Lapo Elkann reveals legendary Ferrari figurehead’s favorite ever F1 drivers : PlanetF1

The grandson of one of many males credited for saving Ferrari from monetary damage has been recounting why his grandfather beloved the Italian racing outfit.

Ferrari was based by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 and was current through the first ever System 1 race in 1950 however within the Sixties, there was real concern the automobile firm might exit of enterprise.

With dwindling money reserves, Ferrari sought funding and got here near a take care of American large Ford just for one other Italian model, Fiat, to step in.

Fiat, beneath the management of Gianni Agnelli, bought a 50% stake in 1969 which elevated to 90% following Enzo Ferrari’s dying in 1988.

That has been the best way Ferrari operated because the Sixties with Fiat having a big say of their street automobile manufacturing however largely leaving the racing facet alone, a key level if Enzo was going to think about a deal.

Fiat’s involvement has elevated because the dying of Ferrari’s founder, with Agnelli’s grandson John Elkann ultimately succeeding him as CEO however one other of his grandchildren has been reminiscing on what made Agnelli fall in love with Ferrari and the way he made it successful.

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“He saved the Prancing Horse, stopping it from being offered to the Individuals,” Lapo Elkann instructed Oggi journal. “Then he selected the best individuals: [former Ferrari chairman] Luca di Montezemolo and Jean Todt.

“He beloved Ferrari vehicles and he beloved all the gorgeous issues in life. It’s not sufficient to be wealthy to understand magnificence. Style can’t be purchased.”

Even earlier than Fiat bought the stake in Ferrari, Agnelli was a terrific lover of their vehicles, stated to be bewitched by the 166 MM he noticed on the 1948 Turin Motor Present. He additionally owned a 212 Inter, the 375 America, the 400 Superamerica, the 365 P Speciale, the Testarossa and the F40.

Agnelli oversaw loads of drivers by his tenure and Elkann stated his favourites have been those who received.

“His favorite driver was the one who received,” the Italian businessman and philanthropist stated. “I feel that’s why he beloved Michael Schumacher. Then he preferred Gilles Villeneuve, his means of driving. And Ayrton Senna, who, had he not died so tragically, would have come to Ferrari the next 12 months.

“He beloved expertise and braveness and likewise recognised them in his opponents. He was a real sportsman.”

In 1996, Agnelli stepped down however stored the title of honorary chairman till his dying in 2003. Present chairman and CEO John Elkan was put in in July 2018.

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