Sebastian Vettel experienced his first Italian Grand Prix as a member of Scuderia Ferrari this past weekend – he ultimately finished second to Lewis Hamilton – and sincerely soaked in the revelry of the Tifosi.
But racing at Monza wasn’t his only appointment in Italy while there. He also paid a visit to the Brembo factory in Stezzano. Brembo celebrates its 40th anniversary in motorsports this season.
A video is linked above, and the release of Vettel’s visit is linked below.
Sebastian Vettel, the four-time World Champion and Scuderia Ferrari driver, visited Brembo’s racing factory in Italy last week, to commemorate the Italian company’s 40th anniversary in motorsports.
Brembo, the world leader in the technology and production of brake systems and high performance automotive components, equips the most important F1 teams with its braking systems, including Scuderia Ferrari.
Brembo Chairman Alberto Bombassei welcomed and accompanied the German champion on his tour of the factory.
The successful partnership between Brembo and Scuderia Ferrari started in 1975, when Enzo Ferrari chose to equip his cars with the braking systems of the Italian Company. Brembo supplied the winning car used by Niki Lauda to win the Driver World Championship and the Constructor title. Since then, Brembo has earned 22 Drivers World Championships and 27 Constructors World Championships, 14 of those with Scuderia Ferrari.
During the visit, the German champion viewed how the braking systems he uses during the races are personalized and developed. Vettel met racing department engineers and personnel who, thanks to the constant investment in research and development, continue to further broaden and develop highly innovative technological solutions.
Formula One demands an extensive personalization and customization of brake systems, increasingly tailor-made and closely integrated with the design choices of the car.
The production of the personalized brake system needs six months of design and an additional month for mechanical manufacturing.
“If I think at the beginning, it’s impossible to forget the meeting with Enzo Ferrari: he gave me confidence and a work chance,” said Bombassei. “Since then, we have made a long way and today we are strongly present in F1 and in all other four and two-wheels Championships.”
At the end of the visit Vettel commented, “I’m here to celebrate the 40 years of Brembo, which has always worked with Ferrari. Everyone knows the importance of brakes in motorsport: go fast needs also to be able to brake strong! For this I’m happy of this partnership: to visit the factory has given me the possibility to value the quality of their technical level. Therefore, I would like to thank Brembo and wish so many successful years.”