I never saw a nobleman who is so admired by the public. A piece of advice for royalists : propose him as a candidate. He is a Count, a Formula 1 Race Car Driver, and despite the efforts of the First and Second Republic, is the only Italian at Monza. Heís the only Italian driver remaining in the rainbow circus, in which, among other things, even got a late start. In comparison, Schumacher sprung into Formula 1 racing when he was just 20 years old. Count Lavaggi was 36. Today, he is 38 and notwithstanding the few months he has been racing in Formula 1, the last of which has been spent at the wheel of the viable, yet not competitive Minardi, he has conquered the masses. Young racing fans adore him.
ęThey know Iím one of them - says quietly, the blond Sicilian with blue eyes - they know that they too, if they want, and put forth the effort, can get where I am nowĽ. But youíre a Formula 1 driver, an alien who is one in a thousands, youíre a nobleman, what the devil are you saying? Iím saying that Iím just like them. My family is rich in tradition, but personal wealth has not trickled down. In fact, my father always told me that one must acquire whatever he wants by his own means. He told me as a child, because, you know, even as a child, I had the crazy idea to race motor cars. He kept telling me years later. But, without money, you donít get anywhere in this world.
In fact, so how did the Count find the money to race?