Ferrari pay visit to the Vatican 18 Jan 2005
A Ferrari car entered the Vatican for the first time on Monday when a delegation from the companys Formula One team presented the Pope with a one-fifth scale model of last years championship winning F2004 machine.
Among a 95-strong delegation from Ferrari were drivers Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Luca Badoer, as well as team boss Jean Todt and president Luca di Montezemolo.
Presenting Pope John Paul II with the model, the very first produced of the F2004, Montezemolo said the gift was to say that we feel you are one of the team. He also paid tribute to the Pope's work, describing as being in pole position on the road of humanity.
Welcoming the team, John Paul II commented: I am pleased to receive each and every one of you, representatives of the great Ferrari family that, over the years, has achieved success and won trophies.
He went on to congratulate the team on their recent championship success and to thank them for the model. He then blessed each member of the Ferrari party before they moved on to the famed Sistine Chapel for a special private visit.