But what's unknown is the influence of Indian hands, or rather brains, in this Italian domination of the track. A team of Indian engineers has been working for the past three years on the legendary car, helping hone the pace of the red racer, analysing and interpreting data and managing the vast array of computers hooked and linked to read every naughty nuance of the sexy machine. It may be glamorous on the outside, but inside the humming factory it is about the finer points of mechanical engineering, aerodynamics and electronics. No easy ride this one. The pressure can be artery-bursting because of the time factor—it is a race, after all.
Thirty bright and eager engineers from Tata Consultancy Services are now an integral part of the Ferrari team at Maranello, the headquarters of Ferrari's state-of-the-art factory. The Ferrari feather is a big one in the TCS cap, for it makes India's software giant also the first to enter the privileged world of F1, that too with the champ. It is a quantum leap, establishing TCS on the frontiers of technological innovation. Who would have thought that Indian engineers would one day be a part of the dream of Enzo Ferrari, the rustic Italian who went on to create a racing legend? When Ferrari won the Melbourne Grand Prix last month as the F1 racing season got under way, the TCS guys woke up at 4 am to celebrate, and with good reason.