Gianfranco Fantuzzi

© Toro Rosso, 10 February 2011

© Toro Rosso
Team Manager, Toro Rosso
Nationality : Italian
Place of Birth : Modena, Italy

This is the second Faenza-era for team manager Fantuzzi, as he worked here with Minardi from 1998 to 2001 as a race engineer, before joining Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006. In 2009, he took on a new role, relinquishing the job of general manager to return to the race tracks as team manager.

Like all young boys living in Modena, he was infected with the racing virus at an early age and joined Ferrari as a mechanic when he was just 16-years-old. He spent 22 years with the Prancing Horse, most of that time working as an engineer on the test and race team. He also took a break from Formula 1, moving to the United States to get involved with the company’s IMSA programme.

“When I was young, I used to go karting, but I did just enough to know that I was much too slow,” says Fantuzzi. “I always preferred what goes on behind the scenes in racing and so, after race engineering at Minardi, I moved to the role of logistics manager with the Toyota F1 team.” However, a few years ago, he returned to his spiritual home and, as team manager, spends much of his time with his head buried in the F1 rule book.


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