jueves, 23 de mayo de 2013

Ferrari to Race 800th Time

Ferrari is currently the oldest surviving team on the Formula One circuit, that started out in 1948. The team's first victory came in the year 1951. It has been a long successful journey over the decades, and this weekend, the Turkish Grand Prix will witness Ferrari's 800th race as a team.

Luca di Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari said on the official Formula 1 website, "Eight hundred Formula One Grands Prix represents a milestone in the life of Ferrari, which fills us with satisfaction and pride. I want to share our delight in this achievement with all the drivers who have driven our cars in the world championship, and with our fans. It is nice to look back and see what we have done together, aware we are part of a story that is without equal and is ongoing." He joined Ferrari as sports director in 1973. Montezemolo, in his Ferrari stint, has seen 359 races with the team all over the world.

Besides this phenomenal record, Ferrari boasts of numerous other achievements. They possess 632 podium finishes, 80 one-two finishes, 211 race wins, 15 drivers' championships, and 16 constructor's championships. They hold the record for the most number of consecutive race wins - 14 in 1952-53. Ferrari's winning record is an awesome 26%. Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most wins in a season for a driver - 13 in 2004. Other records the legend holds are 19 consecutive podium finishes in 2001-02, and 24 continuous races fetching points. All these besides his most race wins and world championships.

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa said, "It's a great pleasure for me to be a small part of these 800 Grands Prix for Ferrari. I will try my best to go to Turkey to fight for the victory, to have also a nice celebration about these 800 Grands Prix. It's a fantastic feeling to be inside this nice story." Fernando Alonso also added, "Hopefully, I can celebrate a hundred races with Ferrari! When I joined the team it seemed even better than I had expected, and I think it still has a huge potential in terms of the current car's performance, given that the facilities in Maranello are maybe the best. Also, the atmosphere in the team is very good, like a big family. The staff are not just workers for the team, they are part of its history."

Ferrari are behind Red Bull in the team standings, and will be looking to catch up. But Sunday's race will be special for the legendary team, 800 and still going strong.

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