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BREAKING: Ferrari announce technical team shake-up after poor start to 2020

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    Per Formula1.com https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.breaking-ferrari-announce-technical-team-shake-up-after-poor-start-to-2020.4KXJeL8LAPO4LmEiLwgt8K.html

    Ferrari have announced a technical restructure in a bid to arrest the poor form the team's 2020 car has shown in the opening three races of the season.

    The Scuderia have gone from taking pole positions and wins last year to struggling to get out of Q2 in qualifying in this campaign, with the speed of their SF1000 car lagging some way behind pace-setters Mercedes.

    After the opening three rounds of the season they find themselves down in fifth in the constructors' championship - a situation Team Principal Mattia Binotto described as "not good enough for a team by the name of Ferrari".

    After Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix he admitted they were in "worse shape than we expected" and said the entire concept of the car needed to be revised.


    READ MORE: ‘The entire car project has to be revised’ admits Binotto – but says sacking people is not the answer

    And on Wednesday the team announced a reorganisation of the technical team as they attempt to reverse their slide down the competitive order.


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    The team say they have instituted "a chain of command that is more focused and simplified and provides the heads of each department the necessary powers to achieve their objectives" and have also created a new "Performance Development" department, headed up by Enrico Cardile.

    The other main areas are unchanged with Enrico Gualtieri in charge of the Power Unit, Laurent Mekies as Sporting Director and in charge of trackside activities, while Simone Resta will continue to lead the Chassis Engineering department.

    Binotto, who is already under pressure despite taking over as Team Principal only last year, said the team had to make a "decisive change" as the Italian squad look to claw their way back to the front of the grid.

    READ MORE: What next for Ferrari after worst start in 10 years?

    "As hinted at a few days ago, we are making changes to the technical side of the organisation so as to speed up the design and development on the car performance front," he said.

    Binotto also mentioned designer Rory Byrne – one of the key architects of the Michael Schumacher era of Ferrari dominance – would once again be playing a key role in developing the car.

    "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 established engineers such as David Sanchez. It will be the cornerstone of the car’s development.

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    The SF1000 car has been disappointingly off the pace at the opening three rounds of the season
    “We believe Ferrari personnel are of the highest level and we have nothing to envy about our main competitors in this respect, but we had to make a decisive change, raising the bar in terms of the responsibilities of the department heads.

    “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."

    With the current cars also now carrying over into 2021, as F1 looks to save money following the coronavirus pandemic, Ferrari need to extract as much speed as possible from the SF1000 - or face two seasons of pain before the big technical reset in 2022.

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  3. Ferrari 308 GTB

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    Rory Byrne ,good as he is is what now...76 ?

    Remember him from his Royale FF days in late 70's! Anyhow good luck to him , but i think he needs more than evolution now , more like revolution.
     
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    Interesting news, but with the freeze on engine development, we are still screwed.
    The 'spy' story is also interesting
     
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    Spy story? Have missed something??
     
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    Ferrari was victim of espionage by its engine, according to Italian press

    -From Italy they assure that they stole information about the engine and transmitted it to the FIA
    -The FIA-Ferrari private treatment arose from not being able to legally demonstrate the irregularities

    The source of Ferrari's poor performance may lie in a case of industrial espionage. From Italy they claim that someone illegally obtained information about last year's engine from the Scuderia. These data reached the FIA and as a consequence, the Federation reached a private agreement that is unknown to this day.

    Ferrari's speed in Italy last year drew too much attention from its rivals. The Scuderia was in the eye of the hurricane throughout the year due to the suspicions of the other teams about its engine, but especially in the second half of the year, after the victory of Charles Leclerc in Monza.

    The teams asked the FIA for a series of clarifications on different aspects of the engine that they believed Ferrari was not complying with and the Federation responded with several technical directives after which the performance of the Scuderia fell suspiciously.

    Ferrari has not recovered the form it showed in circuits such as Spa, Monza or Sochi and Binotto has admitted that this is a consequence of the technical directives issued by the FIA.

    A year later, the renowned journalist Giorgio Terruzzi reveals that he was able to learn, through an FIA technician, that the campaign to disarm Ferrari began as early as last fall. Terruzzi speaks of an industrial espionage operation started by a Scuderia rival "with the complicity of someone who knows the Scuderia's best-kept secrets."

    The leaked information reached the FIA, which could not legally demonstrate that the engine was not in compliance with the regulations and instead decided to reach a confidential agreement with Scuderia, of which the content is unknown today and which made those in red lose a series of developments considered "irregular".

    The team's debacle was seen mostly from Austin last year, where Charles Leclerc could only be fourth and finished 52 seconds behind GP winner Valtteri Bottas. Incidents like the one in Brazil, with a touch between the drivers and double abandonment, did not help in a season that ended with Leclerc on the podium in Abu Dhabi, but 43 seconds behind the winner.

    The preseason 2020 did not leave us a better image either, because Ferrari was the only team that did not manage to improve its best time of 2019 and it was already seen in the tests that they had lost speed on the straight.

    Charles Leclerc predicted that this year they would suffer more than in 2019 and that is the way it is: although the Monegasque was able to get a podium in the first race, the Scuderia suffers a badly born car project and a 'capped' engine. They have moved on to another league: from fighting Red Bull to fighting against Racing Point and McLaren that have been reinforced this year.

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    "Ferrari builds completely new 2020 car and targets Spanish GP'


    It could just be that Ferrari suddenly comes up with a completely different car during 2020. If we are to believe Formula Uno Analisi Tecnica, the Italian race team is currently busy developing a completely new car.



    The second version of the SF1000 should make its appearance during the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, according to the expectations of the Italian medium.

    It is said that the front of the Ferrari will be completely replaced and the concept used by Mercedes this year will be adopted. Furthermore they don't want to chase the Racing Points by copying the entire Mercedes car. Rumour has it that the Maranello based race team will continue to develop its own parts.

    It is not the first time that there are rumours from Italy that Ferrari is working on a 2.0 version of the current car in the background.

    https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/63798/-ferrari-bouwt-compleet-nieuwe-2020-wagen-en-mikt-op-spaanse-gp-.html
     
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    Roll on August...
    I am not particularly optimistic , but I do not doubt that all the men and women at Maranello will put a fulsome effort into resolving the situation.
    Fingers crossed in (possibly forlorn) hope !
    Meanwhile I can get on with life, enjoy the summer weather and pay only slight attention to the inevitable Mercedes victories at Silverstone !
     
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    Who said boring season lol. A saga as only F1 provides.................
     
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  12. DF1

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    This is to save 'face' for this and next year. 2 long years. Hopefully positive results are to be seen.

    The 2022 car hopefully will be sorted from day 1.
     
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    I absolutely believe there was espionage. The point is how else would anyone be able to complain and point to specific invisible functions on the car. They’d have to KNOW exactly what it was doing. Ferrari need a heavy politician ASAP.
     
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    No wonder. All the heads of the engine department have regularly quit and gone to Merc for more money.

    Regarding the reshuffle only difference I see is Cardile is now above Sanchez rather than sharing duties
     
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    If Ferrari isn’t able to build a legal competitive power unit, they have to fight against Renault, Williams and Alpha Tauri instead of Mercedes, RP, McLaren and Red Bull. Full Stop!
     
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    The culprit could now be sleeping with the fish.
     
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    And you believe all the other teams are not working in Grey areas in the rules, for sure of you instrumented to death any of the other cars you would find something.
     
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    You don't need to be a genius to join those dots together !
     
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    ...and that makes IP theft OK? Makes espionage OK? IF Merc offered them more money then why? To gain internal confidential proprietary knowledge of The Scuderia’s technology and internal processes ??

    The Scuderia is too peaceful for that now. Too amiable. Too docile. Too civilized. Frankly, They may need to be more hostile.
     
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    I believe that they work a little bit more clever than the Italian‘s, and that’s the point. Ferrari was clever in the times of Ross, Jean, Michele, Rory and so on. It took some time, ok. But it worked very well at the end. Nowadays we have Italian chaos at its best. I love Italy for that but unlikely it is very bad for Formula 1 and both of the very talented drivers.
     
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    Just an aside, and not a justification...
    But what the **** is fuel flow meter of any description doing on a Formula 1 car?
    Bring back unlimited fuel consumption and re-fueling stops.
    Enough already of this pseudo green bollocks !
    There, rant over.
     
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    I agree.

    Time to reinvigorate it's tough love.
     
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    I don’t believe this at ALL. The Scuderia is plenty clever. So clever that the team who has the FIA in their pocket got a little uncomfortable and set their dogs on it. The Scuderia is the most consistent team in F1. Ross Brawn said he didn’t go back to lead the team because wining would be too easy. Red Bull AND Honda are having issues with the Red Bull car. It’s SO twitchy Max VerCrashin put it into the wall on an INSTALLATION LAP. No, the other teams aren’t working MORE clever OR more hard than Ferrari. Mercedes simply has the sport AND it’s governing body in their pocket and Mercedes pockets are deeper than the Scuderia have EVER been.
     
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    Time for a pint..........you have earned it :)
     
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    Sure money. Also is the work environment that bad at Ferrari. Possibly that as well.
     
  27. TonyL

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    This is just typical SF antics - deflect attention, ever since Domenicali was sacked they had problems and that was over 6 years ago. Admittedly they had a good car at times but the overall team performance in decision making, track or otherwise has been poor at best. Even with a bad car they make the wrong pit wall strategies so its not just a technical shake up they need, more of a iron leader. Arrivabene was a strong character but his aggressive nature did not endear him to the role, there are politics outside of track events that he couldnt handle imo

    Binotto and his tech staff are good but to be effective they have to get the best out of them, sadly imo the politics will not change and that is what hampers the team as a whole. How come Allison, costa (& others) are proven to be so effective outside of SF?

    Bringing in Byrne could be a good move but to develop that car will take time and not a short term fix, they can halt the slide most probably but there aint many cars behind them anyway!!

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