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Waiting for a Wet Start

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015

It is raining at Silverstone on May 15, 1954 before the start of the first heat of the International Daily Express Trophy race, a non-championship event for F1 cars. This popular race always attracted a large early season entry of both factory cars and privateers. Sitting in his Ferrari 553 “Squalo” is the well-known Argentinean driver Froilán González, in a somewhat reflective mood. This model Ferrari, an entirely new creation for 1954 and first raced at the Italian Grand Prix as an F2 car in 1953, was referred to as Squalo because of its shark-like shape. The engine of the Squalo was a derivation of the well-tested 2.5 liter four cylinder motor designed by Aurelio Lampredi, now having a much wider cylinder head angle between the camshafts. The fuel tanks were positioned on the sides within the wheelbase, a design tactic also...

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Canadian GP: Image Gallery

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015

A podium finish may have alluded the Scuderia at the Canadian Grand Prix but the imagery of the weekend’s events didn’t fail to inspire. Kindly enjoy this image gallery of the Canadian Grand Prix of Montreal and witness the spectacle and precision that is F1.   Source: Ferrari Media  ...

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The New Ferrari F1 Car to be Launched January 30th

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015

Ferrari will launch its Formula 1 car on the Scuderia’s website and on its’ digital and social platforms on Friday 30 January. In the lead up to that day, various updates will provide fans and the F1 world with additional information, to follow events in Maranello, including the name of the car, the precise time of the launch and other news. The car will then be used in the first of the winter test sessions, which takes place at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, from 1 to 4 February.   Source: Ferrari...

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Brazilian Challenge

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014

Sunday sees the 42nd running of the Brazilian Grand Prix. The race first appeared on the F1 calendar in 1973 and has been a constant fixture since then. It has been held on just two circuits, Jacarepagua and its current home Interlagos. Ferrari has ten wins to its name here, which is a 25% success rate. Lauda after the Brazilians. The first three editions, held on the eight kilometres or so of the Interlagos track, were dominated by the home drivers: Emerson Fittipaldi won the first two, with the third going to Carlos Pace. The home run was interrupted by Niki Lauda and Ferrari in 1976, which led to a trio of wins for the Scuderia. In fact, for the next two years, the race was won by Argentina’s Carlos Reutemann, who still remembers the 1977 event as one of...

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Sebastian Vettel to Ferrari After Announcing Red Bull F1 Exit‏?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014

Sebastian Vettel looks set for a switch to Ferrari next year after Red Bull announced that he is leaving the team at the end of the current Formula 1 season. With Fernando Alonso’s rumored imminent departure from Ferrari leaving a vacancy at the Maranello outfit next year, the Italian F1 team has wasted no team moving for its number one target. Vettel has activated a break clause in his contract and will leave Red Bull, which has helped him to four consecutive world titles. Ferrari has not yet confirmed its plans, though. A statement from Red Bull said: “Sebastian Vettel has advised us that he will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the 2014 season. We want to warmly thank Sebastian for the incredible role he has played at Red Bull for the last six years.” Red Bull will...

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Singapore GP: Photo Gallery

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

What could possibly be more exhilarating than an F1 race at night? Relive the action and excitement of this past weekend’s 2014 F1 Singapore Grand Prix with this incredible photo gallery courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari.   Source: Ferrari Media...

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Italian GP: “Clear Ideas and a lot of Work to Do.”

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014

Before the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the Scuderia Ferrari Technical Director James Allison met up with some journalists. Here are some of his responses. Q: There’s a lot of talk about the power unit, with the engine getting most of the blame. Is that really the case? What is lacking in the F14 T? A: Mainly, we are behind our rivals Mercedes in terms of power, but also when it comes to aerodynamic downforce. It’s difficult to split the blame in percentage terms, as it’s the car as a whole which is not competitive enough. We need to work on every aspect, it’s not just a question of the engine or just the aerodynamics, but also the suspension and the systems. Every part of the car has to be improved so that it can become more competitive next...

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Italian GP: High Speed European Finale

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014

Formula 1’s final European appointment of the season takes place at one of the most evocative, atmospheric and historic venues on the calendar, the Monza ‘Autodromo.’ To sum it up in one word, it’s all about speed. For Scuderia Ferrari’s home race, the grandstands will be the usual sea of red, but you don’t necessarily have to be a Prancing Horse fan or Italian to enjoy the magic of Monza: long before he came to Maranello, our English technical director, James Allison, even spent his honeymoon here, working at the 1992 Italian Grand Prix! Putting aside affairs of the heart, Allison and his team of engineers are working hard to ensure the relative competitiveness seen in Belgium can be replicated this weekend. “Spa and Monza, are both tracks that have characteristics that perhaps don’t bring out the best in...

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Belgian GP: Back to Work

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014

Eight races in fourteen weeks; that’s the schedule now facing the F1 circus as battle is joined again and it gets back to work for the second half of the season, after the official summer break. It leaves hardly any time to pause for breath as the teams crisscross the globe from east to west. However, before the final six “flyaways” we come to two of the most evocative and historic events on the calendar, starting with this weekend’s race at Spa-Francorchamps. The objectives. For Scuderia Ferrari, the objectives for the hectic dash to the 2014 finish line are clear: to finish as high up the order as possible in the Constructors’ classification in which it is currently third and, given that the technical regulations are more or less unchanged for 2015, to use development of the F14 T...

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Championship Resumes at Spa

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014

After the summer break, Formula 1 action resumes at one of the most historic venues on the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps, home to the Belgian Grand Prix. Sunday’s race will be the 59th and Scuderia Ferrari has won 16 times, making a hit rate of 27.5%. Over the years, the race has been held at three venues: Spa (46 times,) Zolder, in the Flemish part of Belgium (10 times) and twice at Nivelles-Baulers on the outskirts of Brussels. The Fifties. The first ever Belgian Grand Prix was held in 1950 and was won by Juan Manuel Fangio in an Alfa Romeo. Ferrari then won in 1952 and 1953 with Alberto Ascari at the wheel of the legendary 500. The Italian had a special feeling for this track and reckoned that Eau Rouge, the uphill esses which are still a challenge today,...

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The Red Planet on the Move

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014

A Formula 1 car on track is one of the most compelling sights in sport, its speed down the straight, the grip in corners and the way it stops on a dime are all amazing. However, just getting the cars to the track involves a lot of work on the part of the mechanics and engineers, both on the logistical side and in dealing with the transportation of everything that is required to run the cars at this the highest level of the sport. To give an idea of the magnitude of the task, Scuderia Ferrari takes 40 sets of rims, a total of 160 wheels and a whole host of paraphernalia and equipment for the mechanics to do their job at each race. For European rounds, the Ferrari Logistics department sends around 25 tonnes of equipment by road....

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A Lap of the Track with Telemetry

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014

Ferrari continues its look at the fascinating and complex world of telemetry. Having got a general overview of the topic, we now see how it works in practice, under the guidance of Kimi Raikkonen’s Scuderia Ferrari data engineer, Giuliano Salve, who helps us understand some graphics, which at first sight might seem like a load of scribbling. In this instance, we are using graphics from 2013. One relates to a lap from one driver and the other shows a comparison of two drivers both tackling a quick lap in practice. Comparing the two is a task Formula 1 engineers do systematically to try and optimize the performance of both cars, bringing together the information and then suggesting to each driver where he might gain a few hundredths on his lap time. The parameters. Before explaining the comparison lets look at...

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