Scuderia Ferrari is close to confirming that Carlo Santi will become Kimi Raikkonen‘s race engineer in Formula 1 this year, following the departure of Dave Greenwood from the team. With Greenwood leaving the Maranello-based outfit to join Manor in the World Endurance Championship, ScuderiaFerrari has spent the last few weeks working out how best to restructure things.
Although there has been no official confirmation of its plans yet, Motorsport.com has learned that Santi will be promoted from his previous position as Kimi Raikkonen’s data engineer. The move confirms the continuation of Ferrari’s policy under technical chief Mattia Binotto of developing its own talent to strengthen the team, rather than chase individuals from elsewhere.
The change of Kimi Raikkonen’s engineer is likely to be one of several tweaks to the team operations ahead of the 2018 F1 season, as the outfit chases the Formula One world championship. It is understood that head of track operations Diego Ioverno will be moved to another role, with his previous responsibilities taken by engineering chief Jock Clear and Claudio Albertini, who had previously been in charge of liaison on the customer engine front with Haas and Sauber.
The role of chief mechanic is expected to be handed to Christian Corradini, who has worked at the Maranello team for several years. Ferrari’s young driver programme is also set to be boosted by the arrival of former Toro Rosso engineer Marco Matassa to work alongside Massimo Rivola. Carlos Sainz’s former race engineer left Toro Rosso at the end of last year and has chosen to help work bringing on the next generation of young drivers at Maranello.