Tue Jun 17 2014 03:43:47 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
" LUIGI MUSSO, SEEN HERE IN A PUBLICITY PHOTO TAKEN FOR MASERATI IN 1954.
Born in Rome, the son of a wealthy Italian diplomat, Luigi was the youngest of three sons, all of whom would grow up to be race car drivers. In 1953, Maserati selected 3 young drivers to race their sports cars and Luigi was one of them. He promptly rewarded Il Tridente by winning the national 2 liter sports car championship in 1953 and the unlimited class Italian sports car championship in 1955. Naturally, Musso’s success opened opportunities for spot starts with Maserati’s Formula One squad, where he showed promise.
Musso’s ambition led him to join Scuderia Ferrari in 1956. While Luigi would find increased success at Ferrari, managing a number of podium finishes in F1 and major sports car races, including an overall victory in the 1958 Targa Florio with Olivier Gendebien, Musso’s time with the Scuderia was filled with tumult. Enzo Ferrari’s chosen mode of motivation in those years was to set his drivers, engineers and mechanics against one another, manipulating their competitive instincts to achieve maximum results. While its hard to argue against the results it produced, Ferrari’s tactics also created a work environment ripe with national pride, not-so-secret alliances and bitter rivalries among his employees like something out of the Machiavelli’s “The Prince”. It was this atmosphere that greatly contributed to the circumstances leading to Musso’s fatal accident at the 1958 French Grand Prix. We will return to that tale of back biters and syndicaters another day. "