Maranello, 30 January –The perfect driver isn’t just someone who takes to the track trying to get the most out of his car. That at least is the thinking of the organisers of the Florida Winter Series as they decided to squeeze a four day workshop in between two race weekends. It’s aimed at providing the youngsters with something more than just a racing preparation, as it covers the mechanical, engineering and athletic side.
Therefore, after the Sebring round, the competitors headed for Stuart yesterday, where they became mechanics for a day, working on their own cars, with the help of the mechanics and engineers who work with them on track. Tasks involved cleaning the brakes and air filter, assembling a gearbox and changing tyres, with the idea of giving the guys a taste of what the professionals who work on their cars actually do.
“We are doing something really original,” commented an enthusiastic Luca Baldisserri, the head of the Ferrari Driver Academy and guiding light behind the series. “Today, all those taking part were able to get first hand experience of their own cars and to literally get their hands dirty and get useful experience when it comes to understanding the job of a racing driver.”