The Ferrari Driver Academy is about to start the inaugural Florida Winter Series. This program is being created to remedy the issue of having a lack of suitable weather at European tracks in the winter. Other manufactures run a winter series to include Toyota who runs an off-season series in New Zealand.
The Ferrari Driver Academy is training program designed to give aspiring drivers more seat time and opportunities to develop their skills. The Florida Winter Series will act as more of a developmental program than a competitive championship. The Florida Winter Series will consist of 15 aspiring drivers behind the wheel of the Tatuus Formula Abarth FA010B, this open-wheel racer comes equipped with a 195 horsepower engine furnished by Fiat Powertrain Technologies. Engineers will be assigned to cars with a ratio of one engineer per three cars in the series.
The series will consist of 5 events with 3 of these events being held at the Homestead Motor Speedway, the other two events will take place at Sebring and Palm Beach. FDA chief and former Formula One engineer Luca Baldisseri will be the Florida Winter Series supervisor. Young talent from several different open wheel series are expected to attend to include Ferrari prodigy Jules Bianchi, F3 champ Raffaele Marciello and Formula Renault winner Antonio Fuoco.
Felipe Massa will make the move to Williams in 2014, bringing with him experience to the struggling race team in hopes of returning Williams to championship form. Ferrari has announced earlier this year that Kimi Raikkonen will be returning to Ferrari in 2014 as teammate to Fernado Alonso. Massa, a 32-year-old Brazilian will replace Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado who has been ineffective at Williams since relationships between driver and team broke down earlier this year. Continue reading “Felipe Massa to Leave Ferrari in 2014” »
No single brand in the world represents speed, beauty, technology and design quite like Ferrari. This past weekend Ferrari celebrated 30 years of presence in China at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong. More than 600 Ferrari models representing every era of the famed automaker’s existence were on hand, making this expo the single largest gathering of Maranello’s sports cars ever organized in China.
The expo involved several events that all led up to Marc Gene, Scuderia Ferrari’s test driver, unveiling the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
Drifting at full-throttle is exciting in any vehicle; the experience becomes beyond super-awesome when your drift car happens to be Ferrari’s fastest street-legal production vehicle currently made. This 740-horsepower V-12 packs a mind-blowing 509 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm guaranteed to leave tires screaming as they run for their lives. This may explain why Ferrari provided an additional four sets of tires to auto journalist Chris Harris of EVO magazine and co-host of DRIVE for his driftcar excursion thru Europe’s most beautiful track, the Anglesey Race Circuit in Wales.
Ferrari has captured the Rolex Series manufacturer Championship for the second consecutive season. Alessandro Balzan’s second place finish at Lime Rock Park was enough to win the Rolex Series GRAND-AM GT drivers championship and secure the Rolex series team championship for Scuderia Corsa. This generates serious momentum for Ferrari leading into the 2014 season where the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM series will merge to become the Tudor United Sports Car Championship.
KIMI RAIKKONEN SIGNS WITH FERRARI THRU 2016
Ferrari Scuderia announced that Kimi Raikkonen will be rejoining Ferrari in 2014. Raikkonen won the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship driving for the Italian Marque. Kimi will be replacing Brazilian Felipe Massa who has underperformed his entire career with Ferrrari. Continue reading “Kimi Raikkonen to Drive for Ferrari in 2014, Signed Thru 2016” »