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    Ferrari F1 test day at Fiorano

    Just got back from the Ferrari Owner Site F1 test day at Fiorano on 4/15. What a fabulous event! Our group of 24 was lucky enough to get perfect weather (not guaranteed in Italy in April by any means) and Michael Schumacher's presence. I urge any owner with interest in F1 to try to take part in a future offer. Ferrari went out of their way to give us extraordinary access considering how hard the team is working to try to turn the season around. At times, I was close enough to hear the conversation between Michael and his race engineer, and of course just hearing the shriek of the F2005 passing a few feet from us on the track was worth the effort of the trip alone. I am very impressed that Ferrari cares enough about their owner community to arrange these events, I assure you they do not do it for the money.

    Gary

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    Very cool, Gary! I got to see the 2003 Schumacher F1 car setting the track lap record at Laguna Seca last summer (driven by a factory test driver). I was sitting right next to the track (at the corkscrew) and impressive is not a strong enough word!

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    Grant said:
    Very cool, Gary! I got to see the 2003 Schumacher F1 car setting the track lap record at Laguna Seca last summer (driven by a factory test driver)...



    Congratulations, Gary! That sure looks like a very special event.

    Grant,

    It is my understanding that the F1 car was unable to break the track record at Laguna.

    Greg A

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    Gary, you took a illegal pic

    It was very nice meeting you over there ...

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    Patriek (jennyz) said:
    Gary, you took a illegal pic

    It was very nice meeting you over there ...



    With all the photogs lining the fence with massive lenses, I figure that shot won't give much away. Nice to see you there, Patriek, to put a face to the on-line name!

    Gary

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    tdf360 said:
    Just got back from the Ferrari Owner Site F1 test day at Fiorano on 4/15. What a fabulous event! Our group of 24 was lucky enough to get perfect weather (not guaranteed in Italy in April by any means) and Michael Schumacher's presence. I urge any owner with interest in F1 to try to take part in a future offer. Ferrari went out of their way to give us extraordinary access considering how hard the team is working to try to turn the season around. At times, I was close enough to hear the conversation between Michael and his race engineer, and of course just hearing the shriek of the F2005 passing a few feet from us on the track was worth the effort of the trip alone. I am very impressed that Ferrari cares enough about their owner community to arrange these events, I assure you they do not do it for the money.

    Gary



    Gary I have often considered doing it but honestly felt it was nothing more than a money making event for Ferrari. Your experience has me reconsidering.

    BTW it is good to put a face to a name.

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    Just got back from the Ferrari Owner Site F1 test day at Fiorano on 4/15. What a fabulous event! Our group of 24 was lucky enough to get perfect weather (not guaranteed in Italy in April by any means) and Michael Schumacher's presence. I urge any owner with interest in F1 to try to take part in a future offer. Ferrari went out of their way to give us extraordinary access considering how hard the team is working to try to turn the season around. At times, I was close enough to hear the conversation between Michael and his race engineer, and of course just hearing the shriek of the F2005 passing a few feet from us on the track was worth the effort of the trip alone. I am very impressed that Ferrari cares enough about their owner community to arrange these events, I assure you they do not do it for the money.

    Gary



    what a nice event -- awesome! thanks for sharing your impressions!

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    teflon said:
    Grant,

    It is my understanding that the F1 car was unable to break the track record at Laguna.

    Greg A



    Greg - Oh, didn't realize that. I saw the car lapping on Sat. and was told it broke the record on Sun (while I was at the Concours...).

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    man that sounds like tons of fun!

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    AndrewSS said:
    man that sounds like tons of fun!



    Yeah, it's a car freak's heaven - highly recommend the whole weekend:

    Fri - Concours Italiano
    Sat - Vintage races at Laguna Seca
    Sun - Concours at Pebble Beach

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    Grant said:
    Quote:
    teflon said:
    Grant,

    It is my understanding that the F1 car was unable to break the track record at Laguna.

    Greg A



    Greg - Oh, didn't realize that. I saw the car lapping on Sat. and was told it broke the record on Sun (while I was at the Concours...).



    Yeah I was there as well. Bertolini gave it the old college try, but it was a cool, breezy day, dust blowing across the track, and when you think about the other problems (very little testing and setup time, grooved tires vs the slicks on the champ cars, etc) he did very well to come as close as he did. It would have been interesting to see what Michael could have turned in, though. The acoustics at Laguna are really wild when you have a screamer like the F1 Ferrari. I watched from the outside of the track, next to the guard rail just before S/F, and it was truly painful. Several kids were in tears. A good pain, though.

    Gary

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    Very cool, a car guy's dream come true indeed.

    Cheers!
    Ray

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    Great pic, any more?

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    Here's another...

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    tdf360 said:
    ...Yeah I was there as well. Bertolini gave it the old college try, but it was a cool, breezy day, dust blowing across the track, and when you think about the other problems (very little testing and setup time, grooved tires vs the slicks on the champ cars, etc) he did very well to come as close as he did. It would have been interesting to see what Michael could have turned in, though. ...Gary



    I imagine that the F2004 with Schumacher or Barrichello at the wheel would've shaved of two more seconds - how far is this from the lap record?

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    Ferdie said:
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    tdf360 said:
    ...Yeah I was there as well. Bertolini gave it the old college try, but it was a cool, breezy day, dust blowing across the track, and when you think about the other problems (very little testing and setup time, grooved tires vs the slicks on the champ cars, etc) he did very well to come as close as he did. It would have been interesting to see what Michael could have turned in, though. ...Gary



    I imagine that the F2004 with Schumacher or Barrichello at the wheel would've shaved of two more seconds - how far is this from the lap record?



    I don't have the exact numbers in front of me, if I remember correctly Bertolini ended up about .5 to .7 off the record, so another couple seconds would be under the record easily. Still bench racing though.

    Gary

     
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