Report: Robert De Niro to play Enzo Ferrari in upcoming biopic called “Ferrari”


Great news for racing fans: another motorsport movie is on the cards.

Following in the footsteps of Rush and 1: Life on the Limit, a biopic on the life of Enzo Ferrari simply entitled Ferrari is now in the works.

According to a report in Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, Robert De Niro is set to take up the role of Enzo Ferrari, whilst Clint Eastwood has reportedly showed an interest in directing the film.

Ferrari was born in 1898, and after working at Alfa Romeo for much of his early career, started to produce cars bearing his name in 1947 in the aftermath of the Second World War.

His involvement in Formula 1 is as old as the sport itself, with Ferrari being the only team to have raced in every single season since the start of the world championship in 1950.

Enzo’s enigmatic nature played a big part in the allure of Ferrari that persists to this day, even some 26 years after his death in 1988.

Now, his life is set to hit the big screen, with De Niro confirming to Il Messaggero that the project will be his priority once it goes into production.

“It is an honor to tell the life of an extraordinary man who revolutionised the world of motorsport,” De Niro said. “The film will go into production soon, mostly in Italy, and has absolute priority over all my other projects.”

It will be intriguing to see how the life of ‘Il Commendatore’ is portrayed on the big screen, but it will unquestionably be another popular film among motorsport and car lovers.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.