Members of Team France FFSA (French Motorsport Federation) were announced for 2012, now with eight pilots. Jules Bianchi will take part again. He will team up with Nathanael Berton, Arthur Pic (Charles Pic’s brother) and Norman Mato. New recruits are Matthieu Vaxivière, Andréa Pizzitola, Pierre Gasly and Paul-Loup Chatin.
The drivers will meet for a training course in Chamonix in early January with their captains, Jean Alesi and Yvan Muller.
Today was the one day of the year in Maranello that was all about the children at Ferrari. Today was their party, the Kids Christmas, a traditional event which takes place every year over the Christmas period. This year it was held in a special area set up in the Fiorano track’s steering pad, featuring games, attractions and theatre performances with all sorts of events aimed specifically at the youngest members of the Ferrari family.
Over twelve hundred company employees and their families attended the party, the children receiving gifts from some rather special Father Christmases such as Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Jules Bianchi, Marc Gene, Andrea Bertolini and Davide Rigon and others from the Corse Clienti, including Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilander. On stage with them were Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Stefano Domenicali and they took the opportunity to make yet another appeal, reminding everyone this is also the weekend of Italy’s marathon television charity event, Telethon. The non-profit making organisation’s main aim is raising funds for research into curing muscular dystrophy and other genetic illnesses.