On 5 December, l'UniversitÃ Politecnica delle Marche, bestowed Ferrari's Technical Director, Ross Brawn, with an honorary degree in Mechanical Engineering. The Rector, Marco Pacetti, presented Brawn with the prestigious award during a ceremony...
On 5 December, l'Università Politecnica delle Marche, bestowed Ferrari's Technical Director, Ross Brawn, with an honorary degree in Mechanical Engineering.
The Rector, Marco Pacetti, presented Brawn with the prestigious award during a ceremony at Ancona, where the university is based. In praising the engineer, Carlo Maria Bartolini, the Professor of Technical-Industrial Physics, underlined that one of the reasons Brawn was awarded the degree was for his successful seven-year stint at Ferrari, during which the 'Reds' have won five consecutive Constructors' titles and four straight Drivers' crowns.
Brawn's career began twenty five years ago at Frank Williams racing and has always been a winning one. This success has not only been limited to the track but, as the eulogy outlined, the 'maximum levels of mechanical engineering' have been reached during his time with Ferrari, under the leadership of President Montezemolo and General Director, Jean Todt.
In his acceptance speech, entitled 'Ferrari Formula 1: is there a secret to success?', the Technical Director, in his self-defined 'Milano-Brittanico' tongue, stated that "Above all the great Ferrari team deserves to be recognised. There is no secret to success; it comes around when passionate and motivated people dedicate their lives to Ferrari to attain it."
"In Formula 1 you fall behind if you stand still", Brawn went on, "so, you need to evolve continually the use of technology." Consequently, close collaboration with university research teams is essential in order to take advantage of the 'huge existing technological potential' without increasing investment.