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Fry and Tombazis exit amid Ferrari restructure - updated

17 Dec 2014

New Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has announced a shake-up of the Italian squad’s management, designed to provide ‘a flat structure and clear assignment of responsibilities’. The changes include the departure of engineering director Pat Fry and chief designer Nikolas Tombazis.

Fry joined Ferrari from McLaren in mid-2010, becoming technical director (chassis) in 2011 and taking up his present position when fellow Englishman James Allison joined the team as technical director last year. Tombazis’ Ferrari career dates back to 1994 and he started his present stint in 2006.

Allison retains his current role, with Italian engineers Simone Resta and Mattia Binotto reporting to him as chief designer and power unit director respectively, the latter supported by chief designer power unit Lorenzo Sassi.

Allison will also direct track engineering activities on an interim basis, while the Scuderia’s Formula One activities will be managed by Massimo Rivola.

Ferrari subsequently announced that Hirohide Hamashima, charged with the team's tyre performance analysis, will also leave the Scuderia at the end of the year.

Hamashima, a former director of Bridgestone's tyre development, took up his role at Ferrari ahead of the 2012 season.