Ferrari F1: The technical-shake up sees a new Performance Development head being created, the consequence of a poor start to the season from Ferrari.
Finally some exciting news for the tifosi after the gloom and doom of this season, which has seen them with just one podium in three races.
Ferrari have announced a technical department restructuring, which Team Boss Matti Binotto will hope will bring usher in positive results. This after he conceded that Ferrari’s troubles will take a lot of time to be solved.
The shake-up sees the creation of a Performance Development department to be led by Enrico Cardile. There is status quo elsewhere, apart from the addition of Rory Bryne to Cardile’s team. They will focus on the development of the 2022 car.
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Enrico Gualtieri remains in charge of the Power Unit; Simone Resta of the the Chassis Engineering department. Laurent Mekies will continue as the Sporting Director, with his additional role as coordinator of trackside activities.
Mattia Binotto hopeful of a positive turnaround to fortunes
Mattia Binotto has come under increasing pressure over the past few weeks. Ferrari are fifth in the Constructors Championship, unprecedented in the team’s history. They haven’t won a title since Kimi Raikkonen did in 2008, a drought of 11 years.
“As hinted at a few days ago, we are making changes to the technical side of the organisation. This is to speed up the design and development on the car performance front.”
“A change of direction was needed to define clear lines of responsibility and working processes, while reaffirming the company’s faith in its technical talent pool. The department run by Enrico Cardile will be able to count on the experience of Rory Byrne and David Sanchez.”
The restructuring not a short-term fix
Binotto then went to on to re-affirm their commitment to return to winning away. He, however stressed that this is a long-term solution, and not a short-term fix. The changes have been made with the belief that this will give renewed confidence to Ferrari’s humongous fan base.
“We have said it several times, but it’s worth repeating: we have started to lay the foundations of a process which should lead to a new and enduring winning cycle. It will take some time and we will suffer setbacks like the one we are experiencing right now in terms of results and performance.
“However, we must react to these shortcomings with strength and determination to get back to being at the very top of this sport as soon as possible. This is what we all want and what our fans all over the world expect of us.”