Scuderia Ferrari celebrated its 1000th F1 start as it should this Saturday night in Piazza della Signoria in Florence, the scene of a spectacular show.
In addition to Ferrari President John Elkann, were also present CEO Louis Camilleri and Vice President Piero Ferrari, International Automobile Federation President Jean Todt, Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey, Formula 1 Director General Ross Brawn, Florence Mayor Dario Nardella, who announced the handing over of the keys to the city to Piero Ferrari, and several former Scuderia drivers and managers such as Eddie Irvine, Jean Alesi , Stefan Johansson, Luca di Montezemolo and Stefano Domenicali.
The evening began at sunset, when the square began to come to life, as guests were able to take part in a spectacular display of world champion single-seaters from different eras such as F2008, F2002, F1-2000, the 1979 312 T4 and the 500 F2 dominating the 1952 and 1953 seasons and some road Ferraris.
In the center of the square, an amaranth-colored copy of the SF1000 which characterizes the single-seaters competing on the track this weekend at the Grand Prix of Tuscany on the Mugello circuit.
Shortly after 9 p.m., the facades of Palazzo Vecchio and Loggia dei Lanzi, which overlook Piazza della Signoria, came to life, lit by some of the most iconic images of Scuderia Ferrari in the 999 Grands Prix held so far. .
At the end of the show, the guests continued the evening inside Palazzo Vecchio, where a dinner took place in the Salone dei Cinquecento.
John Elkann then took the floor to say a few words about the future of Scuderia Ferrari in Formula 1.
“As we celebrate our first thousand races, we are already looking ahead, we are already thinking about the next thousand. " Elkann said.
"We are proud to be part of this new Formula 1, a decision confirmed a few days ago thanks to the signing of the Concorde Accord, because we believe in the will of those who manage our sport and who want to make it bigger and better. more spectacular, by keeping its DNA intact. "
He then continued with a thought for the fans: “We are the only team that can boast of this in the world (1000 GP). Of course, now they are disappointed, and they do not fail to make their voices heard. "
“But we think of them when we go out on the track because, as our founder said, Ferrari is first and foremost about people, and the fans are an integral part of the team. "
“It’s been a tough season so far, but I know we have the right people, in terms of skills and passion that will allow us to win again. "
"I have one certainty: in the thousand Grands Prix that will come, the victories will be superior to those obtained so far. "
The celebrations of the 1000th Ferrari Formula 1 Grand Prix will continue this Sunday at the Mugello circuit with a particularly significant moment. Shortly before 2 p.m., the most successful single-seater in Prancing Horse history, the F2004, will once again make its V10 engine sound with Mick Schumacher at the wheel.