FER­RARI

Weighty re­source has been un­der­mined by un­sta­ble man­age­ment

F1 Racing - - IN­SIDER -

Fer­rari, quite frankly, have been a sham­bles so far this sea­son. They didn’t re-hire tech­ni­cal direc­tor James Al­li­son when they signed Fer­nando Alonso; in­stead, they waited for Al­li­son to pro­duce a very nice rac­ing car for Lo­tus and then re-signed him, by which time the Maranello de­sign/en­gine/gear­box/aero in­cum­bents were even fur­ther en­trenched in their in­ef­fec­tive way of do­ing things.

Even af­ter re-sign­ing Al­li­son, the signs are that he hasn’t been given the same re­spon­si­bil­ity as, say, Paddy Lowe en­joys at Mercedes. For Luca Di Mon­teze­molo read Toto Wolff, but there the

“Fer­nando is wasted at pre­sent at Fer­rari, but at least he’s out there, writ­ing mu­sic”

com­par­i­son ends. Toto iden­ti­fied Paddy and gave him his chance. Luca has hired good peo­ple here, and fired good peo­ple there as scape­goats – rac­ers such as Chris Dyer (head of track engi­neer­ing), Aldo Costa (tech­ni­cal direc­tor), Ste­fano Domeni­cali (team prin­ci­pal) Luca Mar­morini (head of en­gines and elec­tron­ics) and Da­vide Ter­letti (chas­sis en­gi­neer) have all left.

Much was made pre-sea­son of the Alon­soRäikkö­nen pair­ing. As it’s turned out, Fer­nando has eaten Kimi for break­fast. Kimi is around 0.2-0.3 sec­onds per qual­i­fy­ing lap slower than he was in his McLaren years, which showed both in the way he was out­qual­i­fied by Ro­main Gros­jean at Lo­tus, and also in his rel­a­tively tem­per­ate pace when he raced for Fer­rari first time round.

He can still race well if the car has a de­cent front and so, in the­ory, was al­ways go­ing to be a com­fort­able team-mate for Alonso. Yet Fer­rari have made no al­lowance for Kimi’s short­com­ings. Kimi’s a very spe­cific driver, and if you won’t work with him there’s no point hir­ing him. Plenty of guys out there are quicker over a sin­gle lap and bet­ter able to max­imise a bad car. With a very good car, Kimi’s still up there with the best, so he must have been signed on the as­sump­tion that the Fer­rari F14 T would be a world-beater. As it turned out, they should have kept Felipe Massa – a quick, un­com­plain­ing driver with whom Fer­nando was com­fort­able.

In the mean­time, Alonso is the only guy who can make an F14 T look like a rac­ing car. For the most part it’s been frus­trat­ing, but then you take it for what it is and your eyes wa­ter as you watch him in Aus­tria, haul­ing the car around on his back, or Sil­ver­stone, pass­ing Seb Vet­tel on the out­side into Copse. He’s wasted at pre­sent at Fer­rari, but at least he’s out there, writ­ing mu­sic.

Fer­rari have enough re­sources to win a race or two in 2014; in­deed, they should win a race or two. Mid-sea­son, though, they trail most of the eld in terms of money spent ver­sus re­sults.

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