DE LA ROSA AND BIANCHI ON TRACK IN BAHRAIN|
Pedro de la Rosa and Jules Bianchi will take to the track in Bahrain at the wheel of a Ferrari for the Pirelli organised test from 17 to 19 December. Apart from Scuderia Ferrari, three other Formula 1 teams will take part. While the data management and the daily schedule will be defined by Pirelli, De La Rosa’s work at the wheel of the F138 over the first two days will be important in terms of defining the continuation of the simulator development work began by the Spaniard in 2013. As for Bianchi, he drives on the final day and with a nod to the activity surrounding young driver development undertaken by the Ferrari Driver Academy, it will be an opportunity to demonstrate the progress he has made this year in Formula 1.
The test has been added to the calendar after a long consultation between the teams, following a request from the tyre supplier to test next year’s tyres using the 2013 cars. The test has been approved by the FIA, which has therefore applied a waver to the current regulations.
|+ ||BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX, ALONSO ON THE PODIUM, MASSA SEVENTH|
Fernando Alonso finished the Brazilian Grand Prix in third place and Felipe Massa was seventh. Scuderia Ferrari thus ends the season in third place in the Constructors’ classification with 354 points.
|+ ||BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW, GREEN, GOLD AND… RED|
It’s become something of a home race for Scuderia Ferrari. From 2000 to today, with the exception of 2009, the Brazilian Grand Prix has featured a Brazilian driver at the wheel of a Prancing Horse car. From 2000 to 2005, it was Rubens Barrichello who faced the task of defending Ferrari colours and from the following year onwards the honour and duty has been in the hands of Felipe Massa.
|+ ||UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, ALONSO A GRITTY FIFTH, MASSA THIRTEENTH|
Fernando Alonso finished fifth at the Circuit of the Americas, with Felipe Massa thirteenth. The Spaniard therefore cannot be beaten for second place in the Drivers’ championship on 227 points. In the Constructors,’ Scuderia Ferrari is still third on 333 points, fifteen behind Mercedes and eighteen ahead of Lotus.
|+ ||USA GRAND PRIX PREVIEW: THE FINAL JOURNEY|
On these days, the Scuderia Ferrari team members will get on a coach at the factory in Maranello, bound for the airport and a flight to the USA on the first leg of the final journey of the 2013 season. It will see them race in Austin and Sao Paolo before, like migrating birds, heading home for the winter.
|+ ||ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX, A GRITTY DRIVE FROM FERRARI DUO|
Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in fifth and eighth places respectively. The Spaniard thus strengthened his hold on second place in the Drivers’ table with 217 points, while Felipe now has 106. In the Constructors’, Scuderia Ferrari is still third, on 323 points, 11 down on Mercedes and 26 ahead of Lotus.
|+ ||ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX PREVIEW, THE UNDERSTUDIES|
They will both be there in the Yas Marina Paddock, smartly turned out in Scuderia Ferrari team kit, taking part in technical meetings with the race team, talking to guests and giving interviews to the press. No, it’s not Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, but Marc Gene and Pedro de la Rosa.