Reutemann back on track with Ferrari 09 Dec 2004
There was a surprise test at Ferraris Fiorano circuit this week, when a man not seen in a Formula One car for quite some time got behind the wheel of an F2004. Carlos Reutemann was the driver in question, the Argentine renewing his acquaintance with the team that he raced for during the late 1970s.
Reutemann was a Ferrari works driver from the end of the 1976 season to 1978, winning five grands prix and a constructors title with the team. His Fiorano test came about following a recent conversation with the man who was then Ferraris sporting director, Luca di Montezemolo.
On his feet Reutemann wore the same shoes he used in his racing days and even his helmet bore his old yellow and blue colours. 'Lole' did several runs, completing a total of 17 laps.
It was an unforgettable experience, said Reutemann after the drive. I would like to thank Ferrari for having organised this test even though it was a holiday. It was really exciting and I enjoyed myself very much!
The car is impressive, especially in terms of the power from the engine. It is completely different to the car that I drove back in my day. Watching on television, Formula One today can look easy, but having tried it myself I can guarantee you that is not the case!
Reutemann also got to meet up with Ferrari managing director Jean Todt and spoke with Montezemolo, now Ferrari President, by telephone.