Rudskogen, 15 September –Rain was not enough to spoil the party in the Rudskogen forest today as over eight thousand spectators braved the weather at the second day of Rudskonen Motorfestival. No doubt they are more used to the adverse conditions at this time of year than the F1 Clienti engineers and mechanics.
Even if the wet track obviously limited the top speed and also that in the corners, Marc Gene still tried to push the F10 on the two runs he did, the second when the rain got really heavy. “Naturally, one goes a bit slower in the wet, but I think the spectators were still able to see what a Formula 1 car can do,” commented the Spaniard. “This track is really enjoyable for a driver, even in these conditions. There are places where it’s really nice to go flat out, especially as one doesn’t often to get to drive on a track with these characteristics, with significant changes of gradient, medium speed banked turns and very nice surroundings.
Naturally, there were questions about Formula 1 racing, with obvious references to the current season and also the one in prospect. “We know that the situation in both championships is not what we were hoping for,” said Marc. “But we are also well aware that in Formula 1 the situation can change very quickly. We are a significant way behind in both classifications, but we are definitely not throwing in the towel. We had a very good start to the season, but then, in the early part of the summer, we suffered a bit in terms of car development and our rivals moved ahead of us. In the last two races, the situation improved and, if this improvement is confirmed in Singapore, a very different track to Spa or Monza, then we can really be in the fight all the way to the end.”
Norway is a neighbour of Finland and therefore news of Raikkonen’s return to the Scuderia was greeted with enthusiasm by the spectators and the guests of the Scuderia’s sponsor, Santander, that had facilitated the team’s attendance at this event. “I want to start by saying how important Felipe has been to the history of our team, but I can also say that Kimi’s return is good news,” concluded Marc. “Along with Fernando, they will make a very strong and experienced pairing, the only one on the grid made up of two world champions. The team knows Kimi well and he knows the team too: I am sure he will be able to do a very good job with us as from next year.” Over 22,000 spectators watched the first demonstration of a Ferrari Formula 1 car on Norwegian soil. Marc did 115 kilometres over the two days, which isn’t a huge distance, but it was definitely enough to show what an exciting spectacle these cars from the highest level of motor sport can deliver, especially when painted Ferrari Red.