Ferrari today lost one of its greatest stalwarts, Franco Gozzi, a man who was a crucial part of the company’s history. He was 81.
President Luca di Montezemolo said, “We have lost a key figure in the history of Ferrari. “My most abiding memory is of all the hours we spent together, talking about drivers and cars and I am grateful for the fact he was close to me when I was a young sporting director at the Scuderia.”
Gozzi played many roles in the company: sporting director, press officer and head of communications. But above all, he was one of the closest advisors and confidantes to Enzo Ferrari. He was not just a witness to events, but also played an active role in the life of the Maranello marquee. A glance through the photo albums from the past 30 years, bear witness to the crucial role Gozzi played in the company’s life. He was Enzo Ferrari’s spokesman and sometimes the purveyor of his silences.
Those who knew him well and shared outstanding moments with him as well as daily life in the company, recall his humanity and his sense of irony, while those who met him during the final chapter of his life at Maranello recall his great ability to put across through apparently innocuous anecdotes, the values that have made Ferrari a legend around the world.
(Courtesy Ferrari press release)