28 Oct 2019
Drivers from Ferrari’s World Endurance Championship GT Pro squad got a taste of Formula 1 for the first time at the Finali Mondiali event at Mugello in Italy last weekend.
The Italian marque’s annual season-ending ‘world finals’ event is a celebration of all things Ferrari, with the company’s one-make series concluding their seasons over the weekend alongside appearances from the WEC and F1 teams, and the XX Clienti and F1 Clienti customer programmes.
This year the Prancing Horse’s crack GT squad were handed runs in one of the company’s F1 cars, the 2009 Ferrari F60.
For Toni Vilander, Miguel Molina, Alessandro Pier Guidi, and Daniel Serra, it was the first time each of them had driven F1 cars.
“What a special day. 19 years ago my friend Kimi Räikkönen tested [a] Sauber F1 [car] in Mugello,” said Vilander in a Tweet. “Today I did my first ever laps with Formula 1 car, at Mugello with Kimi’s 2009 Ferrari F60. [A] Childhood dream is fulfilled.”
Joining the quintet was James Calado, who was driving an F1 car for the first time since 2013 when he served as Force India’s test and third driver.
“Today was pretty awesome,” he said in an Instagram post. “Great to be back in an F1 car again after six years. Thank you so much Ferrari.”
Following the laps for each driver, Andrea Bertolini, Davide Rigon, Giancarlo Fisichella, and Olivier Beretta all took F60s onto the Ferrari-owned track for the ‘F1 show’ demonstration run, complete with pit stops and donuts. All four are also regulars across the brand’s various GT efforts all over the world, while Bertolini and Rigon are on Ferrari’s F1 test team as well.
Five Ferrari F60s were built for the 2009 season with one, chassis 277, being wrecked in the crash that severely injured Felipe Massa during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The car wasn’t one of Ferrari’s greatest hits. Following back-to-back Constructors’ titles, the F60 delivered just one win and six podiums as Ferrari struggled to get to grips with new rules introduced that year. It has since gone on to enjoy a new life as Ferrari’s pick of the bunch for demonstration and display runs, appearing at events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Bologna motor show since 2010.