Simone Resta was born in Imola, in the Italian province of Bologna, on 14 September 1970. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bologna. Resta worked for the Minardi Formula 1 team, from 1998 to 2001 in the Research and Development department. From there he joined the Ferrari Gestione Sportiva, as Senior Design Engineer. He became head of Research and Development in 2006 and in 2012, he was appointed Deputy Chief Designer, while today, Resta is Chief Designer.