Ferrari Owners Club at Shanghai circuit
An exclusive on-track program raised RMB3.5 million for Shanghai Charity Fund
April 17, Shanghai - At the 2011 F1 Chinese Grand Prix Final, a group of Ferrari owners in China teamed up for a grand charity parade at the Shanghai International Circuit. This is the first-ever circuit parade by a single brand right before the final race since the inception of the F1 in 1950. Jointly arranged by Ferrari China, the Ferrari Owners Club in Shanghai, and thanks to the F1 Management Committee led by Mr. Bernie Ecclestone and the Chinese Grand Prix organizers, this parade aims to celebrate the racing culture and raise funds to the Shanghai Charity Fund for children who need medical help.
A total of RMB 3.5 millions (about USD 540,000) was raised through this initiative. Earlier this week, Ferrari held the annual F1 gala dinner to celebrate the race season, and a cheque donation ceremony, where Mr. Edwin Fenech, Ferrari Greater China President and CEO; Mr. Rick Yan, Ferrari Owners’ Club of China President; and Mr. Giuseppe Zhu, Scuderia Ferrari Club Shanghai President, jointly presented the donations to the Shanghai Charity Fund.
The parade was greeted by Scuderia Ferrari driver Marc Gené in the pole position in a stunning Ferrari California. Right behind it were 22 Ferrari models including the unique 599 China Limited Edition, the Scuderia Spider 16M Limited Edition, and the most innovative 8-cylinder sports car, the 458 Italia. The parade ran several laps on the circuit as hundreds and thousands of enthusiastic spectators’ cheer the team on.
"Racing is the soul of Ferrari, and the track is our battlefield’, said Mr. Edwin Fenech. “For this parade, Ferrari has brought together a stunning line-up to share Ferrari’s glorious racing heritage and culture. At the same time, we hope to help contribute to the society who graciously supported Ferrari’s growth since 2004.”
Ferrari and the F1
Ferrari is the only constructor to have competed in every single edition of the World Drivers’ Championship (commonly known as Formula 1) since its creation in 1950. For many years now, it has also been the only team to build every part of its single-seaters in-house: chassis, engine, gearbox, suspension.
By the end of 2010, Ferrari had won a total of 15 Drivers’ and 16 Constructors’ titles. It also holds the record for the greatest number of wins (215), pole positions (205) and fastest laps (225). A total of 70 drivers have driven officially for Ferrari in Formula1, 36 of whom have won at least one Grand Prix.
It should be pointed out that the World Constructors’ title was only established in 1958. Had it been created in the same year as the Drivers’ title, Ferrari would have won it in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954 and 1956 too.