The Ferrari Finali Mondiali 2017 closed with over 40,000 fans flocking to Mugello during the weekend. They were drawn by ideal temperatures along with the record number of cars on show, including the 488 Challenge, 458 Challenge EVO, Formula 1 and XX Programmes. Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne was also present, greeting customers and handing the Trofeo Pirelli to the winner Fabio Leimer, before enjoying a walk in the pitlane to chat to the customers and the public in the stands and pose with the drivers and management for the usual photos.
World champions. The morning was dominated by the final races of the Challenge 2017 for the four class world titles along with the Gentlemen’s Cup and Ladies’ Cup divisions. Switzerland’s Fabio Leimer won the Trofeo Pirelli, with the 488 Challenge of Octane 126, while Jens Liebhauser (Formula Racing) crowned a season to remember by sealing the Trofeo Pirelli Am world title. However, European champion Johnny Laursen, another Formula Racing driver, sealed the Coppa Shell. In this race Henry Hassid (Charles Pozzi) secured the Gentlemen’s Cup, while Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) took the Ladies’ Cup. The final world title, the 458 Challenge EVO class one, went to US driver Joseph Rubbo (Ferrari of Long Island).
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FXX-K EVO. The day also saw the last session of the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes, one of Ferrari’s special activities that also starred in the gala evening on Saturday at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. After the award ceremony for the European Ferrari Challenge champions the FXX-K EVO was unveiled. This model is the evolution of the car presented at the 2014 Finali Mondiali. Its 1050-plus hp and hybrid technology derive from the experience gained in the Formula 1 World Championship and in GT racing at the highest level.
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Sunday. The highlight of the event was the early afternoon show, which saw the participation of Giancarlo Fisichella, Andrea Bertolini and Davide Rigon in three F60 Formula 1 cars. Rigon then hopped into the 488 GTE, which he usually drives in the World Endurance Championship where he gave the change to teammate Sam Bird. The same happened for car no. 51 with Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, who currently top the Drivers’ championship, while Ferrari enjoys a healthy lead in the Constructors’ title. F1 Clienti, XX Programmes and a number GT racing cars then completed an extraordinary array of 70 vehicles. Before the usual photos, the 125 S, the first Ferrari ever built, led the parade of cars along with the paratroopers of the Sezione Paracadutismo Sportivo Carabinieri who arrived on the track with the Italian flag and the Prancing Horse in yellow, the symbol of Maranello.
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Packed paddock. Thousands of people thronged the paddock, brimming with attractions, for a photo with the Formula 1 cars in the tent dedicated to 70th anniversary or to make a purchase at the Ferrari Store, or even to collect an autograph during the session dedicated to Challenge drivers including Hollywood actor, Michael Fassbender.
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