Ferrari Finali Mondiali
At Mugello – Part 2

Keith Bluemel Words by Keith Bluemel
One of the earliest F40 LMs to compete, campaigned by Ferrari France and driven by the likes of Jean Alesi and Jean-Pierre Jabouille

One of the most impressive features of the Finali Mondiali this year was the massive array of the company’s F1 heritage on display in the main paddock structure, with row upon row of gleaming red bodywork stretching as far as the eye could see, ranging from a 1967 312 F1 to the current F17-H, definitely Ferrari F1 fans paradise! The building also contained expansive displays of competition GT cars, providing a rounded overview of the company’s competition car output in their 70th anniversary year.

1979 312 T4 was the last Ferrari 12 cylinders to win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship, driven by Jody Scheckter (though this is Gilles Villeneuve's car)

This building also saw the world premiere of the latest XX model on the Sunday morning, when the FXX-K Evo was unveiled. If one thought that the FXX-K was wild, then the new model takes wildness to another level, particularly at the rear with a central fin running into a sculpted rear wing, and massive diffusers under the tail accentuating the aerodynamic package. The alterations to the bodywork, intakes, outlets etc, have resulted in a downforce coefficient 23% greater than on the existing model, which equates to a 75% increase on the LaFerrari road car on which it is based. A very limited number of the new model will be produced, whilst existing FXX-Ks can also be upgraded to the new specification.

First official look of the FXX-K Evo took place at Mugello - Menacing!
Swiss Kessel Racing GTs turned up in full
Michelotto-built 308 GTB Group 4 rally car

The Challenge finals resulted in victory in the Coppa Shell for Denmark’s Johnny Laursen in his # 360 Formula Racing entered 488, who took the win by a scant 0.294sec from Henry Hassid from France in his # 347 Charles Pozzi entry. The final podium place went to the fast lady, Fabienne Wohlwend from Liechenstein, in her # 301 Octane 126 entered example. In the Trofeo Pirelli final it was a win for Fabio Leimer from Switzerland in his # 8 Octane 126 entered 488, from Octane 126 team mate, the German driver Bjorn Grossmann, in his # 1 example, with Sam Smeeth from the UK taking 3rd place in his # 92 Stratstone Ferrari entered example, so over the pair of podiums there was a truly international presence.

All Photos by Keith Bluemel

Memories of Michael Schumacher will always remain