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
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