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Ferrari expect to benefit from team changes in 2014

Oct 1, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso drives during the qualifying session of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit Reuters

Ferrari expect their 2014 car to benefit from personnel changes and improvements at their factory as they bid to win their first championship title since 2008.

The team’s wind tunnel has been a weakness for them in recent seasons but they intend to address that next year.

“Our data and instrumentation was quite outdated so we couldn’t do that many runs and experiments per day, which was a bit of a drawback,” said chief designer Nikolas Tombazis.

“The past months we spent updating it have addressed all these problems. Therefore I am optimistic that, on this front, when we are fully up and running we will not be in deficit to our competitors.”

There will also be changes to the team’s organisation structure as several new members of staff join their technical department.

“For about a year and a half, we have been organised in a different way, with two deputy chief designers each looking at the projects for alternate years,” said Tombazis.

“Fabio Montechi is the guy following the 2014 project, as deputy chief designer, so he and I work very closely together.

“On the aerodynamic side, we’ve had a team working on the 2014 car for a year or so. Now we have reinforced that team with people who previously had worked on development of this year’s car whose focus has shifted to 2014 and therefore, the numbers working on next year’s car have increased dramatically.”

The team’s highest-profile signing to its technical department is former Lotus technical director James Allison: “I’ve known James since 1994 and it will be our third time working together, once at Benetton and previously at Ferrari in the early 2000s,” said Tombazis.

“He’s an excellent person technically and a good guy too. Together with Pat [Fry] the two of them provide strong leadership: he brings a lot of knowledge, experience and capability to the team, making it stronger.”

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