King of Noodle Barilla: Hamilton invaded Ferrari / Formula 1

King of Noodle Barilla: Hamilton invaded Ferrari / Formula 1

Italian Paolo Barilla turned 63 on April 20. The pasta maker can’t wait for next season. Then he could put Lewis Hamilton in his own Ferrari.

Paolo Barilla’s birthday is April 20, 2024: the former doctor and sports car driver is 63 years old. He already received a birthday present at the beginning of February, because one of Barilla’s greatest wishes was to keep Lewis Hamilton in a Ferrari.

Flashback: Even before the start of the Belgian Grand Prix 2018, Formula 1 fans were treated to a treat at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Belgian racing legend Jacky Ickx (now 79 years old) celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first World Cup victory in 1968 in Rouen with rally laps in a Ferrari 312B.

With this model, Ickx achieved three GP victories in 1970: He won Austria, Canada and Mexico in 1970 and finally took second place in the World Championship behind Jochen Rindt, who had a fatal accident in the Italian GP and died after death. world champion

The Ferrari 312B driven by Ickx at Spa-Francorchamps was found and bought in the US by former GP driver and Le Mans winner Paolo Barilla, and the pasta maker restored the race in a big way.

There was even a very watchable movie filmed about it that was published in 2017 – “Ferrari 312B” (can be found on YouTube). The Barilla car is chassis number 4 with which Clay Regazzoni won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in 1970.

On April 20, Paolo Barilla turned 63. He told my colleague Franco Nugnes from the Italian motorsport.com about the famous Ferrari: “I consider it one of the greatest privileges that I was able to drive this racing car, a car that shows true magic. I drove it in the historic Grand Prix in Monte Carlo and that really touched me. But the car is difficult to drive, I won’t do it again.”

“I would like to see a good driver of today in Ferrari. It should be a driver who appreciates the emotions felt behind the wheel of this special car. I think one such driver is Lewis Hamilton.”

“When I hear Lewis talk about driving, I feel that this is a driver who can understand the special characteristics of a racing car. Regardless of any contractual restrictions, Hamilton is a passionate driver, a driver who respects history.”

But such a test has not been possible until now because Lewis Hamilton is a Mercedes driver. With Hamilton’s move to Ferrari, the Brit’s journey in Barilla’s 312B draws to a close.

The Milanese Barilla began racing in 1975 – karting, then entered the entry-level Fiat Abarth formula, then Formula 3, where he immediately came third overall. So Barilla moved up to Formula 2. He didn’t get past seventh place. The best result in the successor to the Formula 3000 was fourth place in 1988.

Things went even better at Le Mans: overall victory in 1985 with Joest Racing, with Porsche 956B team-mates Klaus Ludwig and Louis Krages (John Winter), his greatest achievement as a racing driver.

In Formula 1, 1990 with Minardi, Barilla stayed behind, with 11th place at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in 1990 as a highlight. Before the end of the season he was replaced by the more talented Gianni Morbidelli.

He has never been in a Formula 1 car, but as a businessman he is on an international level.

Together with his brothers Luca and Guido, he turned the Barilla family business, founded in 1877, into the most successful manufacturer of durum wheat pasta.