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Simulatore Bhai Tech


A lot of work was done over the past few days at the Bhai Tech Advanced Vehicle Centre, the new cutting-edge vehicle centre located in Mestrino (not far from Padua) and conceived by the businessman Mr. Ferdinando Bada. The Centre hosted a three-day-event dedicated to all the young promises of the international motorsport.

Seven young drivers, racing in the main national and international championships – Formula ACI CSAI Abarth, Formula 3, GP3 and GT – had the opportunity to test the cutting-edge full motion driving simulator and experience mental and physical training. All the work done was made thanks to the presence of a gym equipped with advanced equipments and motorsport specialists, all supported by the staff of the Forlì based Driver Program Centre.

The centre was established to sustain the professional growth of drivers and teams by technologically contributing to tweak racing cars, as Mr. Roberto Costa, the technical manager, told to Autosprint: “A team which wants to cooperate with us conveys everything about tyres, set-up and downforce. All data are put into the system and, after defining a basic set-up, we start simulating.” Bhai Tech main facility is just the 6-DOF driving simulator, which is equipped with 5 outboard headlamps and an 8m210° curved screen with rear-view images. “In many F1 teams usually a hundred people are involved in this field”, says Mr. Costa,  “we’re able to offer clients this kind of advanced technology by only involving few people, so to get costs down and make it affordable for teams”.

The GT driver Nicola De Marco, along with Juan Branger and Santiago Urrutia, two other young drivers running in the Formula Abarth, were invited to test Bhai Tech’s driving simulator. The rookie champion Santiago Urrutia, who was at his first experience at the wheel of a simulator, commented as follows “It was an amazing experience. I had the chance to run 20 laps on the Monza track at the wheel of a GP2 car. Everything was new to me, except the track. The simulator is an absolutely realistic and wonderful vehicle. I think it could be a good substitute for on-track tests”, said the future Open F3 driver. Alessandro Cicognani, the 21-year-old driver who ran in the Carrera Cup Championship last season, thinks the same, too “I think the centre is really fantastic, the simulator is so professional and realistic. It can perfectly simulate reality. When I got off the vehicle I felt like I had run on track. Arms and legs are stimulated just like when you’re racing on track, even though you have to be more concentrated. I think it’s an ideal device for the drivers racing in the GP2 and WSR 3.5 Championships, where you don’t have much time to test the track and private tests are so expensive”, ended up the driver from Ravenna.


His thoughts were also echoed by the Open F3 Champion Niccolò Schirò and the Trident GP3 team racer David Fumanelli “I think the simulator could be a good substitute for on-track tests. I drove a GP2 car for the first time and I got along so well with it, even if I had a little bit of headache, so I didn’t manage to race for too long”, said Schirò “I was astonished by the centre, which is so modern and advanced. It’s equipped with all sort of equipment, just like a F1 Team. The simulator is so developed and it’s even better than the ones used by F1 Teams, because it was built using better materials. Given the fact they’re at their first stages, I have to say that the base is so good. I drove a GP2 car, too, but on Barcelona track”, said Fumanelli “I had never driven this kind of car before and I was amazed by braking. I think it could be so useful to get ready for a GP3 or GP2 racing weekend, since you don’t have much time to test the track. For example, you can train to find the right braking point, besides working on the set-up.”

Nicolò Granzotto, who will be the next Antonelli Motorsport Team driver in the Carrera Cup Championship, was enthusiastic about the simulator, too “The centre is amazing and it’s run by a very professional staff. Nothing is left to chance. The driving simulator is astonishing, as it can perfectly simulate reality.  Just after a few laps, everything becomes so automatic, as if you were on track. It’s an essential device and I think it should be tried, as it allows you to work both on car balance and braking points. Along with the engineers support, telemetry can also be analyzed. I want to praise the staff of the Driver Program Center who made us do some physical and mental training before and after the simulator session.”

Italian F3


It’s a heart-stopping finish for the Italian ACI CSAI Formula and F.3 Championships. After the Formula Abarth struggle on the edge of a thousandth, an exciting Italian F.3 season has come to an end on Monza track. The verdict has been returned only after a vibrant struggle in which three drivers, members of two different teams, were involved.

“Both Formula Abarth and Formula 3 have displayed a charming season finish, whose verdict has been hanged in the balance until the end. The struggle has not only involved different drivers, but also different teams and constructors, therefore, some drivers have acted as holders of the balance of power. It has been a real struggle ‘till the end, so this is an honour to teams and drivers. In many Championships we experience an absolute supremacy, so the final result is clear even some weekend in advance.

The results of our drivers and teams clearly demonstrate the high level of the two series and I can affirm that guys will have a bright future. The performances of those drivers having at least one year’ experience in Formula Abarth behind them, inside other Championships, clearly demonstrate how good our job is”, says Gian Carlo Minardi.

The heated post-race at Monza has changed the track verdict. After some complaints and technical checks , both series standings are still under judgment.  “Unfortunately the Monza racing weekend has been marked by an extra-race event related to a controversy aroused by the two constructors who has handled the F.3 season. If, on the one hand, I’m so sorry about that, on the other hand I’m proud of it, as it’s the only series where two constructors have competed for the leadership ,  setting records. Regarding this unpleasant event, the Federation has  made its presence felt by making several controls on cars and quickly solving the problem, managing teams complaints in an exemplary way. Now it’s up to authorities to draw up the final standing. I’d rather prefer to talk about sport and   moral winners, who are Riccardo Agostini (JD Motorsport team driver on Mygale) and Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam driver on Dallara). The driver from Padua ,  who finished first in the Italian Championship, has had the ability to grab the European title to the Prema Powerteam driver, nearly achieving the “en plein”. Kevin Giovesi, the driver of Ghinzani team, who joined the team a long time after the beginning of the racing season,  has held the balance of power. “

The three cars of the series, i.e. the Tatuus FA, the Dallara and the F.3 Mygale have demonstrated to be performing and reliable. “ In these first three years , F.Abarth has represented the most preparatory series to incline drivers towards the world of motor sport. Since the beginning, the car has been distinguished by high performances and safety and our drivers have managed to draw attention to themselves in other important categories  such as F.3 and GP3. Since the category is still so young, it will take so much time to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We’re progressing, but quality has to continue to be our strength. Another even more performing category has been the F.3,which has also been the cheapest. That means that our drivers can test themselves behind the wheel of a training car at a lower cost. With a view to 2013 racing season, we’ll try to plan more accessible formats to better fulfill drivers and parents’ needs.

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The ACI-CSAI and the FDA give a new project focused on young drivers the go-ahead-

Last weekend meeting at the “ Marco Simoncelli” Misano World Circuit was not only a turning point for the the Italian Formula ACI CSAI Abarth and Formula 3 European Series Championships,  but also a great hall for the new project planned by ACI CSAI and the Ferrari Driver Academy in order to support young drivers.

During last Thursday’s collective tests, along with more experienced Formula Abarth drivers, also Antonio Fuoco and Federico Pezzolla, the two kart drivers selected last year by FDA, ACI CSAI and the Federation School, got on track behind the wheel of the two Tatuus FA provided by the Federation itself.

Both Fuoco and Pezzolla competed with the official drivers of the series, running an amazing test session.

“ The one in Misano was the first of four meetings in which even the two cars of the Federation, driven by the three finalists of the Supercorso and by those young drivers selected during the five races of the Italian kart Championship, will be involved ”, says Gian Carlo Minardi, the ACSI-CSAI young driver programme organizer “ A driver is selected by the FDA, so is Antonio Fuoco, while the other one is selected by the Federation School in collaboration with ACI-CSAI, this is the case of Federico Pezzolla. This is a very interesting solution as it gives national fame drivers a chance of exposure during a race week end, driving a training car such as the Tatuus on very important tracks.

Fuoco was able to place among the first positions in qualifying, missing the pole for just few tenths. Very good debut also for Pezzolla, for whom that was the first race weekened behind the wheel of a Tatuus. While Fuoco had already driven that car during winter tests, Federico had only attended the Federation course in order to get a license. Next meeting will take place in Imola and will be followed by Vallelunga and Monza , where only the fastest driver will race. We’re trying to improve step by step and, as a Federation, we’re also trying to find some institutional sponsors who can give us the possibility of supporting young racers”, says also the manager from Faenza .


Motorsports Mondial

Vicky Piria

Photo: Vicky Piria Official Facebook

Pretty Performance

Ferrari and Maserati have long been in the fast lane of Italian motor racing scene. Meet the new head-turning sensation from the land of Monza, Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.

Signorina Vittoria “Vicky” Piria.

“Vicky” was welcomed into this world on November 11, 1993 by an English mother and an Italian father. Her interest in racing was sparked by her younger brother Joey at a young age. In 2010 season she raced in the Formula Abarth Championship.

F1weekly would like to thank “Vicky” for taking the time during the busy Holiday season to respond to our request for an interview.

Q: What was the main attraction and thrill the first time you experienced “the countless spinouts” and off-track excursions in a kart?

A: “I started go-karting at 8-years old, my dad used to bring me and my brother to a track near home. The first time I tried it was freezing cold weather and I had new tires on, my dad forgot to tell me to be careful because the tires wouldn’t have grip the first lap, so at the first corner I spun and hit a tree!!! It wasn’t the greatest experience but from then I started loving anything that had four wheels!”

Q: What are the most important things a driver learns in karting?

A: “Karting is the main school for any racing driver, you learn how to handle the pressure of the competition, how to get strong and confident when you are in “bagarre” with other drivers and deal qualifying and races. It is easier to learn how to drive a racing car when you’ve got go-karting experience.”

Q: How did the competition – mostly boys – feel when you won five races and the 2004 Regional Umbria Championship?

A: “A boy can’t really stand that a girl is going faster than him. In certain ways the competition grows between different sex drivers. Once though you gained their respect they consider you a driver like another but obviously people were surprised to see a girl winning, it’s a rare thing!”

Q: You celebrated your 15th birthday in the cockpit of a Formula Ford 1600 at Adria Raceway, how did it feel having your cake and eat it, too?

A: “It was my birthday present! It was a great experience and the first time I drove a single seater car, I guess the perfect gift!”

Q: Who is managing and guiding your career at this stage?

A: “Up to now my dad is guiding my career and dealing with management business.”

Q: Which car is more fun to race, Formula Renault or Abarth, and why?

A: “They’re both great cars as first step in racing career. I’ve raced one year with Formula Abarth so I know the limits of the car and especially of the tires. So I love driving it! I’ve also tried the new Formula Renault Caparo which seems easier to drive thanks to the Michelin tires and the paddle shift.”

Q: You raced in Formula Abarth past season, how would you compare your first season in motor racing to first season in karting?

A: “This year I think has been the most formative season of my career. Although the results did come as we wanted there have been good performances and I’ve learned a lot.”

Q: What were the highs and lows of the season for you?

A: “It hasn’t been an easy year because I was racing against 30-40 drivers every race and the level of competition was extremely high. It was easy to crash in the races with other cars but I’ve always been fast on the lap times and had good performances in the races.”

Q: What was the biggest challenge for this season, depth of competition or learning the Tatuus car?

A: “As it was the first season everything was new for me and I raced with drivers that had a lot more experience than me. Even for the team it wasn’t easy developing a new car during the championship. We had highs and lows as it wasn’t an easy year but I’m very glad for it.”

Q: On a scale of 1-10 (ten being best) how would you rate the season?

A: “6 to 7. I committed many mistakes as it was the first year but I’ve always been fast and distinguished myself.”

Q: Formula ‘Uno’ is your goal; have you set yourself a career path and when can we expect the next Lombardi and Amati in GP racing?

A: “F1 for a girl is a very difficult goal, there are more difficulties on the physical side and harder to find people believing in girl power that actually help you out. But soon I think there will be a girl in F1.”

Q: Your mom is from England and dad from Sicily, where you want to live is New York City, what do you like about the Big Apple?

A: “I’d like to live in NYC, I’ve been there only once and really loved it! I like a dynamic life style and hate not having anything to do. I guess so that in NYC it is impossible to get board!”

Q: Fish and chips or Pizza?

A: “Pizza! Italian food is the best!”

Q: Do you follow American racing scene like Indy cars and NASCAR?

A: “I like following all kinds of racing so I often watch Indy Car races and enjoy them a lot!”

Q: Please tell us about Vicky Piria; the young lady, not the race car driver. Your interest in music, hobbies and other sports you enjoy watching?

A: “Racing is the first thing for me, but when I’m not at the track I study in a language school and train in the gym. I love horse-back riding, skiing and all kinds of sports. Going out with my friends and doing always different things!”

–         Nasir Hameed

Greetings and La Dolce Vita regards.