The “Ferrari Simulation Challenge” is a competition for simulator fans that want to pit themselves against a specific circuit and try to beat the times of other enthusiasts in the process. Anyone that does a simulator session can take part by selecting the Monza circuit at the Maranello Museum or the Ferrari Stores in Rome and Milan.
The competitors that clock the fastest laps will then be invited to take part in the final at the Maranello Museum. They’ll have the entire year to try to get to the top of the standings (times are updated live and are available by following the link below). You can try as many times as you like. The circuit the finalists compete on will be selected at random the day of the final from those available (Monza, Barcelona, Silverstone, Imola, Nürburgring, Zandvoort, SPA Francorchamps and Mugello).
In the first year of the competition, the finals were held at Ferrari Museum in Maranello and attended by Davide Rigon, who test-drives the professional simulators in Maranello and also drove the 458 Challenge in the GT World Championships.
In the 2014, the finalists, who were very competitive, got the opportunity to pit themselves against ex Sauber Ferrari F1 man Esteban Gutierrez, then the Scuderia’s third driver.
The finals of the 2015 Ferrari Simulation Challenge saw competitors compare their performances on the Monza circuit with that of the Scuderia Ferrari’s development driver Antonio Fuoco, who also debuted in the GP3 Series that same year.
The penultimate edition centred around the SPA Francorchamps circuit and the pace was relentless through the entire race with the presence of the Scuderia’s third driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, adding an extra zing of exhilaration.
The participants in the last edition were also able to get the benefit of driver A. Bertolini’s experience by taking part in the briefing session on how best to tackle the Barcelona circuit and also received some targeted coaching during the driving sessions to help them their performance.