Maranello, 8 December – Ferrari was involved in two prizegiving ceremonies last night, in Bologna for the usual Caschi d’Oro, organised by Italian magazine Autosprint and in Paris where the prizes for the FIA World Endurance championship were handed out.
In the Italian location the Ferrari Driver Academy was particularly lauded, taking the Casco d’Oro in the youth category for results obtained by its drivers during 2013, with its director Luca Baldisserri on hand to collect the award. “We were established in 2010 and this year we have won something important with Antonio and Lello. Also with us in the FDA is Jules Bianchi, who’s had a good season in Formula 1. Working with these talented youngsters is more demanding than working with already established Formula 1 drivers, because the youngsters can sometimes lose sight of their objective and one has to use the stick now and again…Given how much is invested in them, one has to follow them closely because for all of them, the aim is to get to the Reds.”
Listening to their teacher very attentively were two of the drivers who brought home the most important results achieved to date by the FDA, Raffaele Marciello Casco d’Oro Tricolore and Antonio Fuoco, Casco di Bronzo.
“For 2014, we are still weighing up which is best between GP2 and the World Series and I think the decision will come soon,,” said Marciello, winner of the European FIA Formula 3 Championship, who had been in Paris the previous night to pick up his award at the FIA gala evening. “From the test sessions I have done, I can say I felt comfortable with both cars, even though they are very different one from the other. Whichever way it goes, I am very honoured to be able to race in one of these categories.”
“It’s been a fantastic season and it’s been wonderful working with the Prema team and Ferrari,’ added Fuoco, the Formula Renault Alps champion. “In 2014 my programme is to compete in the Formula 3 championship and testing starts next week, so I hope to do well right away.”
It’s been another great year for Ferrari and the drivers that fly its colours in GT races around the world. The clash with the ceremony in Paris meant that not all the prize winners could be present in Bologna, but Giancarlo Fisichella, second behind Gimmi Bruni, who played a key role, sharing the cockpit with the winner in seven of the eight races, in the drivers’ title, as he did for AF Corse in the teams’ and Ferrari in the constructors’, was a worthy representative for Bruni, Amato Ferrari and Antonello Coletta, all three on duty in the French capital, as he received the Caschi d’Oro for the title wins in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Two other Italian drivers also received Caschi d’Oro for their achievements at the wheel of the 458 in GT racing: Andrea Montermini, winner of the Open GT Championship and Alessandro Balzan, who triumphed across the Pond in the Grand-Am series.