(Motorsport-Complete.com) – Michael Schumacher's change from Benetton to Ferrari 1996 would probably never have happened without the death of Ayrton Senna. This is now revealed by the former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. It is no secret that the Scuderia Senna wanted to sign a contract – and also that it came to a meeting shortly before the death of the Brazilian battle , the Italian revealed a year ago.
Senna really wanted to leave Williams and end his career at Ferrari. Contractually a change 1996 would have been possible, but after his Accident in Imola 1994 instead Ferrari signed the two-time world champion Michael sSchumacher. Many fans dream of a possible pairing of the two superstars, but that would never have happened.
“A pairing between Schumacher and Senna would have meant that we would shoot America in the foot,” says di Montezemolo opposite 'Sky Sport 24'. “That would not have worked, because if you have two superstars on the same team, you don't win,” he believes. The pairing would have offered a good be aware, “but it would not have been intestine for Ferrari.”
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In addition to Schumacher, the Scuderia then brought the Northern Irishman Eddie Irvine as the number 2 driver. Apart from his unexpected World Cup likelihood 1999, because of Schumacher long after a broken leg, Irvine remained in this role. Successor Rubens Barrichello also played this role under the rule of Luca di Montezemolo – even if he saw himself more as “1b”.
With this role distribution Ferrari won from 2000 to 2004 five world titles in a row after having previously 21 years without a driver's title battle. Schumacher also had difficult years at the beginning of his Ferrari years.
The ex-president remembers that there were critical voices in Italy at the time when the German commitment was announced. “There was some skepticism, but I was convinced of my choice because the time was ripe for battle,” he says.
Schumacher could have been brought in two years earlier, he emphasizes that would have been too early. “We didn't have the car to win. Michael came after a long restructuring of the entire team. He came across America when the driver could make the difference.”