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9/10/2017 Ferrari, multi-million auction for charity
A Ferrari “LaFerrari Aperta” has been sold for $10 million at the RM Sotheby’s auction at Ferrari's Fiorano track in northern Italy, during the Ferrari's 70th anniversary celebrations. Twelve collectors were in the bidding, none of whom were named. The proceeds from the sale of the car will be donated to Save the Children, an international organization that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in more than 120 countries worldwide, Ferrari said.
9/10/2017 F1, teams switch partnerships and drivers
It is going to be real. Renault will power McLaren in 2018 and Toro Rosso will be partnered by Honda. The announcement could be made public before this week, before the Singapore GP. As reported by Sky Sports, McLaren are poised to officially split from Honda, with Fernando Alonso ‘very likely’ to stay for at least another season, while Carlos Sainz has emerged as a pivotal bargaining chip in the complex negotiations.
9/3/2017 The new dream car is... Portofino
Your new dream car is finally here. Ferrari has just revealed the Ferrari Portofino, the all new “small” of the Ferrari family, a 598 horsepower hard-top convertible GT. It’s got almost 40 hp more from its 3.8-liter turbo V8 than the old entry-level Ferrari, the California T, and it weighs less, too. The official debut will be at Frankfurt car exhibit next month; pricing hasn’t been announced, but this is Ferrari’s entry-level model...
9/3/2017 F1, Hamilton stellar at the Ferrari homecountry circuit
The Italian huge crowd of supporters was all for Vettel, after the Monza race. Flags, signs, chants. And red triumphs everywhere. But on the podium of the "Ferrari homecountry circuit" in Italy the celebrations were only for Hamilton. Winnng at Monza circuit, the Mercedes driver has taken the lead in 2017’s championship race against Vettel, who finished third. Mercedes in Italy had perfect race with Valtteri Bottas finishing second.
9/3/2017 Vettel: "something went wrong in the first laps"
The Ferrari driver Vettel now is three points behind Hamilton (Mercedes). "I tried to do by best. But something went wrong in the first 15-20 laps. The car was too slow compared to the Mercedes ones. And at certain point also Ricciardo (Red Bull) engaged a challenged race with me. At the end I was able to conquere the podium and good precious points.".
8/27/2017 F1, Hamilton wins in Spa, but Vettel (second) remains leader
Hamilton (Mercedes) won the F1 race at the Spa Circuit in Belgium, but Vettel (Ferrari) is still first in the general standings. Anyway the differences between the two drivers is just 7 points (Vettel, 220; Hamilton, 213). Next race will be just in a week in Monza, Italy. Vettel conquered the secon place in Belgium, Ricciardo (Red Bull) arrived third, and Raikkonen fourth. The race at Spa circuit was well controlled by the Mercedes pilot, but fulfilled of attempts from the Ferrari car on changing the final result.
8/27/2017 Ferrari, also Vettel signed (3 more years) after Raikkonen
30 year old, F1 world championship leader Sebastian Vettel signed for more 3 years with the Ferrari team. He will stay with the Italian team till 2020. In a statement that ended weeks of speculation over the future of the four-time champion German, Ferrari said it had "extended its technical and racing agreement with driver Sebastian Vettel for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 racing seasons.". A few days ago, also Raikkonen signed (for 1 year), so Ferrari will continue with the same team also next year.
8/20/2017 Monterey, auction record for a 1956 Aston Martin
At RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, last week, there has been the most expensive British car ever sold at auction: a 1956 Aston Martin, for $22,550,000. Good deals also for the priciest McLaren F1 (at $15,620,000), and the highest hammer price in history for a Porsche ($14,080,000). These sales and seven others make up the top 10 most expensive cars that changed hands at auction in the last days on the Monterey Peninsula.
8/20/2017 Over than $16,5 millions for a whole Ferrari collection
A whole collection of Ferraris was on auction last week in Monterey founding new owners, and collecting a total of over $16.5 million. More than half of that total was by a single vehicle: a 1961 250 GT SWB that has been sold for $8.3 million (by RM Sotheby's). There was a 275 GTB/6 Competizione that went for $3.57 million. Another 275 went for $3.25, a Daytona Spider from 1972 sold for $2.17m, and an F40 for over $1.5m. The collection also included a Dino 206, 599 GTO, two 512 BBs, a 575 Superamerica, 308 GTB, 328 GTS, 360 CS, 430 Scuderia, and 16M Scuderia Spider.
8/13/2017 Monterey, the place to be for car's lovers
Since 1950—the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—Monterey Car Week is a bucket-list affair for enthusiasts of any kind, especially so for fans of classic cars, and it gets bigger and more impressive every year... and during the whole week Monterey is" the place where to be". The concourse is going to be on next Sunday, but from now every day is a good day to discover historical or fancy cars
8/13/2017 Hamilton, a new team in his future
F1 top-driver Hamilton is going to close his contract with Mercedes at the end of next season and speculation tells that Mercedes could replace him with Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton said that he can only imagine himself with the current team, or with Williams or Ferrari.
8/6/2017 Cars lovers ready for the Monterey week
From August the 11th to August the 20th, Monterey Car Week is not to be missed in 2017. This special automotive week is full of exciting events, auto shows, rallies, concours and car auctions that ends on Sunday at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. A tradition going back over half a century, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is where the world's collector cars meet and compete. Only the 200 best collector cars in the world roll onto the legendary 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. But the Concours is only the final event in a packed week celebrating the classic automobile! All over Monterey County, classic cars take to streets, golf courses, parks and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
8/6/2017 F1, Summer break until the 26th
After the last Sunday, when Ferrari won the race at the HungaroRing, F1 megastars will hit again the track in Belgium on August 26. In the meantime drivers will be enjoying a summer of well earned rest. Some pilots decided to come back at their hometowns, others are enjoying some exotic and very luxurious destinations. Mercedes said the break arrived in the right moment to push stronger his team... and Ferrari says they will continue to improve his team...
7/30/2017 Ferrari, double victory in Budapest
Sebastian Vettel with his Ferrari increased in Hungary his drivers’ world championship leadership to 14 points. Vettel has claimed Budapest after struggling through a steering wheel malfunction for the majority of the race. With the other Ferrai, Kimi Raikkonen was second after a great race, with a perfect car, defending Vettel from Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton displayed a classy act of sportsmanship in the final lap, allowing teammate Valtteri Bottas to retake third place and finish on the podium.
7/30/2017 Mercedes "blind" during the race
It seems impossible in 2017, but it really happened. The whole Mercedes communication and data system went down in the last GP. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas's efforts against Ferrari were compromised when Mercedes lost much of its communications and data systems. Asked if the team had got to the bottom of what happened, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "It was a local hardware issue. We found a crack in a fibre optic cable, that made us fly blind"
7/24/2017.... after a great "Ferrari & Friends"...
Everything was perfect at Hollywood Casino, in Perryville, MD. A lot of Ferrari gathered, and the owners really enjoyed the time spent together. Many people took pictures of the fantastic Ferrari.... and inside the Casino, before a great lunch, the history of Italian cars - with pictures and curiosities - was really interesting...
See you all at the next event !!!
7/23/2017 F1, Halo protection system from 2018
As announced last year, Formula One cars will have the Halo cockpit safety device installed in the 2018 world championship. The news is now official, after the public announcement by the F1 strategy group on Wednesday, despite doubts over its effectiveness.
F1 had searched for extra head protection for drivers for the last two years, following the deaths of F1 driver Jules Bianchi and IndyCar racer Justin Wilson.
7/23/2017 Ferrari and the others, yes and no to Halo
It is believed that, of the 10 teams, only Ferrari voted to introduce Halo. Mercedes and Red Bull bosses are not hiding their disdain for FIA's decision to impose the controversial 'Halo' frontal protection concept for 2018. F1 legend and Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda said of Halo: "It is absolutely a mistake. The aesthetics are fatal. The Halo destroys the DNA of a Formula 1 car".
7/16/2017 F1, Ferrari still on the top but Hamilton is closer
In the general standings now there is just a one-point gap between Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari). The British driver won the F1 Gp in Silverstone. Second place for the other Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas. Third place for Kimi Raikkonen on Ferrari. Vettel, with his Ferrari, finished seventh. Hamilton controlled all the race. The final moments were all about the Ferrari duo and their problems with tires.
7/16/2017 Snapchat and F1 new partners in communication
Formula One chose social media network Snapchat in order to share videos and pictures at a selection of upcoming races. After the lSt weekend's inaugural "Our Story" at the British Grand Prix, Snap will cover the races in Singapore, Japan, the US, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
7/9/2017 In Austria Bottas wins, Vettel 2nd
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) conquered the second victory of his career on Sunday when he won the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. The Finn, in his first season with Mercedes after replacing 2016 champion Nico Rosberg, came home 0.658 seconds clear of Vettel who increased his lead over Lewis Hamilton (fourth place for the GB driver in Austria) in the drivers championship 7p to 20 points.
7/9/2017 Next weekend ready for the British GP
The ninth race of the 2017 season, the British GP, will take place on next Sunday, July 16 at 1pm, British time. Practice one and two will happen on Friday July 14. On Saturday, July 15, practice three and qualifying will determine who gets pole. It will be a good test to understand if Ferrari will be able to maintain the leadership or if the British champion Hamilton will emerge again with his Mercedes.
7/2/2017 Pink Floyd guitarist’s Ferrari on auction
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is a passionate Ferrari fan. His F40 Berlinetta recently went through a restoration process totaling up to 15,000 hours, after a fire nearly ruined it in the late 2000s, and now the car was up for auction at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. The restoration was said to cost nearly $400,000, a bill that was happily footed by the rock hero. Bonhams claim that you must refer to the department for a price estimate, but chassis number 78036 will likely fetch well over $1,000,000 at auction, making things a bit easier to swallow.
7/2/2017 Ferrari and Mercedes, different strategies on Austrian F1 GP
Formula 1 world championship rivals Mercedes and Ferrari have opted for different tire compound choices for the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix. Mercedes chose eight sets of ultra-soft tires for each of its drivers, while Ferrari has gone for seven pieces. Within each of the two teams, the drivers have heading in for slightly different directions with regards selection of the soft and super-soft. Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas have four sets of the super-soft, with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton opting for five and three respectively, Hamilton and Raikkonen have also two sets of soft remaining, with just one each for Vettel and Bottas.
6/25/2017 F1, the crazy race in Baku crowned Ricciardo
Half of the race was a complete chaos with the safety car for 3 times and several crashes. The other half was the most exciting F1 show of this year. At the end the Baku circuit in Azerbaijan crowned Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). He made a great race, starting 10th, then finishing even 17th during the race.Second place for Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), and third place for the young Canadian driver Lance Stroll (Williams) second until few moment before the arrive. Vettel and Hamilton hit each other and arrived 4th and 5th. After the race, as a celebration, the 18-year-old Lance Stroll was pushed on doing a famous Daniel Ricciardo “shoey” (to drink champagne with a shoe) after his first podium. “I’m too young for this. This is going to scar me for life,” Stroll said smiling and sipping a little bit.
6/25/2017 Vettel-Hamilton, a Sunday of fights
Vettel steered his Ferrari just ahead of Hamilton’s Mercedes. Shortly before that, Hamilton appeared to stop his car right in front of Vettel, causing Vettel to collide into him. An irate Vettel then accelerated alongside Hamilton and appeared to deliberately swerve back into him. Vettel was given a 10-second stop-go penalty, but Hamilton lost valuable time changing a loose headrest at the same time that Vettel served his time penalty.
6/18/2017 “Batmobile Ferrari” for sale
George Barris, owner of Kustom Car, in 1978, bought a new Ferrari 308 GTS and gutted it, throwing away nearly all the bodywork, interiors, and instrumentation. However, he did something between the famous Kitt of Knight Rider TV series and a Batmobile full of electronic tricks. Now this amazing Ferrari, with just 7000 km and Barris signature, was put for sale in St. Louis, Missouri, at the price of 200 thousand dollars. Many for purists (who hate cars, not originals), short for custom car enthusiasts.
6/18/2017 F1, Baku is ready with another city circuit
Everything is going to be ready in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the next F1 race, on June, Sunday the 26th. It is again a city circuit, in front of the Caspian Sea. The six kilometers, anti-clockwise layout of the circuit was designed by famous circuit architect Hermann Tilke. The circuit is planned to start adjacent to Azadliq Square, then loop around Government House before heading west to Maiden Tower. From there the track is planned to have a narrow uphill traversal and then circle the Old City before opening up onto a 2.2 km (1.4 mi) stretch along Neftchilar Avenue back to the start line.
6/11/2017 F1, Hamilton again first in Canada, Vettel only 4th for a crash
In Canada, it was all about Mercedes. The Hamilton&Bottas's team did a great job during all the Canadian week end. And the final result couldn't be different. Hamilton first, Bottas second. Third place for Ricciardo (Red Bull). Not a great race for the Ferrari team, even though Vettel conquered a great fourth place, after a race fulfilled of errors and malfunctions. The real missed protagonist pf the Canadian GP was the Force India team. The two cars were so close to the podium, but at the end they failed the big result.
6/11/2017 Canadian week end, matched all the Senna records,
A day after matching Ayrton Senna’s record of 65 pole positions, on last Sunday Hamilton reached the Brazilian driver in career Grand Slams. Hamilton has now done the quadruple of pole, fastest lap, every lap led and victory in four races, including twice this year (the other coming in China).the other drivers to have scored four Grand Slam victories are Nigel Mansell, Sebastian Vettel and Briton’s only other three-time world champion, Sir Jackie Stewart, who coincidentally celebrated his 78th birthday on Sunday. Only Jim Clark (8), Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher (both 5) have more Grand Slams than Hamilton.
6/4/2017 F1 circuit ready to increase the races
21 races in a season are not enough. The current calendar shows 20 races, but for 2018 the number will increase to 21 thanks to the return of the German and the French races, despite rhe loss of the Malysian GP. Formula One's commercial managing director Sean Bratches told to Espn he is targeting more than 21 races per season in future years and he is already working on it.
6/4/2017 Canada, Ferrari looks for confirms
Vettel (Ferrari) leads 25 points over Hamilton (Mercedes) after six F1 races. Next weekend in Canada, the Ferrari team will look for important confirms and to mark the distance from British driver and all the Mercedes team.