Ferrari splits design team to develop next two F1 cars

By Ubaid Parkar, 27 December 2012
© AP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba

Ferrari has been working on a programme which will have the Italian team’s design department reorganised into two separate divisions, juxtaposing the development of its next two Formula 1 cars.

Regulations for the 2014 season will be drastically changed, which means that teams won’t be able to carry forward most of next season’s development into the following year.

As a result, engineer Simone Resta will work on the 2013 car while Fabio Montecchi will deal with the 2014 edition, with both projects to be headed by chief designer Nikolas Tombazis.

Concerns regarding the Ferrari wind tunnel – blamed for the introduction of less than satisfactory upgrades in 2012 – would also be addressed.

“As you know, we are rebuilding the Maranello facility which will be closed until August,” team principal Stefano Domenicali said. “Until then, we will use the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne.

“We have also adopted a better method of splitting up the work between those who run the wind tunnel and those who should concentrate more on the creative side of the job,” he added. “This year, we saw that when we do too many things at the same time, maybe we are not efficient enough.

The 2013 Ferrari will be unveiled in late January or early February and is expected to participate in the first pre-season test.


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