Luca Marmorini has lashed out at Ferrari after being ousted as the fabled team’s engine boss.
Also well-known for his position at Toyota, the Italian’s F1 career dates back more than two decades to Maranello. But he was ousted by new team boss Marco Mattiacci a few weeks ago, amid the general feeling that he was to blame for Ferrari’s underpowered turbo V6 ‘power unit’.
Marmorini told Italian F1 insider Leo Turrini that he had no intention of getting involved in any “needless controversy” in the wake of his departure.
“Unfortunately there are people in Maranello who should be silent who like to blame,” he said. “So I open my mouth in response to a series of provocations.”
Marmorini hit out the hardest against the notion that “all the woes of the F14 T are the fault of the power unit.
“As if a company with the history of Ferrari has forgotten how to make engines! I mean, I accept any criticism, but do not tell me that there are people at Maranello who do not know the business of turbos, hybrids. Let’s set the record straight – with my colleagues I made a smaller size (engine) than Mercedes and Renault because that is what Mr (Nikolas) Tombazis, the project manager of the car, asked for.”