How Montezemolo sealed his fate in 2011

How Montezemolo sealed his fate in 2011

Luca di Montezemolo announced his exit from Ferrari just three days after the Italian Grand Prix, but his fate had been sealed over three years ago, as DIETER RENCKEN explains

Last week's dramatic upheaval in Maranello, in which Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo announced his exit from Formula 1's most visible office on October 13, came as absolutely zero surprise, for it could be traced back to announcements made on January 28 2011.

Stung by criticism that Ferrari's early-to-mid-2000s hegemony had a distinctly non-Italian flavour, what with German and Brazilian drivers, French team director, British technical director, South African designer, Dutch fuels and oils, Japanese tyres and engine man, the staunchly patriotic (and political) Montezemolo devised an 'all-Latin' team - banished was the multiculturalism that once provided Ferrari's winning ways.

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