By Mattias Persson
Felix paid a visit to renowned racing car constructor Dallara's factory headquarters at Varano de’ Melegari on Wednesday, as part of the build-up to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship curtain-raiser at Monza this weekend.
With Dallara producing all F312 cars in use in the European Championship, the F3 fraternity used the opportunity of a gap between pre-season testing and the up-coming race meeting to experience a guided tour of the Italian chassis manufacturer's facilities on the outskirts of Parma.
Felix was one of several drivers present to enjoy exclusive insight into the production of a modern racing car, with Dallara delivering chassis to a host of top-level single-seater series such as - alongside the FIA Formula 3 European Championship - GP2, GP3, World Series by Renault and IndyCar.
The visit included a presentation of the company's impressive 40-year history, as well as a two-hour tour through Dallara's R&D department, full production line and state-of-the-art simulator, in which numerous world-leading teams and drivers have honed their skills in pursuit of victory.
Dallara sports an annual turnover ranging from 30 to 60 million euro (being dependent on new cars being requested from different championships every three or four years). The company currently employs 200 people.
Once the tour had finished, Felix returned to Monza to resume preparations for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship premiere, with on-track action getting underway with 80 minutes of free practice on Friday.