It was a chance encounter with Michael Schumacher that fired Rodi Basso's passion for motor racing and set him on the road to working at the pinnacle of the sport, for Ferrari and then for Red Bull as they reached the height of their powers. Not that he knew it was Schumacher at the time.
An aerospace engineer by training, Basso had been working in Washington as a consultant for NASA, designing data acquisition systems for satellites. Like any Italian, he saw Ferrari as not just a second national religion, but also a crucible of engineering excellence.
"I wasn't such a motorsport fan before I started but it was more for the technical, the engineering side that took me into this environment," he says.