Florida Winter Series – A Wet Start
Rain christened the debut of the Florida Winter Series yesterday at the Sebring circuit, scene of the first race on the calendar. Therefore, everyone was on rain tyres, as the drivers started behind the Safety Car at the start of a race that featured a string of exciting overtaking moves. It was hard to predict the winner right up until the final lap, which saw victory go to Dennis Van de Laar. Behind the Dutchman came one of the Driver Academy of Maranello youngsters, Antonio Fuoco, who had started from pole and finished ahead of third placed Canadian Nicholas Latifi.
“This was a memorable day,” commented head of the Ferrari Driver Academy, Luca Baldisserri after the race. “All the drivers tackled the race in the true spirit of the series, fighting in hard and determined fashion, but with total respect for the rules. Despite the tricky conditions, which meant there was little grip, especially on the concrete part of the circuit, there were no mistakes. I congratulate everyone for this incredible adventure, although it is only in its early stages as we still have two more races, the first of which features an inverted grid. I think it’s fair to say the Florida Winter Series has opened up a new and original route for young drivers to grow as professional racers.”
Source: Ferrari Media