F1 Racing Car Gallery at the Autosport International was a
huge crowd-puller with the entire F1 grid being displayed at
90 degrees. With the title-winning Ferrari F2004 at one one
and the Minardi PS04B at the other, Italian interest was
The engineering behind the 'Gallery' was devised by the
Haymarket Exhibitions Group who came up with the idea of
placing the cars in steel cradles. Adding to this unique
experience was a moving colour wash that attempted to give
an impression of velocity.
While F1 Racing magazine provided a video screen that
churned out the best in F1 action, there was also an
authentic F1 winner's podium with the traditional chequered
background where racing fans were able to live out their
dream of standing on the top of the rostrum with champagne
and a trophy.
F2004, as the winner of the 2004 F1 Drivers' and
Manufacturers' Championships, took pride of place, leading
out the 10-car line-up.
The Scuderia are
already hard at work preparing for the 2005 F1 season, and
while the principal team members were gathering in the Alps
last week for the traditional pre-season 'Wroom' event, new
driving recruit Spaniard Marc Gene was conducting a three
day test at Jerez with a much-modified F2004, developing new
electronic solutions, other components and Bridgestone tyres.
Ferrari plan to
begin the season with an interim 'F2004B' chassis, and the
title-winning car is now being adapted for the new 2005
regulations, which include reduced downforce and longer-life
engines. At the same time, development of the new F2005, due
to be presented at the end of February, is steaming full
ahead, with a race debut expected at around the time of the
San Marino Grand Prix.
After paying a visit to the Vatican today for an audience
with the Pope, the Scuderia will then swiftly move onto
Barcelona to begin a test tomorrow with Michael Schumacher
in the driving seat.
with Williams and McLaren, are the only three Grand Prix
teams that have actually competed in F1 longer than the
other Italian Grand Prix team on the grid, Minardi.
Now about to
enter their 21st consecutive season of F1 racing, the
minnows from Faenza also had their 2004 car, the PS04B
displayed in Birmingham, the black and white liveried car
being located at the opposite end of the sweep from the