If there were Formula 1 royalty, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo would be up there among the notable princes, his life has been intertwined with the sport and Ferrari since the early seventies.
Under his watch, the great Italian team enjoyed two of their most successful spells ever in the top flight. On that remarkable journey of many ups as well as downs, the former Ferrari president has just about seen it all while befriending and working with some of the greatest drivers in the sport.
Currently, his beloved team is in dire straits and it would be fair to say the Reds have been playing second fiddle to Mercedes for far too long, in particular – Lewis Hamilton – who has been the standout driver of the past decade.
During an interview with Sportsmail, Montezemolo said of the Briton that has denied the Scuderia for so long, “Listen, Lewis is one of the best drivers in history. I have sold him some Ferraris. He is very correct. A good person and a good driver.”
The former Maranello big boss went on to hint, not for the first time, that if he were still in charge, Lewis would be suiting up in red for the team’s 1000th Grand Pirx start at Mugello this weekend.
“The other one I like is Max Verstappen,” said the Italian 73-year-old of the current F1 grid.