Mr Stefano Domenicali, Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, delivered the 39th Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture on 15th May. The Department’s two main lecture theatres were full to hear the lecture titled “Ferrari”, with over 300 representatives from industry, the University’s alumni community, government, and schools from Oxfordshire.
Stefano Domenicali steered his presentation from the influence of early Italian culture on the design, engineering and team spirit of Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari’s Formula 1 racing team) to the ‘magnetism’ of Ferrari today under the leadership of Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari. Founded by Enzo Ferrari, it is the oldest surviving team in Grand Prix racing, having competed since 1932, and statistically the most successful Formula One team in history. It employs approximately 200 engineers out of a total workforce of about 500.
A stimulating Q & A session included questions on the impact of new F1 regulations in 2014 relating to the introduction of a revised engine formula, in which the 2.4 litre V8 engine configuration will be replaced with a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine that incorporates an energy recovery system, and a discussion whether F1 drivers be needed in the future as new technology could enable driverless robotic cars.
Mr Stefano Domenicali said: “Ferrari combines determination, curiosity, generosity, decisiveness, courtesy, Italian spirit and international professionalism. A breeding ground for bright ideas and solutions, be they graduates from the Ferrari Graduate Programme or experienced professionals. People with talent can show it”.
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