thank you for taking the time to set out your thoughts on my post.
I try to limit my participation on TNF to writing objective messages which provide facts or historical context to things I know about first or second hand, i.e. my own personal experience or from what I was told by those with direct personal experience, such as my father or colleagues. I try to avoid making subjective comments but I am not always successful and I find them pretty tiresome, to be honest. Anyway, please find my response below:
Dear Nigel Beresford
I respect the fact that you were Modena's race engeener,
and I am just a motor racing fan,,,,,,,, but it was the other way round,
you cannot compare Jean Alesi to Stefano Modena.
I am a massive fan too! I have been passionate about racing on four and two wheels for as long as I can remember. I am one of those truly fortunate people who has been able to get paid for years for doing something I love - I haven't done a proper day's work since January 1986! But come on, if we say we cannot compare Modena and Alesi then that's just illogical. Racing drivers put themselves out there to compare themselves with their peers by competing against them in the belief that they will prove to be superior in the comparison. Alesi and Modena are actually pretty good examples for a compare-and-contrast subjective exercise, given that in 1990 they were both driving Pirelli shod V8 cars fielded by historical teams with similar heritage that were past their prime. Both had strong F3000 showings behind them, both were Italian (I know Alesi is "French", but he is Sicilian Italian through and through). I think the comparison is valid, especially in the context of explaining and comparing their respective seasons at Tyrrell. The exercise at hand is to understand why Modena apparently failed where Alesi succeeded. As I have tried to show, much of this was due to things beyond Stefano's control, but other aspects were down to him.
Look at the career of Sfefano Modena, from karting to F1, just as he was driving a decent engine and some decent tyres.... he won. Fair and square. Races and Championship.
Those start at Monaco beside Ayrton Senna, it was a miracle not a qualify.
No, it was a combination of a very good driver and car and tyre combination achieving a good qualifying result at Monaco. It boils down to talent, engineering and physics. Divine intervention didn't come in to it.
The depart of those important people from Tyrrell to Ferrari, I wondered in those days if it was not Ecclestone's willing.
No, this is rubbish. Who wouldn't go back to Italy for the lifestyle and the money on offer? Ecclestone had nothing to do with this.
And sincerely Ken Tyrrell never do nothing agaisnt Ecclestone's will.
Sure he did. Ken was his own man. Ken's sole focus was doing what was best for his team. It was before my time but Tyrrell participated in the 1982 San Marino GP - that's a pretty good example.
Stefano Modena never has a competitive car in F1, just like Tommy Byrne, a total shame.
A big problem also was that Stefano Modena come inside a new team. a new car, he test, he understood,
and he won the race, and the team mates just look at how their cars goes in Stefano's hands.
This was an unpleseant thing for...let's say Ecclestone Dennis Williams Jordan......
I know that people who doesn't give a decent car to Stefano Modena or Tommy Byrne;
now they are modern art collector, or has a band like in their teen-age dreams,
and Stefano Modena is a testing driver for Bridgestone.
And in this forum we are looking all around the world for a decent race to look at.
Sorry, a lot got lost in translation here. I don't understand what you are saying. If it is easier, please resend in Italian. To be honest I don't think Ecclestone, Dennis or Williams took much notice of Stefano, though to be fair Eddie Jordan obviously thought he could make more of him than we were able to do at Tyrrell.
About Modena's personality or character, I never knew him, but also people like Senna Fangio Prost Lauda Schumacher, in reality never seems easy personalities.
Don't get me wrong, Stefano was not a difficult character - I don't think I said that at all. He was a nice guy. He was fairy introverted, thoughtful and insular but not difficult. It is a mistake to think that you have to be a dick to be a successful driver. Two words disprove that theory...Rick Mears.
Ciao and thank you so much for your post Nigel.
Thanks again, Nigel