F1 engine boss Marmorini departs Ferrari

Luca Marmorini, Pat Fry, Stefano Domenicali, James Allison - two down how many still to go?

Luca Marmorini, Pat Fry, Stefano Domenicali, James Allison – two down how many still to go?

As half-time approaches in 2014, changes abound in the world of Formula 1, with some exiting while eithers enter the sport’s perpetual revolving door

In the wake of Stefano Doenicali’s departure earlier this season, upheaval continues to take place at Ferrari as reports on Wednesday indicate that engine boss Luca Marmorini has now vacated his office at Maranello.

“I give no comment,” a spokesman for the Maranello squad told Speed Week at Silverstone last weekend, “We are reorganising the various areas of our structure, and if we have something to announce, we will do so.”

It is believed that Ferrari will promote from within to replace Marmorini, who like departed team boss Stefano Domenicali looks to have paid the price for the team’s disappointing start to the all-new V6 era.

Changes on the Ferrari pitwall are underway

Changes on the Ferrari pitwall are underway

Earlier reports said that Marmorini’s younger deputy Mattia Mariz would step in to replace him, but it is also reported that Lorenzo Sassi could get the job.

“Do we need to [make] an announcement? No,” team boss Marco Mattiacci told Reuters recently. “Do we need to improve? Continuous improvement, yes.”

Marmorini’s departure follows a woeful season for Ferrari whose F14T has been a a handful for veterans Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, not helped by an under powered V6 turbo engine which was Marmorini’s domain.

Specualtion is rife that Pat Fry is next on the list to be removed from his position or redeployed within Maranello, as it is known that Mattiacci is intent on fast tracking James Allison to the role of technical boss of the team.

Ferrari F14T has not delivered for the Reds

Ferrari F14T has not delivered for the Reds

Autosprint, meanwhile, claims that three little-known engineers have started work at Ferrari after switching from Formula 1’s dominant team, Mercedes. One of them is a “young French engineer”, correspondent Alberto Antonini reported.

The mid-season revolution at Caterham continues apace, with media reports suggesting that the now Colin Kolles-advised team is set to announce a new technical director.

He is Gerhard Ungar, who until recently headed up the operation for Mercedes’ leading DTM touring car team, HWA.

When he left in May, Toto Wolff said Ungar had “put our brand in a position to win ten drivers’ titles and nine manufacturers’ titles. For that, he deserves special thanks.”

It is believed that Ungar will be wearing green team gear at the German Grand Prix next weekend. (GP247-GMM)