Classic F1 Ferraris in action at Laguna Seca

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Ferrari’s ‘F1 Clienti’ programme was in action at the famed Laguna Seca circuit last weekend.

Classic Ferraris from the 1970s and 1980s joined more recent machinery at the Californian track, where they tackled the famous Corkscrew corner.

Here are pictures of the cars in action:

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70 comments on Classic F1 Ferraris in action at Laguna Seca

  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 24th May 2011, 8:49

    Whoah! for sure they made so may cars!

  2. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 24th May 2011, 8:49

    Admittedly, I’ve never watched a race around Laguna Seca, but I’ve seen enough of it on TV and in video games to form an opinion. I have never understood why it has such a legendary reputation. The corkscrew is an interesting corner, sure enough, but the rest of the track is quite bland. Perhaps the fact that it’s one of the few famous American tracks that isn’t an oval circuit has something to do with its fame, but I’ve never really rated it, myself.

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 24th May 2011, 8:51

      But the Ferrari 640 on the other hand, I have always adored. :)

    • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 24th May 2011, 9:06

      I don’t know, I quite like it on games, and not just for the corkscrew. Its got good flow to it and I think you need good rhythm to go fast round there.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 24th May 2011, 9:21

      The corkscrew is an interesting corner, sure enough, but the rest of the track is quite bland.

      Same. The first hairpin, the Corkscrew and the final corner are all unique. Every other turn seems identical.

      • Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 24th May 2011, 9:48

        I like the right hander before the final turn, but the rest of the track is a bit bland, corkscrew excluded…

        • zecks said on 24th May 2011, 11:41

          yeah braking for the corkscrew is proper hard to with a pikes peak escudo in GT2

        • Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 24th May 2011, 15:40

          I disagree. Pretty much all the corners are unique in approach and execution. As mentioned below, the camber varies from corner to corner, there’s low speed, high speed, blind corners, ones that run uphill, ones that run downhill. There’s a reason it’s considered one of the more challenging tracks of the world.

          • Mike said on 25th May 2011, 5:35

            I actually quite like it, for sure it has nothing on many, many other tracks, It’s not in the same league as Spa or Interlagos, but for sure, it’s unique and has it’s place in motor racing lore.

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 24th May 2011, 12:23

        The narrow left hander on the run up the hill is pretty good, as are both the corners following the cork-screw- the left-hander being particularly easy to mess up. In a long race on a video-game it’s a good, tricky track to chase best times on.

    • Prateek727 (@prateek727) said on 24th May 2011, 10:25

      True. Now Road America on the other hand has some awesome flow and is legitimately worthy of its legend status.

      • Eric said on 24th May 2011, 11:18

        Totally Agree. Road America is my favorite track in the sates.

        • Rob Haswell said on 24th May 2011, 12:43

          Hands up, I only know the tracks in Forza & GT but I think Road Atlanta is a far better track. That said, Road America’s right-hand high speed kink is sweet.

          • callum w said on 24th May 2011, 13:57

            +1 for road atlanta, just awesome

            and yes laguna seca is great, each of the other corners which you guys find ‘bland’ have their own little secrets which challenge the driver… late apexes, varying camber, more open than they appear, longer than they appear etc.

          • ajokay (@ajokay) said on 24th May 2011, 15:10

            Considering America isn’t known for its road racing, it sure has a lot of good road courses. Laguna, Road America, the Glen and Road Atlanta to say the least. Sears Point and Sebring are another couple, then there’s the smaller, lesser known ones like Lime Rock and Virginia International.

            Road Atlanta is immense fun on video games.

          • US_Peter said on 24th May 2011, 18:28

            Don’t forget Barber Motorsports in Alabama. That’s where USF1 would’ve winter tested…

    • Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 24th May 2011, 15:36

      one of the few famous American tracks that isn’t an oval circuit

      *cough* Sebring, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Lime Rock and Mid-Ohio are all pretty well known I’d say.

    • YeaMon said on 24th May 2011, 20:26

      From an American, I’ve never really understood it either. I can easily name 10 american road courses better than laguna seca. Hell, it’s not even the best track in it’s state.

    • Earnard Beccelstone said on 24th May 2011, 23:29

      Stand on track at Laguna the corkscrew and you’ll realise just what an amazing piece of race course it actually is.

      The way it just plunges down and twists away and the steepness of the gradient are one of those things that really have to be experienced first hand – TV just doesn’t do it any justice.

      The whole back of the track (from turn seven through to the hairpin) is fantastic. The rest is a bit …meh, 90 degree left handers and a few medium fast sweepers.

  3. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 24th May 2011, 9:03

    This is supposed to be a family site Keith, I’m sure some won’t appreciate such brazen pornography.

    Me on the other hand, I love it. The 312…Oh my God…

  4. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 24th May 2011, 9:07

    I hate these guys who are F1 Clienti…because I’m not one of them! Love the 640 and 312.

  5. brabham said on 24th May 2011, 9:16

    I wonder how that f2004 goes on slicks…

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th May 2011, 9:39

      They look so much better on slicks than they did on those horrible grooved tyres. I never hear anyone say F1 should go back to those.

      • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 24th May 2011, 9:49

        I wonder how that f2004 goes on slicks…

        My word, I never thought of that! I’d love to see a qualifying session with 2004 cars on slicks. That would be insane.

        They look so much better on slicks than they did on those horrible grooved tyres.

        Agreed. It looks much cleaner. And although I don’t want the grooved tyres back, I didn’t really have anything against them. They were a good way to reduce grip without limiting aerodynamic development.

      • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 24th May 2011, 10:42

        Funniliy enough I was watching the 2008 season review the other day and I couldn’t help notice how massive the last generation of Bridgestone grooved tyres looked, they were enormous, and they badly spoiled the look of the cars.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th May 2011, 10:45

          The front tyre dimensions were wider then, to make up for the loss of contact patch due to the grooves.

          • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 24th May 2011, 10:57

            Which sort of defeats the whole point of a grooved tyre a bit, doesn’t it?

          • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 24th May 2011, 11:37

            Agreed, but there was something about the constrcution of the later Bridgestones (and the Michelins actually) that made them look even wider.

            I’d post a few pictures but I don’t want to violate anyone’s copyrights!

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th May 2011, 11:42

            You can post links to pictures, no problem.

          • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 24th May 2011, 11:47

            Which sort of defeats the whole point of a grooved tyre a bit, doesn’t it?

            That’s what I was thinking…

  6. HounslowBusGarage (@hounslowbusgarage) said on 24th May 2011, 9:17

    That 312 is gorgeous, isn’t it? But look how high the driver sits, it almost looks as though his shoulders are outside the car.
    The third shot is taken from the camera clipped to the rear wing. I wonder if that was a video cam as well as still and if that onboard clip will ever become available.

  7. Mike said on 24th May 2011, 9:40

    Does anyone know who’s driving the cars?

  8. Jolerto said on 24th May 2011, 10:06

    Look, someone even used Kimi’s head in the F2004. LoL

  9. Blog Raider said on 24th May 2011, 10:15

    i see the mighty F2004 still has the vodafone logo…how long is that supposed to last or are they just lazy to take it off??

  10. King Six said on 24th May 2011, 10:23

    F2004 on slicks, you’re looking at the ultimate monster right there. Nothing would come close to that!

  11. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 24th May 2011, 11:01

    I used to have a toy of the 640, only about 2.5 inches long. Once I broke the front wing! But I used superglue and it was as good as new after that.

    I know the F2004 is a best I’d rather have that 640. Sometimes it isn’t about engineering and performance but aesthetics and style. Kind of how I don’t mind F1 making a few speed sacrifices (though I think they’ve been done in the wrong area) and adding things like degrading tyres for the spectacle.

    • Mark Hitchcock said on 24th May 2011, 12:06

      I used superglue and it was as good as new after that

      That’s HRT’s policy as well.

    • Mark Hitchcock said on 24th May 2011, 12:09

      oh and I also had a model of a 640 as a kid. It understeered on some milk and broke its suspension on the skirting board.

    • ajokay (@ajokay) said on 24th May 2011, 15:19

      Just had a look at the 640′s wikipedia page. Blimey, it finished on the podium every time it finished a race. However, it only finished 9 of the 32 races it started, and was disqualified and excluded from a further three.

      Still finished 3rd overall that year, I guess, so not all bad.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 24th May 2011, 15:21

      I have models of 50 of Ferrari’s 56 cars! All from 1977 to 2010, many from 1970 to 1977 and 1950-1960 and a few from the other years.

  12. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 24th May 2011, 11:48

    Who drove the cars there? Race drivers or normal people?

  13. PieLighter said on 24th May 2011, 16:02

    That’s not Raikkonen in the F2004?!

  14. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 24th May 2011, 23:06

    Some of those old Ferrari’s just look abysmal…however, I appreciate that was the style of the time!

    I like Laguna Seca. It’s nice. The corkscrew is pretty good and difficult to get right (only from Xbox experience of course!).

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th May 2011, 23:14

      Some of those old Ferraris just look abysmal

      Possibly the most controversial comment we’ve ever had on F1 Fanatic. If that remark was directed at the 640 I’ll have to send the boys ’round.

  15. MarkC said on 25th May 2011, 2:14

    Yummy, yummy Ferrari 640. Mansell and Berger AND say hello to my semi-automatic friend :)
    That is just pure F1 car p0rn right there: pretty and innovative. 1989. good times. Thanks Keith.

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