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GP Week : Issue 201
F1 >>> nEWs SENNA, FERRARI? Twenty years after the death of Ayrton senna revelations have emerged that the great Brazilian may have been planning to drive for Ferrari – including possibly cutting short his Williams contract ... Two versions of a Senna-to-Ferrari plan have emerged in recent weeks, involving two of the Scuderia’s most prominent back room personalities, Luca di Montezemolo and Cesare Fiorio (right, at Imola). Fiorio, who was team manager at Ferrari between 1989 and 1992, claims that there was a Letter of Intent between the parties that indicated that there was a deal in the offing. “My priority when I went to Ferrari in 1989 was to have the best available driver” , Fiorio told the Gocar website, “And of course Senna was first on my shopping list, second was [Alain] Prost and of course [Nigel] Mansell whom I had in the team. My goal was to replace Gerhard Berger with Senna, so I started talks immediately. Senna pointed out that he had a contract for next year, so we could not do any deal. We decided to talk again soon. I managed to bring Prost to the team [for 1990] who created a very good lineup with Mansell.” “In 1990, I tried again to speak with Ayrton, who was interested in coming to Ferrari, so the initial approach was very easy, since we both wanted to collaborate. After the Brazilian GP of 1990, a race we won with Alain, I didn’t leave Sao Paolo on Sunday evening and I stayed for one more day. Senna sent a chauffeur to pick me up from my hotel and he drove me to his house. "I remember staying there from 9 in the morning to 7 in the afternoon to talk about all the issues, because later I had a flight to catch. There were no managers, no lawyers, just me and him. We stopped the conversation for a quick lunch with members of his family and we went back on. At the end of the day we had solved the 80 percent of the issues, and practically the 80 percent of the deal was done. We said goodbye with the aim to speak again in the near future.” “The near future was the Thursday before the French GP that took place at Le Castellet, at the start of July. We used to travel with a private plane to the track, so the plane made a stop to Nice and I went out. The rest continued. I went to see Ayrton at his home in Monaco. We continued the talks to finish the 20 percent that was remaining and some other small issues, like the fact that he had a Nacional Sponsorship on his cap while we had reserved it for Philipp Morris. But those are details if you had to bring in Senna to Ferrari.” With Prost available and a change in the team’s management, the plan ended in a haze of Italian business politics, but current Ferrari chief di Montezemolo has added his own angle to the story: “He wanted to come to Ferrari and I wanted him in the team,” Montezemolo said. “When he was in Italy for the San Marino Grand Prix, we met at my home in Bologna on Wednesday, April 27 [in 1994]. He told me he really appreciated the stand we had taken against the excessive use of electronic aids for driving, which didn’t allow a driver’s skill to shine through. “We spoke for a long time and he made it clear to me that he wanted to end his career at Ferrari, having come close to joining us a few years earlier. "We agreed to meet again soon, so as to look at how we could overcome his contractual obligations at the time. We were both in agreement that Ferrari would be the ideal place for him to further his career, which to date had been brilliant ..." at BriEFly » Caterham has axed its former Technical Director Mark Smith. The team will now have a Technical Committee, made up of John Iley, Jody Egginton and Gerry Hughes. » The Formula One Promoters met in Spain and ... well, that is about all the information available. Afterwards, possibly the least informative PR release in the sport’s recent history said; » “A meeting was held on Saturday 10 May 2014, between the promoters of the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, chaired by Ron Walker to discuss various aspects of Formula 1© for the benefit of all of the fans who are concerned about maintaining the unique feeling of Formula 1©. Mr Ecclestone attended the meeting in support of the promoters. Seventeen countries were represented.” NBC Sport’s pitlane reporter Will Buxton later asked Ecclestone; “What was decided in FOPA Meeting?” “We decided to have another meeting.” “When?”“We haven’t decided.” » Mercedes-Benz was due to test a megaphone exhaust in this week’s F1 test, in a bid to enhance the noise of the F1 cars. Predictably, there were murmurs of dissent among the opposition teams, lest the men in silver steal a performance edge in doing so ... » Hamilton’s win restored Montmelo’s tradition of only pole sitters winning its GP. That was the case between 2001 and 2010, until Mark Webber, Pastor Maldonado and Fernando Alonso upset the applecart between 2010 and 2013. » Ferrari paid a special tribute to Michael Schumacher prior to the Spanish Grand Prix. The German, who remains in a coma after a skiing fall in January, scored his first GP win with the team at the Montmelo track in 1996. 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: