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8672-1: Ferrari Finish Line
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The build is ~97% accurate. (I created a small MOC-assembly with a telescopic crane arm to replace a missing 2x2x10 support with vert. triangular girders).

Also, no stickers are available. I left most of the bricks blank but used some similar-looking 2x2 flat tiles with computer screens in the "Time Control Station," and added flags above the winner's podium (no Brazilian or vertical Italian flags are available on Mecabricks, though).


https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=8672stk01a (sticker sheet)

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In the mid-2000s, Lego had an excellent collection of officially licensed Ferrari supercars and F1 racers. They announced four new Ferrari models for the 2006 season; I recently submitted a smaller set no. 8673 "Ferrari F1 Fuel Stop" from that year, and now comes the time for the real crown jewel—no. 8672 "Ferrari Finish Line."

What makes this 'Finish Line' set so curious is that it depicted the actual Formula 1 event—the 2006 Italian Grand Prix. At the time of its release in March of 2006, the race was still upcoming, scheduled to take place in October.

The new model came with two personalized minifigures of the most prominent Scuderia Ferrari drivers: Michael Schumacher and his teammate, Rubens Barrichello (who finished as a runner-up in 2002 and 2004 F1 World Championships). Initially, they came out in 2004 as a mini-set no. 8389 "M. Schumacher and R. Barrichello." Two minifig drivers had name tags on torso stickers, unique heads with somewhat realistic portraits, and even came with custom, personalized prints on their helmets. The 'Finish Line' also has two name plaques for Schumacher and Barrichello above the garage entrance (stickers on 1x8 flat tiles).

Unfortunately for Lego, in August 2005, just six months before the set's scheduled release date, Rubens Barrichello suddenly announced that he's leaving Ferrari and will race under Honda flags next season. So, Lego's model, carefully hand-crafted for F1 fans, instantly became grossly inaccurate. It must've been too late to change the model's sticker sheet for the US and Canadian markets, so "Ferrari Finish Line" hit the shelves as is.

For the rest of the world, Lego apparently had a chance to intervene. They replaced Michael's teammate with Felipe Massa, another racing driver from Brazil, and the latest addition to Scuderia Ferrari. (Massa had already driven as a team's test pilot in 2003, but just rejoined as a full-time competing driver for 2006).

After all, Lego only had to revise the sticker sheet, since there are no decals in the series. They even replaced Barrichello's exclusive helmet with a generic red one. But what about that head, a Lego part #4238524 [https://rebrickable.com/parts/3626bpr0367 ] with Rubens Barrichello's face? It's supposed to be Felipe Massa now, remember (who's almost a decade younger than Barrichello, and looks nothing alike). "Well... They're both Brazilians or something, aren't they? Ahh, what the heck!"—yep, believe it or not, but Lego designers just went with it, so Felipe Massa now had Barrichello's face in the Lego universe. No biggie. At least they didn't forget to change his helmet, to avoid any "confusions" it must be, LOL.

As far as the actual Italian Grand Prix went in September 2006, Schumacher won. Barrichello (now representing Honda) came sixth, beating Felipe Massa in the ninth spot by 3.5 seconds.

And then, right after the race was over— basically standing on the exact same podium that's here in Lego bricks—Schumacher dropped an enormous bomb on the entire F1 community. Michael announced that he would retire from motor racing at the end of the 2006 season. As in no more driving on the racetrack ever (spoiler alert: ended up untrue). End of career. What a crazy coincidence! That one time that Lego chose to build an actual, real-life Formula 1 racing event (not just an abstract scene like the rest of the series and, frankly, most of Lego models overall), it ended up being one of such historical significance.

The Italian Grand Prix was the fifteenth race of the 2006 Formula One season (out of 18). So neither Schumacher's victory nor Barrichello's advancement over Massa didn't change the final scoreboard. That year, Fernando Alonso of Renault actually won, beating Schumacher by 13 points (134 vs. 121 points). It was the second victory in a row for Alonso. Felipe Massa got bronze, with 80 points. When it came to the F1 Constructors' Championship, Ferrari didn't win in 2006 either, by the way, defeated by Renault by mere five points.

So in retrospect, the "Ferrari Finish Line" international release is perhaps a more desirable one versus the US/Canadian. For not only does it have accurate Scuderia Ferrari representation, but it also includes two drivers who ended up standing on the podium at the 2006 Formula One World Championship. (Sorry, Felipe Massa, but you still only got to have Barrichello's ugly mug, LMAO).

Now, finally, to the model itself. Clocking at 570 parts, the "Ferrari Finish Line" wasn't the largest set in the series. However, it still has a respectably-sized main building, with a double garage on the ground floor and the winner's podium above, an actual finish lane with two side tribunes, a pair of F1 racers, plus an impressive inventory of ten minifigures. There are three Pit Crew mechanics, wearing red balaclavas and visorless helmets, an engineer and record keeper (both in red hats), formally dressed Race Official, and a TV crew with a cameraman and newscaster. Plus, of course, the ill-fated duo of superstar Ferrari drivers.

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