Now Mario Andretti said recently he wanted to see a third car, from a competitive team, for a “special guest” driver. That’s how he got started in F1. And Gilles Villeneuve and Mansell. Prost was offered one, but turned it down…sounded a great idea to me.
When Luca Montezemolo regularly says he wants a third Ferrari, does he say who he wants to drive it?
Wouldn’t it be great to see a Ferrari-backed team. They’d have to design a separate car, but Ferrari have the resources to do that. They could share knowledge and technology (as McLaren do with Force India, but more – as much as they can get away with). As for drivers…
– Ferrari-backed drivers such as Bianchi and Pérez
– talented drivers (mostly Italian, but not necessarily) like Valsecchi who’ve suffered too long from the lack of a Minardi to give them a foothold in F1.
– …and the special guests. This would be ideal for Kubica if he recovers sufficiently. Rossi (Valentino, but why not Alex), Franchitti, Will Power, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson?
The team could be called Alfa Romeo. Or Maserati…