As Enzo Ferrari was a firm believer that the only way to reach its own targets is by hard work, he excluded luck as possibility. With his statement “Back luck does not exist.”, he demonstrated that he knew the history of his country, as this philosophy is based on a quote by the Roman philosopher and dramatist Seneca the Younger, who lived around the year 0: “The best wrestler is not he who has learned thoroughly all the tricks and twists of the art, which are seldom met with in actual wrestling, but he who has well and carefully trained himself in one or two of them, and watches keenly for an opportunity of practicing them.” Later these lines should be shortened to: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen started with a victory into the 2007 Formula 1 season, but it was a long way to win the championship. The third last race of the season was in Suzuka, Japan. Lewis Hamilton won this race and as result he had now a twelve points lead over his teammate Fernando Alonso and even 17 points over Kimi. As for every won race you received 10 points, the chance to still win the championship had been bad, but theoretically still given. The Finnish driver won the next race in Shanghai and benefited from the situation that Hamilton committed a driving error in the pit lane, what meant that he had to retire from the race. After this grand prix, Hamilton had 107 points, Alonso 103 and Räikkönen 100. With just one race to go, a nearly impossible position to win the title. The spectators at the season final in Brazil saw leader Hamilton again being beside the race track, at the end only the 7th position for him, with this outside the points. Kimi won before his team-mate Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. This meant for the final standings that he did the impossible, passed both, Hamilton and Alonso and won the championship for himself and Ferrari. Of course he benefited from the other driver’s errors, but it was not pure luck (or bad-luck from the other point of view), but a sign that he was physically and mentally prepared and believed in his opportunity to win; his opponents not.

Sources:

Henz, Patrick (2015): “Business Philosophy according to Enzo Ferrari – from motorsports to business”

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