Ferrari has finally confirmed the long-suspected rumour that Luca Marmorini, Director of the Engine and Electronics, has been sacked.
Mamorini joined Ferrari in 1990 after completing his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering. He remained with the team until 1999 when he joined Toyota to help it prepare for its entry into Formula 1 in 2002. Progressing to the role of Technical Director in charge of engines, Marmorini was widely credited for the powerful engines run by the Japanese marque, even though it went winless in its eight-year stint in the sport.
He returned to Ferrari in 2009, replacing Gilles Simon as the team’s engine lead.
There had been increasing speculation over the Italian’s position with the team after its poor adaptation to the sport’s new turbocharged era. The 2014 F14T has been a poor car, struggling with an ill-handling chassis and an overweight, underperforming power unit.
The team currently sits a distant third in the Constructors’ Championship standings – closely shadowed by Williams – with Fernando Alonso’s second place in Hungary as its best race result. The Spaniard’s teammate Kimi Räikkönen hasn’t managed to finish inside the top-five all season.
The team has gone through a number of changes in senior management, with team principal Stefano Domenicali quitting
getting the sack in April, to be replaced by Ferrari North America head Marco Mattiacci, who has the unenviable task of trying to restructure and rebuild the team.
“As part of the restructuring of the power unit department, Mattia Binotto will assume the role of [Engine and Electronics] chief operating officer,” a team statement reads.
“James Allison, technical director, continues to be responsible for the entire car project, supported by Nikolas Tombazis, chief designer chassis, and Lorenzo Sassi, chief designer power unit.”
Interestingly, the statement made no mention of Pat Fry, whose own position as the team’s Engineering Director has been the subject of recent rumour.
While the team was forced to deny rumours that he too had been given the boot, omitting his name from this more recent statement will do nothing to make that speculation disappear.
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