It ain't over till the fat lady sings, and sing she did in front of 30,000+ tifosi in Valencia this year for Ferrari's end-of-season spectacular.
For some, the end of the racing season comes with the last F1 race (usually the Brazilian Grand Prix). For others, it's the Race of Champions that brings together winners from various motorsport disciplines for good-natured competition rivalry on common grounds. But for Ferrari, the end of the season doesn't come until the Finali Mondiali. A motor racing extravaganza to cap off the end of the season, the Finali Mondiali took place this year at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain.
The celebration may have been a little subdued after Fernando Alonso narrowly lost the Formula One world championship to Sebastian Vettel, but there was still plenty for the 30,000 gathered fans to cheer for. The weekend included the last races in each of the Ferrari Challenge series, crowning new champions from different regions. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Challenge series was capped off when each of the five cars that have formed its backbone paraded around the track together: Marc Gene in the 348 Challenge, Davide Rigon in the F355, Jules Bianchi in the 360, Felipe Massa in the F430 and Fernando Alonso in the 458.
The event also saw a parade of classic Ferraris and demonstration of the F60 that the Scuderia campaigned in the 2009 Formula One season (with which Kimi Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix) driven by Alonso and Massa. The AF Corse team also demonstrated the 458 GT with which it won its class in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the Corse Clienti program saw private customers driving their decommissioned F1 cars and XX development cars around the circuit. Ferrari sometimes uses the annual event to unveil a new car, but apparently didn't have anything new to reveal at this year's celebration.