Ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season Ferrari have announced an evolution to their engineering and management structure under team principal Mattia Binotto.
The Italian team need a big season after a miserable 2020, with Charles Leclerc and newcomer Carlos Sainz capable of taking the fight to their rivals provided they are given the tool to take on the might of Mercedes and Red Bull.
The gap in the midfield shrinks with every season and, last year, Ferrari were playing at the wrong end of the grid on far to many occasions. Tifosi will no doubt be hoping the reshuffle will offer something to smile about on Sundays.
Ferrari confirmed in a press release today:
The many challenges facing Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow in the current and coming seasons requires absolute focus on the technical and racing priorities with the definition of very clear roles and responsibilities.
Reporting to Team Principal and Managing Director of Scuderia Ferrari, Mattia Binotto for the technical area will be: Enrico Cardile (Chassis), Enrico Gualtieri (Power Unit), Laurent Mekies (Racing) and Gianmaria Fulgenzi (Supply Chain).
With the aim of being more effective and efficient in the pursuit of maximum performance, the Chassis Department will be reorganised into four main areas:
Vehicle Concept (David Sanchez)
Chassis Performance Engineering (Enrico Cardile)
Chassis Project Engineering (Fabio Montecchi)
Vehicle Operations (Diego Ioverno)
To this end, race track engineering activity will be integrated in the Chassis Performance Engineering department.
Furthermore, with a view to maximising business opportunities, the Scuderia Ferrari Commercial, Marketing and Events department will be part of the Brand Diversification Area, led by Nicola Boari.
The team travels to Bahrain for testing next month, but before then – tomorrow – they will launch their 2021 challenger online. The Bahrain Grand Prix season opener takes place on 26-28 March.