The snow-capped mountains of Madonna di Campiglio are more used to hosting alpine skiing champions on their slopes for World Cup downhill races, but they recently provided the backdrop to a most unusual parallel slalom race.
Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa went head to head through the gates at the wheel of two Ferrari FFs, the revolutionary four seater, four-wheel-drive Prancing Horse car. In their hands, the latest Ferrari proved to be very entertaining on demanding hills both up and down, as well as in endless changes of direction laid out on the downhill slalom course.
Fernando and Felipe were helped out in handling the 660 bhp V-12 in this very low grip environment in total safety thanks to the integral 4WD system, which deals with the constantly changing and variable amount of torque on each wheel independently, with fully integrated electronic control systems.
The race ended in a dead heat and Alonso could not hide his enthusiasm: "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." Massa was of a similar opinion: "The most incredible thing about the car is the fact there is no need to compromise maximum performance and useability, whatever the driving environment," reckoned the Brazilian.