Ferrari F1 team has 'clear' plan for post-Allison reorganisation

Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari is "clear in mind" over how to reorganise the Formula 1 team following technical director James Allison's departure

Ferrari F1 team has 'clear' plan for post-Allison reorganisation

Ferrari announced on the eve of the German Grand Prix that Allison was leaving, with Mattia Binotto moving from his role as engine boss to become chief technical officer.

The team's head of race activities Jock Clear admitted Ferrari would have to "work hard to cover the gaps" following Allison's departure.

Arrivabene said: "I don't want to talk about James, for personal reasons and company reasons.

"We are reorganising the team, first of all without panicking, because taking that decision means we are clear in mind about what to do with the organisation.

"We are looking forwards to the rest of the season and we know very well where we have to work.

"I can't give you all the detail, but we know where."

BEN ANDERSON: Why Ferrari needs Eric Boullier

The changes come at a time when Ferrari is struggling for performance - dropping behind Red Bull to third in the constructors' championship after Germany.

Arrivabene admits Ferrari has struggled with a downforce deficit since the Spanish GP in May but now understands the root of its problems.

"I don't think we have great improvement in terms of downforce since Barcelona," he said.

"That is the problem and it's why I said we clearly know where to work now - and we have to do it as soon as possible, even if it's not easy.

"I spoke about downforce, there are two types - aerodynamic downforce, the other one is mechanical downforce.

"We have to work on those areas together and sometimes they talk a different language at the moment.

"There are many, many factors, we've done a lot of analysis, and now we're quite clear about the reasons."

Arrivabene praised the engine as the strongest part of the Ferrari package at present, and promised more to come in this area.

"The engine, we have something that is coming so I'm quite comfortable with that," he said.

"In aero, you know that development will be stopped by the FIA [for the mandatory summer break], and after that we need to solve in the short term where the problems are."

shares
comments
How Formula 1 could join the Olympics

Previous article

How Formula 1 could join the Olympics

Next article

McLaren 'the spoiler' in Force India and Williams's 2016 F1 battle

McLaren 'the spoiler' in Force India and Williams's 2016 F1 battle
Load comments
How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars Plus

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars

OPINION: The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix may not have been a thrill-a-minute overtaking fest, but it's a race that will live long in the memory as one of the best of the current era of Formula 1. And as F1 moves to regulations in 2022 aimed at boosting overtaking, Hungary showed the balance it must strike with its new machinery as not to deny similarly tense spectacles

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1? Plus

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1?

OPINION: Different perspectives had Lewis Hamilton’s solo second standing start in Formula 1’s 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix as fabulous or farcical. But did it make the championship appear too silly for the sake of a moment of high-charged sporting drama?

Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver Plus

Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver

The chaotic start to the Hungarian GP set the scene for F1's less heralded drivers to make a name for themselves. Esteban Ocon did just that to win in fine style, but further down the order one driver was making his first visit to the points and - while the circumstances were fortunate - took full advantage of the chance presented to him

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2021
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

This was race that showcased the best and worst of Formula 1, producing a first time winner and a memorable comeback to a podium finish. Avoiding trouble at the start and astute strategy calls were key to success, but where some drivers took full advantage, others made key errors that cost them dearly

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph Plus

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph

Set to restart the red-flagged Hungarian Grand Prix in second, Esteban Ocon had some doubts when he peeled into the pits to swap his intermediate tyres for slicks. But this "heart-breaking" call was vindicated in spectacular fashion as the Alpine driver staved off race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel for a memorable maiden Formula 1 victory

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Plus

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021
How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks Plus

How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks

OPINION: Red Bull was justified to be upset that Lewis Hamilton survived his British GP clash with Max Verstappen and went on to win. But its attempts to lobby the FIA to reconsider the severity of Hamilton's in-race penalty were always likely to backfire, and have only succeeded in creating a PR disaster that will distract from its on-track efforts

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021