Ferrari & Mclaren race engineer, 2010-18 Our collaboration over the years was very positive, and straight away he had quite a lot of trust in the people around him. He was relaxed and open to our way of working at Ferrari. He’s also very charismatic and it was an enjoyable time together where we’d make jokes and talk about arranging a game of basketball next time we were in Maranello.
To be a winner you have to be a fighter. I don’t trust those who want to look like angels because without that fighting quality you won’t succeed. This is part of his character that can make him difficult, but he knows what he is capable of. Occasionally, you have to tell people things they don’t want to hear because there are other egos at play.
I think he is much cleverer than me. In the race I’d say “we need to do something” and he’d come back with an answer I’d never have thought of. And he could do it while driving.