Giorgio Ascanelli

© Toro Rosso, 10 February 2011

© Toro Rosso
Technical Director, Toro Rosso
Nationality : Italian
Date of Birth : 23rd February, 1959
Place of Birth : Ferrara, Italy

From Ferrara, Italy, Ascanelli has pretty much done it all in a motorsport career that dates back to 1985, when he worked as a calculation engineer at Ferrari. That was followed by a brief spell rallying with Abarth and then three years as Gerhard Berger’s race engineer with the Scuderia (the big red team, not Toro Rosso!)

He then moved to Benetton, engineering world champion Nelson Piquet before rejoining Berger at McLaren where he also engineered Ayrton Senna in 1993. Soon it was time to return to Ferrari, again working with Gerhard and also Jean Alesi. Ascanelli then moved away from the race tracks and built up Maserati’s very successful sports car racing programme from scratch. But when you have had the F1 virus, it stays with you for life and Ascanelli returned to the grand prix scene to head up Scuderia Toro Rosso’s technical operation for the start of 2007. Ascanelli lists tennis as one of his hobbies saying, “I can go from pre-game warm-up to total exhaustion without playing a single point!”


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