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Posted By: James Allen  |  09 Nov 2012   |  4:49 pm GMT  |  468 comments

There was an interesting news snippet this week; the announcement that Apple’s head of Internet software and services, Eddie Cue, has joined the board of Ferrari.

There has been speculation about what this might be leading towards, with some suggesting that Apple is interested in the “Connected car” concept, whereby services available in the home will become available in the car, thanks to improved 3g and 4g connectivity.

There is also much for Ferrari to gain in terms of reaching its enormous fan base worldwide with content and raising revenues from it, as Cue has extensive experience of Apple’s ITunes platform. He is also currently in charge of its Siri and Apple Mapping divisions.

“I am pleased and proud to become a member of the board,” Cue said. “I have personally dreamed of owning a Ferrari since I was 8 years old and have been lucky to be an owner for the past 5 years. I continue to be awed by the world-class design and engineering that only Ferrari can do.”

“I am delighted that Eddy Cue, one of the main driving forces behind Apple’s range of revolutionary products, has now joined our board,” said Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo. “His huge experience in the dynamic, innovative world of the Internet will be of great assistance to us.”

The superstar of the global tech business, Apple has had a tough time lately, by its own high standards. It’s share of global tablet sales has fallen in the face of stiff competition, while the share price is down from its peak at $700 to $600. And there is a storm in the US, as it was revealed that the company paid taxes of only 1.9% on its non-US earnings last year.

This latest move is bound to lead to something interesting and may ultimately lead Apple to F1.

The latest data for F1’s reach relative to other sports is impressive as in most of the mature TV sports markets, it is a strong second behind football.

Watch this space.

* In the photo above, whose hands are on the steering wheel? Leave your answer in the box below and I’ll send a signed copy of the JA on F1 2012 book which will be announced next week, to the first one with a correct answer (A clue: They are not my hands!)

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1
Mike from Colombia

Well the dash is almost certainly from a 550 Maranello from between about 1996 to 2000.

I would go with Luca Badoer

2

Half right. But not the important bit!

3

Hey James: can't we solve this one before the US Grand Prix? For two reasons.

1) The new reports related to the race will have blown this off the page.

2) We are all dying to know just who those aged - but skilled, presumably - hands actually belong to.

4
5

Ferrari 456 dashboard for sure

6

The hands belong to Luca di Montezemolo

7

Crap, well done. You've beaten me to it!

Those are the hands of Luca di Montezemolo.

8
Sebastiaan Hekman

Jean Alesi's hands.

10

John Surtees?

11

Your comment that "Apple has had a tough time lately." may be a response to transitory shifts in share price and one of its markets but it is very wide of the mark overall - a company that is making record sales and profits quarter after quarter is hardly having a tough time, especially when most of its competitors are seeing revenues and profits in decline.

12

Luca di Montezemolo

13

John Surtees - I think! 😉

14

Fernando Alonso

15

Luca di Montezemelo?

16

"He is also currently in charge of its ... Apple Mapping divisions". Should have enough on his plate then.

17

I was thinking, "Ferrari maps by AppleTM" 😉

18

When James says 'currently in charge of Maps & Siri', he actually meant 'has just taken charge of Maps and Siri, following the sacking of Scott Forstall, who was personally responsible for both technologies until now and refused to sign off on the recent public apology for the shambolic state of Maps'.

Tim Cook was forced to sign it, which seemed to be the straw that broke the back of his tolerance of one of Steve's favoured sons.

*ahem*

19
Michael Maddison

Is it an old man with a fat wallet and a small p***?

20

Sounds like someone has wallet envy..

21

this would be the first right answer then! 😉

22

John Surtees

24

Luca di montezemelo?

25

Just because they look old.

26

Gary Anderson

28

Lmao

29

Are they the hands of Luca di Montezemolo?

30

Those look like they could be the paws of a Bernie Ecclestone, but that's just a guess.

31

After noting the indicated speed, I *should* retract that guess. No one would ride with Eck if he drove that fast.

32

Fernando Alonso (obvious I know)

33

Luca di Montezemolo

PS: IMHO, Ferrari's first concern should be providing Alonso with the quickest car asap. All else can wait.

34

Just like all the criticism McLaren got for releasing a cartoon, get some perspective.

It's not like the F1 division uses the same resources, engineers, tools and budget as their road car division. We're not going to see iPod docks on the F2013 or anything.

35

Dario Benuzzi's hands

36

"whose hands are on the steering wheel?"

Maybe an obvious suggestion, but I think they're Luca di Montezemolo's

38

Niki Lauda?

39

Phil Hill

I'm assuming I have to get it right to get the book? 🙂

* In the photo above, whose hands are on the steering wheel? Leave your answer in the box below and I’ll send a signed copy of the JA on F1 2012 book which will be announced next week, to you (A clue: They are not my hands!)

40

Montezemolo's hands!

41

DC's hands??

42

Hi James.

I will take a guess at Jean Alesi. Thanks!

James

43

I dont know whose hands they are but James Allen 2012 book???

Same as before - order online get a signed copy? Hope the wife picks up on hints for a Christmas present?

44

I think they're Alonso's hands.

45

Eddie Cue

46

If it is Sebastian Vettel it would be great photo. I was sure it was you driving the 458 Italia till you at the very end mentioned it was not you.

My guess the person from Pilota Ferrari you sat next to you while you drove the 458, or maybe someone on the Ultimate Road Trip...

A lot does keep happening here. Always a pleasure to open this site... 🙂

47

Kimi's paws.

48

Bernie Ecclestone.

The book is for all commented readers or guessed only?

49

For the first right answer...

50

John Neese got it at 5:31!

51

But he retracted his guess! FIA regulation 45.1.17 states that if a user demonstrates they are uncertain in their response or follows with a comment that may cast doubt on the previous comment then all comments may be deemed invalid at the discretion of the stewards.

52

Actually it's the second right answer, check #18.

Congrats all around!

53

Dammit I was going to answer the same 🙁

Congrats 'sugar'

54

Hands - is it the boss Luca De Montezemolo?

56
Michael Grievson

They're your hands James

57
Michael Grievson

Guess I read it wrong lol

I think they're Murray walkers then

58

Eddie Cue

59

Nigel Mansell

60

I think someone else has already given the correct answer, but I'll say Jarno Trulli just in case they're wrong!

61

Jackie Stewart

62
Mike from Colombia

Can we have more than one guess James?

Could it be the Swerve?

63

Clarkson...?

64

Alain Prost

65
Alberto Martínez

Marc Gene

66

Rory Byrne!

67

The hands aren't Niki Lauda's, by any chance, are they? (Total guess on my part.)

68

Ah, belay that. Should've read the page when I first loaded it, nobody else's comments were up then. I see at least two others beat me to the Lauda guess, so I won't be winning anything more than a sense of satisfaction if I'm right. 😉

69

Steve Jobs?

70

I'm going to say Steve Jobs, simply because of the article is Apple related. Either way, I'm getting the book!

71

Steve Jobs drove a Mercedes.

72

Adrian Newey?

73

Steve jobs

74

Giancarlo fisichella

75

Im guessing they are your hands. So James Allen?

76
Michael Maddison

Eric Clapton, Paul Newman, Jackie Stewart, Jean Todt. Close? Hugh Grant? George Michael owns a Ferrari(s) but has probably lost his license so I doubt it's him. Nick Mason?

77

Felipe Massa

78

The Michael

79

Jeremy Clarkson

80

You're all being very unimaginative!!

81

Stevie Wonder, perhaps!

82

I made that guess before Matt Burke's post appeared. I thought I was being quite imaginative and original, at the time! How about another hint...?

83

James Allen's hands

84

For sure they are michael schumacher's

85

Eddie Cue

86

James Allen

87

Mika Häkkinen!

88

Your hands James

89

Jeremy Clarkson's hands!?

90

Martin brundle

91

Ross Brawn

92

Crap didn't read the last line!

93

Michael Schumacher?

94

James Allen's hands?

🙂

95

Here's a link giving you an insight in Eddy Cue's personality: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57542654-37/right-on-cue-can-itunes-chief-fix-apples-maps-and-siri/

He is a crucial part of Apple's Dream Team. Here's a link to his profile on the Apple website: http://www.apple.com/pr/bios/eddy-cue.html

It certainly is great news for Ferrari. Eddy is renowned for fixing problems that seem hopeless, … perhaps he could fix Ferrari's calibration woes of their wind tunnel first? 🙂

What the -- are Ferrari and Apple up to? BMW's i concept could give us a few hints already? > http://www.bmw-i.com/en_ww/concept/

96

Michael Schumacher!

97

Martin Brundle?

99

Ahhhh Ian, I thought I was gonna get there first. but I have another long-shot still in the bag.

100

Alain Prost

101

Gerhard Berger

102

James Allen

103

They're slow hands!

104

Hi is it Jean Todt's hands in the Ferrari 550

105

or Rubens, or marc gene, or felipe,

106

Steve Jobs

107

Luca di Montezemolo 🙂

108

Felipe Massa?

109

Eddie irvine

110

Eddie Irvine?

111

Chris Evans?

112

Michael Schumacher

113

Eddie Jordan

114

Giancarlo Fisichella?

115

Mark Webber.....

116

I'll go with, err... Fisichella?

117

It's a trick - it's two different persons' hands! (One belongs to Security, guarding the exhibit) 😉

118
Marshall Donnell

170 MPH surely not on UK roads? Gerhard Berger my guess!

119

Michael Schumacher

120

Jean todt

121

Or failing that ross brawn

122

Your hands James?

123

It's Steve Jobs hands.

124

Are they Steve Jobs's hands , James ?

126

michael schumacher

127

James Allen’s Hand.:)

128

Murray Walker?

129

Even if the answer's wrong, it's nice to be back. All my recent posts have been rejected for some reason.

130

And it's nice to have you back.

131

Hands are from James Allen himself!

132

Michael Schumacher's hands.

And if you gave me an Apple device, I would sell it and buy two Android devices.

133

long shot - Sir Jack Brabham...?

134

actually, i'm going to change my answer.

Stirling Moss.

135

steve jobs?

136

Steve Jobs, it could be an older picture

137

Max Rufus Mosley

138

hmmmm, i say Ross Brawn

139

Paul Frere?

140

Steve Jobs

141

Martin Brundle

142

Murray Walker?

143

Those are your hands James!!

144

Hi is it Jean Todt's hands at the steering wheel of the 550 Ferrari(wasn't sure I spelt his name right last time 🙂 )

145

I guess is Marc Gene

146

They are ' James Allen' hands.

147

Max Mosley

148

Gilles Villeneuve

149

None other then The Stig..

150

Ross Brawn's hands?

151

The drivers hands perhaps? 😉

152

The Late, Great, Prof. Sid Watkins.

153

Michael Schumacher?

154

Bernie Ecclestone

156

Gordon Ramsay

157

Is it trick question and it's graphic hands from an in car shot of a racing game?

158

Are they the Finely manicured paws of "The Stig" ????

159

Harry Metcalfe (of evo)?

160

Long shot, but Eddy Cue

161

Lewis Hamilton?

162

Pete Townshend?

163

James Allen's!

He looks a lot younger than his 65 years.. lol!

🙂

164

Jeremy Clarkson

165

Stefano Domenicali 🙂

167

LOL! Look at the speedometer.

168

No imagination you say James? Those are Steve Jobs' hands. He's holding it right.

169

Gordon Ramsay?

170

Jay Kay from Jamiroquai - as you said we were being unimaginative!

171

Stefano domenicali I'm going with

172

The one on the right is definitely someone's thumb but the one on the left is possibly a shrivelled relic borrowed from the Vatican? So...um...I really don't know who owns the living digit.

173

Bill Gates

174

Andrea Bertolini

175

Max Mosley. Paul Newman.

176
Steve Brisbane Oz

Bill Gates?..just for a twist!

177

Alain Prost

178

Ivan Capelli

180

Bill Gates

181

Either Bill Gates or Paul Allen

182

Unimagjbative, you say? H

183

Sorry, darn Apple iPhone lol how about Mick Jagger?

184

Tiff Needell?

185

Jody Scheckter

186

John Barnard or Osamu Goto?

187

Hands are from Bernie Ecclestone 🙂

188

My guess is Sid Watkins.

189

Andrea Bertolini

190

better known as Bernd Mayländer!

192

“I am delighted that Eddy Cue, one of the main driving forces behind Apple’s range of revolutionary products, has now joined our board,”

Heh.

Apple Maps: a revolution in attracting ridicule?

Siri: a revolution in gimmickry?

Itunes: Ugh

193

Scott Forstall was the one responsible for Apple maps and Siri. He resigned recently and now Eddy is taking over the troubled products.

194

I'm aware of this, but poking fun at the use of the word "revolutionary" rather than Eddy Cue.

195

Nick Mason

196

Piero Lardi Ferrari

197

Alain de Cadenet

198

John Button

199

Chrisitan fitipaldi?

200

Jean Todt

201

Your dad, James: Bill Allen.

202

Is it The Woz? Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak collects cars.

204

Did you get a manicure for that 458 test drive photos a few month back James?

205

Steve Jobs!

206

sylvester stallone

207

Gordon Ramsey

208

Nicolas Cage

209

Nicola Larini

212

Piero Ferrari's hands?

213

Rocco Siffredi´s hands!

214

Lol he is a legend

215

I think it's either Amedeo Felisa or Steve Wozniack

216

eddie irvine

217

Jean Todt or Eddie Cue?

218

Nigel Mansell

219

Bill gates

220

Connected car? I already have that in my Tesla Model S....

221

Dan Gurney or Carol Shelby, in a Ferrari 550.

222

I got it - they are the hands of the guy driving the car!

223

Eric Clapton or silvio berlusconi

224

Max Mosley?

226

Or ... James May

227

Jody Scheckter ?

228

Ross Brawn, Jean Todt, Eddie Cue or Eddie Irvine

229

They look like old thumbs... but could Mario Andretti still be driving that fast? Second guess not so old Jacques Villeneuve.

230

Not gonna read 195 comments to see it someone has beaten me to it, sorry if it's been posted already.

I'll go with Bernie Ecclestone's hands! 😀

231

Michele Alboreto's

232

Or Charlie Whiting

233

Some people have several names... Just for fun: Ron Dennis.

234

Nicolas Cage?

235

Norbert Haug?

236

Eric Clapton

237

Has anyone got it right yet, can you give us a clue, and are you only allowed one answer?

I go for:

Nicolas Larini

Michele Albereto

Valentino Rossi

Mika Salo

238

Are they Tim Cook's hands by any chance?

239

Or... since the owner of the hands is driving the Ferrari, perhaps someone from the Agnelli family, the owners of Fiat (and therefore Ferrari)?

240

This is the best comp ever. Such fun!

Is it:

Simon Cowell

Simon Fuller

Simon Pegg

Simon Amstel

Paul Simon

?

241

Who's hands? I'm guessing someone who hasn't been picked yet. Jean Todt.

242

Ashton Kutcher

243

The hands belonge to older man, older than LM, even up to 80 years old. Moss?

244

Imaginative Guess - Carroll Shelby

245

Fausto, driving instructor

246

Luca d. Montezemolo

247
Bring Back Murray

Gerhard Berger

248

Stefano Domenicalli's hands

249

Ron Dennis?

250

Madame Tussaud?

Wax Deadroom?

252

Peter Sauber?

Brian May?

253

Chris Evans- just because of his ferrari collection

255

Postman Pat

256

Richard Hammond or Eric Clapton

257

1. This picture is taken on a test track as the driver seem to be driving the car at very high speed.

2. The car is an old ferrari.

3. This story was posted on the same day James Allen visited the Brackley factory.

>> It has to be Ross Brawn driving his old company car on a test track near the Brackley Mercedes F1 factory 🙂

259

Murray Walker, the BBC presenter

260

It's the big bear.

261

Jay Leno?

262

Ron dennis

263

Its something to do with the display.

264

Valentino Rossi,Max Biaggi or maybe Max Melandri or longer shot Randy Mamola

265

Okay..... Imagination ....

Bono?

266

Enzo Ferrari

267

Jay Kay? Maybe even Silvio Berlusconi?

268

silvio berlusconi

269

Apparently Alonso will soon be able to have a chat with his car >> http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/11/08/apples-next-major-market-for-ios-may-be-automotive/page/1

Gone are the days of multiple buttons on a F1 steering wheel. The driver will communicate directly to his car. Can you imagine Alonso shouting:"KERS now Daniela!." Or Daniela to Alonso: "Easy Alonso, we're having a long way to go!"

It will certainly be hilarious to hear Vettel swearing to "Kate's sister" or whatever his 2013 car will be called. Looking forward to the future!

270

Olivier Beretta

271

Bernard Bresslaw?

272

Might they perchance be the hands of Joakim Jotun in a 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello?

273

Carlos Reutemann

274

Prince Charles.

275

Eddie Van Halen

How will you be contacting me James?

Side note: that right thumb looks more like a dodgy big-toe 🙂

276

John Surtees?

277

I'm going to guess Alan Prost, as I don't think he's been suggested yet.

278

Robert Kubica

279

I just guessed Alain Prost (and spelled it wrong, thanks to phone's autocorrect) but now I see that's already been put forth. So let's go with Flavio Briatore. Or perhaps Robert Kubica.

280

Raffaele De Simone

281

Jose Froian Gonzalez

283

Since Luca Di Montezemolo has been rinsed, i'm gonna go with the following: Luca Baldisserri, Luca Colajanni, Luca Marmorini.

Car is a Ferrari 456.

284

Emerson Fittipaldi? I give up now...

285

Juan Manuel Fangio.

286

Gordon Ramsey?

287

Pete Townshend

288

Or maybe Raffaele De Simone ...

289

Bernie Ecclestone

290

Tim Cook.

291

Phil Hill

292

Charlie Whiting?

293

I don't know, but James has done his homework. The picture doesn't come up in Tineye, or reverse Google image search. It might be a 456, but doesn't look like a scanned in photo, so we can probably assume digital and post-2000.

Rather hairy right hand. David Attenborough?

294

Chris Rea.

295

Keith Richards

296

Hands belong to Steve Jobs.

Thank you.

297

Nick Mason

298

Stirling Moss

299

Il comandatore - Enzo Ferrari

300

Last try...

It's a 1940's image of Thelonius Monk performing at Minton's Playhouse artfully doctored by a CGI specialist to closely resemble old hands and an old Ferrari?

301

Those are my hands. Keira Knightley took the photo as I was showing her the best lines around the old Ring.

302

#Idontbelieveit

Ron Dennis

303

Jacky Ickx

304

Eddie Irvine?

305

Good god this is going to go on for years.

Noones said Adrian Newey have they?

306

Maradonna's.... "hand of god" ahhaaaaa?

307

Stirling Moss

308
Mike from Colombia

OK. Let's try to pin this down everybody.

1) Vehicle is a left hand drive 550 Maranello.

- photo probably taken in Europe

- vehicle looks old from the shine on the steering wheel leather, photo probably taken recently

2) Older person's hands

3) Someone with balls - the car is clocking 280kph

4) It is not a well-known F1 driver - almost all have been mentioned until now.

309

Thanks for this summary.

310

Tim cook or Cue

311

James May?

312

James Allen

313

Rod Stewart

314

Luca Colajani

315

Eddie Cue's hands.

316

Sid watkins or max mosley or charlie whiting.

As always, great article James

317

Dammit everyone guessed everything already :<

Nigel Stepney then back in 2007 off in a hurry with some vital information. James do you need to confess to anything..?

318

Is it allesandro zanardi?

319

When does it end?!

Jonathan Legard

John Watson

320

Captain Slow off Top Gear...James May I think his name is!

322

Simon Cowell

323

Mick Hucknall?

324

Timothy "Tiff" Needell

325

SIlvio Berlusconi

or

Flavio Briatore

326

It's Enzo !!!

327

With a digit hooked over a steering wheel spoke at that speed it is unlikely to be anyone who has ever raced competitively. So, maybe Ross Brawn.

328

Darren Heath

329

Emerson Fittipaldi

330
Mark in Australia

Darren Heath the photographer

331

Prince Charles?

332

Enzo. He was cyrogenically frozen in 1988. Gentlemen, they rebuilt him. They had the technology. They had the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Enzo Ferrari is that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. Ferrari weren't going to Germany for aerodynamic testing, they rebuilt Enzo and he will be used to destroy Vettel.

333

Just scrolled through 300 posts NO ANSWER YET JUST TELL US and I will buy your book!!!

336

They belong to Luca Colajanni

337

All this must be about music. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, hardly Elton John, Tom Jones... Who else?

338

Could it be Ayrton Senna ?

339

Yes he's back from the dead to audition for next years season of Big Brother. Winnah!

340

Derek Bell?

341

Jaime Alguersuari

342

The pope John Paul 2nd.

343

Rubens Gonçalves "Rubinho" Barrichello

344

Roger Waters ?

345

rowan atkinson

346

George Harrison

347

Breaking News: Ferrari's 2013 challenger to be the thinnest, lightest and scratchiest car in F1 history.

348

It is Bernie Ecclestone.

349

Nick Mason?

350

or Peter Windsor

351

One more try... Prince Albert of Monaco.

352

Roger Daltrey

353

Julio Iglesias

354

Sammy Hagar

355

Ralph Lauren

357

Sid watkins

358
Sebastiaan Hekman

Tom Walkinshaw

359
Bring Back Murray

Has anybody mentioned Jake Humphry yet? or DC?

360

Rob Smedley. With no sign of a radio message !

361

I think those are the hands of Eddy Cue.

362

Derek Bell?

363

Somebody's feet?

364

Jarno Trulli

365

Helmut Marko

366

Stefan Johansson

367

Rory Byrne

368

The person can not be British, it is a Left hand drive. Don't know who though 🙁

369
DanWilliams from Aust

Car is 458, the hands belong to Michael Mann

370

It's either Luis Hamilton or Jenson Button dreaming of a new contract.