Is F1 Clienti dead?
Well, not quite. But it seems like Ferrari may stop selling retired Formula One (F1 cars) to their customers, which would mean if not a blow, at least a halt in the F1 Clienti program -but not its death. Let’s not exagerate.
But why is everyone saying the F1 Clienti dead? Well, Ferrari F1 test driver Marc Gené seems to be the source for this information. He says Ferrari will stop selling their F1 cars to private buyers because the newer generations of Formula One cars are just too complex. He added that the 2013 F138 will be the last F1 car offered for sale (Maranello keeps the cars for at least 2 years to avoid cars falling in the « wrong hands » (understand: spying). So it seems the new cars have simply become too complex to handle at a customer scale. When you take a look at the team of engineers during an F1 Grand Prix, as well as all the « shadow workers » you never get to see, it’s easily understandable. But that being said, I don’t think the F1 Clienti is dead either. The older cars bought by customers are still able to race around the track and be serviced by Ferrari without it becoming too difficult. This will without a doubt lead to rising prices on the older F1 models. As if they weren’t pricey enough. But it’s a good thing, we will still be able to see this:
By the way, in case you didn’t know, the F1 Clienti program was born in 2003. The program allows some very lucky Ferrari customers to be able to BUY old Formula One race cars. These people aren’t just your regular prancing horse fans, but real die-hard customers with, needless to say, a very big wallet. The F1 Clienti program has a few dates throughout the year where owners can drive on tracks all over the world. Or you can simply ask them to bring your F1 car wherever & whenever you want, if you feel like driving it. Ferrari provides all the logistic, mechanics & engineers, for a price. And it’s not cheap. Entering the F1 Clienti program is not only a status symbol among the big Ferrari family, but it’s above all a way for those select happy few to live their fantasy and dreams behind the wheels of an actual F1 car. Most of the time, the latter have a pretty good history! Can you imagine yourself behind the wheel of an ex-Michael Schumacher F1?!