In our recent podcast, yesterday, we discussed Ferrari’s holiday spirit and motivational speech that Sergio Marchionne and new team boss, Maurizio Arrivabene, gave. We discussed the nature and less than 24 hours, we were on the money about the sacking of most of the head honchos at Ferrari.
Today Ferrari announced it was parting way with Nikolas Tombazis and Pat Fry. I met Pat and just a few weeks ago, Paul and I met Nikolas in Austin. He was a very nice chap and it’s sad to see him leave. I had concerns over Pat as far back as last year when James Allison was announced as the new Ferrari MAN.
Here’s the press release from Ferrari explaining the changes:
Within a few days from his arrival Maurizio Arrivabene, Managing Director of Ferrari’s Gestione Sportiva and Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari, has restructured his team with a flatter structure and clear assignment of responsibilities.
James Allison is the Technical Director with two Italian engineers and home grown Scuderia talent reporting to him: Chief Designer Simone Resta and Power Unit Director Mattia Binotto, the latter will be supported by Chief Designer Power Unit Lorenzo Sassi, among others. Furthermore James Allison will direct track engineering activities ad interim.
Therefore he will be responsible for all technical aspects of delivering the Scuderia’s drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, as well as the newly appointed test driver and third driver Esteban Gutiérrez, with the most competitive Formula 1 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.
Nikolas Tombazis and Pat Fry will be leaving the Scuderia.
Hat Tip: Ferrari