Italian journalist Leo Turrini had anticipated the news with a post on his blog earlier this week, after receiving the information from inside sources in Maranello, but the news has now also been confirmed by Motorsport Italy: Ferrari is carrying out a reorganization process of the Power Unit department: Corrado Iotti who led the PU department of Ferrari after Sassi, is going back to his previous role, working on a new road car project. Iotti contributed with his experience to substantially improving the reliability of the Italian side’s power unit which, unquestionably, has surpassed the controversial Mercedes spec 3.
In reality, the change had already been decided by Mattia Binotto a few weeks ago: the responsibility of the engines was entrusted to Enrico Gualtieri, who is now head of engine department with a team which includes Zimmermann, Fraboni, Baritaud, Di Paola, Bussi. Wolf Zimmermann was for years the man of conjunction between the Racing Department and the AvL, the largest research center on engines based in Graz, which had started an important collaboration with Ferrari during Sergio Marchionne’s management era.
Zimmermann, who had been entrusted with the study of innovative solutions and the 2021 engine, returned to having an operational role in Maranello, breaking, perhaps, the partneship with the Austrians to enhance the indoor activity. Guido Di Paola remains the project leader of the 6 cylinders and will answer directly to the German. Under Enrico Gualtieri, in addition to Wolf Zimmermann, there are Thierry Baritaud who directs the group of technicians that deals with turbos and hybrid systems, and Luigi Fraboni who is head of track, assembly and test rooms.