In Maranello and Faenza, they mourn Tommaso Carletti, a former engineer who once worked for the Ferrari and Minardi teams and who passed away at the age of 83 after a long illness.
“We were deeply saddened by the news of the death of Tommaso Carletti, he has always been one of the pillars of our team. All our thoughts are with his wife Patricia and children – Margarita, Ricciardo, Elena and Lucia ”, – these lines appeared on the Minardi page on social networks.
This talented engineer worked for 11 years in the advanced development department of the Fiat concern, from where in the early 80s he was taken to Maranello by the famous Mauro Forghieri, then the technical director of Ferrari. In 1982, Carletti was a racing engineer for Didier Pironi, then in the same capacity he collaborated with Patrick Tambet, and when he signed a contract with Renault, he joined the French concern’s factory team with him.
At the end of 1985, Carletti returned to Italy to become a racing engineer for Andrea de Cesaris with Giancarlo Minardi’s team, where he worked for six years, after which he moved to Fondmetal.
In 1994, he was hired as a consultant in the investigation of Ayrton Senna’s tragic death at the San Marino Grand Prix circuit.
In the 90s, Carletti also managed to work in GT and DTM races, then participated in the creation of the Bugatti Veyron supercar.
The famous Italian journalist Leo Turini writes about this man in his blog: “Let me say goodbye to Tommaso Carletti for the last time. His name says little to young people, unlike people of my generation.
When Carletti appeared in the paddock, collaborating with teams such as Ferrari, Minardi or Fondmetal, he felt that he had something of the Musketeers from Dumas’ novels.
In Scuderia during the Forghieri era, he was one of the technical specialists – these were the times when the passion of Italians for motors became an inexhaustible source of engineering talent … I am glad that I remember all this, because all of us who in those years were in the Formula 1 paddock felt like they were in a big family. I will always remember you, Tom … “