If there is a god, he is probably a Ferrari fan.
On September 11, 1988, just under a month after the death of the mythical figure of Enzo Ferrari, or il commendatore, at the Scuderia’s home town of Marenello, some 200 kilometres away at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza during the 1988 Italian Grand Prix, a miracle happened.
First, the all-conquering Honda engine in Alain Prost’s McLaren gave way after just 34 laps - unheard of in the nearly perfectly reliable Honda turbo. Then, with only two laps to go, a miscommunication between Prost’s team mate Ayrton Senna and Williams fill-in Jean-Louis Schlesser lead to a collision when the Brazilian was putting a lap over the Frenchman.
This lead the Ferraris of Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto running first and second, much to the delight of the tifosi. They finished this way, with race winner Berger dedicating it to the man who gave his name and nearly 70 years of his life to motor racing. This would be the only time that season that a McLaren would not win a race.
Act sharp, the boss in on the floor! Forghieri and Enzo have a conversation to themselves as Chris Amon sits at attention.
Enzo during testing at the Modena Autodrome in 1964. The Scuderia would go on to win both driver’s and constructer’s championships that year.
You can see a Fiat 500 in the background, cute.
Enzo Ferrari (via formula1diaries)
The Ferrari 312T4, which won six races and the 1979 constructors championship in the hands of Gilles Villeuve and Jody Schecketer, who won the drivers championship. Enzo Ferrari described it as the ugliest car he had ever built.
Gotta agree with il Commendatore here, apart from the Lotus 79 most of the first round of wing-cars were god awful to look at.