Three senior members of Minardi staff went back to school this past Saturday, not to continue their studies, but to deliver an enthusiastically received lecture to students of the Economics Faculty at Milan's prestigious Bocconi...
Three senior members of Minardi staff went back to school this past Saturday, not to continue their studies, but to deliver an enthusiastically received lecture to students of the Economics Faculty at Milan's prestigious Bocconi University.
Team founder, Gian Carlo Minardi, Financial Director, Stefano Sangiorgi, and Technical Director, Gabriele Tredozi, willingly gave up part of their weekend after student, Andrea Bonesi, whose final degree thesis concerns the organisation of the Minardi Team, and his professor, Sr. Delmestri, asked if members of staff would be willing to speak to the Faculty's students on the various aspects of Formula One team organisation.
Gian Carlo Minardi opened the lecture by talking about the history of the team he launched in 1979, and going on to describe the current Sporting organisation. Stefano Sangiorgi then took over the lectern to explain in detail about the financial and commercial aspects of managing a Formula One team, while Gabriele Tredozi concluded by dealing with the technical issues, the trio thus providing a thorough overview of the business of running a motor racing team at the very highest level.
To provide the Bocconi University students with some "hands-on" experience of F1, the team also provided one of its show cars in order for them to carry out a series of practice pit stops. Such was the reception given to the lecture, and its perceived value for the students, the Economics Faculty now plans to print and distribute the complete transcript to other universities as useful course material.
"This turned out to be a really special day for the Team," comments Gian Carlo Minardi. "It was wonderful to be able to speak to a group of enthusiastic, clearly motivated students about how an organisation like ours operates, and hopefully, to impart some of the personal passion that helps to keep Minardi moving forward."
"It was a very rewarding experience, and I truly believe the team members present took away as much from this event as it appears the students did. We are both pleased, and gratified, that the Faculty of Economics feels the material we presented is of sufficient value to make it worthy of circulation to a wider audience."