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Tombazis and Fry pay the price for failure as Arrivabene shuffles Ferrari team

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Tombazis and Fry pay the price for failure as Arrivabene shuffles Ferrari team
Dec 16, 2014, 10:45 PM

New Ferrari F1 team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has made some decisive moves as he reorganises his team ahead of the 2015 F1 season.

New Ferrari F1 team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has made some decisive moves as he reorganises his team ahead of the 2015 F1 season.

Nikolas Tombazis

The new boss has sacked chief designer Nikolas Tombazis (above) and former technical director Pat Fry (below), both of whom will be leaving the Scuderia. Tombazis' role will be taken on by Simone Resta, an in-house appointment.

Pat Fry

Former Lotus technical chief James Allison, who was not able to make his presence felt on the 2014 car but will definitely do so on the 2015 car, receives a vote of confidence from the new boss and retains his position as Technical Director.

The Ferrari was uncompetitive this season as much because of the power unit as anything else. Mattia Binotto, who was appointed head of the engine department during 2014 after the firing of Luca Marmorini, retains his role. This is the main area where Ferrari has to raise its game.

Meanwhile Arrivabene has appointed former Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez as test and reserve driver; the Mexican brings with him an important new commercial partnership with America Movil, the telecoms giant owned by Mexican Carlos Slim, the world's richest man.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to Esteban who, although young, has plenty of experience relating to the new generation of Formula 1 cars," said the Ferrari team boss. "I am sure that, with his experience, he will make an important contribution to the development work of the team in the simulator. Welcoming Esteban also means opening the gates of Ferrari to a driver from Mexico, a country where the Scuderia still has a lot of fans, just as was the case fifty years ago in the days of the Rodriguez brothers.”

There has been a reshuffle also on the commercial side; Renato Bisignani, who was head of communications, has moved to be Marketing manager and acquisition in a commercial department that Arrivabene will head himself for the moment.

His place in the Comms department has been taken our long time colleague in the F1 Media Centre, Alberto Antonini. The Italian worked for many years for leading F1 specialist magazine Autosprint and has worked on Sky Italia's coverage of F1. He served alongside JA on the FIA Press Council.
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