Ciao Bella: Part 1 – Italian F1 GP, V.Rossi’s GP bike, Alfa Giulia, and Magneti Marelli stuff!


…but also a huge screen to enjoy some of the support races, including GP2 and even Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup, as seen here.

When the Supercup races were done, the cars were parked outside the paddock, close to the Magneti Marelli hospitality. 

We had one American, 22-year-year-old Connor de Phillippi, in the 37-car field.  He finished 17th in the first race and improved to 11th in the second and final race.  In 2013, Connor won the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany championship, and in 2014 finished a respectable 4th in the Mobil1 Supercup series. 

Prior to that, Connor was racing the USA, and was the 2008 champion in the Skip Barber regional series as well as the Formula 2000 champion in 2009.

There were the GP2 cars as well, which are powered by 4.0-liter V8s pumping 620 BHP and capable of 198 MPH!  I honestly did not realize these GP2 cars were this quick (and loud).

Back to the Magneti Marelli hospitality, any of our MotoIQ staff would have found this to be the place to spend most of their time, amidst all of the Magneti Marelli electronics racing equipment on display!  Like Ferrari, Magneti Marelli is owned by Fiat, so it’s no wonder you’ll find a lot of these products on a Ferrari F1 car.  Let’s check the stuff out.

This it Magneti Marelli’s “generation 4” mechatronic AMT (automated manual transmission), which is its latest iteration on what was once originally introduced in the Ferrari 355 F1 back in July of 1997.

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