Andrea Stella knows how to win. His past (and now, his present) attests to it. Graduating in aerospace engineering, he entered Maranello’s gates in 2000, where he remained for 15 years. It was the era of Ferrari’s great successes, with a team consisting of Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Nikolas Tombazis, and James Allison.
“The experience and the quality of the people involved in that project were extraordinary,” Andrea Stella recalls – “I believe that some of them could have had even more prestigious roles in other teams, but they chose to stay at Ferrari. They did so because they knew their work would help create what was the strongest team of all time.” – the former Ferrari man pointed ou.
Stella: “Something was missing with Alonso. Here’s what I want at McLaren”
Andrea Stella was then promoted to be a track engineer, first for Kimi Raikkonen and later for Fernando Alonso. Yet, something was missing with the Spanish driver in achieving the desired goals.
“Continuity was the real value of the team when I arrived. It was known who or what was needed, and it was added, brick by brick. Perhaps this was what was missing during Fernando’s era. We needed that kind of approach.” – the Italian engineer pointed out.
Ferrari is now in Andrea Stella’s past as he serves as Team Principal at McLaren. The Woking-based team, after a lackluster start, has proven to be a genuine surprise in 2023. Some of the credit is undoubtedly due to the approach set by the Italian engineer.
“Regardless of the role you hold, there are values that must always be maintained. Continuity and experience are among them. And that’s exactly what I’m trying to bring to McLaren.” – he concluded.
So far, he has done quite well…