King of Ferrari: As the Scuderia prepare for their 1,000th F1 race, ex-Prancing Horse chairman Luca di Montezemolo talks Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton heroics

Enzo Ferrari has been dead these past 32 years so we came to Rome to meet the man who is the living embodiment of the most famous motor racing team the world has known. And, his family apart, Ferrari is the love of his life. Luca di Montezemolo gave a rare interview to Sportsmail on the eve of Ferrari’s 1,000th F1 race. Di Montzemolo believes it will take Ferrari two years to get back up to speed in the sport. ‘When I think of Ferrari,’ said Ecclestone, ‘I think of Enzo Ferrari and of Luca Montezemolo, and nobody else.’ Di Montezemolo was key to Ferrari’s domination of Formula One in the early 2000s that saw them pick up five straight drivers’ championships up until 2004 with Schumacher (above). Di Montzemolo had been involved at Ferrari as far back as 1974, pictured with Niki Lauda. Di Montezemolo was key to turning Ferrari around from a crisis during the 1990s. Schumacher arrived in 1996 at Ferrari as Di Montezemolo put together a winning team. Schumacher and Lauda lead the way, along with Alberto Ascari. Kimi Raikkonen, the last Ferrari champion in 2007, is another he liked. ‘I love Formula One and I love Ferrari, and that will never change.

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