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Luca Cordero di Montezemolo does not strike us as the kind of person we’d want to cross. We imagine the Chairman of Ferrari as sort of like an automotive Don Corleone, a thought that is further confirmed when we hear about the aftermath of last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso made some unsubstantiated remarks that have angered his team, with The Daily Mail reporting that when asked after the race what he wanted for his birthday, the Spaniard responded “Someone else’s car.” And while no one seems to know exactly what was said, it was enough to prompt a personal phone call from the boss of Ferrari on Alonso’s birthday for a dressing down.

Montezemolo reminded Alonso that, “All the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own. This is the moment to stay calm, avoid polemics and show humility and determination in making one’s own contribution, standing alongside the team and its people both at the track and outside it.”

The Italian wasn’t done, though, presenting each of the team’s engineers with a symbolic gift – a knife to put between their teeth. We think there’s a pirate reference here, but aren’t certain. According to Sky Sports, he opened the post-race meeting by informing team principal Stefano Domenicalli that, “The Ferrari I saw in yesterday’s race doesn’t sit well with me.” We aren’t the only ones imaging the threatening undertones here, right?

Formula One is entering its summer break, meaning that each team has four weeks to get itself sorted out before the end-of-season grind kicks in. There’s no doubt that after this very public display from Montezemolo, that Ferrari will have its nose to the grindstone.

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Facebook: on.fb.me Twitter: www.twitter.com Car Blog: www.shmee150.co.uk My Vlogs bit.ly —————————————— INFO BELOW! —————————————— Camera: Sony CX700 amzn.to Location: London Music: Nothing Like Captain Crunch by Broke For Free bit.ly Silverstone circuit today held an attempt to break the Guinness World Record number for “The Largest Parade of Ferrari Cars”. The previous target stood at 490 and this has been beaten today by a new confirmed Guinness World Record of 964 Ferrari cars! Ferrari Formula 1 driver, Felipe Massa took the wheel of a new 458 Spider to commence the proceedings before a trail of almost 1000 cars from Maranello took to the tarmac of the world famous Grand Prix circuit. Followed by a number of F40s, Enzos, and just about every other car produced by Ferrari it made for quite a sight as they just continued to roll on and on and on…! Not that I’m complaining

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On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago heads to Italy to test out the fastest and most powerful production Ferrari ever made, the 2013 F12 Berlinetta. The trip begins with spirited hot laps around the legendary Fiorano test circuit, then moves to the winding road to see how this V-12 beast behaves as a grand tourer. Ignition appears every Monday on the new Motor Trend channel

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Slovakia – GT1 Qualifying Race Watch Again | GT World 09/06/2012 Ferrari secures first win in dramatic Qualifying Race Qualifying Race – Top Three 1 Filip Salaquarda (CZE)/Toni Vilander (FIN) 1:01:26.548 25 LAPS 3, AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari 458 Italia 2 Tomas Enge (CZE)/Albert von Thurn und Taxis (DEU) 1:01:31.116 +4.568 24, Reiter Engineering (DEU) Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 3 Yelmer Buurman (DEU)/Michael Bartels (DEU) 1:01:42.654 +16.106 18, Vita4One Racing Team (DEU) BMW Z4 Toni Vilander (FIN) and Filip Salaquarda (CZE) recorded a first victory for AF Corse Ferrari in a dramatic Qualifying Race in Slovakia. Starting from fourth on the grid, Vilander and Salaquarda in the Ferrari 458 Italia No.3 won the battle against the elements — heavy rain and an oil-splattered track. The race was started under the Safety Car after oil was left on the track surface following an oil leak from the No.8 Exim Bank Team China Porsche on the formation lap.

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Ferrari FF pega fogo na Polônia – Ferrari FF on Fire in Poland – May 2012 It seems that Ferrari learned nothing from the previous fire problems the 458 Italia had in the past. The new FF is being reported to have the same issues: a number of three cars recently caught fire, with the latest one being located in Poland (previous two were in Germany in November 2011 and China in February 2012).

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Surely the most important of the classic is the 250 series. Over its decade of production, the 250 series gave us some of the most recognizable models of the marque’s history, including the GTO, the Testa Rossa, the Lusso and the original California Spyder.

This year Ferrari is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the series that was built around Giachino Colombo’s enduring 3.0-liter V12. To mark the occasion, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello is displaying two unique and important 250s from its historical archives. One is the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta that Stirling Moss drove to victory at four races in 1961. The second is the so-called Breadvan, which was commissioned by Count Volpi di Musurata and developed by Piero Drogo and Giotto Bizzarrini. It was one of the original shooting brakes and provided the inspiration for the new .

The two are already on display in the museum for any visitor to see, but if your travel plans aren’t sending you to Maranello anytime soon, you can still check them out in the photo gallery above and the press release below.