Just two more days until Scuderia Ferrari will oficially reveal its car for the 2017 Formula 1 season, and the expectations are once again very high for the Maranello team, who hopes to finally overcome the difficulties encountered during recent years. One of the problems which has been indicated inside the team is the fact that each year brought many staff changes, a situation that may not have helped regarding the stability of the Scuderia.
However, Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has now said that recent staff departures will not have a negative effect on the development process of the new car, as the team is making the final preparations ahead of the 2017 Formula One world championship challenge. The high profile departures of important engeneers such as James Allison (who has returned to the United Kingdom following the sudden death of his wife) and Dirk De Beer (who has moved to Williams) have been viewed by many people as major losses for Scuderia Ferrari, yet the Italian-Canadian executive, who is currently also the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, remained upbeat in a recent interview with German tabloid Bild: “Since August, our way of working has changed and now we are investing our money and resources in the right areas. It is true that we have lost a few engineers we did not want to lose, but that is something that can happen to every team.” – Marchionne explained.
President Sergio Marchionne has also confirmed that Ferrari did not intend to attempt to replace James Allison or Dirk De Beer with someone such as Paddy Lowe, who was most recently Executive Director (Technical) of the Mercedes Formula One team and has now moved to Williams: “We are well enough equipped to not require a superhero to solve all of our problems.” – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO concluded.