I was impressed by Enrique Scalabroni from the first day I met him – at Williams, in 1985. He’d turn up every morning in a local cab and always leave late at night – also in a local cab.
“Enrique. What’s with the cab?”
“I don’t drive. I have too many things going on in my head to trust myself behind the wheel. I’m always thinking about something. I can’t help it…”
Enrique helped Patrick Head re-design the back end of the Williams FW10-Honda that cleaned up the final races of that 1985 season; and he would go on to play an integral role in the success of the FW11/11B. Moving to Ferrari in late 1989, he transformed the John Barnard car into a glorious pace-setter.
Enrique has one of the most fertile brains of any racing person I’ve ever met. If he’s not designing a new electric road car, he’s re-visiting the hang-glider or designing windmills.
And he has the most wonderful touch. His brother is a cartoonist for Disney – and you can see that family talent in Enrique’s hand. I asked him to sketch as he spoke because I love to see creative expression like this – especially if it’s orientated towards Formula One.