Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Ferrari reshuffle to solve problems // The Scuderia make management changes to improve performances

Published by Christine

This article was originally written for BellaOnline, but is republished here for posterity.

It's no secret that Ferrari haven't been very impressed with their performance so far this season, and if you think back, they had already started to go off the boil towards the end of last year.

In the last few races of 2008, Ferrari suffered way too many pit stop problems, and disasters such as the Singapore fuel hose incident were part of the reason that Massa lost out on the championship by just a single point.

At the time, the team were insistent that they win together and lose together, and no blame was going to be apportioned.

The start of the 2009 season hasn't exactly gone to plan for the team, with zero points for either driver after two races already completed. Although Massa had a bad start to the year last time out, this year, it is both drivers who are struggling. It seems as though the no-blame policy is being abandoned, because although this latest development is being billed as a simple "personnel reshuffle", it is specific people being moved about.

The team met at the factory in Maranello to discuss and pinpoint where the problems are occurring. They have been reported in the press as "crisis talks" but it isn't a surprise that the team took some time to evaluate what has gone wrong so far this year, and come up with some solutions.

For a start, current team manager Luca Baldisserri is being moved to a factory-based role, although his main duties will be to co-ordinate activities between the factory and the track. A new group is being set up to "fast-track" some improvements to the car for the drivers as soon as is humanly possible. There is talk that new parts will be on the car by the time we go racing again in China. Current technical director Aldo Costa will be concentrating on this group, who will be looking at the car as a whole and working on some new technical improvements.

This means that the trackside operations will fall under the guidance of Chris Dyer, who is chief track engineer with the team. It remains to be seen how well this shakeup will affect the performance out on track, but as the team's troubles in Malaysia stemmed from bad decisions from the pit wall, it may be a good place to start.