It is the most illustrious of all the Formula 1 teams in the history of the sport. And no, we’re not talking about Jordan. There can only be one team that fits the bill … and that team has to be Ferrari. During the breakaway series discussions in 2009, it was Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo who dominated the agenda more than any other team boss. During these heated debates (aboard numerous luxury yachts, where else?) it was argued that Formula 1 without Ferrari simply could not, would not, exist.
Ferrari is a team that believes in its divine right to rule F1. Historically, it is also a team that believes drivers are fundamentally dispensable – the interests of the team are paramount. The recent comments of Luca di Montezemolo will therefore come as no surprise:
“Let me make it clear that it’s Ferrari I’m interested in. Drivers, we’ve had a lot, some very good, some great, but drivers come and go, while Ferrari remains.”
“I reminded everyone, including the drivers, that Ferrari comes before everything, the priority is the team.” – Luca di Montezemolo
Here at the Sett, it seems like a bit of a daft move for current Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso to hop skip and jump over to Red Bull to replace Mark Webber (if you listen to the rumours) – we all know how much he loves being in a team with a talented youngster (reference: McLaren circa 2007).
But in many ways it would be a good fit for Alonso (minus Sebastian Vettel, of course) – Alonso loves being a team’s centre of gravity, it’s every focus, waking moment, minor obsession and shrine. Red Bull revolves around young whipper snapper Vettel, but it is abundantly clear from Luca di Montezemolo’s recent comments that the Ferrari team will never revolve around the whims and preferences of Fernando Alonso (despite his best efforts). Just look at what happened to Alain Prost in 1991. Fingers crossed Ferrari serve Alonso up a corker of a 2014 car …
You can read the full interview with Luca di Montezemolo here, but suffice to say that it reads as if Mr Montezemolo has “Ferrari 4 ever” tattooed somewhere pretty interesting…