Ferrari have announced a technical reshuffle in a bid to cut the poor form the team’s 2020 car has shown in the opening three races of the Formula 1 championship. Drivers Vettel and Leclerc have struggled to make a significant impact in the recent races and Team Principal Mattia Binoto has described it as “not good enough for a team by the name of Ferrari”.
After Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix he admitted that they were far behind expectations with them currently placed at fifth in the constructors’ championship. According to Binoto, the entire concept of the car needed to be revised.
On Wednesday, the team announced a rearrangement of the technical staff as they attempt to reverse their slide down the competitive order. The team say they have developed a chain of command that is more focused and simplified and provides the heads of each department the necessary powers to achieve their objectives.
There has also been a new department created called “Performance Development” led by Enrico Cardile. The other main areas are unchanged with Enrico Gualtieri still in charge of the Power Unit. Laurent Mekies is in charge of trackside activities he holds Sporting Director, while Simone Resta will continue to lead the Chassis Engineering department.
What next for Ferrari?
You would have to go back to 2009 to find a start to a Formula 1 campaign as bad as this one for Ferrari. They had such high hopes for this year; it was meant to follow momentum off a solid challenge from the last year. Instead, they have looked poor in testing and have now revealed that they need a big change in direction with the car’s development.
They have realised that the performance is lacking, however, the team have brought replacement parts as well as spares to bring upgrades to their cars. Following the collision that the pair of drivers had, they have said they put it behind them and are ready to make their races count.