RACE DEBRIEF

    On the back of Ferrari’s most fallow season since 1980, the team have completed a technical reorganisation designed – according to the Scuderia themselves – to give “absolute focus on the technical and racing priorities, with the definition of very clear roles and responsibilities”.

    The reorganisation will see four heads reporting to Team Principal Mattia Binotto, namely Enrico Cardile on the chassis side, Enrico Gualtieri for the power unit, Laurent Mekies for racing and Gianmaria Fulgenzi for the supply chain.

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    Cardile’s chassis department, meanwhile, will also be reorganised, with Cardile himself overseeing Chassis Performance Engineering, David Sanchez managing Vehicle Concept, Fabio Montecchi taking care of Chassis Project Engineering and Diego Ioverno managing Vehicle Operations – with the Chassis Performance Engineering department effectively swallowing the team’s race track engineering activities.

    F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain
    The reorganisation comes after a 2020 that saw Ferrari mired in the midfield

    The move was announced one day before Ferrari’s team launch for 2021, while the Scuderia’s new car, the SF21, will be unveiled on March 10.

    Two days later comes pre-season testing on March 12-14, where Ferrari’s refreshed line-up of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will put the new car – and its all-new power unit – through its paces around the Bahrain Internal Circuit, before the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28.

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    The restructuring, meanwhile, comes after Ferrari finished sixth in the 2020 constructors’ standings, taking just 131 points compared to the 504 they scored in 2019.