Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene made a short comment regarding Ferrari’s plans for the near future, after the 2016 Formula One season did not live up to the fans expectations: “Our 2017 season began last August, when we started some major changes on the technical front” – Arrivabene said, during an interview for the Italian newspaper Tuttosport – “People always expect a lot from Ferrari, wins and success, so the expectations are very high for the new year, therefore we will do our utmost to achieve such results and all our objectives.”
“We have learned a lot from the last year and this will help us better prepare for the following season, when anything can happen given the major rule changes. Ever since the new structure was put in place, with a great engineer like Mattia Binotto in charge, we have seen some very good signs, positive signs, as was the case in the races from Japan and Abu Dhabi. I do not want to make any predictions for the moment, but I know that everyone is working really, really hard and all pulling together in the same direction to bring our team back in the top.” – Tuttosport reports.
The major changes indicated by the Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene are related to the departure of technical director James Allison, who left Scuderia Ferrari back in July. The Swiss Mattia Binotto soon took over as chief technical officer and will now be one of the key figures for the development of the new Scuderia Ferrari car. Under Mattia Binotto’s new leadership, Italian Enrico Cardile, who was previously responsible for Ferrari’s GT project, has been appointed as head of aerodynamics and the team’s engineering departments has also been restructured in the hope of encouraging more creative thinking in the team.
Scuderia Ferrari will launch the 2017 Formula 1 car on Friday February 24.