Aston Martin is the real revelation of this start to the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship. In Bahrain, Fernando Alonso’s third place confirmed the positive feedback which was reported both during the presentation of the new single-seaters and most importantly during the winter pre-season testing session.
The team led by Lawrence Stroll has managed to take the necessary step to enter, to all intents and purposes, among the top teams of the sport, which this year could in fact become four.
In addition to the Canadian tycoon, behind the successes of Aston Martin there are several factors and above all men who have allowed the English team to take the first podium of the season in Sakhir.
According to what Paolo Ciccaroni reports for RMC Motori, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is also involved in the Aston Martin project, with advice on how to manage a Formula 1 team.
“Luca di Montezemolo’s touch – writes Paolo Ciccaroni – can be seen above all in the management of Aston Martin for GT cars. It is no coincidence that Lawrence Stroll has signed Amedeo Felisa, who for years was chief executive officer of Ferrari and one of the key figures in the comeback of the brand after the great crisis of the 80s, but also the arrival of Roberto Fedeli, former engine chief at Maranello who was then moved to the technological area in Modena where he oversaw the engines for Alfa Romeo and Maserati.”
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In addition to Luca di Montezemolo‘s “advice”, Lawrence Stroll also hired Marco Mattiacci, who had held the role of Ferrari Team Principal, even if only for six months. The 52-year-old from Rome has a profound knowledge of the North American car market and in particular that of supercars.
Paolo Ciccarone then points out how other former Ferrari men are now in Aston Martin: Renato Bisignani in communication, after a past in the marketing department of Renault F1 and in the press and communication office of Ferrari, also in Formula 1, before moving on to Formula E.
Last but not least, looking at the technical department of Aston Martin we find Luca Furbatto, also with a past in Maranello and also with experience in McLaren and Sauber (Alfa Romeo).
Will Fred Vasseur be able to do the same at Ferrari, bringing the right key men to Maranello to bring Scuderia Ferrari back to where it deserves?