Sergio Marchionne and the culture of Ferrari

On Saturday 21 July 2018 an announcement from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reported that their chief executive officer, Sergio Marchionne, had experienced complications following surgery and would be unable to return to work. This was an undoubted personal tragedy for Marchionne and his family – he had been planning his retirement for April 2019, it […]

Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo

The recent announcement that Alfa Romeo will become a partner of the Sauber F1 team, ostensibly as a sponsor, but with the longer term aim for a closer technological relationship, has strong similarities with the partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing which was announced in September and, like Alfa Romeo and Sauber, will begin […]

The Monaco Performance Curve

Although Kimi Raikkonen failed to win the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix he did secure pole position with a time of 1 minute 12.178 seconds. This equated to an average speed of 104.4 mph. This is the fastest ever recorded pole setting lap of Monaco, a full 2mph ahead of Daniel Riccardo’s average of 102.4 mph […]

Anyone interested in leadership and management must read this book.

  I’ve just finished reading ‘Total Competition’ by Ross Brawn and Adam Parr. I’ve always been a passionate believer that all organisations can learn a great deal from the competitive world of F1. It’s a goldfish bowl where people, money and technology come together in order to achieve amazing levels of performance – isn’t this […]

The Triple – So What’s the Big Deal?

Mercedes have been celebrating their third consecutive Constructors’ World Championship. Quite right too, it is a major achievement. But it is also a feat that many have achieved before them and I suspect that their ultimate aim is to become the most successful F1 team ever. Back in 1999 I wrote a series of case […]

The problem with Ferrari is over-protective parenting

There seem to be a range of articles around at the moment analysing the current problems at Ferrari. There are suggestions that Ross Brawn is returning, that Eric Boullier should be recruited, or that Ferrari should relocate to the UK, as they once did in the 1980s. To add my own pennyworth into the discussion, […]