(Ours and Minardi F1 Team’s cars exposition in Imola)
We were present with our show cars in West Sussex in England at the home of Lord March and at the inaugural Historic Minardi Day at the “Enzo e Dino Ferrari” circuit in Imola, the latter to celebrate the history of the Faenza team, which morphed into Scuderia Toro Rosso over a decade ago. We raced at Imola in our very first season, back in 2006 and this weekend, the circuit was packed with fans keen to see the exhibition of all the Minardi machinery and our ten cars, going from the STR1 to the ST10. Together, the display represented 30 years of Formula 1.
(From STR1 to STR10: all our past cars on display at the Historic Minardi Day in Imola)
A walk past these machines that stretched the length of the Imola paddock also represented 30 years of evolution in terms of technology, aerodynamics and safety. Not only were the Minardi and Scuderia Toro Rosso cars there to be admired, but the public were also able to shake hands and take the obligatory selfies with Giancarlo Minardi himself and his drivers, Giancarlo Fisichella, Tarso Marques, Pier Luigi Martini, Jarno Trulli, Paolo Barilla, Zsolt Baumgartner, Gianni Morbidelli and Matteo Bobbi to name but a few. Imola was therefore an opportunity to enjoy the past, taking in the F2 and F3 cars from the early days of Minardi, moving on to the 10 and 8 cylinder normally aspirated F1 cars, right up to our team’s current 6 cylinder turbocharged hybrid machines. While Imola was basking in Italian sunshine with summer in full swing, over in England, the Goodwood Festival of Speed served up cooler and damp conditions, just a two hour drive from our UK facility in Bicester.
(From the left: the STR11 on display at the FIA stand; Adrian Newey behind the wheel of the STR3)
The event followed its by now traditional format, with cars on display from all the famous marques, with a whole host of vehicles tackling the hillclimb course. There were plenty of interesting show stands, including the FIA’s, with our STR11 on display. Tackling the hill, set in the verdant English countryside, was another of our cars the 2008 STR3, driven on this occasion by our good friend Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer. We reckon some fans will have fitted in both events on their weekend schedule to complete a wonderful step back in time, into a Formula 1 weekend like no other!