Tributes paid to Giovanni Agnelli
The recent death of the seemingly indestructible Giovanni Agnelli, multi billionaire head of the FIAT group, moved many members of the Ferrari team to pay their own personal tributes to the great man.
Statement from President Montezemolo
Maranello, 24th January - “The death of Giovanni Agnelli leaves an unfillable void in my life. For over 35 years, his friendship and affection provided me with an incomparable reference point. I can never forget how often he was close to me during the most difficult moments and I attribute Ferrari’s success to him, knowing full well what a fundamental role he played in achieving it.”
Jean Todt: 'I'm very shocked'
Maranello, 24th January - “I am very shocked by the death of Avvocato Agnelli, who was a legendary figure of inimitable style. Ferrari was always a special company for him and its achievements were of particular significance to him. He was always very interested in what went on at Maranello and supportive of our efforts over the years it took to become successful once again and he was involved in all our decisions. When, finally, we managed to win again, he shared our feelings of relief and joy. We knew we could always count on his presence and support. His passing marks the end of an era.”
Schumacher: 'I consider myself proud to have known him'
Maranello, 24th January - “I am deeply saddened by the death of Avvocato Agnelli. I always had a profound respect for him and I consider myself proud to have known him. Every time we met, I was made aware of his great understanding and interest in Ferrari, Formula 1 and soccer, as well as his sensitivity to the problems of the world.”
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