the front running teams. I like Suzuka a lot. It’s an old-school type of racing circuit, the sort that always gives me the best feeling. I’d have to say my favourite is Spa-Francorchamps, but Suzuka comes very near in my ranking.”
The Finn has mainly positive memories of his nine appearances at Suzuka (the Japanese GP took place in Fuji in 2007 and ’08 and Kimi had his two year F1 sabbatical in 2010 and ’11.) “Apart from my first ever time in Japan and Suzuka, when I was driving for Sauber and had to retire after crashing with Alesi, I have finished every single race in Japan and I have got some really good results, as well. Winning the 2005 race was one of my best ever drives.”
Raikkonen has a huge fan base in Japan, something the Ferrari man really appreciates. “Driving the Suzuka track is one of the highlights of the season. And I also like meeting the fans there: they are very passionate and they always support you, no matter how the season has gone up to that point.” Apart from hopes of a good result for himself, Raikkonen knows how important the remaining races are for the Scuderia. “We need a good result in our fight for third place in the constructors’ championship. Let’s hope we get a nice clean weekend. That would help to keep the good feeling we so much want to maximise in Suzuka.”

 

Japanese GP – Allison: “To learn what lessons we can”

Posted: 30.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

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It’s in Asia, it’s name starts with an “S,” and it also boasts a Big Wheel overlooking the track, but that’s where the similarities between Formula 1’s last appointment in Singapore and its next one in Suzuka begin and end.

While Singapore is a tricky, twisty street circuit, Suzuka is one of the finest examples of a true road course, with fast flowing turns, mixed in with a few idiosyncratic corners like the never-ending hairpin and the final chicane. “In Singapore, I think Mercedes probably had a bit more pace in hand, so that brought the front of the grid a bit closer together than normal,” says Scuderia Ferrari’s Technical Director, James Allison. “Also, it’s a track where the engine has a smaller effect compared with nearly all of the other tracks this year, so that provided another opportunity for the field to close up a bit. And finally, the nature of the corners at Singapore are also sensitive to the amount of mechanical grip that you can get from your package. That’s certainly an area where Ferrari has been working recently and it allowed us to have a rather better weekend.”

In another words, Japan is likely to be a more probing test for the F14 T. “Suzuka is a track where the importance of having horsepower is just a little bit less than the average for the year, so while power is not super important here, it’s not unimportant either,” continues Allison. “But it’s a track where a good handling chassis with a high amount of downforce is rewarded very strongly. Cars which score well on both those points will of course be right up at the front. But it gives some space to prosper to a car which is sweet handling and reasonable on downforce. Suzuka is one of the all-time great circuits, with some of the most challenging corners, one of the biggest tests of the car in the whole year, because it doesn’t just ask of the car that it can go well in the fast “S” complex in the first sector of the track, but there are also slow corners, long straights and all manner of ways to reveal the weakness of either the car or the driver. A team that comes back from Suzuka having done well knows that they are a good team with a strong package.” Tyre management will also play a key role as usual: because of the abrasive nature of the track surface, the long corners and the many rapid changes of direction, which generate a lot of lateral energy, Pirelli will be bringing its hardest compounds, the Hard and the Medium. Although not a deal breaker, the F14 T usually performs best on softer rubber.

As to the Scuderia’s goals for this weekend, our Technical Director reckons they are twofold. “We left Singapore with some satisfaction that areas we’d been working on the car, to improve its mechanical grip for example, appear to be paying off for us,” concludes the Englishman. “So we go to Suzuka and the remaining races determined to close the gap to Williams and then try and actually pull ahead of them, with the aim of securing a third place in the championship. We also plan to learn what lessons we can during the remainder of this season, to help guide us for the following year.”

 

Battle in the land of the Rising Sun

Posted: 29.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

FIA Formula One World Championship 2013 - Round 15 - Grand Prix of Japan - Felipe Massa - Ferrari F138 - S/N 298 / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Maranello, 29 September – This Sunday’s race will be the thirtieth Japanese Grand Prix. It has only been held at two circuits, at Fuji four times and Suzuka on 25 occasions. Ferrari has come out on top seven times, making for a 24% hit rate.

Starting on the wrong foot. Formula 1 made its Japanese debut in 1976 as the final race and it produced the key moment of the season. Niki Lauda had returned to racing in record time following his terrible accident at the Nurburgring and the Austrian had a three point lead over McLaren’s James Hunt. On the day of the race, a terrible downpour hit the Fuji track and Lauda chose to pull out after just two laps. Hunt had nothing to lose and carried on, eventually coming home third, which was good enough to give him the title by a single point.

The famous figure of eight. After one more race at Fuji, Japan dropped off the Formula 1 radar. Only in 1987, on the back of Honda’s success, did the Circus return to the Land of the Rising Sun, at the Suzuka track, owned by the Japanese car manufacturer, which boasted a famous figure-of-eight layout. The first race at its new home proved propitious for Ferrari, with Gerhard Berger taking the win in the F1-87.
The Senna-Prost era. For the next few years, Suzuka became one of the focal points of the title fight, with the battle featuring the same two protagonists, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. In 1988, Senna had a terrible getaway off the line, but then caught up with his French team-mate and passed him to take his first title. The following year, the two McLaren drivers collided at the final chicane and this time, the title went to Prost. Now, the differences between the two men were irreconcilable and Prost moved to Ferrari for 1990. There was a season-long entertaining head to head between the two archrivals, who arrived in Suzuka with the Brazilian enjoying a slight lead in the points. In order to keep his championship chances alive, Prost had to finish ahead of Senna, who had secured pole. At the start, the Frenchman got away first, but the Brazilian speared into Prost at the first corner, in revenge for the year before, much to the annoyance of the Ferrari fans.

Red dawn after the disappointments. At the end of the Nineties, the Scuderia was a contender once again in Suzuka, mainly due to the efforts of Michael Schumacher. In 1997, Jacques Villeneuve was disqualified, while Michael won, to go into the lead of the Championship, although it slipped from his grasp in the final race at Jerez. In 1998 and ’99 came two more disappointments for the Maranello team. In the former, Schumacher had to make up four points on Finland’s Mika Hakkinen in the McLaren. Michael took pole, but stalled the engine on the grid and had to start from the back. He fought his way up to third, but on lap 31, a tyre blew up, putting an end to his chase. The following year, it was Eddie Irvine who was in the hunt for the title, but again it went to Hakkinen. However, Ferrari was able to celebrate taking the Constructors’ title, its first since 1983. However, Scuderia Ferrari’s day of glory at Suzuka would come. On 8th October 2000, the Drivers’ title jinx, which dated back to 1979, was finally broken. It was down to Michael Schumacher who was crowned with one race to go. From then on, Suzuka was painted red: Michael and the Scuderia won in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and the title was also assigned in 2003, when the victory went to Rubens Barrichello.

Up to date. The Suzuka idyll ended in 2006, when Schumacher had just passed Fernando Alonso’s Renault to take the lead. The two men had arrived in Japan equal on points, with two races remaining. Unfortunately, the first engine failure since 2000 let the German down and hopes of an eighth title went with it. Suzuka had further disappointment in store for the Scuderia in 2012, when Fernando Alonso collided with Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus and had to retire. Vettel won, to reignite his title charge on the Ferrari man. Both current Scuderia drivers have won in Japan: Fernando in 2006 and 2008 and Kimi in 2005, when he staged a remarkable fight up the order from 17th on the grid.

 

Ferrari 458 Speciale A: a new record-breaking spider

Posted: 25.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

458 Speciale A / Copyright: Ferrari

cars to celebrate our most successful, award-winning 8-cylinder model

Maranello, 25th September 2014 – Ferrari is pleased to announce the Paris Motor Show world debut of the 458 Speciale A (A as in Aperta). The new limited edition special series is a celebration of the dazzling success of the various versions of the 458, a model that has collected an array of international motoring media awards and track victories, not least a double WEC title and category wins in classic endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, the 458 Speciale A is the most powerful spider in Prancing Horse history, effortlessly marrying extreme performance with the sublime pleasure of drop-top driving. Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes a mere 14 seconds to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg.

The 458 Speciale A sports the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 engine ever built by Ferrari. It punches out a massive 605 cv (135 cv/l specific power output) and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm yet only generates 275 g/km of CO2 emissions. The three international Best Performance Engine awards the V8 has won are acknowledged on a special plaque in the cockpit.

The new car sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds and has a Fiorano lap time of 1’23”5. These superb results are thanks in great part to its front and rear active aerodynamics, the rigidity of a chassis that incorporates 10 aluminium alloys, and Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) which guarantees unparalleled sporty driving in all conditions, underscored by the seductively exhilarating signature Ferrari soundtrack.

As is the case with all Prancing Horse cars, the 458 Speciale A’s sculpted forms are absolutely performance-oriented. In fact, a series of innovative and original bodywork solutions has made the 458 Speciale A the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever.

The 458 Speciale A is being premiered in a unique triple-layer yellow livery with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe as well as five-spoke forged wheels in Grigio Corsa. The cockpit has a distinctive racing-inspired look: lightweight yet exclusive materials have been adopted throughout and, of course, crafted with Ferrari’s signature artisanal sophistication. This is particularly true of the finish of the dash, the moulded door panels and central tunnel in an exclusive blue carbon-fibre (also used for the treadplates) as well as the newly-designed seats in Alcantara© with contrasting stitching and 3D technical fabric.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION SUMMARY

Engine

Type V8 – 90°

Total displacement 4497 cc

Max. power output 605 cv at 9000 rpm

Maximum torque 540 Nm at 6000 rpm

Weight

Dry weight 1340 kg

Weight-power ratio 2.21 kg/cv

Performance

0 – 100 km/h 3.0”

0 – 200 km/h 9.5”

Fiorano lap time 1’23”5

Emissions (ECE + EUDC combined cycle) CO2 emissions** 275 gr/km

**with HELE System

 

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Circuit Marina Bay Street Circuit – Singapore
Date 21.09.2014
Laps 61
Distance 308,328 km / 191,627 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
7 Kimi Raikkonen F14 T 308 Scuderia Ferrari 8.
           
14 Fernando Alonso F14 T 307 Scuderia Ferrari 4.

 

Singapore GP – A missed opportunity

Posted: 21.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

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Marco Mattiacci: “Today’s race could have delivered us a better result, because thanks to a quick response from the team after the disappointing outcome of the Grand Prix in Monza, we were competitive all weekend long. Our pace was good and thanks to the strategy, with Fernando we managed to run second, but it later slipped from our grasp during the course of the race. Kimi was held up by traffic and slowed with tyre degradation and, although he got a good start, he was unable to retake the places he had made up. The variable of the Safety Car altered our strategy projections, affecting the outcome of the race. Nevertheless, I firmly believe that the only strategy for winning is to be able to count on a competitive car. Now we leave Singapore having shown signs of progress: on this front, Suzuka will provide a very interesting test bench, because it will allow us to go deeper into our development work in areas in which we want to improve.”

Fernando Alonso: “With hindsight, it’s easy to ask oneself how things would have gone if I hadn’t made a mistake at the start and the Safety Car hadn’t come out when it did, but overall I’m pleased with this weekend, because we were competitive and were able to fight with the front runners. Sometimes, a Safety Car can help but I think that today on this front, we were a bit unlucky, because at that moment, we were trying to make sure of second place and our strategy was good. We didn’t have much of an alternative, because if we had stayed out, the probability was that the stop for the Softs would have cost us more places. Even if in the end, I wasn’t able to get past, the fact we were competitive right to the finish confirms we have made a step forward. Now, in Suzuka, a real circuit, we will have a clearer picture of where we are.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today’s race was really frustrating, because despite the fact we were quick, we weren’t able to finish where we wanted. My start was good, I moved up a few places and everything was working perfectly. After the first stop, I lost a place to Felipe and from then on, I found myself stuck behind a Williams for the entire race. Unfortunately, every time I managed to get close, I lost aero performance on the rear and on top of that, tyre degradation was very high. It’s a real shame I was never able to run my race, even if we already knew that straightline speed is our opponents’ strong point. I’m not happy with eighth place, but on the positive side, we have seen improvements this weekend. I’m sure that if, from now on, we don’t have problems, things will go better.”

Pat Fry: “Here in Singapore, the performance of the two F14 Ts was a pleasant surprise, as we have never been as close to the front runners this season. The technical characteristics of the track, our development work, the talent of our drivers and the way our car worked on the softer tyres are just some of the elements that explain our good form this weekend. While very encouraging, it was still not enough to achieve the team’s objectives and it was a real shame to see second place slip from our grasp with Fernando because of the Safety Car. Unfortunately, with Kimi we didn’t manage to get the most out of the car: he had the potential to get a better result, if hadn’t been for Massa undercutting him and then, even though he was on fresher tyres, he did not have the top speed to pass Bottas on the straight. Like Monaco, this is a track where it’s hard to overtake and the arrival of the Safety Car can jumble up the order. Now, in Suzuka, we will have another opportunity and once again, we will try and fight the Red Bulls and especially the Williams in the Constructors’ Championship.”

Race
Pos. Time Gap Laps FL L
ALONSO 4th 2:00:20.184 + 15.389 61 1.52.115 27
Pit-stop 1st stop Lap 12 Old Supersoft
2nd stop Lap 24 Old Supersoft
3rd stop Lap 31 New Soft
RAIKKONEN 8th 2:01:05.436 + 60.641 617..111 1.52.872 28
Pit-stop 1st stop Lap 11 Old Supersoft
2nd stop Lap 25 Old Supersoft
3rd stop Lap 31 New Soft
Weather: air 30/31 °C, track 37/38 °C. Clear skies

 

Singapore GP – Night and Day

Posted: 21.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

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Singapore, 21 September – Having run competitively all weekend from the very first practice session on Friday, Scuderia Ferrari ended the fourteenth round of the World Championship with Fernando Alonso taking the chequered flag in fourth place and Kimi Raikkonen crossing the line eighth.

It’s fair to say therefore that the result of a long hot night in the tropics did not live up to expectations for the Prancing Horse team. However, in performance terms, one could say that the difference between our Marina Bay showing and that of Monza two weeks ago is the difference between night and day.

As the camera flashlights popped in the grandstands when the red lights went out, Fernando produced one of his trademark starts, his F14 T rocketing from his customary fifth on the grid to second behind Lewis Hamilton. Admittedly he was helped in this by the fact that the Englishman’s Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg left a hole on the front row as he had to start from pit lane. The German retired after a few laps, thus handing the title lead back to race winner Hamilton.

Fernando unfortunately outbraked himself at the first corner, which allowed Sebastian Vettel, who had got past Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at the start, back into second place. From then on, Fernando’s competitive pace saw him in permanent contact with the leaders and on lap 24 when he made his second pit stop, he managed to get the jump on Vettel, undercutting the German to lie second behind the untroubled Hamilton.

But then the Safety Car, a fickle beast that can be your friend or your enemy, dashed the Spaniards hopes. It came out on lap 31, after the front wing of Perez’ Force India shattered, sending debris flying everywhere. The Ferrari strategists reacted, bringing both its drivers in for a final pit stop, leaving them 30 laps to run to the flag on new Soft tyres. However, the two Red Bulls gambled on staying out and ran very long to the flag, proving impossible to pass, thus leaving Fernando unable to exploit his new tyres and making fourth his best possible finish. Kimi had a tougher time, with traffic, usually in the shape of a faster Williams and also suffered with high degradation, eventually having to settle for eighth.

So there was plenty of tension to keep the crowd enthralled, even if the final order of the top four was the same one as at the end of the opening lap, Hamilton in the Mercedes, Vettel and Ricciardo in the Red Bulls and Alonso fourth for Ferrari. In between the Spaniard and his Finnish team-mate, were Massa for Williams, Vergne an impressive sixth for Toro Rosso and Sergio Perez seventh for Force India.

However, the encouraging message for the Scuderia and its fans is that the general pace of the F14 T was much better than in past races and now we head to one of the great challenges on the calendar, the splendid Suzuka circuit and a very different type of a track to this one.

 

Singapore GP – Fourth and eighth places for Scuderia Ferrari

Posted: 21.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

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Singapore, 21 September – Fernando Alonso finished just off the podium in fourth place after a great battle with the two Red Bull drivers, while his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished eighth, losing two places on the last two laps having to deal with seriously worn out tyres.

There was drama before the start, as Nico Rosberg failed to get off the grid on the formation lap and had to start from pit lane. When the lights went out, Alonso got away very well, going second in the first corner. However, the Spaniard overshot as the track went left and therefore had to cede the place to Sebastian Vettel.

Before half-distance, Fernando’s situation improved as he moved up to second behind Hamilton, the clear leader. However, after a collision between Sergio Perez and Adrian Sutil brought out the Safety Car, this worked against the two Ferraris, who unlike the Red Bulls, were still on the Supersofts and had to bring forward their stops to make the most of the situation.

For the final 24 laps, Fernando found himself between Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, with no way of getting past them. Further back, Raikkonen moved up to sixth before being overtaking by Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) and Sergio Perez (Force India) who were on fresher tyres. The Finn therefore came home eighth. Lewis Hamilton took the 29th win of his career and thus moves into a 3 point lead over Nico Rosberg. The next race is in Japan in a fortnight’s time.

 

Singapore GP – The closest yet

Posted: 20.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

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Fernando Alonso: “If you had told me yesterday that we would still be competitive in qualifying, probably I wouldn’t have believed it. And in fact this fifth place is a bit different to usual, because the gap to pole is really small. This weekend, I’ve felt comfortable right from the first session and probably much of that is down to the characteristics of the track. It’s impossible to compare it to other races, because this one and Monaco are a law unto themselves. But definitely, we have made a step forward since the start of the season and I’m sure the car will continue to improve right the way to the end. Tomorrow’s race will be long and very demanding from a mechanical point of view. Reliability will play a key role as will tyre management, which could make a big difference.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “I’m very happy with the handling of my car. Yesterday, we made some changes to the set-up and in qualifying, I finally managed to drive the way I wanted. Unfortunately, in Q3, on my final run on new Supersoft tyres, a problem forced me to pit. It’s a real shame as I felt comfortable in the car and we had the potential to get a good result. Now I want to feel confident for the race and I hope the team manages to solve the problem without too much difficulty. Tomorrow, we will do our best to bring home as many points as possible, aware that we are going in the right direction.”

Pat Fry: “This was undoubtedly one of the closest qualifying sessions of the season, with the top six cars all within just over three tenths of one another. On this track, a good set-up and a high level of aerodynamic downforce makes the difference and at every corner you can gain or lose a lot of time. And, as is the case at all street circuits, the abilities of the drivers comes to the fore. I would like to be commenting on a better result, because both Kimi and Fernando didn’t make any mistakes. Kimi was comfortable with the car all weekend and we are sorry that he had a software problem on his final Q3 run, because he could definitely have got a better result. This incident confirms just how important is reliability, especially at this point in the season. Fernando showed what he can do on this track and it’s always a pleasure to see him at work. Like Kimi, he improved in every session, getting the most out of the package he had. In free practice, we saw a significant performance difference between the two Pirelli compounds and I’m sure that will make the race particularly absorbing. At this point of the season, reliability plays a key role and here in Singapore, an appearance from the Safety Car is almost guaranteed. Therefore we will have to keep an eye on all the variables in play and try and bring home as many points as possible for the team.”

  ALONSO – Chassis 307 RAIKKONEN – Chassis 308

Q1

P2

1:46.889

New Soft – 4 lapsNew Supersoft – 3 laps P1

1:46.685

New Soft – 4 lapsNew Supersoft – 3 laps

Q2

P3

1:46.328

New Supersoft – 3 laps

P4

1:46.359

New Supersoft – 3 laps

Q3

P5

1:45.907

New Supersoft – 3 lapsNew Supersoft – 3 laps

P7

1:46.170

New Supersoft – 3 laps

New Supersoft – 1 lap

Weather: 28 °C, track 34 °C. Clear skies

 

Singapore GP – Better than it looks

Posted: 20.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

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Singapore, 20 September – Alonso fifth and Raikkonen seventh sounds like the norm this season, but it hides the fact this afternoon’s qualifying was exciting for everyone and one with several positives for Scuderia Ferrari.

There were moments during the 240 total minutes of free practice here in Singapore, when it looked as though the 2014 season’s established order of things might be upset this weekend, with Fernando Alonso putting his F14 T at the top of the time sheet in two of the three sessions, while his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was quickest come the end of the first 18 minutes of this evening’s qualifying around the Marina Bay street circuit.

However, there was always a suggestion that the usual front-runners were sandbagging, holding something back for when it mattered and so it proved.

When the final chequered flag was waved, at the end of what was the most exciting qualifying of the year, Fernando Alonso found himself fifth on the grid. As he said himself after the session, “we are always around fifth.” But he was pleased with what was in many ways the best qualifying session of the year for the Prancing Horse, as his time was only two tenths off the pole man’s. That honour, for the sixth time this year went to Lewis Hamilton, who beat his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by just seven thousandths of a second. That makes it the most closely contested pole since Sebastian Vettel beat our own Fernando Alonso by just two thousandths to take pole in the 2010 German Grand Prix.

Separating the silver arrows from the Spaniard’s F14 T today and occupying the second row of the grid for tomorrow’s fourteenth round of the season are the two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo in third and Sebastian Vettel in fourth.

The team that appeared to have underperformed slightly today was Williams, with Felipe Massa lining up sixth alongside Fernando tomorrow. He finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who had to abort his second run because of a technical problem: a great shame as the Finn has been in great shape all weekend, which we hope will see him fight his way up the order tomorrow.

The big difference in lap times between the Soft and Supersoft Pirellis means the general expectation has switched from a two to a three stop race for tomorrow, with the Option tyre expected to be used the most. It will make for a fascinating tactical battle, with teams prepared to adjust their strategies at a moment’s notice if the Safety Car continues its 100% appearance record at this race.

 

Singapore GP – Third and fourth rows for Scuderia Ferrari

Posted: 20.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

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Singapore, 20 September–Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix from the third and fourth rows of the grid respectively. The Spaniard is fifth on the grid with a 1.45.907, while the Finn is seventh, having done a 1.46.170, meaning both men start from the clean side of the track. There were no particular surprises in the first part of the session, with no shock names going out. The two Ferraris topped the time sheet, with Raikkonen ahead of Alonso.

In Q2, the Mercedes showed their usual form taking the top two spots with Rosberg outpacing Hamilton. Behind the silver arrows came the two F14 Ts, Fernando ahead of Kimi by just 31 thousandths.

The final part of qualifying saw all the drivers do two runs, although Kimi had a problem which prevented him making the most of his second set of tyres. Pole went to Lewis Hamilton, his 37th, by just 7 thousandths from team-mate Nico Rosberg. Third and fourth were the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, the latter lapping just five thousandths faster than Alonso. In between the two Ferraris came Felipe Massa in the Williams. The race starts at 20h00, (14h00 CET.)

 

Singapore GP – Presidential visit

Posted: 20.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

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Singapore, 20 September – A keen interest in Scuderia Ferrari was one of the reasons behind a visit that Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam paid today to the Marina Bay Circuit, which hosts the 14th round of the Formula 1 World Championship. The President of the City-State waved off the start of the Track Parade, organised by the local Ferrari dealer featuring a procession of Prancing Horse cars. After that, he and his delegation visited the Ferrari garage, where they were met by Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci. Some of the engineers then explained the workings of the steering wheel and this year’s new Power Unit.

 

Singapore GP – Alonso top, Raikkonen ninth

Posted: 20.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

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Singapore, 20 September –Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were first and ninth come the end of the final free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix. In a session where some drivers appeared to be sand-bagging, the Spanish Scuderia Ferrari man did a total of 12 laps, the best in 1.47.299, a time that no one would beat. Raikkonen did 16 laps, the best of which was a 1.48.226, which was good enough for ninth on the time sheet.

All the drivers set their best time on the Supersoft tyre which Pirelli is supplying along with the Soft. The gap between the two compounds however seems to be smaller now than yesterday. This could be down to the drop in temperatures for air and track and also because some rain fell on the Marina Bay circuit this morning.
Between the two Ferraris are the two Red Bulls of Ricciardo in second, Vettel in fifth, with the Mercedes of Rosberg, 3rd and Hamilton 6th. The Williams of Massa and Bottas were 7th and 8th, with Vergne fourth for Toro Rosso. Qualifying is at 21h00 (15h00CET).

 

Singapore GP – From dusk to dawn

Posted: 19.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

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Fernando Alonso: “As always, Friday in Singapore is a bit different to what it is at other tracks, as its characteristics mean it is one of a kind and driving here at night is always exciting. The feeling is more or less the same as usual on a first day of practice, as we were reasonably competitive in both sessions and we got through the programme without any problems. The two compounds we have for this race behaved as expected and of the two, the Supersoft produced more grip. The restrictions on radio communication did not affect our work much and it was a regular day from that point of view and everything went off as normal.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall this was a positive day, even if, as usual, there is room for improvement. In the first session we concentrated on looking at different set-up solutions and on my first set of Soft tyres I managed to do a good lap, then unfortunately some technical niggles prevented me from getting the most out of the second set. At the end of the session I had a problem with the brakes overheating, but the team managed to sort it out quickly and prepare the car for the second session. The changes we made to the set-up improved the handling of the car and with the Supersoft tyres there was plenty of grip.”

Pat Fry: “The Marina Bay circuit is always very demanding, both for the drivers and the personnel, who, among other things, have to deal with extreme atmospheric weather conditions. This Friday’s track action that just ended was not perfect, as we had to deal with some reliability problems, especially on Kimi’s car, although the performance more or less matched our expectations. Cooling the various components of the car is a hard task and, in performance terms, so too is getting good traction out of the corners. As usual on street circuits, over the course of the weekend, the grip level improves significantly and so it’s important to get a clear understanding of tyre behaviour. The time difference between the Soft and Supersoft compounds is possibly greater than expected and I’m sure this aspect will make qualifying and the race very interesting. Although Friday’s times count for little and it’s difficult to string together a run of clean laps because of traffic, our drivers’ pace is encouraging. It’s very difficult to overtake in Singapore and it will be very important to do as well as possible in qualifying so as to be well placed for the race.”

  ALONSO – chassis 307  RAIKKONEN – chassis 308

First Session

P1

1:49.056

16 laps

  P7

1:50.783

19 laps

                            Weather:  air 30 °C, track 38/40 °C. Clear skies

Second Session

P2

1:47.623

29 laps

P4

1:48.031

30 laps

                             Weather:  air 30/31 °C, track 35/36 °C.  Clear skies

 

Singapore GP – The night show begins

Posted: 19.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Singapore, 19 September – It’s the seventh year of the Singapore Grand Prix but the Marina Bay experience still remains as fresh as ever, when the sun sets with its usual tropical alacrity and the 1,600 floodlights are turned on. The drivers got a few laps running in natural light at the start of FP1 and it will be the same scenario tomorrow for FP3, but the rest of the track action is all run under artificial light, the excitement of the show enhanced by the clarity of the sparks flying off the cars and the flashbulbs bursting in the grandstands.

None of this scene-setting matters to the drivers of course, as they just want to get on with the usual tasks of setting up their cars on what is one of the most demanding circuits of the season, thanks to the heat, the bumpy nature of the track surface, particularly in the first sector and the proximity of the barriers. In general, it was a productive day for the two Ferrari drivers, who between them completed 92 laps, the Spaniard doing 44 and the Finn four more, with Fernando Alonso ending the day second fastest, while Kimi Raikkonen was fourth.

Apart from the brakes overheating on Kimi’s car in FP1, both 90 minute sessions, the second starting just two hours after the end of the first rather than the normal two and a half, ran mainly trouble-free for the two F14Ts and produced reasonable results.

As usual, the teams delayed trying the Supersoft Pirelli Option tyre until the second half of FP2 but its results were dramatic, for all teams in fact, producing a lap time improvement of around 2 seconds over the Soft. However, on a street track the engineers know that everything changes as the track rubbers in, so no final strategy decisions can be made on the basis of today’s sessions.

As usual this year, a Mercedes topped the time sheet, this time it was Lewis Hamilton. Third behind Fernando was Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull, with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel fifth behind Kimi, the German missing most of the second session as his engine had to be changed. Kevin Magnussen completed the top six for McLaren.

 

Singapore GP – Scuderia Ferrari second and fourth

Posted: 19.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Singapore, 19 September–Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen ended the second free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix setting the second and fourth fastest times respectively. The Spaniard completed 28 laps, the best in 1.47.623, while the Finn did 29, stopping the clocks in 1.48.031.

In the second session, as in the first, the drivers continued to work on set-up and tyre work, this time running the Pirelli Supersofts, comparing them with the Softs. In the final part of the session, the Scuderia drivers, like almost all the others, did some long runs to simulate various stages of the race.

Fastest was Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes with a 1.47.490, while between the two F14 Ts, squeezed Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, Free practice three kicks off at 18h00 (12h00 CET.)

 

Scuderia Ferrari remembers Emilio Botin

Posted: 19.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Singapore, 19 September – Over the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, Scuderia Ferrari wishes to honour the memory of chairman Emilio Botin, who passed away last week. On the two F14 Ts, the Santander logo, which features on the rear wing endplates, will be carried in mourning for a man who loved racing and was always a big Ferrari fan. The thoughts of the Scuderia are with him and feelings of deep affection and esteem also go out to his family, as they bear the loss of a person of uncommon charisma and intelligence.

 

Singapore GP – De la Rosa: “A race with no pause for breath”

Posted: 19.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Singapore, 19 September – “The last thing you expect with a night race is to have a problem with the heat, however I have felt for myself how wrong that notion is.” Thus Pedro de la Rosa, for two seasons a test driver with Scuderia Ferrari, begins his narrative on the Singapore Grand Prix. “At this latitude, even after sunset, you suffer a lot with the hot and humid conditions. And you also pay the price for the fact that, on this street circuit, the barriers, (real walls in fact!) let not a breath of air through. If there’s a race that can be defined as one with no pause for breath, then it’s definitely the one in Singapore. Sometimes you hope the Safety Car will come out, just so you can have a drink and catch your breath: it’s a true marathon.”

A very demanding track. “The Singapore circuit is particularly complicated and you cannot afford to make the slightest mistake,” continues the Spaniard, talking to www.ferrari.com. “It is very technical and bumpy. In fact, the track presents the same difficulties as Monaco, although in the Principality you race over just over 260 kilometres, while in Singapore, every year you come very close to the two hour limit.

In the maze of corners at Marina Bay, it is also particularly difficult to overtake because of the lack of straights and the only opportunity is under braking at Turn 7. Here, in order to stay on the racing line, you need maximum concentration, because the surface already starts to get very bumpy at the exits to Turns 5 and 6.

Brakes get a hard time. “This track is also extremely demanding on the brakes, because the absence of long straights and the presence of all the walls, makes it very difficult to cool the discs. When I raced here in 2012, I hadn’t even finished the first lap before my engineer was reminding me to look after the brakes because the temperature was already very high. Here, like at no other track on the calendar, the choice of the right brake material can decide the final outcome of the race.”

 

Singapore GP – Alonso: “Ferrari is bigger than any one individual”

Posted: 18.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Singapore, 18 September – In slightly cooler conditions than we have come to expect here in the Tropics, Fernando Alonso faced the press for the first time this evening and the number one topic was the ban on certain radio messages as from this weekend. “It won’t make a big difference to be honest,” began the Scuderia Ferrari driver. “I don’t think it will have a huge impact on the race itself, or preparations for the weekend. In any case, at Ferrari we have not used the radio for any performance related reasons. We tend to use it to control temperatures, to talk about traffic and strategy. I cannot say how it might affect other teams. As for the change in general, it has generated a lot of media attention, like the situation with FRIC, but in that case, we saw the final impact on the race was nothing special. I think it will be a similar case with this radio rule. It’s like if you’re a coach in football or basketball and cannot talk to your players; in the end it’s the player who shoots the ball. It won’t change our driving style and it’s not as though we won’t know how to drive the circuit.”

Rather than simply brush it away in his usual style, the Spaniard chose to question the motives behind yet another rumour about his future, this time that he and Vettel would swap teams! “It’s sad when these rumours are created in Italy,” he stated. “It’s a shame as it’s not helping Ferrari, which is the reason why we are all here and Ferrari is a much bigger brand than any one individual or even Formula 1 in general. I have a lot of respect for Ferrari and try and maintain a good atmosphere with the guys in the team, in order to have a very united team. It’s what we need and what the people expect from us. So it’s not clear to me what is the purpose of these rumours coming from Italy.”

Various factors relating to the Marina Bay circuit mean that fuel consumption could play a role on Sunday, however Alonso doesn’t feel it will be an issue. “It’s true fuel will be tight here and we will have to save a little bit extra, but it should be manageable, especially as the track layout allows you to save fuel quite easily compared to other circuits as you are generally safe from overtaking moves.”

And then came a final word on the big news since Monza, the departure of Luca di Montezemolo. “He was our leader for many years and it was a great time for Ferrari,” reckoned Fernando. “I wish him good luck with new projects and for the new President, I wish him good luck for hopefully a very successful future.”

 

Singapore GP – Raikkonen: “I still want to get good results”

Posted: 18.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Singapore, 18 September – Called to attend the formal setting of today’s FIA Press Conference, Kimi Raikkonen inevitably had less to say than his team-mate who spoke earlier at the Scuderia Ferrari hospitality. However, the first topic was the same for both men, namely the ban on various radio communications. Of course the Finn is famous for telling his race engineer over the radio two years ago (when driving for a different team) to leave him alone as he knew what he was doing! The quote has gone down in F1 history and today, Kimi seemed to continue in that belief. “We don’t spend a lot of time on the radio in my case, usually when there are no issues,” began the Ferrari man. “It might get more complicated if there are problems with the car and we have to change things to finish the race. It could be more complex, but that’s part of the game.”

Raikkonen has endured a difficult season so far, but it hasn’t dented his determination to keep searching for success. “For the rest of the season, we are going to try as hard as we can, because I still want to get good results for me and for the team,” he insisted. “ It’s going to be difficult and of course this season was not what we hoped for as we expected to do better. But there have been some pretty good improvements from us as a team and I am happier. But there is still a lot of work to do.” Hardly surprising that the driver known as “The Iceman” was unconcerned about the tropical weather here. “In the past it’s not been a problem for me, in fact, it doesn’t feel as hot or humid as in the past and also, this year, the cars are slower.”

 

Singapore GP – A living sculpture

Posted: 18.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Singapore, 18 September – Fernando Alonso attended a UPS event at Singapore’s Clarke Quay today. He unveiled a Formula 1 car made entirely of bark and fittonia, a tropical evergreen plant, which represented team-work and efficiency. UPS dedicated it to the city-state that has hosted one of the most evocative rounds of the Formula 1 World Championship since 2008. It took famous horticulturist Alan Wong and his team eight weeks to produce the sculpture, as a tribute to the partnership between Ferrari and its logistics sponsor. And just like a real Formula 1 car, it is always in a state of updating and development, getting better all the time.

 

Singapore GP – Racing in miniature

Posted: 18.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Singapore, 18 September – The Shell V-Power LEGO range was given its world launch today in Singapore, the event getting underway with a race in miniature. Taking part in the mini-challenge were Kimi Raikkonen, representing Scuderia Ferrari and Ian Albiston, Shell’s Technology Manager. They were joined by two students who are taking part in the Shell Eco Marathon Asia, a project run by the Scuderia’s technical sponsor, based on sustainable mobility and on alternative forms of energy.

At the end of the special race, Kimi took part in the unveiling of 1:2 scale models of an F138, a 250 GTO, a 512s and an F12 berlinetta, all made entirely of Lego bricks. The models are some of the cars and playsets born out of the collaboration between Ferrari and the LEGO group. They will soon be available in miniature versions from distributors. It took over a year and a half to produce the new collection that features the introduction of the smallest pull-back motor ever built by the LEGO Group, capable of propelling the cars over a distance greater than two metres.

 

Singapore GP – Precision testing

Posted: 18.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Singapore, 18 September –With Singapore hosting the fourteenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, Kimi Raikkonen’s weekend got underway with a challenge measured to the nearest millimetre. This morning, the Ferrari man was the guest of honour at a very exclusive event staged by Hublot, on the fifth anniversary of the opening of its Marina Bay Sands shop. The Finn tackled assembling the casing of a Big Bang Ferrari “UNICO movimento,” one of the watch models produced in limited numbers, dedicated to the Maranello marque.

Raikkonen demonstrated great precision as he handled the delicate movement of the watch, just one of a vast range produced by the famous brand, a Sponsor of the Scuderia since 2011while also being the supplier of the Ferrari “Official Watch” and having the role of “Official Timekeeper.”

 

Singapore GP – Into the night

Posted: 16.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Maranello, 16 September – With the European part of this season consigned to history, it’s time for the Formula 1 circus to leave home and tackle the final six Grands Prix of the season, which involves criss-crossing the globe from the Far East to the West and back to its Middle East finale.

The first of those appointments is at the photogenic and floodlit Marina Bay circuit in Singapore and involves a move away from the tracks where power and top speed are the key factors, as Scuderia Ferrari’s Engineering Director Pat Fry explains. “After the two races in Spa and Monza, run on low downforce circuits, we now go to Singapore which is at completely the other end of the spectrum,” says the Englishman. “It’s a street circuit requiring very high downforce, where we will be running the Soft and Supersoft tyres on a track with similar characteristics to Monaco. There are hardly any high speed corners and only two turns that have combined lateral and longitudinal acceleration and therefore the challenge is more about straight line acceleration and good traction.”

The two standout features of the Singapore weekend are the fact that track action takes place at night and, being in the Tropics, it’s very hot. The former element is something that over the years has proved easy to adapt to, while the heat is tough on drivers, team personnel and the cars. “Even though it’s a night race, the temperatures are still very high, in the high 20s or low 30s, which puts heavy demands on the cooling systems for the engine and the ERS,” says Fry. “In addition, the start-stop nature of the layout puts a high loading on the brake systems, with the front brakes in particular taking a real pounding.”

The characteristics of the 5.065 km street track should be better suited to the F14 T than the fast flowing circuits of the past month. However, nothing can be taken for granted at what is one of the hardest events on the calendar and for the Scuderia crew the motivation to do well is clear. “Monza was a tough weekend for us,” admits Fry. “So now we are regrouping and we will keep pushing forward, concentrating on getting the best out of the package we’ve got.” While the team clearly wants to finish the season as high up the order in the Constructors’ classification, there are other reasons for wanting to push hard to the very end of the year. “At this stage of the season, the focus in the factory is shifting more towards next year’s car,” reveals Fry. “However, there is still quite a lot we can learn from track testing, therefore we will be bringing some specific test components for next year and other developments for the F14 T, which will help our understanding for next year.”

 

GP Singapore: Evening dress required

Posted: 15.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

GP SINGAPORE F1/2014

Maranello, 15 September – The Formula 1 World Championship now leaves Europe and sets sail for Asia. Sunday actually sees the seventh running of the Singapore Grand Prix, round 14 of 19 this season. The race has always been run at the Marina Bay street circuit and its biggest claim to fame is that it is always run at night. The race starts at 8pm, with the track completely floodlit. Scuderia Ferrari can boast one win, two podiums and two poles here.

The win. It came in 2010, when Fernando Alonso dominated the Grand Prix, winning from pole, as well as securing a memorable triple, as he also set the race fastest lap. All race long, the Spaniard had to fend off the attentions of Sebastian Vettel, who never managed to get past, as they crossed the line separated by less than three tenths of a second.

A bitter memory. Singapore is also the scene of a bitter memory for the Scuderia. In 2008, Felipe Massa was leading, having started from pole, but at the refueling stop, he drove away before the mechanics had finished the procedure on the F2008. The Brazilian thus dragged the fuel line behind him and only realised at the end of pit lane. The mechanics had to run the length of the pit lane to get Felipe back in the race and so he could finish no higher than 13th in a race won, somewhat surprisingly, by Fernando Alonso in the Renault.

Long race. The Grand Prix is 61 laps long, equivalent to almost 309 kilometres and the race usually comes very close to the maximum time allowed of two hours. When it comes to the Ferrari drivers, Fernando Alonso loves this track and has won here twice, while Kimi Raikkonen’s best result is a third place last year.

 

Radio gu-gu, Radio ga-ga

Posted: 12.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

Ferrari Formula 1 Steering wheel 2014 / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Maranello, 12 September – During the break between the Italian and Singapore Grands Prix, the FIA announced that instructions the teams give to drivers by radio must be significantly reduced. In fact, the FIA has simply decided to apply a more restrictive interpretation of rule 20.1 of the Sporting Regulations which stipulates that a driver must drive the car “alone and unaided”.

Certain radio communications, as from the Singapore GP, will henceforth be considered as “external assistance”. From what the FIA has indicated, although no precise guidelines exist yet, all information relating to fuel consumption and messages regarding settings and adjustments that could improve car performance will be banned. Currently, drivers make two or three adjustments per lap based on information given to them by the engineers who monitor the situation via telemetry.

In the same vein, engineers will not be able to give information to the drivers about in which corners or sectors they can improve, nor will they be able to give information to the drivers regarding the state of their tyres or what they should do during the formation lap. However, the driver will still be able to have access to some of this information via the LCD display on the steering wheel (although in fact three teams do not have this system) while the FIA will listen in on and record all conversations, being vigilant in checking for any coded messages. A zero-tolerance approach will be applied, with the possibility of a five-second penalty. Among the communications still allowed by the FIA is the message to come in for a pit stop, team orders relating to switching positions between team-mates, warnings relating to any potential hazards on track and information relating to traffic. The Scuderia Ferrari personnel are evaluating the effect of this technical directive relating to radio communications and are analysing the possible scenarios that could occur on track. There are still some uncertainties remaining especially regarding safety matters. Information about brake and tyre wear are among those currently banned but messages on these topics could prevent dangerous incidents. How to proceed? While awaiting further clarification from the FIA, we will only find out on track what effect these new regulations will have on the races…

 

Ferrari Board of Directors: a record first six months

Posted: 11.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

Ferrari Factory - Viale Enzo Ferrari

USA remains largest market worldwide and records 13% growth.
Celebrations of Ferrari’s 60th year in America planned in October with both a special event and a special car

Maranello, 11th September – The Ferrari S.p.A. Board of Directors met today under the chairmanship of Luca di Montezemolo to examine the financial results for the first half of 2014.
The figures show growth in all indicators despite the planned reduction in car deliveries.
On June 30th, Ferrari recorded revenues of 1,348.6 million euro (+14.5%) and trading profit reached 185 million euro (+5.2%), both H1 figures completely unprecedented in Ferrari history.
Net income increased by almost 10% to 127.6 million euro too.
The company also set another new record for its net industrial financial position which stood at 1,594 million euro at the end of June even though product investment remains high, while net cash flow for the first half of the year amounted to 236 million euro.
A total of 3,631 homologated cars were delivered, 3.6% fewer than in the same period in 2013.
Significantly, any comparison with H1 2013 must also take into account the fact that the Ferrari California went out of production with deliveries of the new California T beginning only in summer. Added to this was the strategic decision to cut production taken in May 2013. However, an increase of 5% in deliveries is planned by the end of the year.
In Europe, Great Britain remains our largest market with a total of 408 cars delivered, 7 fewer than in the first half of 2013. Notably, as with the first quarter of 2014, deliveries to Italy rose after years of falling: +13% with 131 dispatched to their owners. However, the domestic market remains marginal accounting for only a little over 3% of total volumes.
In the Far East, Ferrari recorded double-figure growth in Japan (+13%, 195 cars) while Australia was up by 7.7% with 56 delivered. Greater China, however, is feeling the impact of the controlled reduction in deliveries to Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China to which a total of 285 cars went compared to 344 in H1 2013.
Results in the USA were excellent too with very brisk growth: 1,062 cars, +13%. 2014 is also a special year there as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the sale of the first Ferrari in the country. “It gives all of us here at Ferrari a sense of great satisfaction to continue to achieve record financial results, particularly given that production was limited. I am sure that in a few months’ time, we will be marking the end of a truly extraordinary and unprecedented year. Sales will also increase by several percentage points to avoid excessively long waiting lists,” declared Luca di Montezemolo, adding: “To celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year in the USA, we have developed a special car of which just 10 examples will be built, in addition to planning a major event in Los Angeles to bring together all our American clients and collectors, and a charity initiative.”
The figures from the company’s Brand activities (licensing, retail, e-commerce) remain positive too. In the retail sector, we are rapidly implementing our new strategy of taking over the direct management of the Ferrari Stores in some of the world’s leading cities. This soundness of this decision has already been confirmed by an increase of 7% in revenues in the directly-managed Stores in the first six months of the year, with the Ferrari Store in Maranello faring best with a figure of over 14%.
On the licencing front, H1 2014 also brought the signing of agreements to commence the building next year of Ferrari Land, a theme park just outside Barcelona, and the launch of our first Oakley sunglasses collection.
Online activities are also faring very well indeed: the Ferrari Facebook page has now broken the 15-million fan barrier and we also launched the site dedicated to the Scuderia in China. The social network channels continued to provide an exceptional insight into the world of Ferrari in the first six months of 2014 too with just under 900,000 people following us on Twitter.

Revenues: 1,348.6 million euro (+14.5%)
Trading profit: 185 million euro (+5.2%)
Net profits: 127.6 million euro (+9.8%)
Record net industrial financial position: 1,594 million euro – an unprecedented result
Homologated cars delivered: 3,631 (- 3.6%) but 2014 will close with deliveries +5%

 

Six leading Ferrari collectors visit Maranello

Posted: 08.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

Six leading Ferrari collectors visit Maranello - 08.09.2014 / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Maranello, 8th September 2014 – Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, Vice-Chairman Piero Ferrari and CEO Amedeo Felisa met with the world’s leading Ferrari collectors today at the Maranello headquarters. The group included Jon Shirley, owner of the 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupé, winner of the prestigious Best in Show title at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance which took place last August at the famous Carmel Golf Course in California. The classic car market continues to flourish as borne out by auction results which put nine Prancing Horse cars in the top 10 most expensive cars of all time (first place going to the Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for 28.5 million euro last August at Monterey, California). Today’s meeting thus laid the foundations for a major project involving our international collectors and launching in the coming months.

 

Ciao, Don Emilio

Posted: 10.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2014 - Round 5 - Grand Prix Spain - Fernando Alonso, Emilio Botín / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Maranello, 10 September – “We mourn the loss of a great friend and an incredible entrepreneur, with whom we shared many great moments, both racing and others over the past few years,” said Luca di Montezemolo.

“Ferrari will always remember him as one of its most enthusiastic fans and it is thanks to him that we enjoyed such great support from Santander, which went above and beyond a straightforward commercial role.”

“My thoughts and those of everyone at Ferrari, are with his family and all his colleagues at the Bank, with great affection.”

 

Santander is sorry to announce the death of its chairman, Emilio Botín.

Posted: 10.09.2014
Source: Banco Santander

FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2014 - Round 5 - Grand Prix Spain - Fernando Alonso, Emilio Botín / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Madrid, September 10, 2014. Banco Santander regrets to announce that its chairman, Emilio Botín, has passed away. In accordance with the procedures set out in article 24 of the board rules, the appointments and remuneration committee and the board of directors will meet today to appoint a new chairman of the bank.

 

Montezemolo quits Ferrari, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne to become new Chairman

Posted: 10.09.2014
Source: Fiat

Museo Ferrari - California Dreaming Exhibition 2014 - Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo and Sergio Marchionne / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Turin, 10 September 2014 – Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has announced his intention to resign as Chairman of Ferrari with effect from October 13th following completion of Ferrari’s celebration of 60 years in America.
Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, will take over as Chairman of Ferrari.
Since 1991, Ferrari achieved significant results under Montezemolo’s chairmanship in terms of both financial performance and its standing in the world of racing. Under his leadership, Ferrari boasted a world-class team and numerous record-setting achievements.
“On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to thank Luca for all he has done for both Fiat and Ferrari”, said Fiat Chairman, John Elkann. He held several key positions with the Group, including serving as Chairman of Fiat from 2004 to 2010, and we shared many challenging but also rewarding moments. Luca leaves us with my most sincere and heartfelt wishes for his future professional endeavors and the hope, I am certain shared by us both, that Ferrari will return to victory very soon.”
“Luca and I were appointed to the Fiat Board of Directors on the very same day back in 2003”, said Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne. “One year later, he became Chairman and I became CEO. We worked side by side, sharing concerns, difficulties and successes. As Chairman of Ferrari, he drove the company to a new level of technological and organizational excellence which also brought with it outstanding financial results. Luca and I have discussed the future of Ferrari at length. And our mutual desire to see Ferrari achieve its true potential on the track has led to misunderstandings which became clearly visible over the last weekend. I want to thank Luca for all he has done for Fiat, for Ferrari and for me personally.”

 

Montezemolo backs the Scuderia

Posted: 11.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2013 - Round 5 - Grand Prix Spain - Luca di Montezemolo / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Maranello, 11 September – Pride and determination were the key notes in a speech from Ferrari President, Luca di Montezemolo, as he addressed the staff of the Gestione Sportiva in a further show of support. The venue was symbolic, as it was the building site of the new Gestione Sportiva, a structure designed to reflect the concept of integration and constant evolution, a philosophy that stems from the president of the Maranello marque himself.

Montezemolo, who was joined by Team Principal Marco Matticacci, Ferrari Vice President Piero Ferrari and the company’s Managing Director Amedeo Felisa, spoke to the staff for around half an hour, occasionally interrupted by rounds of applause. He recalled all the battles fought out on track and the emotions shared with the team and the driver who was the main player in the team’s winning era in the first decade of this century, Michael Schumacher. After a brief look back at his long tenure as the boss of the company, the President turned his thoughts to the future. He repeated the need for everyone to give their utmost to take the Scuderia back to the top. “We have understood our mistakes and in the company we have everything needed to reach our goal, in terms of personnel, infrastructure and resources. We need to work more closely together, because that’s what is required with the new regulations. We must lay our problems out in a line and tackle them one at a time and, we must work like a real team and have the courage to dare. This is the only way we can embark on another winning cycle.”

The end of the speech was met with a long burst of heartfelt applause, showing what the staff felt for the President. Before taking his leave, Montezemolo shook every single one of them by the hand, as they stood in line to wish him farewell personally.”

 

23 years in a day

Posted: 10.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

Sergio Marchionne and Luca di Montezemolo - Maranello 10.09.2014 / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Luca di Montezemolo looks back and says thank you

Maranello, 10th September – It was a day that no one will easily forget. Not the Prancing Horse tifosi. Not the women and men that work in Ferrari. Particularly not Luca di Montezemolo who, after 23 years in the job, announced his decision to step down as Chairman of the company today. The day began very early. Well before the press agencies made the news public at around 8.50, Montezemolo had already met with the company’s directors to inform them of his decision. He did so alongside Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne who takes his place after what the Chairman described as his “last day of school”, October 13th. The official public announcement came at 14.00 in a packed press room adjoining the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Before an audience of around 70 international radio, TV and print journalists, Montezemolo attempted to hold his emotions in check as he explained that as one major cycle had ended, and in view of the new and very different season the FCA Wall Street flotation would usher in, it was time to pass on the baton. The Chairman looked back fondly on last 23 years which he said “went by very, very fast” and thanked all of Ferrari’s staff, particularly those closest to him: Vice-Chairman Piero Ferrari, CEO Amedeo Felisa and Human Resources Director Mario Mairano. There were special words too for Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher, the driver that helped return the Prancing Horse to triumphant form after a long fallow period. Montezemolo also remembered the late Emilio Botin who was not only Chairman of the Scuderia’s sponsor, Santander, but a personal friend and a staunch Ferrari tifoso. He spoke too with great affection of the many, many tifosi who stood by the team even through the most difficult times. There was time for other memories also, including the call from Enzo Ferrari in 1973 to become sporting director of the team that took Niki Lauda to World Championship victory in 1975, and Gianni Agnelli’s tears of joy when Michael Schumacher won the title in 2000. Montezemolo and Sergio Marchionne also joked about everything from advice on how to dress (“As you can see, I didn’t listen to him,” quipped the Fiat CEO) to the rumours about Montezemolo’s professional future (“I suppose I could always head a major automobile group in Detroit,” he smiled). The Ferrari Chairman was also keen to underscore the uniqueness of the brand and its deep links with the surrounding area. He then announced upcoming exciting news at the Paris Show and celebrations for the Prancing Horse’s 60th year in the United States. After the press conference, Montezemolo returned to the factory where he met with the heads of the production department. While he had managed to remain composed in front of the world’s press, he did shed a few tears with “his” men. The Chairman then returned to his office to personally answer the many messages pouring in from all over the world. And, of course, to work. Something he will continue to do until that “last day at school”.

 

A special day but objectives remain the same

Posted: 10.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

Sergio Marchionne and Luca di Montezemolo - Maranello 10.09.2014 / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Maranello, 10 September – It was a special day for Scuderia Ferrari, as indeed it was for the entire company and for the fans and followers of the Prancing Horse. On the day that President Luca di Montezemolo announced his resignation, the staff of the Formula 1 team were hard at work, preparing for next week’s Singapore race, aware that, at a joint press conference held today, both Montezemolo and the CEO of the FCA, Sergio Marchionne stated the same objective, namely to start winning again.

Both men underlined that the medium and long term goals remain unchanged: to return to being competitive on track and to try and establish a new winning era. The President stated that, “in the company we have the framework, the means and the personnel to get back on top and I am convinced that it won’t be long before we are once again the benchmark team.” For his part, Marchionne added, “winning is essential for Ferrari and I have no doubt we are capable of doing that. We will do all it takes, also in terms of our resources, to reach this objective.”

 

Montezemolo: This is the end of an era

Posted: 10.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

Luca di Montezemolo / Image: Copyright Ferrari

“I leave after 23 unforgettable years”

Maranello, 10th September 2014 – “Ferrari will have an important role to play within the FCA Group in the upcoming flotation on Wall Street. This will open up a new and different phase which I feel should be spearheaded by the CEO of the Group.

This is the end of an era and so I have decided to leave my position as Chairman after almost 23 marvellous and unforgettable years in addition to those spent at Enzo Ferrari’s side in the 1970s.

My thanks, first and foremost, to the exceptional Ferrari women and men from the factory, the offices, the race tracks and the markets across the world. They were the real architects of the company’s spectacular growth, its many unforgettable victories and its transformation into one of the world’s strongest brands.

A warm farewell and my thanks also to all of our technical and commercial partners, our dealers across the globe and, most particularly, the clients and collectors whose passion I so wholeheartedly share.

But my thoughts go also to our fans who have always supported us with great enthusiasm especially through the Scuderia’s most difficult moments.

Ferrari is the most wonderful company in the world. It has been a great privilege and honour to have been its leader. I devoted all of my enthusiasm and commitment to it over the years. Together with my family, it was, and continues to be, the most important thing in my life.

I wish the shareholders, particularly Piero Ferrari who has always been by my side, and everyone in the Company the many more years of success that Ferrari deserves.”

 

Montezemolo quits Ferrari, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne to become new Chairman

Posted: 10.09.2014
Source: Fiat

Museo Ferrari - California Dreaming Exhibition 2014 - Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo and Sergio Marchionne / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Turin, 10 September 2014  – Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has announced his intention to resign as Chairman of Ferrari with effect from October 13th following completion of Ferrari’s celebration of 60 years in America.
Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, will take over as Chairman of Ferrari.
Since 1991, Ferrari achieved significant results under Montezemolo’s chairmanship in terms of both financial performance and its standing in the world of racing. Under his leadership, Ferrari boasted a world-class team and numerous record-setting achievements.
“On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to thank Luca for all he has done for both Fiat and Ferrari”, said Fiat Chairman, John Elkann. He held several key positions with the Group, including serving as Chairman of Fiat from 2004 to 2010, and we shared many challenging but also rewarding moments. Luca leaves us with my most sincere and heartfelt wishes for his future professional endeavors and the hope, I am certain shared by us both, that Ferrari will return to victory very soon.”
“Luca and I were appointed to the Fiat Board of Directors on the very same day back in 2003”, said Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne. “One year later, he became Chairman and I became CEO. We worked side by side, sharing concerns, difficulties and successes. As Chairman of Ferrari, he drove the company to a new level of technological and organizational excellence which also brought with it outstanding financial results. Luca and I have discussed the future of Ferrari at length. And our mutual desire to see Ferrari achieve its true potential on the track has led to misunderstandings which became clearly visible over the last weekend. I want to thank Luca for all he has done for Fiat, for Ferrari and for me personally.”

 

Italian GP – Montezemolo: “Still a lot to do for Ferrari and Formula 1″

Posted: 07.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2014 - Round 5 - Grand Prix Spain - Marco Mattiacci, Luca di Montezemolo, Antonello Coletta / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Monza, 6 September – Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo made his traditional Monza visit today, saluting the fans from pit lane, getting a very warm reception from all those in the grandstands, waiting for qualifying to begin. Naturally, he also spoke to the journalists, addressing various topics. “Of course I’m happy to be at Monza,” he said. “This track has a unique atmosphere and for me and for Ferrari it holds many great memories. It was here in 1975 that I won my first title as Sporting Director and assistant to Enzo Ferrari, with Niki Lauda driving. We went through amazing times here with Michael Schumacher, to whom I send all my heartfelt best wishes and in this I also speak on behalf of all the men and women at Ferrari. And it was also here that we enjoyed Fernando’s victory in 2010.”

As for the rumours doing the rounds in the paddock regarding the long term future with Ferrari, the President was brief in his comments. “I think this rumour is kicking up rather too much dust. Last March, I made it clear I was available to continue in my role for a further three years and if anything changes, I will be the first to let it be known.” Montezemolo then spoke of the work still to be done this year, talking about a year with record profits and other matters relating to the road car business, such as the new car that will be launched at the Paris Motor Show and events that are being prepared for October, to celebrate Ferrari’s 60 years in the United States.

When it came to the topic of Formula 1, the President had this to say: “We are working with the new Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci, to revitalize and reorganize our race team. There is still a great deal to do and we must do our best back in the factory to get back to the top.” Then, moving on to another racing topic, Montezemolo returned to the subject of how Formula 1 must change to be centre stage again as far as the media is concerned. “I have told Mattiacci to talk about the regulations in the appropriate environment. We need to put the fans and enthusiasts who watch the races on TV and at the tracks in centre stage. The priority therefore is to put in place simple rules that the public will find easy to understand. We must return to channeling excitement into Formula 1 and to make it clear that this sport is also a form of research. We must stop lowering the level of Formula 1. If someone doesn’t want to go testing, then don’t do them, if someone has excellent simulators they don’t have to do it, but this tendency has to stop. Yes, controlling costs is invoked but this year we have ended up with the most expensive engines of all time.”

The Ferrari President also met with the two drivers and, when asked by the media about Alonso’s contract, he replied, “Fernando has a contract with us to the end of 2016 and wants the same things I want and that the fans want, namely a competitive car.” As for Raikkonen: “I am happy that he is beginning to feel more at ease with the car and I hope that on Sunday he will be able to have another strong race, like he did in Spa-Francorchamps.”

 

President Montezemolo says thanks for his birthday wishes

Posted: 31.08.2014
Source: Ferrari

FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2014 - Round 5 - Grand Prix Spain - Luca di Montezemolo / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Maranello, 31 August –Ferrari President, Luca di Montezemolo, wishes to thank all staff and fans for the best wishes sent to mark his 67th birthday, via the Maranello company’s official website and the Ferrari social network channels, the method also chosen by Scuderia drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

The top man at Ferrari received messages from all over the world, both from the business community and from the racing one, especially Formula 1. Among the many well-wishers were former Scuderia drivers Gerhard Berger and Felipe Massa, as well as three times world champion Niki Lauda. Montezemolo also received a personal message from the President of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile,) Jean Todt.

 

Luca di Montezemolo’s 67th birthday

Posted: 31.08.2014
Source: Ferrari

FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2014 - Round 3 - Grand Prix Bahrain - Luca di Montezemolo/ Image: Copyright Ferrari

Maranello, 31 August – “Happy Birthday to our Chairman, Mr. Montezemolo”, is the message going out today from all the men and women who work at Ferrari.

The chairman turns 67, actually the same age as the company he has led since 1991, having previously been the Formula 1 team’s Sporting Director back in the Seventies.
This Sunday, everyone at Ferrari sends best wishes to the man with whom, every day, they share the company’s growth, success, passion and values, but above all the pleasure of working for the best company in the world.

Once again, we wish you a happy birthday!

 

The man who drives all the Ferraris

Posted: 10.09.2014
Source: Ferrari

Andrea Bertolini / Image: Copyright Ferrari

Maranello, 10 September – He has now tested 350 Formula 1 cars that have been sold and has driven every Formula 1 car from 1974 to the present one, with the exception of the 1982 126 C2, a winning car that was also a very unlucky one and he has also contributed to the development of the some of the most beautiful Maranello GT cars. For a long time, he also held the Fiorano track record. He is Andrea Bertolini, born in Sassuolo in 1973 and he has spent his entire career in Ferrari, he’s a star in Endurance racing with the 458 Italia GT2 and GT3, as well as testing for Scuderia Ferrari and the customer owned Formula 1 cars, which he shakes down before they are returned to their owners after periodic maintenance in Maranello.

How did Andrea Bertolini’s life at Ferrari begin? “I was 17 years old when I started to work in the factory. I worked on the test bench and at the same time I used to race karts, following my dream of becoming a racing driver. I hadn’t passed my test yet when I got the chance to drive five laps of Fiorano at the wheel of a 355 Challenge. Those five laps changed my life, because the chief test driver, Dario Benuzzi, took me under his wing and taught me the trade. In the morning I worked on the cars and in the afternoon I did kilometres with Benuzzi, learning precious lessons for my career.”

For example? “Getting to understand all aspects of a car’s handling in the shortest time possible. Working in the factory, I learned the details first, such as how the engines are made and then every aspect of the cars. Knowing about them down to the smallest detail, because I was part of the process of building them to perfection, helped me as a driver. Once, Benuzzi said, ‘Andrea has developed a degree of sensitivity which means he can adapt his driving style to any problem that might present itself and so he always brings home the result,’ an assessment I’m very proud of. The first time I was in charge of development of a Ferrari was the 360 Challenge Stradale: I was with it from start to finish and with this car I developed an almost symbiotic relationship, a relationship I then had with all the other Ferraris I’ve worked on.”

Then came Formula 1… “When Ferrari began selling its old Formula 1 cars, while still maintaining and preserving them in the garage, I was involved in the project. A driver was required to test them while they were being worked on. I still remember the first Formula 1 car I drove, a 1995 412 T2. It was an incredible car, 12 cylinders, really well made, to the point that, when he tested it for the first time, Michael Schumacher, who had just joined Ferrari, asked how it had never won the World championship. I still remember that day very well. I’m not the sort to get easily excited, but when I got in the cockpit and the mechanics fired up the engine behind me, I shivered with excitement. For a moment, I felt like a child again, when I used to go and watch the Ferraris running at Fiorano and my idol Gilles Villeneuve, and I told myself that one of my dreams was coming true, driving a Ferrari Formula 1 car actually at Fiorano. That moment is still the most exciting moment of my professional life.”

From then on, you have driven a lot of them… “The oldest that came into my hands was the 312 B3-74, an incredible car, which I am very fond of. From that model onwards, I drove all the Scuderia’s Formula 1 cars up to the 1982 car. It’s not easy to rate them in order. I am very keen on the 1974 car: it’s like a kart, but a bit bigger and more powerful, very light and you can drive it in a controlled slide. It was dangerous and driver safety was pretty precarious, but it was like that back then. Then I love the 1988 F187/88, the last turbocharged Ferrari prior to the F14 T, easy to driver and incredibly agile despite its traditional gearbox. However, the essence of the ability to innovate that is typical of Ferrari is found driving the F1-90 with which Alain Prost came close to taking the title. I’ve already spoken about the 1995 car, then there are the cars from 1999 and 2002 and 2004, the record breaking cars, extraordinary cars with which I could have had my say…

However, your racing career developed in the field of GT racing… “Yes, starting in 2001, even if paradoxically my debut came in a Porsche. I took holiday to drive it but that season, I did enough to get noticed and convinced Ferrari to entrust me with one of its cars. It was in 2002, the car was a 360 Modena N-GT  which Andrea Garbagnati was keen for me to drive. In 2003, I lost the FIA GT title at the last race because of a banal failure, but by then my career was launched. That year, I also started as a test driver for the Formula 1 team, (a role he still plays today,) while on the racing front, my opportunity came when I was involved in the Maserati MC12 project in the FIA GT1 championship. I was called up by Jean Todt and the head of the project Giorgio Ascanelli and, along with Claudio Berro involved, we began in 2004 and in 2006 we took the title, doing it again in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

And today, you’re involved in several championships. “I am a Ferrari driver (and also with Maserati) and, when one of our main customer teams asks the company, I go and race their car. This year, with prestigious teams such as AF Corse and SMP, I’m racing in the European Le Mans Series, in the WEC (World Endurance Championship,) in the American USCC series and I took part in the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours in the Blancpain series. Alongside their drivers, I try and get the best possible result and when I manage to take a team to victory I enjoy, apart from the personal happiness, that of the guys I’m racing with. They really are great experiences.

The race of your life? The 2006 Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours with Maserati: it was an incredible fight with the factory Aston Martin. Me and my team-mates, the Belgian Eric van de Poele and the German Michael Bartles, both of them with Formula 1 experience, lapped at qualifying speeds for the whole 24 hours. I remember that 30 minutes from the end, they were leading by 8 seconds. In the final half hour we managed to pull out a dozen to be first past the chequered flag. What a show!”

We’ve talked about your favourite Formula 1 cars, but what about the GT machines? “There have been many, but I’ll cut it back to three: the 360 GTC that I developed from start to finish, as were the Maserati MC12 and the 458 Italia GT2 and GT3, which I’m racing now, cornerstones in the history of endurance racing. Coming up with a list among the road cars is harder, as they are all amazing.”

Have you tested the LaFerrari? “Yes, on roads and on the track and when it comes to this car, I have to admit something: for a driver, used to racing cars, a road car on track doesn’t give quite the same feeling right to the limit, because inevitably, they have to be built to deal with every type of road surface, while for the track you just need maximum stiffness. But this argument doesn’t apply to the LaFerrari. Before I’d driven it, I didn’t understand the significance of the name. Once I got behind the wheel, I changed my mind completely: I understood the name LaFerrari for a car that is unique and unrepeatable.”

Between simulator work and still secret projects, do you drive for Ferrari every day? “Yes, every day, but precisely because of the secret nature of some projects, I’d rather not say anymore…”

 

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