For these lucky drivers, non-competitive events are arranged to fit into other meetings organized every year by Maranello: Ferrari Days, the Challenge and the World Finals. All the drivers have to do is turn up at the race track. All car maintenance, transport and even the race suits are provided by the F1 Clienti Department.
The long run of championship wins for Ferrari, dating back to 1999, has naturally given a boost to the driver owners, who have also been helped by the fact that these cars are particularly easy to drive, especially those from 2001 and 2002, as the rules allowed for electronic control of traction and they had an anti-stall system on the engine. Furthermore the aerodynamic configuration was less sophisticated, which means drivers can be more confident behind the wheel. Even though these cars have their revs electronically limited to 17,000 rpm, they can still hit over 300 km/h on the straights on several of the tracks around the world.
The F1 Clienti department looks after the cars during the events, but its core activity is the maintenance and restoration of Ferrari single-seaters from 1970 to the present day. Taking on this task, “conscripted again” if you will, are the same mechanics who once attended to Lauda, Alboreto or Prost.