Formula 1: Ferrari’s Massa on Track in Riyadh

By Auto News Log • March 3rd, 2011

Riyadh – Trying a new circuit for the first time is always exciting for a racing driver. And if that “first time” can also be applied to the country he is in, with a very different culture and feel to it from one’s own, then it becomes a truly interesting experience. That was the case today for Felipe Massa, who was working at the Reem International Circuit, near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

Felipe was the main attraction at an event organised by Philip Morris International, which involved him using the safety of a race track to help around forty guests experience the intoxicating thrill of speed as he took them round in an F430 Challenge. Also present along with the Brazilian was Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali. “It’s always nice to visit somewhere new and I’m just sorry I can’t spend more time here,” said Felipe. “The track is very interesting and fun, so I hope I get a further opportunity to drive here. At the moment, our work in the build up to the start of the World Championship is intense and so we have to get back to base soon.”

“Events and venues like these are important to boost motor sport in countries which have only recently embraced it,” added Stefano Domenicali. “For Ferrari, the Middle East is a very important market which we watch very carefully.”

Fernando Alonso had been due to take part in this event, but as he was very slightly under the weather, he felt it best not to make the trip, given that he must be ready very soon for the upcoming Barcelona test session.

Source: Ferrari


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