Gentlemen drivers, Ferraris with 660hp, and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. A combination that delivers unprecedented entertainment on Formula 1 weekend in Montreal.
There are 45 cars racing at the same time, and with that amount of horsepower the action was phenomenal. The sound of these cars is great, the twin turbo cuts the exhaust to a pleasant, aggressive sound. The Ferrari 488 Challenge race car is built alongside the other V8 road cars at their factory in Maranello, Italy.
Considering the Formula 1 only has 20 drivers, seeing over double that in these incredibly lightweight, very powerful Ferraris ripping around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve at top speeds over 180mph is a sight to be seen!
Probably the fan favourite driver is Michael Fassbender, who, unfortunately got in a fender bender early in the race and had a rear bumper acting as a parachute to slow him down.
When we moved over to pit lane, it was an incredible experience to be standing just inches away from the F1 teams as they were preparing, with the Ferraris getting ready to rock in the background. Amongst the chaos, Niki Lauda, Formula 1 racing legend had a moment looking into the new tech of the 488.
To be that close to one of your lifetime idols is a moment in itself, but to see him checking out the cars and have the opportunity to shake his hand made this Ferrari day even more incredible.
A big thank you to Ferrari (@ferrariusa) for having us out to the track for this experience.
For some extra images from this day, check out our gallery below.
All images shot by Peter Reid @p_reid please contact for use. Written by Peter from home in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.