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 2012, Scuderia Ferrari had won a total of 15 Drivers’ and 16 Constructors’ titles. It also holds the record for the greatest number of wins (221) , pole positions (207) and race fastest laps (228).
A total of 71 drivers have driven officially for Ferrari in Formula 1, 37 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.
The close relationship between Ferrari and its track-oriented clients led to the staging of a series of racing activities for the latter, culminating in the establishment of the Ferrari Corse Clienti Division based at the Fiorano Circuit.
Ferrari Corse Clienti deals with the organisation of the international Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, a single-make series competed in cars which it directly readies and manages. It also coordinates the involvement of classic Ferraris in prestige events across the globe as well as providing support to clients competing in the leading international GT championships. Ferrari Corse Clienti also organizes a host of exclusive non-competitive events, such as the F1 Clienti exhibitions and the FXX and 599XX programmes.
The FDA (Ferrari Driver Academy) is an initiative aimed at helping develop young talent taken from motor sport arenas worldwide with the aim of training them for a future in F1. Apart from this, there are plans for initiatives based around promotion of motorsport in general, in Italy and abroad: currently being drawn up are partnership agreements to support youth championships in Europe, Americas and Asia. The programme includes also courses of three days each. In these meetings, the young drivers take English language lessons, study mental preparation, are coached in the concept of improving team spirit, physical preparation, as well as undergoing tests on the simulator and on the track.
The aim is to follow the drivers as they progress, not just in terms of their racing activity, but also on the human and professional front. The programme, under the guidance of Luca Baldisserri, progresses gradually over several years, starting from kart racing, before moving up through the various lower formulae, before finally making it to formulae that are the nursery slopes to Formula 1.
The ACI-CSAI (the branch of Italian Automobile Club for motorsport activities) plays an important role, working with the FDA through the Federation School at Vallelunga. The training the young drivers acquire is also aimed at producing a positive impact on the work methods that they can apply to the junior formulae in which they are currently involved.
The five drivers in the Ferrari nursery: Jules Bianchi, Raffaele Marciello, Antonio Fuoco, Lance Stroll and Guanyu Zhou