Fer­rari, in so many ways a mi­cro­cosm of the Ital­ian na­tion they proudly rep­re­sent, are in trou­ble. Big trou­ble. Peter Wind­sor, gen­eral man­ager for the Scud­e­ria from 1989 to 1990, pro­poses a fix for the com­pet­i­tive slump

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Fer­rari’s se­cret bid for Adrian Newey

PLUS Peter Wind­sor on how to fix Fer­rari

Adrian Newey. Fer­rari’s money and might. Fer­nando Alonso.

And, for a while, it was. In what would have been among his great­est achieve­ments in his third term as Fer­rari’s pres­i­dent, Luca Di Mon­teze­molo had nally (and very se­cretly) con­cluded a deal with F1’s great­est cur­rent de­sign en­gi­neer. It was April 2014. Within 12 months, Di Mon­teze­molo be­lieved, Fer­rari would be en route to another golden era. Re­struc­tur­ing would be re­quired; many stal­warts would be obliged to leave. Fer­rari, though, would be back where they be­longed.

As quickly as the ne­go­ti­a­tions with Newey reached a hand­shake, how­ever, they col­lapsed. News of the deal leaked to the Ital­ian press and, although Di Mon­teze­molo de­nied break­ing the si­lence, Newey came to the in­evitable con­clu­sion that pol­i­tics at Fer­rari would al­ways over­ride logic. He called off the move.

As Bobby Ra­hal’s had been at Ford (when he, too, lost a Newey deal just as it seemed a

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