Greatest achievement: When a production car is equipped with systems that a few months before were just ideas on a piece of paper.
Q: What was your first automotive job and why were you interested in the industry?
A: I spent 18 months working in Alfa Romeo's engineering department while completing my thesis for my mechanical engineering degree. Alfa hired me after I graduated.
Q: GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
A: When a production car is equipped with systems that a few months before were just ideas on a piece of paper. Recent examples are the E-diff on the Ferrari F430 and the innovative four-wheel-drive system on the FF.
Q: BIGGEST FAILURE AND WHAT IT TAUGHT YOU?
A: When road tests tell us that what we envisaged on paper is not working yet I always say 'yet,' because maybe tomorrow we will solve the problem.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY SURPRISED YOU?
A: The global lack of standardization in technologies and systems to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. In other systems, there is already a good level of standardization.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CHALLENGE AT WORK?
A: Finding ways to maintain Ferrari's legendary performance while slashing fuel consumption and emissions.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
A: Time management is crucially important.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A PERSON CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY?
A: If you have no passion and determination you will not get far in this business.
Q: WHAT JOB DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE?
A: I'm happy where I am as long as I can keep chasing more and more challenging goals.
Q: WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
A: Spend time with my family.
Q: FIRST CAR?
A: A 1966 VW Beetle, which I still own.
Q: CURRENT CAR?
A: Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTD.