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Changes at Ferrari as Fry and Tombazis leave

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16/12/2014

James Allison is appointed Technical director at Ferrari as Pat Fry and Nikolas Tombazis leave.

Within days of his arrival Maurizio Arrivabene, Managing Director of Ferrari's Gestione Sportiva and Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari, has restructured his team.

James Allison is the Technical Director with two Italian engineers, both Ferrari home grown talent, Chief Designer Simone Resta and Power Unit Director Mattia Binotto, reporting to him. The latter will be supported by Chief Designer Power Unit Lorenzo Sassi, among others.

Furthermore Allison, who is on his second stint with the Italian team having been Aerodynamicist for Track Operations between 2000 and 2005, will direct track engineering activities ad interim. Therefore he will be responsible for all technical aspects of delivering Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, as well as newly appointed test and third driver Esteban Gutiérrez, with the most competitive car possible.

Furthermore, the Scuderia's Formula 1 activities will be managed by Massimo Rivola, while GT and Corse Clienti racing will be managed by Antonio Coletta.

The Ferrari Driver Academy will still be managed by Luca Baldisserri, reporting directly to Maurizio Arrivabene. In addition, Arrivabene will manage the newly founded Commercial Department of the Scuderia ad interim.

Renato Bisignani, who until now was the head of Scuderia Ferrari's Press Office, will join the new department as Marketing Manager and Acquisition.

The press office of the Scuderia will be run by Alberto Antonini, a seasoned Formula 1 journalist and contributor to newspapers and magazines as well as TV commentator for RAI and Sky Italia. Antonini will also oversee the newly created Scuderia Ferrari digital team.

Tombazis, who was on his second stint at Maranello having joined from Benetton in early 1997 and left for McLaren in 2004, and Fry, who joined Ferrari from McLaren in 2011 are both leaving the Scuderia.

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1. Posted by nonickname, 17/12/2014 17:56

"Ahhhh the italian job...in lower case . I hope that Caterham makes a comeback so that they have someone to race with."

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2. Posted by nealio, 17/12/2014 15:23

"Judging by their performance over the past five years it can only benefit Ferrari that Fry and Tombazis are leaving. Allison must be overjoyed with this news."

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3. Posted by REV, 17/12/2014 14:55

"Back in 2011 they got rid of Aldo Costa who they considered an underperformer. Since then he has been a big part of Mercedes' success both last season and this season. One wonders if these guys they are dumping this year were just victims of Ferrari politics and poor higher management. Maybe they also will surface elsewhere and do a great job."

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4. Posted by Marybeth, 16/12/2014 23:39

"Kimi & James Allison brought Lotus from mid-pack to the front of the field with wins...on a shoestring budget. Now they have money. :)"

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5. Posted by scf1fan, 16/12/2014 21:04

"Normally I would have had to have a whole lot to drink (@ like 80+ proof!) for my head to be spinning this much . . .

Can S.Vettel say Cuisinart? (That might how he feels his world is beginning to look like at the moment.)

How much of this is being caused by the Fiat divestiture I wonder?"

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6. Posted by Chris Roper, 16/12/2014 21:01

"Both ex Mclaren too, I wonder if they will be heading back there."

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7. Posted by Ro, 16/12/2014 20:53

"What the hell is happening at Ferrari ? Its imploding, again...."

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