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Andrea Stella, McLaren Engineer
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The product of Ferrari's F1 glory years seeking to repeat the trick at McLaren

McLaren’s new team principal Andrea Stella got his Formula 1 break working for Ferrari during Michael Schumacher’s pomp. OLEG KARPOV asks if can he instil the lessons from that period into a team that’s been struggling to rediscover its own days of peak performance.

It was an “acoustic trigger”, as he puts it, which lured Andrea Stella, a student of La Sapienza University in Rome, into the Formula 1 world. He had dreamed of being part of it since he
was a child, yet when the chance suddenly arose to work not just in Formula 1 but at Ferrari – Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari – Stella started to have second thoughts.

“The reason I studied engineering and in particular aerodynamics is because, yes, I was definitely very interested if not properly passionate about Formula 1 from my childhood,” he tells GP Racing. “So, I wanted to set my educational path in a way that I could be ready one day to join F1.

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