While more and more of its veterans are leaving to the benefit of British-based F1 teams, Ferrari goes even more Italian by asking Dallara a little help.
It all started with James Allison, who defected earlier in July due to personal reasons and in light of multiple disagreements going on with Sergio Marchionne, as revealed afterwards. The Briton is currently in his gardening period but claims link him to McLaren.
Following his departure, the role of chief technical officer has been immediately undertaken by power unit engineer Mattia Binotto.
But for the Swiss-Italian employee it is not over yet. He will also be required to fill another vacant position. In fact, Corrado Lanzone, former Ferrari production engineer, manager and director, is no longer part of the team after 26 years of permanency.
His task consisted in managing the production of new car parts. He also had to set the schedule regarding how to coordinate the in-season development and the project for the upcoming season.
No replacement has been appointed yet. Therefore, Binotto will be asked to carry a heavier weight on his back and commit in such duty as well.
Another familiar face has also left: Antonio Spagnolo is also involved in Ferrari's human capital flight. The Italian is the latest acquisition of Williams and will now cover the role of Competitor analysis and performance concept Team Leader.
Spagnolo joined the Maranello based squad late in 2005, having worked with Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso before moving on to race and track engineering.
Further weaknesses have emerged ahead of 2017. Allison's mid-season desertion enhanced the struggle Ferrari is going through. According to Italian sources, the team is behind schedule on next year's project. On this score Marchionne decided to seek help from Dallara, an Italian manufacturer currently producing the chassis for Haas.
What does this mean? The so-called Italian “Motorvalley” territory hosts autochthonous motorsport headquarters, such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Dallara and Ducati. Such area wants to have its say in this industry, as it is constantly growing. Its biggest challenge is obviously Oxfordshire, where 75% of Formula 1 teams resides.
By strengthening their professional bond, Ferrari and Dallara may want to pave the way for other businesses to step up but the path still looks steep.
by Rachit Thukral