Ferrari will use the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne.
Maranello – The Christmas time meeting with the Italian and international media also served as an opportunity for Team Principal Stefano Domenicali to announce a few changes in the organization of Scuderia Ferrari, while also looking ahead to next season.
“For a few months now, we have been working on a programme of reorganization along with the introduction of new methodologies, especially concerning the wind tunnel,” said Domenicali.
“As you know, we are rebuilding the Maranello facility which will be closed until August. Until then, we will use the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne. We have also adopted a better method of splitting up the work between those who run the wind tunnel and those who should concentrate more on the creative side of the job.
Nikolas Tombazis continues as Chief Designer. We must also apply in other areas what we have done at the track, for example in production: as was confirmed by some new arrivals from outside the company, in our “time to market,” by which is meant the time from conception to producing the parts and in our long term research.
“We are well aware that we must start off with a more competitive car, as our President has demanded,” continued Domenicali. “Clearly we have only been concentrating all our efforts on the new one from a few weeks before the final race, given we pushed right to the end on this year’s.
The 2013 car will be launched at the very end of January or the early days of February: as usual, the first one will be just a launch version, while the complete one will be seen in the final days of testing or in Australia, so as to make the most of all the time available.
“We will need to try and push the technical regulations to the very limit,” added Montezemolo, “while maintaining our strong points from this year, or improving them still further, because the others will not be twiddling their thumbs, but not by almost brushing against illegality, as happened in 2009 with the double diffuser. However we need to adopt a different, more creative approach.”