The revolving door at Ferrari seemingly shows no sign of slowing down. The Italian team has confirmed the departures of three key technical figures from its roster: Pat Fry (technical manager), Nikolas Tombazis (chief designer) and Hirohide Hamashima (chief tyre performance engineer).
It marks the first major reshuffle within Ferrari’s technical management ranks since the recent appointment of the Italian team’s third team principal in less than a year, Maurizio Arrivabene.
The team finished fourth in this year’s Constructors’ Championship standings, failing to record a single race win in the year for the first time since the 1993 season. The swinging of the axe – or perhaps the odd voluntary resignation – is perhaps, therefore, not that much of a surprise.
Fry was a major headhunt for the Italian team after successfully acquiring the Englishman’s services from McLaren in 2010, and the team has been strenuously denying rumours of Fry’s departure – or sacking – since as long ago as July.
Tombazis has served as the team’s chief designer since 2006, while Hamashima – formerly the lead at Bridgestone – joined the team in 2012.
The departure of all three has necessitated a restructure within the team’s technical ranks. Technical Director James Allison’s role has been expanded further, with Simone Resta promoted to replace Tombazis. Mattia Binotto will head up the team’s Power Unit division and also report to Allison.
Newly-arrived team principal Arribavene will oversee the team’s commercial department, with the team’s longstanding press chief Renato Bisignani promoted to become manager of marketing and sponsorship acquisition. Bisignani’s position will be taken over by former Italian journalist Alberto Antonini, whose principal role will be to oversee the development of Ferrari’s digital team.
Images via LAT and XPB Images