2015

Championship

debut

They don’t call them ‘The Antipodes’ for nothing. Melbourne is a two-faced city, its Colonial past on one side, its ultra-modern reality on the other.

Equally, Scuderia Ferrari shows two faces in Australia. The smiling one comes courtesy of Seb on the rostrum, as Best of the Rest behind the Mercedes duo, putting to good use a well-prepared, one-stop strategy, which enables him to jump Massa on a track where overtaking is always a challenge.

The grumpy face, a pale one, is Kimi Raikkonen’s. His blistering race pace does not compensate for a poor start, after which he gets squeezed between F1 debs Sainz and Nasr, ends up with a damaged floor on his Ferrari and eventually pays the price of a small mistake during his first pit call, resulting in irreparable damage on his rear left wheel once his car stops again for fresh tyres.

Kimi’s blistering race pace does not compensate for a poor start.

The Aussie weekend always offers something special

The sky is brighter than anywhere else, too bad for the chilly evenings.
Fans are warm Down Under, often thanks to their Italian roots.
But the atmosphere inside the Scuderia garage is even more special, and not just because of Charlize Theron, a Venus in white, making a regal appearance.

There is another Diva in the garage and she’s known by the name of SF15-T. Performance has been encouraging during winter testing, but that now she’s on the firing line, how will she react?

“I was an incognito Ferrari fan.
Now I can call myself an official Tifoso”

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

The answer comes in a cloud of champagne spray, and while the Mercedes drivers mercilessly douse Sir Jackie Stewart on the podium, Seb looks down to a sea of red shirts and points his finger at every Tom and Dick and Harry, that’s yours, too, mate. His first outing as a Ferrari driver was a success, now we’ll see what future holds. “I was an incognito Ferrari fan. Now I can call myself an official Tifoso”.
And a good-mannered one, too.

Arrivederci

27 - 29 March 2015

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia GP