Tag Archive: James Allison

Oct 22

Weber doubts Vettel can handle Ferrari ‘pressure’

Michael Schumacher’s former manager doubts Sebastian Vettel can emulate the F1 legend’s success at rebuilding a beleaguered Ferrari team.

2014-10-11 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Russia - Sebastian Vettel (15) Willi Weber, also known as the lucrative ‘Mr 20 per cent’ after brokering Schumacher’s mammoth Ferrari contracts, is worried quadruple world champion Vettel’s personality might not be as suited to the task. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 29

Force India turns to Toyota for wind tunnel

Force India is the latest F1 team turning to Toyota’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Cologne.

2014-06-08_0626 It emerged in Singapore recently that Caterham is developing its 2015 car in the Cologne tunnel. Previously, Ferrari relied heavily on the Toyota facilities amid its troubles with its own tunnel at Maranello. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 04

Ferrari doubts Mercedes can be caught by 2015

“I don’t know if we can close the gap in just one year” – Allison

2014-06-05_0031 Ferrari will have an all-new car for 2015 but it still might not be enough to match Mercedes, technical boss James Allison has admitted. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 18

Axed Marmorini hits back at Ferrari

Luca Marmorini has lashed out at Ferrari after being ousted as the fabled team’s engine boss.

2012-05-10 - Scuderia Ferrari - L Marmorini 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’. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01

Marmorini out at Ferrari, Hakkinen worries about Fry

Earlier this week, the fabled Italian team denied reports that Fry is also in danger of being axed.

2014-06-05_0038 Weeks after the rumours first emerged, Ferrari has this week finally admitted that engine boss Luca Marmorini is leaving the Italian team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

New Power Unit Management Structure

Scudera Ferrari announcement

03 - Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari announces that, as of today, Luca Marmorini, Director of the Engine and Electronics department, is leaving the company. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

Ferrari denies Pat Fry axed

Ferrari on Tuesday denied reports Pat Fry has been sacked.

2012-06-09_0043 The Maranello team recently did not confirm speculation engine chief Luca Marmorini has been similarly ousted. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

‘All’ Ferrari efforts now on 2015 – Alonso

Ferrari is now focusing “all” of its efforts on 2015, according to lead driver Fernando Alonso.

2014-06-05_0062 The Spaniard’s comments, made on Thursday ahead of the Hungarian, appear to contradict those of the Italian team’s technical director James Allison. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 22

Ferrari ‘needs’ Raikkonen for 2015 – boss

“Yes, I want better results, but Kimi is the driver that Ferrari needs for next year.”

2014-06-07_1212 Marco Mattiacci has hit back at suggestions Ferrari could or should plan its revival for the 2015 season without Kimi Raikkonen.
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Jul 20

Alonso talks down Ferrari’s ‘big hope’ for better 2015

“But only in February are the facts on the table”

2014-06-08_0718 Fernando Alonso sounds underwhelmed, having been told of Ferrari’s bold plans to push him to the very front of the grid in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 19

Mercedes ‘still fast’ even without Fric

Indeed, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo looked closer than ever to the pace on Friday.

Even with no car running the technology at Hockenheim, ‘Fric’ was the buzzword at the scene of the German grand prix. Some see the end of the ‘front and rear interconnected’ suspension systems as a chance for dominant Mercedes’ rivals to close the gap. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 05

Raikkonen will be ‘great’ again – Mattiacci

New team boss Marco Mattiacci insists he is not afraid of making changes to put Ferrari back on the path to victory.

2014-06-08_0729 His predecessor Stefano Domenicali has already gone, and the latest paddock rumour is that engine chief Luca Marmorini could be the next to pay the price for the fabled Italian marque’s poor start to the new V6 era. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 24

Ferrari moves early to extend Alonso contract – reports

According to reports in the German and Spanish press

2014-06-08_0719 Ferrari has moved to extend Fernando Alonso’s contract beyond 2016, The correspondent for Marca, a Spanish sports daily, quoted one of his Italian colleagues as saying: “Well, then, that’s the second time this year so far.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 23

Tempers fray as Ferrari looks to 2015

When told on Sunday to push up to his nearest rival, the radio answer from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was immediate

2014-06-08_0730 “Well, give me more power!” the Finn told his engineer. Raikkonen has notably struggled since returning to the Italian team in 2014, but so too has Ferrari with its newly V6-powered F14-T. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 13

Hamilton spotted at Maranello – reports

Lewis Hamilton has been spotted this week visiting Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters.

2014-06-07_0238 Reports of the Mercedes driver and 2008 world champion’s visit were carried by authoritative publications including Corriere dello Sport, La Gazzetta dello Sport and Autosprint, as well as the respected Ferrari blogger Leo Turrini. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24

Allison not nervous amid Newey, Brawn rumours

Allison said he is being given time to have an impact at Maranello.

James Allison - photo © DPPI Ferrari technical director James Allison insists all the rumours about Adrian Newey are not making him nervous. Read the rest of this entry »

May 09

Alonso jokes Raikkonen struggle ‘no surprise’

“Usually I beat my teammates”

Fernando Alonso - Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari (photo Ferrari) Fernando Alonso could not resist a mischievous joke on Thursday when asked about teammate Kimi Raikkonen’s struggles so far in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

May 07

2014 wins ‘not easy’ for Ferrari – Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado doubts Ferrari can turn around its disappointing start to the season and win races in 2014.

2014-03-17 - Lotus F1 Team - Australia - Pastor Maldonado (1) Fernando Alonso appeared to be putting the F14-T’s early troubles behind him in China last time out when he finished the race on the podium. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 19

New Ferrari engine too heavy – report

One of Ferrari’s main problems is that its all-new 2014 engine is overweight.

2014-03-17 - Scuderia Ferrari - Australia - Fernando Alonso 01That is the claim of the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, who said customers Sauber and Marussia are also struggling with a ‘power unit’ that weights 13 kilograms too much. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

FIA’s Whiting says ‘clever’ Lotus nose is ‘legal’

“The approach is – without a doubt – different, but it is legitimate”

Lotus - Yota Device Lotus’ innovative double-pronged nose solution for 2014 has been declared legal by the FIA’s Charlie Whiting. Read the rest of this entry »

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