Fernando Alonso will head into the Christmas break with an early idea of what he can expect from the new-look F1 in 2014.
The Spaniard completed his final week of work at Maranello with a first look at the new procedures involved in managing the 2014 car, which will not only feature the new turbocharged V6 engine, but also revised aerodynamics and increased potency from regenerative technology.
“I'm pleased with the way the day on the simulator went,” Alonso told the team's official website, “We managed to get through everything on the programme that we had in the pipeline. It was nice to be driving again, even if only in a virtual way. We went through a lot of ideas with the engineers: we are only at the start of a learning process which is moving forward all the time and it's nice to be able to contribute to it.”
Although the driving side of his year may have ended with the simulator session, Alonso still had a couple of other engagements to fulfil, and flew immediately to Rome, where he met up with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo to take part in a Telethon charity event with RAI Uno
The weekend then sees the Scuderia's traditional festive events, starting with an employee lunch where those working on the team's racing activities gather together with the drivers and representatives from the team's technical and commercial partners to exchange Christmas wishes. The event will also be the final time Felipe Massa appears as a Ferrari driver before leaving Maranello to take his new role with Williams.
Saturday afternoon and Sunday is devoted to the 'Kids Christmas', an event organised for the children of all the employees, who will be joined by their peers from some elementary classes from schools in Maranello and Medolla, one of the areas most severely affected by the earthquake that hit the Emilia region in June 2012.