Ferrari is motor racing's most famous name, so how would you feel if you were a 15-year-old kid signed up by the Prancing Horse with a view to, one day, carrying the evocative red colours in Formula 1?
Even more exciting, if you were a 15-year-old Italian kid...
Such a dream became reality for Raffaele Marciello in the winter of 2009-10, and now, nearing the end of his fourth season as a Ferrari Driver Academy member in single-seater racing, he sits embroiled in a fight for the Formula 3 European Championship title.
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Marcus Simmons is the deputy editor of Autosport magazine. As a child he was a regular on the chalk banks of Thruxton, before becoming an MSA timekeeper at the age of 17. Shortly afterwards, he started reporting for Motoring News and joined the staff in 1990.
After abandoning a parallel Formula First career – which had been as incident-packed as his childhood equestrian exploits – he moved to Autosport in 1996. Since then he has had two stints as a freelance and a brief spell as editor of Motor Sport magazine, during which the revered green cover was revived, before rejoining Autosport in 2008. He lives in Twickenham with his partner, two daughters, cat and guitars.