The GA stands for Gianni Agnelli, a fitting memorial to the man who saved Ferrari and kept the Italian tricolore flying proud over Maranello. It was at the end of the 1960s that this titan of Italian business and politics succeeded where Ford had failed by negotiating a controlling interest to keep Ferrari solvent. On the face of it, Enzo maintained power over his scarlet empire - but in truth, it was Fiat's 'kingmaker' who held the keys during the last 20 years of the Old Man's life.
Now Agnelli himself was gone, mortal after all, as prostate cancer claimed him at the age of 81. Just a couple of weeks later the wraps would be removed from Ferrari's new Formula 1 car at a suitably muted Fiorano launch. Following the domination of 2002, it seemed entirely predictable that Michael Schumacher and his red machine would continue to smash F1 into submission. And, yes, he would honour Agnelli's memory as Italy saw fit, with a fourth consecutive world title and a personal sixth to surpass Juan Manuel Fangio's five. But this was one that almost slipped away.
The F2003-GA, which is set to be one of the star exhibits at Autosport International this January, was a late starter when it rolled into F1 service 15 years ago. Michael had trounced everyone in the preceding F2002, finishing 67 points clear of best-of-the-rest team-mate Rubens Barrichello. Thus the team felt there was no rush to introduce the new model. The old one, in updated spec, would do nicely for the first four races.