VETTEL AND FERRARI’S FUTURE
Why the legend is in his hands
Piero Ferrari met him a long time before he joined the team. They had a private chat, which was enough to leave Piero intrigued. “There’s something about him,” he said. “It’s not often you meet a driver who is so considerate and reasoned in his thought processes. I liked him. You never know, one day he just might end up driving for us…”
And now, Sebastian Vettel is a key protagonist in the latest chapter of Ferrari, which has the aim of recreating the dominant glory days of the Michael Schumacher era. One German takes the baton from another. Of course, if we widen the net, there was a highprole German-speaking Ferrari champion before Schumacher: Austrian Niki Lauda, who sparked the team’s rst golden era in the 1970s. The second one began when Schumacher arrived in 1996. The third is yet to happen.
I’ve watched nearly all of Vettel’s victories in Formula 1. I’ve often been caught up in the emotion, and even more often admired him. But I was curious when I found out that after joining Ferrari, in the nal few months of 2014, he stayed overnight at a special house on the ineld of Fiorano. It was a place I knew well, even though the last time I was there was February 1988, just over ve months before the Commendatore died. We were editing the four volumes of Ferrari Tales, which chronicled the most important episodes of the Old Man’s life.