There have always been rumors surrounding Ferrari. But most of those rumors have revolved around its road cars, if not its Formula One operations: that the company is planning to build this type of car or that, that the team is planning to hire this driver or that one. But this one rumor that has only grown with time revolves around the company's affable chairman, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.

A member of Italy's hereditary aristocracy and a lawyer by profession, Montezemolo was a prodigy of both Enzo Ferrari and former Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli and quickly rose up the ranks in the both companies to preside over each. He's also chaired influential industrial groups and coordinated the World Cup when it was held in Italy, to say nothing of the America's Cup sailing team and high-speed rail company he's run. But his latest move could elevate him to an even more central role.

Montezemolo has for years been linked to a potential run for the premiership of Italy, and fresh reports out of Europe suggest that moment is finally approaching. In 2009, he formed a center-left think tank called Italia Futura, which could, the pundits predict, be rapidly turned into a political party that may place Montezemolo as its candidate for prime minister. In that role, he'd succeed Silvio Berlusconi – the embattled, right-leaning former prime minister with whom Montezemolo has long been at odds – and the economist Mario Monti who took his place as caretaker just last month.

Elections are currently scheduled for 2013, and if Montezemolo manages to mobilize Italia Futura's 40,000 members, he could soon be changing his job description to that of the highest office in the land.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Good I'm glad. I like Luca precisely because many people with "Occupy Wall Street" type of mentality don't like him, and also politicians don't care for him. He's a businessman first and foremost who understands the notion of living within the means which applies to everyone, whether it's a business, a person, or *gasp* government. Italy is a wonderful country with wonderful people, but it's been too reckless with unions, poor government management and poor business management (Alitalia airline for example). They need a breath of fresh air, not another bureaucrat. Unfortunately I don't believe he'll win. I think the world is doomed because people in their 20's are blind socialists who are playing right into the hands of governments who are in bed with the banks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't vote for him, he'll make everything automatic and ugly!
      AMG THIS
      • 3 Years Ago
      I knew Marchionne was angry with the Italian Government, looks like he means to change that.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe he'll repeal all speed limits in Italy. ;)
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that Flavio Briatore behind him, wearing the pink t-shirt?
      • 3 Years Ago
      First, add the prancing horse to the Italian flag. Second, send a pair of Ferraris to every Italian embassy around the world. Third, build an Italy theme park in Abu Dhabi Forth, political debates will be settled on the track. Fifth, paint everything red or yellow.
      Evan McMiller
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, quite a career change...wonder who will be next in line at Ferrari then.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      If he makes it, watch out... Italy's national speed limit might be 300km/h. At the very least, the moronic neighbors who live near the Fiorano or Maranello test tracks are going to have nobody to complain to regarding the 'agony' of having to listen to raging V12 and V8 banshees all day.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Berlusconi put the bar too low... There is no way Luca could be worse than him. The Italians are lucky.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is he running for the Presidency or for Parliament? The Autocar article says the Presidency, but that's a figurehead position.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dan, your question is very good because it is impossible in Italy for someone to "run" for Prime Minister. The President of the Council of Ministers is appointed by the President of the Republic. The President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano or whoever is that position, calls the heads of the parties after an election and after a short interview, selects the person with the best chance of winning a vote of confidence in the Parliament. Since no party wins an outright majority, and there are at least 4 major parties in Italy, these parties make alliances. On the basis of these alliances the President of the Republic will pick a person that is supported by the alliances with the greatest number of votes in parliament and entrust that person to form a government. Autocar is wrong too. They confused President of the Republic with President of the Council of Ministers (Prime MInister). And Luca Cordero is the nephew of the Marchese di Montezemolo. He is know in Italy as Luca Cordero dei Marchese di Montezemolo. He, himself has no title, and even if he did, titles were abolished with the end of the monarchy, though the persons who bore titles were permitted to carry them to the end of their lives. Not Luca, though,
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