F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Team Management ‘Shakeup’ Coming
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) front office it is rumored are looking a F1 team management changes for Y 2019
We have seen another year and another failure on the part of Ferrari to beat MercedesAMG. The 2018 Formula season has added to the the of Ferrari’s failures to overcome their #1 rival in the races to the world championship/s.
This season again, The Scuderia failed to clinch the Constructor’s title won by MercedesAMG for the 4th time in the past 5 seasons.
Plus, Lewis Hamilton secured his 5th world title, with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel 81-pts adrift of MercedesAMG winner.
The Big Q: Is Ferrari really too Italian, as Bernie Ecclestone said earlier this season>?
With the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this coming weekend, who knows Mr. Vettel’s gap to the frontrunner might end up to be.
Mr. Vettell and Ferrari will be running flat out to win, that is Ferrari’s way.
The Big Q2: Where does this leave the Ferrari’s F1 team management?
Some observers believe that Team Boss Maurizio Arrivabene’s performance at the Italian team is worth regard, if not full on appreciation.
If anyone were to point the finger at Boss Arrivabene, a man who stands behind his drivers and under whose command the team have been basically 2nd only to the Silver Arrows on the track.
What we have observed is that Mr. Arrivabene may well be the least complicated team principal at The Scuderia has had for some time.
He is focused and not controversial.
He is not dynamic like Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner and not iron-fisted like Toto Wolff at MercedesAMG.
But, as a leader, he is said to rally around his drivers and, wishes to align himself with the managerial energies at the Italian team to make things happen.
He is emotional, expressive and motivating.
All that is just fine, but Ferrari’s bid to resuscitate their racing fortunes for Y 2019 we are hearing that some changes are in the works at Ferrari HQ.
We may well learn that Rob Smedley, who still has a home in Modena, is most likely to head the F1 racecar development at Ferrari next year.
There is rumblings inside the team that has held up Mr. Vettel’s track performance.
That said, it is being planned as a cohesive step to strengthen Ferrari’s form for the next year is the prospective appointment of Jock Clear as the race engineer for young Frenchman, Charles Leclerc.
And lastly, it is highly possible that in order to fill a more senior role, Charlie Whiting’s deputy race director, FIA, Mr. Laurent Mekies might be brought in to channel Ferrari to more Top step podiums in Y 2019.
Meantime, we will wait for more clarifications and report them timely.