Montezemolo: Senna wanted to end career at Ferrari

By on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo believes that Ayrton Senna wanted to end his Formula 1 career with Ferrari.

Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of Senna's death at the San Marino Grand Prix but Montezemolo revealed that he had held discussions with the Brazilian over a move to the team just days before Senna's fatal accident.

"He wanted to come to Ferrari and I wanted him in the team," said Montezemolo.

"When he was in Italy for the San Marino Grand Prix, we met at my home in Bologna on Wednesday 27 April. He told me he really appreciated the stand we had taken against the excessive use of electronic aids for driving, which didn’t allow a driver’s skill to shine through.

"We spoke for a long time and he made it clear to me that he wanted to end his career at Ferrari, having come close to joining us a few years earlier.

"We agreed to meet again soon, so as to look at how we could overcome his contractual obligations at the time. We were both in agreement that Ferrari would be the ideal place for him to further his career, which to date had been brilliant, even unique.

"Unfortunately, fate robbed all of us of Ayrton and Roland Ratzenberger over one of the saddest weekends in Formula 1 history. Of Senna, I remember his kindness and his simple almost shy nature, which was in complete contrast to Senna the driver, a fighter always aiming for the best."


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