“I would say that I have two, but in F1 you never know exactly.”
Ferrari insists it is happy with its technical structure, despite not having a high-profile figure like Adrian Newey in the limelight.
“The goal,” said the Italian team’s Greek designer Nicholas Tombazis, “is to combine respect with victory, which is what we have failed to do in recent years.” Indeed, in the wake of Kimi Raikkonen’s title for the Maranello marque in 2007, the coveted drivers’ championships have subsequently gone to McLaren, Brawn, and then Red Bull, whose technical head Newey is widely proclaimed a ‘genius’.
Luca di Montezemolo has moved to play down the ‘Jerez controversy’ by insisting Fernando Alonso is not in charge at Ferrari.
First, some suggested that Alonso – Ferrari’s undisputed number 1 – had hand-picked Spanish countryman and former McLaren colleague Pedro de la Rosa as his test driver for 2013. Then, it emerged that de la Rosa would be standing in for Alonso as this week’s official test action begins at Jerez.
Kimi Raikkonen didn’t make his formula one comeback with Williams because Lotus were offering him a more competitive car.
That is the claim of Adam Parr, the former Williams chairman who now admits to trying to secure the services of the 2007 world champion at the end of 2011. Ultimately, the Williams talks collapsed and former McLaren and Ferrari driver Raikkonen, now 33, return to F1 after a two-year rallying hiatus last year with Lotus.
Giorgio Ascanelli, the well-known F1 engineer who last year left his post as Toro Rosso’s technical director, is set to return to the sport.
But Autosprint, the Italian magazine, played down reports the 53-year-old Italian has decided to go back to Ferrari. Ascanelli began his career at Ferrari in the mid 80s, and was Gerhard Berger’s engineer. He moved to Benetton and McLaren, at the latter team working alongside the great Ayrton Senna.
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