Ferrari customer teams achieved success in the 60th edition of ADAC ACAS H&R Cup. It did mark 3rd round of VLN championship. Ferrari 488 GT3 was seen at the race, which took place in Nordschleife. It is a 22 km circuit and also won the Prestige class and 458 Italia of Racing One on the SP8 division. After being qualified in many sessions, the 2 Ferrari 488 GT3 dominated in 1st and 2nd positions. They were as competitive as anticipated. The race did take a turn for the 488 GT3 which was crewed by Christian Menzel and Leonard Weiss while the twin car of Jochen Krumbach, Oliver Kainz and Georg Weiss achieved 3rd on the whole behind the Porsche which belonged to Frikadelli Racing Team. Lance David Arnold and Fernandez drove the car and the Audi of Phoenix Racing was done with Frank Stippler and Vincent Kolb.
Lewis Hamilton claimed a maximum 25 points but his principal rival left with none as the championship situation changed dramatically in Singapore.
Hamilton now leads Sebastian Vettel by 28 points in the drivers’ championship. That is the largest lead any driver has enjoyed all season. Vettel’s lead peaked at 25 points after the Monaco Grand Prix, since when Hamilton has enjoyed a net 53-point swing in his favour.
It was Hamilton’s third consecutive win, following a period at the beginning of the season in which no driver had won two in a row. It was also his third victory in Singapore.
Hamilton now has 60 career wins, yet it is shocking to know that this is the second time he has won, having started outside of the first two rows. He won the 2014 British Grand Prix from sixth place. His other wins have come from pole position (38), second (15), third (3) and fourth (2).
Vettel’s 200th participation in a world championship race weekend was not a successful one. His retirement from the race means Hamilton is now the only driver to have scored points in every race this year.
Recently, Lewis Hamilton had made suggestions that showed that his Brackley-based team had made a lot of progress in understanding how to better manage its long runs on Tuesday.
This was made evident on Wednesday when his Mercedes team mate, Valtteri Bottas completed more laps than anyone to continue those efforts.
Bottaswho was running without the T-wing,produced his best lap of 1m31.771s early in the session. Later on, he shifted to much longer stints in an attempt to try and unlock the reasons behind his own tyre struggles on Sundayin the Bahrain GP.
However, the first red flag of the day was brought out by Bottas just after 1pm when his car stopped on track at Turn 4.
Another team trying to unlock the potential it feels it has in its car is Force India. Its driver, Esteban Ocon was on hand to set the second fastest time of the morning before handing over his car in the afternoon to Sergio Perez.
The third fastest was Daniil Kvyatof Toro Rosso’s who came in no more than 0.071 seconds behind Ocon. Sebastian Vettel of the Ferrari team was the fourth fastest after being confined to the garage for a better part of the morning.
Often it is all about the vehicle that is in the circuit.
Ferrari is one of the oldest and most successful racing companies in the world, is looking at bringing back their glory days once again with a new car model. This might be part of the team’s effort to get back to the top of the list on the seventieth anniversary year of the company. The last driver to have won the title for the company was about a decade back. That was when Kimi Raikkonen won the title in 2007. This year the company’s team has been busy testing a SF70H model that was put through extensive test runs in Spain to showcase lap times that promise to be record breaking. The name of the car model is an ode to the first version that was created by Enzo Ferrari back in 1947. The car has undergone much scrutiny as it has been driven around pit lanes. The car was also presented online with a low profile and it might be a ploy to keep the attention of the car till it makes its maiden run on March 26th.
Ferrari’s Middle East & Africa general manager, Giulio Zauner is very happy about the future of the company.
Ferrari started the car making business in 1947, the same year in which Europe was being rebuilt after her Second World War experience. Though as formidable as Ferrari was, the two-seater racer’s pioneering stage was actually unpromising, the company sold the 125 S to fund their car racing endeavors.
70 years later, Ferrari has become one of the most-recognized brands on planet, with a long list of exotic cars that excite everyone.
“As Ferrari, we really want to do something with clients, not just show off, this is not Ferrari. And I tell you, we will surprise. We cannot tell you more, but we will do something, let me say, outstanding,” Zauner said.
He explained that the since this year was such a remarkable milestone for the company, it will be packed with 12 months of activities and fun filled editions with several events spanning a total of 60 countries.
Speaking at the post-race press conference, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari’s Formula One Team driver has stated that he was quite unimpressed by the tactics put up by the winner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix held on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel had tagged the attempts made by Hamilton to back NicoRosberg into the pack as “dirty tricks” which he was not in the least impressed about.
Despite Hamilton finishing as the winner of the race, Rosberg had ended up as the crowned champion, which was one of the reasons why Hamilton had tried to back him up, first into the Red Bulls and thereafter, into the fast approaching Vettel.
Vettel had been the quickest in the lead pack due to the use of an alternate strategy. He was able to get close to Rosberg, after he had successfully dispatched Max Verstappen with five laps yet to go.
However, he was unable to get past Rosberg. Explaining during the post-race conference, Vettel had said,
“Daniel [Ricciardo] was fairly straightforward to pass, but when I arrived behind Max, I started to slide and the car got worse,”
Ferrari is all set to take Formula One to the next level through its introduction of new tyres.
The compounds of the tyres are wider by 25 percent when compared to the existing ones. It would be introduced in the next season and hence it is now in a testing phase. The testing schedule took place this week at Fiorano with Esteban Gutierrez and Sebastian Vettel as the duties were shared with them on Monday and Tuesday.
The SF15-T that was used in 2015 by the Italian outfit has been modified for simulating the rule of 2017. The rear wing and front wing are wider than before. There were about 285 laps that were finished within the first 2 days of testing. For sessions in the morning, slicks were being used and intermediates were used on the water track. The front tyres were increased to 305 mm from 245 mm and the rears to 405 mm. Also, the aim was to cut up to 4 seconds of every lap.