M odesto Menabue is the longest-serving mechanic at Ferrari and therefore also the one Formula 1. The first car that the now 54-year-old Italian worked on was the Ferrari 312T4, with which Jody Scheckter became world champion in 1979. Since then, according to his own estimates, he has only missed around 60 Grand Prix. Menabue is a face of Ferrari.
Today he only looks after engines. On their way from the test bench to the race track, in the garage, in the spare parts warehouse for Ferrari and its customers. Three fitters per team are busy with the drive units under his guidance. Around 12 mechanics work on each of the two Ferrari SF16-Hs. 'It used to be between 3 and 5,' says Menabue with amusement.it pretended. It takes 15 minutes. ”
There is no comparison to replacing a drive unit. “It's a completely different world than before. Simply because of the number of components that make up such a drive unit. It takes hours to fit an engine that comes off the test bench into a racing car. ”
The current cars are much more stable than the Ferraris that started Modesto Menabue's career. This is not only due to the quality of the work of the mechanics. “The rules and the cost-cutting measures require that the cars are more robust. Virtually every part has a longer lifespan today. ”According to the veteran of the guild, the greatest boon for mechanics is telemetry. 'Because it shows you in which direction you have to work.'
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