Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Saratoga Springs NY
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,007
seriously bad omens for Scuderia Ferrari tifosi
I've been away for a week. Before I left I wrote an acquaintance of mine, a former top English F1 engineer, about the rumored possibility of Ferrari hiring Adrian Newey. Newey, Ross Brawn and all of the English F1 'old timers' are all good friends of his. He had told me years ago that in the mid-1980s he had declined an invitation by Ferrari to join the team in Maranello. Didn't want to leave his (English) team and live in Italy. Equally important, he was keenly aware of Luca's interference in the operation and functioning of all aspects of the Scuderia. Just back and his answering email describes the environment at Scuderia Ferrari substantially thus:
It was very difficult to get things the way they needed to be at Ferrari since the internal beliefs were so very wrong. [my emphasis] At the end of Ross Brawn's last sabbatical the two main reasons he did not return to Ferrari was that some of the most difficult changes had been reversed and Luca was interfering again. The most important and most difficult task Jean Todt performed was keeping Luca at arm's length and stopping him changing everything on a day to day basis on the whim of a journalist he had just talked to on the phone. Todt had the temperament to be able to do it.
Luca's selection of Mattiacci as team principal very ominously confirms this view and signals that a Luca yes-man is in charge. I'd not be at all surprised to see Fernando seek to terminate his contract early.
Jim may have some thoughts about this. Altogether an extremely discouraging portent for tifosi.
575M F1, Maserati Spyder, Cadillac STS-V & CTS
past: 330/365GTC speciale, F355b, 412GT, 400iA, 308GT4 2+2, 330GT 2+2, Porsche 356b Super 90, BMW 1800ti
what do I know? I drive blue Ferraris