Todt: Senna wanted to come to Ferrari and we wanted him
FIA president and Former Ferrari team principal Jean Todt has revealed that Ayrton Senna expressed interest in joining Ferrari in 1994 and that talks between the two did take place.
“He [Senna] wanted to come to Ferrari and Ferrari wanted him,” he told Auto Bild Motorsport. “I had a long meeting with him (in 1993) and I was fascinated by the sound of his voice – he spoke very slowly and extremely clearly.”
But Todt told the Brazilian legend at the time that Ferrari already had Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger under contract, to which Senna replied: “In Formula 1, contracts have no value.”
However, Todt disagreed and stuck with Alesi and Berger, but recalled that “I called him again to make him an offer for 1995, but he declined as he had already decided on Williams.”
In 1996, Ferrari under Todt’s stewardship snapped up Michael Schumacher to lead the team and the rest is history.