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1963 Meeting in the Ferrari factory of the Belgian test driver Mairesse Willy and on the Modena motor circuit. Willy Mairesse was a Formula One and sports-car driver from Belgium. He participated in 13 World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 19 June 1960. He achieved one podium and scored a total of seven championship points. Out of Formula One in 1963, Phil Hill predicted a rough future for the Ferrari team. Mairesse's car crashed during the 1963 German Grand Prix. The Ferrari turned over multiple times after swerving off the track. He was rushed to the hospital with a broken arm. He committed suicide in a hotel room in Ostend after a crash at the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans forced an end to his career. Autodromo di Modena was a race track on the edge of Modena in Italy. The track had a length of 2.4 km. It was opened in 1950 and the circuit was crossed by an airstrip of about 1.6 km in length which was used by the local flying club. In the 1960s and 1970s the track also served as a test track for Ferrari and Maserati during the morning or afternoon (but not both) on week days.

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