Twenty-one years ago, Ferrari returned to the pinnacle of Formula 1 achievement, adding the Drivers’ World Championship for Michael Schumacher to its second consecutive Formula 1 Constructors’ title, which itself was its 10th overall – matching its Drivers’ Championship total. Such double success came after a further 21 years of what in Drivers’ Championship terms had certainly been disappointing failure, more than 340 races since the Italian giant’s previous double-title domination of the F1 scene, with Jody Scheckter in 1979.
Here we present Tony Matthews’ magnificently revealing cutaway artwork commemorating Ferrari’s double title-winning car for that memorable season, the F1-2000. It has been described as being perhaps that year’s most innovative design. Only the high nose of the 1999 Ferrari F399, its underside even higher, plus the general suspension layout and gearbox construction type had been retained.
Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and Paolo Martinelli led Maranello’s contemporary technical team – Ross as direttore tecnico, Rory head of vehicle planning, and Paolo the engine specialist. This trio had been recruited for Ferrari by Jean Todt through 1995-97, Martinelli first, followed by Brawn then Byrne, the ex-Benetton engineers whose cars had carried Michael Schumacher to his first two world titles in 1994-95.