Ferrari has fallen way short of their expectations this year, with the race team yet to see the chequered flag first. Sweeping changes were made to the team after a poor 2014 campaign, could the axe of change be ready to swing again at Maranello?
Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne spent time at the factory last week to understand where the team can improve, and it appears that he has decided to take control of the situation himself. Marchionne’s intervention appears to be as a result of a breakdown in relations with team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, and technical director James Allison.
Reports from the team have surfaced that Marchionne is now heading up meetings with technical teams and taking strategic decisions in terms of the sporting management team. This was inevitable given the high performance standards the Ferrari CEO set the Red Team for 2016, which so far have been missed by the proverbial country Italian kilometre.
Ferrari could have won races this season but for poor strategy calls and they are now being hunted down quickly by a resurgent Red Bull Racing. The season is becoming an embarrassment to Sergio Marchionnne given the nigh on unlimited investment in resources he has provided.
Key personnel within the team are questioning key members of the Ferrari leadership team, and within the last hour, the latest report from Italy’s Gazzetta is that James Allison is set to be leave the team imminently by mutual consent.
The problem is… who will be next to grasp the poisoned chalice?
And if Sergio Marchionne is micro managing the Scuderia, few are likely to put up their hands.
Rumours continue in the Italian media that Ross Brawn has been called upon, though certain English speaking F1 media ‘sources’ deny Brawn is returning to F1. Then again there is the highly rated Toro Rosso technical director James Key, who could also be asked to fill the impending void.
Stay tuned for a summer of more Maranello Madness!