Without a doubt, the highlight of this past weekend's Ferrari Racing Days at Laguna Seca was the F1 Cliente. Ferrari started the program in 2003 to allow their most significant and wealthiest customers to own and operate old Formula 1 cars at some of the world's best racing circuits under the guidance and supervision of a dedicated team of Ferrari's own mechanics and engineers. Participants in the program need only to show up – Ferrari takes care of the maintenance, care and transportation of the cars. The crew will even bring the owner's racing suit to each of the events.

For the event at Laguna Seca, a total of six F1 cars were in attendance, ranging from a 1972 312 B2 driven by Jacky Ickx to an F2007 test car driven by Michael Schumacher. Two other Schumacher race cars from 2001 and 2004, an F2003-GA driven by Rubens Barrichello, and a Berger/Mansell F1-89 filled out the rest of the lineup.

The best part about the F1 Clienti is that Ferrari allows a relatively good amount of access to see the cars up close. Just try walking into the Ferrari garage at an actual Formula 1 race. To see and hear the cars in person is also an entirely different experience than watching on television. The zoom lenses of the television cameras betray the actual speed at which an F1 car can travel. The 599XX and FXX actually seemed slow in comparison.

You can watch the Ferrari F1 Clienti at Laguna Seca for yourself in the video after the jump, or check out our photos from the event in the gallery below.




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      Amirul Hazmi
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's incredible to see those F1s through the famous corkscrew.
      Arthur
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, they all sounded amazing. Its hard to even think about which sounded better. I am a bit partial to the late 80s/early 90s cars after watching Senna today, the cars of that era just sounded amazing. Next to having MotoGP bikes revving to close to 19K, these F1 cars at Laguna was the sweetest sound I have ever heard.
      951
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was there. Of the current gen cars, only 1 driver was on it. He really was realy pushing hard, as a 1:07 can attest. The others were running 1:15-1:20 laps. The '89 Berger/Mansell driver was hideously slow. He was never WOT anywhere but the main straight. Because of that, the V10's sounded better everywhere else, sad to say. Friday was full access to the pits. You could touch them, look at every inch. I was in there for what seemed to be an hour, just salivating. I was at the pit wall when they all started up. Arguably the coolest thing, however, was having my balls flapped standing behind an FXX revving in the garage. That car is incredible.
        toxonix
        • 3 Years Ago
        @951
        I didn't know a regular human being could drive an F1 car from the last decade or so. It looks like they were actually able to get them up to speed for some downforce and heat in the tires. I imagine these drivers had some experience and worked their way up to the F1 cars. Can you divulge the price? I want to put by balls on an FXX.
      ankenystev
      • 3 Years Ago
      They sounded great !!!! But they didn't break Sebastian Bourdais Champcar record of 1:05.880. I heard they did a 1:06.25 which is faster then the Toyota TF106 time of 1:06.309 with Ricardo Zonta at the wheel. I assume it was the 2004 car that set the time for Ferrari as that year in F1 still holds almost all records at most of the F1 tracks still to this day.
        JF GeSchmidtt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ankenystev
        I was there when the Toyota ran. They went 3 or 4 laps and something then they pulled the car from the course with some problem. It was fun though seeing that on his first flying lap the course record was beaten by 3 seconds. The coolest thing was the sound. We had been watching historic cars running all day, some of which had been fairly loud, but when the F1 car started, we were up by the corkscrew, which is pretty far from the pits and even from there it was the loudest most stirring sound we had heard all day.
          ankenystev
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JF GeSchmidtt
          Helio Castroneves record time was 1:07.722 and the new Toyota time was 1:06.309. Difference of 1.413 seconds not 3. Sorry, but let's keep it accurate.
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ankenystev
        With all that F1 downforce and stopping power , I would of for sure thought the F1 cars would break Bourdais's record lap in the Champ Car but these drivers being not pros but good 'non' professional drivers that was my reason they could'nt break any records. If a driver like Schumacher or Massa had a go in these cars with full factory support then I would think the Champ Car's record lap would for sure be shattered big time.
      Michael Campasini
      • 3 Years Ago
      that was great, F1 car coming down the corkscrew!!!
      Vonbonds
      • 3 Years Ago
      F1 + Ferrari = awesome! All of the cars sounded fantastic.
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      wooo niceeee :) I definitely choose the one G VIlleneuve uses If I had teh chance jeje
      Hatzenbach
      • 3 Years Ago
      F1 and "close to the masses" is perfect example for an oxymoron.
      Autoblog
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi, Elmo.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Forza Ferrari! Love it!
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      That V12 makes my hair stand on end. That is the best sounding engine ever made.
      madbikes
      • 3 Years Ago
      Surprised F1 cars can run there. I guess they are noise check exempt.
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