The Ferrari Finali Mondiali (World Finals) are an annual celebration of the Cavallino Rampante and a conclusion to the previous year of Ferrari Challenge racing around the globe. This year the Autodromo Nazionale Monza played host to the event, and last month we attended the four day long celebration in order to take in the sights and sounds of one of the most important events in the famous car maker's calendar.
Over 30,000 spectators and fans attended the final day of racing and entertainment just outside Milan, despite the bleak November weather. The final two races of the European, North American, and Asian Ferrari Challenge series were held at the circuit during the weekend, with successful drivers qualifying for the World Final race, a gripping showdown on the last day to decide who would be crowned World Champion.
Britain's Chris Froggatt, who we previously reported had already won the European Series such was his points advantage, topped off an incredibly successful year of racing by winning both of the European Am races during the event. This means that the 25-year-old failed to finish off the podium for the entirety of this season, an impressive feat!
As for the World Final, the last time 488 Challenge cars would race together this year, Europe's Fabienne Wohlwend and Nicklas Nielsen won the Trofeo Pirelli Am and Pro classes respectively, making this the first time a woman has won the series.
In between the racing, spectators were able to enjoy the truly sensational noise of the XX and F1 cars around the circuit as the Corse Clienti and F1 Clienti programmes also were present at the event. The highlight of the whole show, however, had to be the incredible lineup of all the XX, F1 and WEC cars on the start-finish straight, backed up by Ferrari road cars brought by passionate owners, and spearheaded by both the SP1 and SP2 Monzas, Ferrari's brand new, ultra-limited roofless supercar.
Finali Mondiali was a fantastic occasion, bringing together Ferrari fans, racers, and owners from across the globe, and we certainly cannot wait to return next year at a new yet-to-be-announced venue.