Today, 20 October, Jean Todt was in the paddock at Monza, which is staging the "Tutte le Ferrari a Monza" event (All Ferraris at Monza) which closes the 2001 season for the Prancing Horse. The Sporting Director wanted to underline that, this...
The Sporting Director wanted to underline that, this time, Ferrari comes to Monza with a very different feeling to the one which ran through the team prior to the Italian Grand Prix which took place here just over a month ago. "It was much more difficult back then and the world was really shakine," said Todt. "We are in a very privileged position, because although we work in a stressful environment, it is above all a world of passion which allows people to dream.
Then, there are times when events occur which bring one out of the dream. This time it was down to some mad people who attempted to destabilise the world. What happened in the United States hit home hard. We were here, but it was a bad experience. But time is a great healer and now we are back in Monza with a different spirit. This is a party, even if we are here with our usual humility. It is not just for Formula 1 but also for above all for all Ferrari owners. I have walked around the paddock and seen dozens and dozens of 360 and 355, from all over the world. Then there are the historic cars, which represent Ferrari's special past."
I cannot ignore our Formula 1 season, which ended last weekend in Suzuka, nor our immediate future. "Will 2002 be a tougher year? The world championship is always difficult: you only have to look at the fact that some major constructors hardly picked up any points despite working hard. We have had an extraordinary year, picking up 179 points, 123 of them courtesy of Michael Schumacher, who on his own did enough to win the Constructors' title. I hope next year's car will be as effective as those of the past few years, especially the last one. But hope is one thing and reality another."
This evening, Jean Todt will be at the La Scala theatre in Milan where the city of Milan has organised a special show for Ferrari. On stage, under the direction of Maestro Riccardo Muti, will be a performance of the ballet, "Giselle." Present along with Todt will be the President of the Ferrari Maserati Group, Luca di Montezemolo, the company's Industrial Director Amedeo Felisa, as well as world champion Michael Schumacher and the other drivers, Rubens Barrichello and Luca Badoer.