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Ferrari to modify technical structure

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03/08/2016

In the wake of James Allison's departure Ferrari is to adopt a horizontal technical structure.

While the appointment of Mattia Binotto (pictured), a Ferrari man through and through, is widely seen as a good thing, the fact is the Italian is an 'engine man' and does not have the relevant experience of aerodynamics and chassis, the team's current weak spots.

As the Italian team is leapfrogged in the standings by Red Bull, team boss Maurizio Arrivabene, whilst insisting that Ferrari will not splash out on a 'star' technical director to replace Allison, will alter its management structure.

"He (Binotto) will work with the team to help improve the car," said Arrivabene, according to Motorsport.com. "All the technicians talk to each other, but the difference is very important: there will be no more of 'this is 'Mr X's' car'. There will be a car that will be the result of the co-operation between all the working groups involved in the project."

Despite speculation linking Ross Brawn with a consultation role, Arrivabene insists the plan is to promote from within whilst adopting a horizontal management structure.

"We are modifying our technical structure but we'll complete this operation only when we understand if we already have in the team engineers with untapped capacity," he said.

"I think that we have some talent, the question I ask myself though is, 'why, if you have these skilled people, does their talent not come out?' If you have good engineers but they spend time on less important jobs it is clear that we are losing important opportunities.

"Our role is to show the target, and to make sure that the objectives are to be achieved," he continued. "If the concepts are clear, I think we don't need to look outside Maranello for new engineers. We are not looking for the mega-talent.

"When there is a figure like a mega-talent, it is normal for all the technical team to follow what he says. But we have not this kind of man. We are working on a new horizontal structure and the coordinator is Mattia Binotto."

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1. Posted by edllorca, 04/08/2016 15:54

"Here comes the finger pointing... A flat structure is OK but there must be a strong leader or the different groups will point the finger at each other when the performance isn't there. A race car is more than a collection of parts."

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2. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 04/08/2016 11:20

"This reads very much like the problems at Ducati highlighted when Rossi was there, different departments working individually and not as as a team, as with all business, communication has to be the priority, I see Ross Brawns name linked again. "

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3. Posted by Hardliner, 04/08/2016 10:25

"Has anyone plotted over a 50 year period the possible relationship between nationality of the Ferrari team leaders, and success on track? Even if you introduced a one or two year lag-effect I wonder if it would be revealing, or is all this talk about 'Italian 'organisation' just talk? We know that Todt, Brawn, Schumacher, Byrne were superb - and not Italians"

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4. Posted by Silver Fox, 03/08/2016 21:10

"BE said a few months ago that Ferrari were becoming more Italian again. This statement today just backs up those comments. As a Ferrari fan for the last 30+ years it saddens me to see them driving themselves back into the wilderness once again. Given Vettel's ambitions I guess it won't be much longer before he becomes disillusioned and wants to move on. Swap anyone between Vettel & either Riccardo or Rosberg??? "

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5. Posted by Jonno, 03/08/2016 20:01

"The Great Wall of Maranello. Ferrari have already effectively cut themselves off from the rest of F1, apparently losing top men hand over fist in recent weeks. Unless they have a genius already in the team, they're not going to be getting one from outside. Perhaps Sergio Marchionne believes being in F1 is enough to maintain exposure and up the sales to the new numbers he wants the factory to roll out."

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