Once again Scuderia Ferrari reshuffles their technical management, with this fourth change of technical direction at Maranello since 2016 Simone Resta will be returning to work for Ferrari.
Simone Resta, currently technical director of Alfa Romeo, will be starting to work back at Scuderia Ferrari after the summer break and will work on the design of the 2021 Ferrari. He will spend his gardening leave working on Ferrari on-road car development.
This will be the fourth change of technical direction at Maranello since 2016 when James Allison decided to leave the team to be closer to his kids after the tragical passing of his wife. Mattia Binotto took over initially, but he would move on to become team principal at the end of 2018 when he was appointed as the successor of Maurizio Arrivabene, since when there has been a group of technical managers running the technical side at Maranello.
The move shows that the influence of Ferrari with FCA is still considerable, even if they are separate entities on paper and it is expected that a new appointment at Sauber is someone coming from Ferrari’s F1 program. If this occurs, which seems to be the case, it will underline the tight links between the Alfa Romeo and Scuderia Ferrari teams.
The team itself is still the old Sauber, but there is a deal for the Italians to have a measure of control without ownership, as the active involvement of the real owners appears limited as the day-to-day decision-making is done by Frederic Vasseur, who was in a strong position to negotiate the terms of his appointment when he was hired. Thus far, this seems to serve everyone well.
The owners don’t have much to do but are holding on to the asset; Ferrari has a B team where it can train up its staff and which has a vote when it comes to politics and Alfa Romeo (FCA) has a presence in F1 which it hopes will help to sell more road cars. At the moment Alfa is struggling in the markets, despite having good products in the Giulia and the Stelvio.
- Source: Motorsport Network
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