Ferrari Racing Days 2015 was held at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyoród, Hungary. The 4.014-kilometre circuit is the same track where Michael Schumacher won his second championship in a Ferrari car (fourth overall) and Felipe Massa suffered a horrific life-threatening accident in 2009.
The Ferrari Racing Days is the largest Ferrari-related spectacle in Hungary with more than 20,000 visitors this year. Sebastian Vettel vowed the crowd with an appearance in the Ferrari F2012 on the final day. The German driver demonstrated the car and took a few laps around the Hungaroring. Some VIP guests also enjoyed a ride with Vettel in a F12 Berlinetta.
“I had a lot of fun out on the track today and it was great to see so many fans in attendance. It is not very often that I get to drive a Formula One car just for fun and give the fans something different to see,” Vettel said.
The Ferrari Racing Days was held in partnership with Shell, which has been working with the Italian carmaker for more than 60 years. Shell has provided technical expertise and fuels to the Ferrari F1 Team in over 500 races. The F2012 driven by Vettel at the Hungaroring was powered by Shell V-Power Nitro+ Fuel, which is designed to defend against corrosion. Shell was active in the paddock at the Ferrari Racing Days with its experts available to answer the queries of the fans.
“We have a fantastic partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, spanning over 60 years, and events like today really highlight the importance of our strong and successful collaboration,”Petr Prazsky, General Manager of Shell in Central and Eastern Europe, stated.
“This weekend also demonstrated just how passionate and dedicated Shell is to ensuring Scuderia Ferrari has the best fuels and lubricants to achieve success on the race track. And I am sure our site staff will demonstrate that passion to our customers at our forecourts across the region,” he added.
Ferraris from all eras and of all types were at display. Normal road cars included the LaFerrari, Enzo, 458 Italia, California T and the 488 GTB. Meanwhile, the F1 Clienti showcased a plethora of one-seater race cars.
The ‘il Reparto Corse Clienti‘ is a platinum non-competitve owners program offered by Ferrari wherein the uber-rich customers can purchase Ferrari F1 cars from 1973 for sums exceeding seven figures. Cars exhibited by the F1 Clienti included the F2002 and F2004 and WEC driver Davide Rigon was there to provide tips to the owners of these vehicles.
Moreover, there were also cars from the track-legal ‘XX’ range, the Enzo-based Ferrari FXX, 599XX and the FXX K, which made its public debut. The LaFerrari-inspired FXX K is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12 engine that makes 848 hp. This gasoline engine combines with an electrical motor to produce a total of 1036 hp. It was the star attraction among the cars showcased, costing more than €2.5 million. Its deliveries will start later this year with all the models already sold out.
Meanwhile, the third round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe also took place over the weekend. Amateur drivers got to sharpen their skills and race series were held for gentlemen aged 55 and above.