The Fiorano Circuit is a privately-owned Ferrari test circuit near Maranello, Italy. It is used by Ferrari to test both racing cars and road cars, and features a skidpad in addition to the main circuit. The circuit itself has a figure-8 configuration, and features hairpins, chicanes and corners of various types in order to test the cars to the limit. It is also built on several levels, and features many undulations and elevation changes throughout the lap. Despite the privacy that Ferrari conduct their testing in, Sky Sports F1 viewers were given an insight into the circuit in 2012 when Martin Brundle conducted an exhibition drive around the circuit in the Ferrari F10 for a Sky Sports F1 segment.
Circuit History[edit | edit source]
The track was constructed in 1972, out of the Scuderia's desire to have complete control of their vehicle testing. A plot of land had been located in Fiorano, adjacent to the main factory in Maranello. Originally a 12 turn course, measuring exactly three kilometers long and 8.4 meters wide, several variations have been added. While originally designed for the racing program, it is now frequently used for testing of production models too.