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Ferrari makes further changes to technical department ahead of new season

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Ferrari has announced further changes to the structure of its technical department ahead of the 2021 F1 season.

The team has made a series of alterations to its departmental structure since the middle of 2020, a season which culminated in Ferrari’s worst result in the world championship for 40 years.

Ferrari’s technical department has been arranged into four sections, the managers of which each report to team principal Mattia Binotto. They are Enrico Cardile (chassis department), Enrico Gualtieri (power unit), Laurent Mekies (racing division) and Gianmaria Fulgenzi (supply chain management).

The chassis department has also been reorganised with the creation of a dedicated division for performance engineering, announced last July, headed up by Cardile. Race track engineering activity will be handled by the same department.

Also within the chassis department, David Sanchez will oversee the vehicle concept, Fabio Montecchi is to handle project engineering and vehicle operations will be run by Diego Ioverno.

Ferrari said in a statement the latest changes are being made “with the aim of being more effective and efficient in the pursuit of maximum performance”.

The former head of the chassis engineering department, Simone Resta, has been placed in charge of a new, separate division overseeing the development of parts for customer team Haas.

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8 comments on “Ferrari makes further changes to technical department ahead of new season”

  1. Do we think that Ferrari’s move to Le Mans (surprised not to see a separate article on this) is partially due to the forthcoming cost cap? So they keep staff on but broaden their racing activities?

    1. @cduk_mugello I think cost cap gave them a chance to race in Le Mans once again. I can already see Giovinazzi racing there if he can’t get a seat in F1.

    2. It let’s them do off-book F1 R&D for their Le Mans team, then reuse in F1 for low or no cost.

      Obvious move and we’ll see who has the better lawyers over it all, the FIA cost cap department or Ferrari with their successful “we can always own up in secret and keep the illegally obtained points” strategy.

    3. @cduk_mugello Binotto spoke of doing this type of thing last year. They will have money freed up due to being unable to spend it in F1, so they’re branching out. And yes I believe he mentioned keeping staff employed as no small part of the reason, but of course they will gain the marketing benefits as well. I think it’s great that they’re doing this. And exciting.

  2. This really sounds like an Italian solution : more bosses.

    1. Yeah it also seems too little to late

  3. The more heads of departments, the more there are to fire….

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