You have to wonder exactly what F1 drivers actually get up to in the off-season. Obviously, there’s a great deal of training, public relations obligations and the like, but in the case of Scuderia Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa the off-season also saw the dynamic duo throwing in a spot of skiing…with a brace of Ferrari FFs.
At the annual Wroom ski and media event in the Italian Dolomites, a traditional motor racing season opening event, the two F1 drivers piloted a pair of Ferrari’s all-wheel drive supercars down a a slalom course on the ski slopes of Madonna di Campiglio.
Although this was a staged event, it’s difficult to watch these two cars skidding near each other in the snow without an impending expectation of collision. The ‘race’ did, however, end safely in an obligatory tie, after which the two racers enthused about the FFs ability in this unconventional setting:
“It’s incredible how easy it is to drive the FF even on a such a demanding surface and at the same time, how high a performance level you can reach in it,” said Alonso, with Massa claiming that with the FF “there is no need to compromise maximum performance and usability, whatever the driving environment.”
Just to recap, unlike the more conventional skiing paraphernalia usually reserved for such exercises, the Ferrari FF features a 6,3-litre V12 engine that channels its 485 kW and 683 N.m of torque to all four corners via a Ruote Motrici (4RM) all-wheel drive system.
It’s a clever stunt, but needless to say a request for a similar ski-jump event has thus far been politely declined…