Ferrari has begun to reorganize following the departure of technical director James Allison, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has said.
Allison left the Ferrari team just ahead of the German Grand prix in July for personal reasons. Ferrari’s engine development boss Mattia Binotto, who has been with Ferrari since 1995, has since moved into Allison’s role.
Arrivabene says despite the personnel shake up, Ferrari has a clear plan to fix their mid-season slump.
I don’t want to talk about James, for personal reasons and company reasons.
“We are reorganising the team, first of all without panicking, because taking that decision means we are clear in mind about what to do with the organisation.
“We are looking forwards to the rest of the season and we know very well where we have to work.
“I can’t give you all the detail, but we know where.”
Ferrari’s main problem, the team boss said, is a lack of downforce. It has experienced a lack of aerodynamic downforce and grip since the Spanish GP in May, which was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and has failed to improve on the deficit.
“I don’t think we have great improvement in terms of downforce since Barcelona,” he said.
“That is the problem and it’s why I said we clearly know where to work now – and we have to do it as soon as possible, even if it’s not easy.”