Ferrari pin title hopes on reshuffle

ferrariFerrari have restructured their factory and trackside operations in a bid to get their 2009 campaign back on course after a disastrous start to the season.

Costly mistakes at the opening two races of the season, allied to general under performance from the Ferrari F60, have left the Italian team without a single point to their name going into next week’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

Following crisis talks at Maranello and pressure from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo the team have re-organised their operations with technical director Aldo Costa spear heading a new Working party focused specifically on fast-tracking improvements to the car.

Current team manager Luca Baldisserri will be responsible for ensuring that the development of new technologies at the factory are translated onto the car and tested at the track “as fast as possible.”

“The goal is to anticipate as much as possible the introduction of new technologies to reduce the performance gap as fast as possible, which, apart from the question of the diffuser, seems to be there,” the team said in a statement. Baldisserri’s trackside role will now be covered by chief track engineer Chris Dyer.

Ferrari have already made significant changes to their car and will be bringing new upgrades to Shanghai including a modified front wing.

The outcome of the International Court of Appeal hearing in Paris tomorrow to debate the legality of the controversial double decker diffuser design could also see Ferrari use the new working group to adapt their existing design.