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  Ferrari 412 T2

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1995
Numbers built:10
Designed by:John Barnard
Successor:Ferrari F310
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 29, 2006
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe period immediately after Enzo Ferrari's death in 1988 was quite successful for Ferrari with a third and second in the constructor's championship in 1989 and 1990 respectively. The design team led by John Barnard even broke new ground with the debut of the paddle-operated seven speed semi-automatic gearbox in 1989. The V12 engines were also cutting edge with five valves per cylinder. After John Barnard's departure halfway through 1990, a steady decline set in and not a victory was scored in 1991. Steve Nicholls was his replacement and he came up with a somewhat unusual and highly disappointing twin-floor car for 1992, which brought only two third place finishes.

After three years Fiat had finally found a suitable replacement for the 'Commendatore'; Luca Cordero di Montezemelo. A lawyer by education, he had started his long career at Ferrari as Enzo's right hand man and head of the racing department. Under his leadership the team reached new highs in the second half of the 1970s with three driver's and four constructor's championships. Although he was now in charge of the entire company, he promised that he would do everything to bring Ferrari back to the top of the leaderbord. As he had done almost two decades earlier, di Montezemelo began with assembling the right group of people and to bridge the gap he re-hired Barnard to make the F92 work and design a car for 1993.

Sadly the results of the revisions could not yet be seen in 1993, but Jean Alesi's second place finish at Monza was a sign the team was moving in the right direction. He had used the latest evolution of the V12 engine, which now used only four valves per cylinder again. Di Montezemelo convinced successful Peugeot rally and sportscar manager Jean Todt to Ferrari to take up the position of team manager. In the mean time Barnard continued working from his British design office. This clearly was not an ideal situation, but there were no real alternatives available. In Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger, the team had found two fast and stable drivers and their services were retained for several seasons.

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