His Holiness the Pope Benedict XVI this morning held a private audience with Ferrari’s President Luca di Montezemolo, Vice President Piero Ferrari and a selected delegation of the company’s representatives.
At the meeting, President Montezemolo presented the Holy Father a cheque for €950,000 raised by the sale of the 400th “Enzo”, a car specially made to be auctioned for charity.
In a previous papal audience, which took place on 17th January, a large group of Ferrari’s employees and partners - including F1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello - met the late Pope John Paul II. Luca di Montezemolo offered to donate the auction proceedings of this extraordinary vehicle for humanitarian purposes. Sold by Sotheby’s, the “Enzo” reached the significant sum of €950,000, over 50% more than its list price.
His Holiness particularly enjoyed a special gift: Michael Schumacher’s F2004 steering wheel, with the following dedication: “The Formula 1 World Champion’s steering wheel to His Holiness Benedict XVI, Christianity’s driver”.Published 5 December 2005