Ferrari Reorganize Team Ahead of 2009

Ferrari might have won the constructors' championship last year, but they sure made some important modifications in their staff heading to their 2009 campaign. With the many changes introduced by the FIA for the upcoming season – slick tire program, KERS and new aerodynamic package – the Scuderia decided to reorganize its entire team.

The first change regarded Kimi Raikkonen, whose race engineer Chris Dyer took on a new coordinating role in the engineering department within the team. His place in the Fin's staff was taken by Andrea Stella, who has previously worked for the former world champion as support engineer.

“The operations direction disappears and Mario Almondo has become responsible for quality at Gestione Industriale (the road car division). Massimo Rivola, previously at STR, will manage the sporting activity and logistics, regulations and circuits. Production and quality will go under the technical direction of Aldo Costa,” Ferrari's team principal Stefano Domenicali was quoted as saying to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We'll also have some changes on our on-track organization, still led by Luca Baldisserri. Andrea Stella - who already worked on Raikkonen's car as performance engineer - has been promoted to race engineer, while Chris Dyer has been appointed to a coordinating role over the engineers, including the test team. He will respond to Baldisserri.”

“Diego Ioverno will be responsible for assembling, with the aid of (former Super Aguri team manager) Mick Ainsley-Cowlinshaw. We also have a man responsible for KERS development: it's Thierry Baritaud.”

Out of all that list, our guess is that Baritaud will have the most work to do in the upcoming months. Ferrari are still very late on developing their KERS unit, announcing last week that they are considering starting the 2009 season without the technology.
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