June 15, 2014
Here is Fernando Alonso driving a Ferrari at LeMans.
Before waving the French flag at the start of this year's 24 Hour of Le Mans, Fernando Alonso got a chance to drive a long tail Ferrari 512S around la Sarthe.
It was the first time an official Ferrari driver stepped into a red prototype car at Le Mans since 1973 and comes amid a flurry of rumors and official "non-denials denials" from Maranello about a possible future return to the French classic.
What is certain is Luca di Montezemolo's call for a summit to discuss a complete rethink of future of Formula 1, it will be interesting to see how other teams react:
"Maranello, 15 June – Ferrari has had Formula 1 coursing through its veins for over half a century and that’s why it has decided to make a move to turn the sport away from the wrong turn it appears to have taken.
The Maranello marque has decided to do this through the means of a formal act, which is a concrete proposal, in the form of a letter from its President Luca di Montezemolo to the Formula 1 rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone and to Donald McKenzie, the president of the company that owns Formula 1. It is not an ultimatum, nor a threat, but a proposal to call together all the key players in the sport to sit down around a table and come up with new ideas that will see Formula 1 continue to set the benchmark in motorsport, on level terms with global events such as the Olympics and the football World Cup.
The President wants to see a collective brainstorming from the group to act for the good of Formula 1. Contributions from all areas are of value; teams, sponsors, promoters and media, so that the key values of Formula 1 can be reestablished. President Montezemolo would also like to see other high-end players invited, those who are currently not involved or only partially so; new media, social networks and colossi such as Google and Apple.
Formula 1 has to be based on technical innovation, research and development, but this must all be done with sustainable costs and above all, must be moved forward as part of a product that can put on a show. Because it is the show that draws in the commercial partners, the sponsors and, above all, the fans, who are the real end users of the Formula 1 product.
Finding the right mix of these ingredients will be vital for the sustainability and the future success of our much-loved sport."