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04 | 09 | 2019 90 Jahre Ferrari, Mailand / 90 Years Ferrari, Milano  Champions and drivers past, present and future on stage in the Piazza Duomo to celebrate 90 Italian GPs, its new contract to 2024 and 90 years since the Maranello team was established

Ferrari past, present and future was on parade in a completely packed out Piazza Duomo, for the “90 Years of Emotion” event, organised by the ACI (Italian Automobile Club) to celebrate the 90th edition of the Italian Grand Prix, with Scuderia Ferrari as the guest of honour, in the year it celebrates its 90th anniversary. The team’s amazing history has made it one of the principal ambassadors of motorsport around the world.

There was plenty going on, with special guests, a static car display and a parade, as well as drivers from the glorious past to the current line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, the latter having just won last Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Also present were the youngsters from the Ferrari Driver Academy.

Representing the ACI was its president, Angelo Sticchi Damiani, who has worked on promoting motor sport in Italy for many years, while AC Milano and SIAS (Società Incremento Automobilismo e Sport), long-time organisers of the Italian Grand Prix were represented by Geronimo La Russa and Giuseppe Redaelli respectively.

The event in the heart of Milan celebrated the 89 editions of the Italian GP held to date. The race has been held since well before the Formula 1 World Championship was established and the news that the Italian Grand Prix will continue at Monza until at least 2024 was met with great enthusiasm from the crowd.

Scuderia Ferrari was out in force, painting Milan red. Up on stage management from the past, including Luca di Montezemolo and Cesare Fiorio, Jean Todt, Stefano Domenicali and Maurizio Arrivabene, as well as Vice President, Piero Ferrari, the CEO, Louis Camilleri along with the current management and also a gang of former mechanics from the old days, some of them actually taken on by Enzo Ferrari himself.

A whole host of drivers from the past and present also took part. Among the many, Mario Andretti who famously took pole at Monza with Ferrari in 1982, along with Alain Prost, Jean Alesi, Gerhard Berger, Rene Arnoux, Eddie Irvine, Luca Badoer, Ivan Capelli, Giancarlo Fisichella, Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi and Felipe Massa. On top of that, youngsters from the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) were on hand, representing the future in the shape of Giuliano Alesi, Callum Ilott, Mick Schumacher, Marcus Armstrong, Robert Shwartzman, Enzo Fittipaldi and then the aforementioned current F1 line-up of Vettel and Leclerc.

On stage at the Piazza Duomo were some iconic cars from the Maranello marque, including the 1967 312 F1 as raced by Chris Amon, Clay Regazzoni’s 312 B3/74, Gilles Villeneuve’s 126 CK, the first turbocharged Ferrari to win a Grand Prix in Monaco in 1981, the Indycar prototype from 1986, the F2002, and of course, the SF90 just had to be there, fresh from its win in Belgium.

A great hit with the crowd in the Piazza Duomo was a parade of unforgettable cars. Among the jewels, the Alfa Romeo 8C driven in 1934 by Tazio Nuvolari, with Leclerc as a passenger, the 750 Monza with Vettel on board and the 312 T in which Niki Lauda won the 1975 world championship. Apart from the racing cars, four beautiful road-going Ferraris were also there: the Monza SP1 and SP2 as well as an F8 Tributo and 488 Pista Spider.

After the event, Vettel, Leclerc and Team Principal Mattia Binotto went to the Ferrari Store for one more meeting with the fans. As from tomorrow, they will be at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix in which Scuderia Ferrari wants to shine.

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01 | 09 | 2019 GP Belgien / GP BelgiumScuderia Ferrari has taken its first official win of the season, thanks to a great performance from Charles Leclerc at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The Monegasque managed the 44 lap race to perfection, on his way to his maiden F1 win, the first also for a driver from Monaco. This fantastic result came at the end of what was a very difficult weekend for the world of motor sport, following the tragic death in Saturday’s Formula 2 race of young French driver Anthoine Hubert.

The race. Charles got away well from pole position to keep the lead. Behind him, Sebastian Vettel was overtaken at the first corner by Lewis Hamilton but retook the place getting by again at the end of the Kemmel straight. Shortly after, the Safety Car appeared after Max Verstappen went off and then Carlos Sainz did the same. At the restart, Charles managed to pull away from the group, running at a consistent pace. Sebastian pitted on lap 15 to switch from Soft to Medium, while his team-mate stayed out for a further 5 laps.

Sebastian. On new tyres, Vettel put in a run of very quick laps which saw him take the lead when Leclerc and the two Mercedes pitted. However, the German’s tyres were degrading quickly and his pace dropped off and on lap 27 he let his team-mate through into the lead. Then Hamilton closed in and he and Sebastian had a good duel for three laps. Once he had lost the place, the team changed his strategy, bringing him in for another set of Softs to run for the final ten laps of the race. Sebastian finished fourth, behind Charles and the Mercedes duo and, making the most of his new tyres, brought home the extra point that goes with setting the fastest lap.

Sebastian Vettel #5
“It was not by any means an easy race for me. At the start I managed to retake my position from Lewis but then I began to struggle with the tyres and I had to stop earlier than planned. With the medium tyres at first I managed to maintain a good pace, but then it dropped again.
I tried to keep second place but I couldn’t do it and at that point, the best thing to do was to pit once more for tyres and carry on without struggling so much.
We have to understand why my car had such high tyre degradation and we will do a full analysis of the situation to understand the reasons why I did not feel comfortable. It was definitely not a great weekend for me, but it was a great weekend for the team and that’s the main thing. So congratulations to all the guys in the team and well done to Charles for his first win!”

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30 | 08 | 2019 GP Belgien / GP Belgium  The first Friday following the summer break went off smoothly for Scuderia Ferrari, as the team got through its planned programme over the course of free practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, the thirteenth round of the season. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel completed 98 laps between them over the three hours of track time and were quickest in both sessions. However, lap times don’t mean much until tomorrow afternoon when it’s time for qualifying.

FP1. Sebastian and Charles did 20 laps each, starting on the Soft tyre. They both worked on set-up before tackling some runs aimed at evaluating performance. The first to set a significant time was Leclerc with a 1’44”788. Shortly after, Sebastian posted a 1’44”574, which turned out to be the best of the session, with his team-mate second.

FP2. In the afternoon, the two Scuderia Ferrari drivers got back to work, running the Medium tyres to complete an evaluation of the compounds brought here by Pirelli, before going back to the Softs for a qualifying simulation. Charles did a 1’44”123, which turned out to be the quickest of the day. Sebastian was next up with a 1’44”753. The Monegasque and the German then began working on race preparation with the usual long runs, on different fuel loads.

Tomorrow. The final hour of free practice gets underway at noon local time, prior to qualifying at 3pm. On Sunday, the Belgian Grand Prix gets underway at 15.10.

Sebastian Vettel #5
“It was a positive day and it’s great to be back in the car, especially at a track like this. The feeling from the cockpit was good, but I think there is still room for improvement. Let’s not forget it’s only Friday and it will only get serious tomorrow afternoon and then Sunday when it matters. On a quick lap, the performance was okay, but the race is not just one lap and so we have to work on improving our race pace, especially in the second sector. In today’s two sessions, we were sliding a bit too much in the middle sector and so for the race it will be important to optimise the tyre behaviour. We still have work to do tomorrow.”

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29 | 08 | 2019 GP Belgien / GP Belgium Formula 1 is back in business today at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, which hosts the thirteenth round of the season on Sunday. After a well deserved break for all the teams, Scuderia Ferrari and its drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have been hard at work in preparation for this race. As usual, they carried out their track walk and met with the engineers to plan the programme for tomorrow’s two free practice sessions which start at 11 and 15 CET.

With the media. In the afternoon, Sebastian and Charles met the journalists at the team’s media motorhome, with the German first to face the microphones. “I’m happy to be back on track, especially as Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most exciting circuits of the season and it’s great to be back here. Who are favourites? I don’t think it can be us, because recently our rivals have clearly improved a lot. As for ourselves, we have nevertheless never stopped working, because sometimes, the slightest change can produce a big improvement. We have not given up, as that’s not our style. We want to win and we will keep trying right to the end.”

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