Tag Archive: Marc Gené

Jun 27

Ferrari tester insists Alonso ‘happy’ in red

Ferrari test driver Marc Gene has played down reports Fernando Alonso could be considering a move for 2015.

2014-06-07_0342 Spaniard Alonso, regarded as perhaps the very best driver in F1 today, has been mentioned along with fellow champions Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton as McLaren seeks a truly top driver to spearhead its new Honda era beginning next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 15

Shell showcases Scuderia Ferrari at Johannesburg Street Circuit demonstration

Marc Gené took to the specially designed temporary track

2013-05-17 - Scuderia Ferrari - Marc Gené 2 Today South Africa became the focal point of the international motorsport world when Shell brought Scuderia Ferrari to Johannesburg for a Ferrari Formula One™ street demonstration as part of the Shell V-Power Nitro+ Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 05

Ferrari confirm F1 test trio

Ferrari has announced a trio of F1 test drivers for 2014

2014-01-24 -  Scuderia Ferrari - F14 T (2) Existing trio Pedro de la Rosa, Marc Gene and Davide Rigon are all staying put, the Italian team said. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 03

Shell to showcase a Scuderia Ferrari car at Johannesburg Street Circuit demonstration

Marc Gené will take part in the street demonstration

Shell logoTo celebrate the launch of Shell V-Power Nitro+ Shell South Africa will present Scuderia Ferrari test driver Marc Gené at the Shell V-Power Nitro+ Festival on 15 February, starting at 09:00.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 04

Ferrari tester tips 2014 advantage for Red Bull

“There will always be continuity” – Gene

2012-06-09_0188Ferrari’s test driver has admitted Red Bull will enter the 2014 season with a technical advantage, despite the radical new regulations. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 02

Ferrari Racing Days Hockenheim

A huge success

Ferrari Challenge logoThe sun shone on the final day of Ferrari Racing Days at the Hockenheim Circuit where the crowds numbered over 5,000.

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May 17

Scuderia Ferrari Marc Gené and Luca Marmorini star at Shell Eco-marathon

One of the world’s most original & challenging student innovation competitions

2013-05-17 - Scuderia Ferrari - Marc Gené 3Scuderia Ferrari test driver Marc Gené joined more than 3,000 aspiring engineering students yesterday at the Shell Eco-marathon in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 26

Ferrari ‘calm’ despite troubled start – Gene

“I think this year we will fight until the end for both championships”

2012-06-09_0188Despite a mixed start to the 2013 campaign for Ferrari, test driver Marc Gene insists the mood at Maranello is “calm”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 04

Red Bull bluffing or struggling as new season looms

As the sun set on the final day of pre-season testing late on Sunday, the words on everyone’s lips were Mercedes and Red Bull.

2013-03-03 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastian Vettel (10)2013-03-03 - Red Bull Racing - Barcelona - Sebastian Vettel (2)“Everyone is saying that this Mercedes is fast.  Consistently fast,” said respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt. Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko added: “(It is fast) at least on one lap.  But at least we do have to take them really seriously.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 29

Villeneuve to commentate for Italian TV

Jacques Villeneuve will be back at the grands prix in 2013.

2012-11-01-00282012-08-16_0029Reporting from a launch event at Monza, the Italian press said the 1997 world champion has signed up with Sky Italia to commentate during live broadcasts at all races this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 18

Massa not worried about growing ‘Alonso factor’ at Ferrari

Felipe Massa insists he is not worried about the apparently ever-greater influence wrought by his teammate Fernando Alonso at Ferrari.

2012-11-16_00212012-06-08_0294Brazilian Massa hit such a low-point in his career early last year that, this week, he admitted that as Ferrari considered who to replace him with, he thought about quitting the team and formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 10

Gene inks new Ferrari test driver deal

Marc Gene has signed up for yet another year as a Ferrari test driver.

2012-06-09_0188Marc Gené  Doha (photo - Ferrari)Although now spearheading the F1 role with an Audi sports cars endurance seat, Gene has inked a new one-year Ferrari contract for 2013, Switzerland’s Speed Week reports. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 03

Ease of Vettel’s titles ‘abnormal’ – Gene

Fernando Alonso was “undoubtedly” the best driver of the 2012 season, according to fellow Spaniard and Ferrari test driver Marc Gene.

2012-11-17_00382012-06-09_0188“The ease with which Vettel has won his titles is abnormal,” the former Minardi driver is quoted by EFE news agency. “For me the best driver this year was undoubtedly Fernando, getting thirteen out of twenty podiums.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 03

Cuquerella hints HRT adventure definitely over

HRT’s technical director Toni Cuquerella has acknowledged that the Spanish team’s F1 foray is now over.

11 - HRT F1 Team2012-03-06 - HRT F1 Team - F112 05It was believed the team’s departing owner Thesan Capital had set an end-of-November deadline for a new buyer to be found. Indeed, as November became December over the past weekend, the FIA published the official 2013 entry list, and it made no mention of HRT. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Bianchi tests Ferrari improvements for Alonso

Ferrari is still pushing hard to give Fernando Alonso a title-winning Ferrari for the final back-to-back head-to-head with Sebastian Vettel.

Jules Bianchi  2011-12-04Ferrari - Jules Bianchi 1With Red Bull and Vettel’s qualifying problems allowing Alonso to claw back 3 points in Abu Dhabi, the Spaniard is still 10 points adrift with just Austin and Brazil to go. And with the red F2012 still not a match for the Adrian Newey-penned RB8, Alonso said after finishing second in Abu Dhabi: “We need to keep working and in Maranello they work day and night to bring new parts.” Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

Ferrari updates ‘no great revolution’ – Gene

Ferrari has travelled to India with some improvements for its 2012 car, test driver Marc Gene has revealed.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012-06-09_0188Despite admitting its wind tunnel has not always been up to scratch this year, the Italian team remains determined to fight back after Fernando Alonso lost his long-standing championship lead to Red Bull’s on-form Sebastian Vettel two weeks ago in Korea. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Shell commemorates 500 races with Scuderia Ferrari

Ascari to Alonso 

2012-09-22 - Ferrari - Singapore - Felipe Massa - Stefano Domenicali - Fernando Alonso - Mark Williams - Shell 5002012-09-22 - Ferrari - Singapore - Felipe Massa - Stefano Domenicalli - Mark Williams - Fernando Alonso - Shell 500The Singapore Grand Prix marks a significant milestone for Shell’s Technical Partnership with Scuderia Ferrari as the companies reach their 500th Formula One Grand Prix together. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 16

Ferrari Racing Days at Silverstone

Caso and Cioci win Trofeo Pirelli Basov on top in Coppa Shell

Ferrari - Corse Clienti logo2012-09-16 - Ferrari Racing DaysToday saw the Ferrari Racing Days come to an end at Silverstone circuit, the event dedicated to owners and fans of the marque, featuring on track action for all the main activities of the Maranello company’s Corse Clienti department. A crowd of over 25,000 watched historic Formula 1 cars lap the track in untimed sessions, as well as owners of the extreme sports cars aimed at track use, which make up the XX programmes. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 15

Felipe Massa leads a record parade

Ferrari Racing Days at Silverstone

2012-09-15 - Ferrari Racing Days at Silverstone (2)2012-09-15 - Ferrari Racing Days at Silverstone (3)Although it has not yet been officially ratified as a Guinness World Record, there’s no doubt that today, a new world record was established for the biggest parade of Ferraris ever organised. 964 Ferraris took to the Silverstone circuit to beat the previous record of 490 cars dating back to 2008 at Japan’s Fuji Speedway Circuit.

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Jun 29

McLaren considers Ferrari pull-rod for 2013 car

McLaren is considering following Ferrari’s lead and introducing innovative pull-rod front suspension for its 2013 car.

2012-06-10_10512012-06-09_0727That is the claim of the Spanish sports daily Marca, citing the information of multiple Italian specialist sources. Ferrari raised eyebrows early this year when the aggressive F2012 was launched with pull-rod suspension: a configuration not seen since Fernando Alonso raced a Minardi more than a decade ago.

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Jun 13

25 F1 drivers to tackle Le Mans this weekend

More than 25 drivers with formula one experience will be on the grid at this weekend’s 80th running of the fabled 24 hour Le Mans race.

24 Heures du MansAllan McNish  Audi 2 photo - DPPI  François FlamandNear the front, in the premier LMP1 prototype class, will be Allan McNish and Marc Gene, driving for Audi.  Scot McNish raced in F1 with Toyota in 2002, while Gene drove for Minardi and is still a Ferrari test driver. Toyota has since left F1 and for 2012 has entered Le Mans, and the Japanese marque’s number 8 entry is a grand prix-superteam featuring Anthony Davidson (Super Aguri), Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) and one-off 1999 Minardi driver Stephane Sarrazin.

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Apr 18

Ferrari setting 2012 pace in the pits

Ferrari does not have a leading car so far in 2012, but when it comes to pitstops, the famous Italian team is setting the pace.

2012-04-15 - Scuderia Ferrari - Chinese Grand Prix - Pirelli 012012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #2 031That is the finding of the Spanish sports daily Marca, reporting that Fernando Alonso’s 2.4 second pitstop in Shanghai was the fastest of all. And the report said Ferrari’s pitstops were on average six tenths better than those performed by rival top teams Mercedes, McLaren and Red Bull in China. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 17

Ferrari eyes big step forward for Barcelona

Fernando Alonso said he is hoping the F2012 becomes “3 or 4 tenths” better at Barcelona.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012-04-15 - Scuderia Ferrari - Chinese Grand Prix - Pirelli 02Ferrari is looking ahead to Barcelona next month, as the famous Italian team plans to begin putting a difficult start to the 2012 season behind it. Test driver Marc Gene, who is travelling to the grands prix this year, said the F2012 was “born well” but fell behind the other leading teams as the winter pre-season progressed.

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Mar 15

No official reserve for Ferrari in 2012

Ferrari will not appoint an official reserve driver in 2012, the famous Italian team has confirmed.

2012-02-07 - Scuderia Ferrari - Fernando Alonso 082012-02-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 15The Maranello based team’s former reserve, Jules Bianchi, has stepped up to the Friday role at Force India. Also on Ferrari’s books are Davide Rigon, Giancarlo Fisichella and Marc Gene. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 08

Ferrari predicament ‘dramatic’ – Lauda

Ferrari has set to work to fix a problem at the rear of its troubled F2012 car, Italy’s Autosprint reports.

2011-06-11_11702012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch 08The report said initial winter testing highlighted problems with the car’s exhaust solution, prompting Pat Fry to order the outlets be moved inwards. This, however, left the homologated portion of the chassis that housed the original exhausts intact, with modification to require a new FIA crash test. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Salo intrigued ahead of secret Ferrari test

Mika Salo and the Finnish press are intrigued as the former F1 driver prepares to test a modern Ferrari later this month.

Mika Salo03 - Scuderia FerrariNewspapers Ilta and Turun Sanomat, and the broadcaster MTV3, report that the 45-year-old former Toyota driver has been drafted in to test a Ferrari at Suzuka. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 08

Ferrari suspension not seen in F1 since 2001 – Gene

A feature of the 2012 Ferrari car has not been seen in formula one for more than a decade, test driver Marc Gene has confirmed.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari 2012-02-03 - Scuderia Ferrari - F2012 launch Felipe MassaWhile the ‘stepped’ noses have been grabbing all the media’s attention, arguably more noteworthy is Ferrari’s decision to design its F2012 around ‘pullrod’ front suspension. While some F1 teams have been using pullrod suspension at the rear of their cars, it has been essentially absent from the front since the 80s and 90s.

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Nov 29

‘Innovation’ set Red Bull apart in 2011 – Gene

One word has set Red Bull apart from its rivals McLaren and Ferrari this season: “Innovation.”

2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil - Sebastian Vettel (9)2011-11-26 - Red Bull Racing - Brazil (1)That is the claim of Marc Gene, a test driver for Ferrari. “I have no doubt,” he wrote in his column for El Mundo newspaper.  “It was they who came up with the blown diffuser and then hid the innovation from the other teams.

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Oct 11

Webber up to speed with Vettel in races – Gene

Meanwhile, Gene doubts that Vettel and Red Bull will run away with another easy title in 2012.

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Mark Webber  3 2011-09-09 - Red Bull Racing - Italy - Mark Webber (3)Poor starts and qualifying explains Mark Webber’s struggle to keep up with new back-to-back world champion Sebastian Vettel in 2011. That is the claim of Ferrari’s Spanish test driver Marc Gene, who admitted in El Mundo newspaper that he is a “big fan” of Vettel’s Australian teammate at Red Bull.

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Oct 02

A Petit Le Mans for the Ages (+result)

 Peugeot and Audi clash plus maddening championship possibilities

Peugeot 908 numéro 8Petit-LeMansPeugeot Sport Total claimed victory at the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, the final round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.

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