A fan of Formula 1, the Minister revealed he had followed the Monza race closely and was delighted to visit our facility and see all the work that goes on behind the scenes of what can be seen on track. His first port of call on the factory tour was the Operations Room, the remote garage from where the personnel in our Vehicle Performance Department can follow everything that’s happening at the track. They analyse the raft of data produced by the two cars and support the trackside engineers and drivers. From the Operations Room, the Minister, along with other national and regional government representatives, including those from Emilia-Romagna and Faenza, including its Mayor, Giovanni Malpezzi, were able to talk via radio with Pierre Gasly and our Team Principal Franz Tost, who were in Mugello for the Tuscan Grand Prix.
The tour, together with our HR and Legal Director, Otello Valenti and Finance Director, Fabio Roncasaglia, then continued through various departments, from the Design Office to Production and also the Lamination department where the carbon components are made and finally the assembly area. Here in the place where the team usually practices pit stops, the Minister was able to see one of our cars close up and was given a detailed explanation of the car’s electronic “control centre and brain” that is the steering wheel, designed and built in-house. The Minister even got into one of the cars to see what an F1 cockpit feels like.
The Foreign Minister’s visit to Scuderia AlphaTauri is a source of pride to us, a tangible sign of the interest government bodies have shown in our work and our success. It is a particular pleasure, because apart from its excellence in terms of technological and manufacturing innovation, it is also a multicultural company with around 35 nationalities represented on the team between Faenza and our other facility in Bicester (UK.)