Ferrari shake-up as Fry and Tombazis leave

The Italian marque are determined to turn their fortunes around after they failed to win a single race this year and new team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has “restructured his team with a flatter structure and clear assignment of responsibilities”.

Fry, who joined from McLaren in 2010 before being appointed director of engineering last year, and chief designer Nikolas Tombazis have both lost their jobs.

James Allison, who moved to the Maranello squad from Lotus in 2013, comes in as technical director while Simone Resta is promoted to chief designer and Mattia Binotto takes over as power unit director. Binotto will be assisted by Lorenzo Sassi, chief designer for the power unit.

Other changes see Massimo Rivola managing the F1 team’s activities, with Antonio Coletta responsible for managing GT and Corse Cliente racing.

Renato Bisignani joins the new commercial department as marketing manager and acquisition while Alberto Antonini will run the press office.

The influential Italian La Gazzetta dello Sport surmised the mood of the past weeks as “full power for James Allison”, the now clear and obvious technical chief of a fabled marque struggling in the new aero and energy-recovery era.

Also surviving the upheaval of the past months, weeks and days is Dirk de Beer, the aerodynamics chief.

El Mundo Deportivo surmised that Ferrari has essentially “liquidated the [Fernando] Alonso era” as it builds a new foundation for the newly-arrived Sebastian Vettel.

“Do not fear change,” new president Sergio Marchionne told Ferrari employees at a recent Christmas lunch, “be proactive and have the courage to come up with ideas.”

Seasoned observers, however, marvel at the sweeping extent of the changes in red, the Roman daily Corriere dello Sport fearing Ferrari has “lost too many important heads to believe they can rely only on the survivors of the revolution”.