Archive for the ‘Technical Director’ Category

Jarno TruliAs reported on Reuters

“Whoever drives for them will have a big advantage,” the Italian told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper on Tuesday. “I don’t think the departure of Schumacher or (technical director Ross) Brawn will change much. Even (Felipe) Massa can win with the current Ferrari.”

“We [Toyota] suffered from the switch from Michelin tyres to Bridgestone,” said Trulli, who signed a new three-year contract this season. “And then there were reliability problems. I believe in Toyota’s potential but we need to quicken our step.”

As far as Ferrari goes, that is what everyone is hoping and looking forward to. We also know that Toyota has the potential, but given their current form, they really need something extraordinary to come in top three positions.

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RenaultAs reported on F1Racing.net

When asked if he could start the season again, which mistakes he would avoid, Renault engineering director Pat Symonds replied, “I would make sure we redesigned the wheel nut mechanism before Budapest, not afterwards! And I would not have changed Fernando’s front tyres in China.”

Atleast they won’t have a World Champion driving one of their cars next year, so they can just breath a little easy 🙂

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FerrariAs reported on autosport.com

The Ferrari team have confirmed that Ross Brawn will leave the Italian squad following the end of the season, as exclusively revealed by Autosport magazine. Brawn’s position as technical director will be taken by Mario Almondo at the start of November, while Stefano Domenicali becomes the team’s sporting director. Engine guru Paolo Martinelli will also leave Ferrari, moving to parent company Fiat.

And this marks the end of an era at Ferrari as well. No Michael Schumacher, no Ross Brawn, no Paolo Marinelli & no Jean Todt. So where is Ferrari heading ?

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Bernie EcclestoneAs reported on homeofsport

Referring to Ferrari, which is yet to announce officially that its technical director is planning a ‘sabbatical’ or retirement, he said: “It will be a different team without Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn.”

Ecclestone also may have spoiled Ron Dennis’ schedule for the announcement of a teammate for 2007 McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, by saying: “Lewis Hamilton will not have a race drive (but) if it was my decision, I’d be prepared to take the risk.”

That’s good ‘ol Bernie at his usual self, letting the cat-out-of-the-bag before others could. Hamilton’s will-race-won’t-race saga will come to an end once McLaren announce their second driver. As for Brawn’s sabbatical, we believe it possible that Kimi might be bringing in someone with him, so giving Brawn a break [just one of our theories]. But yes, no Brawn & no Schumi, does leaves Ferrari a little out-of-sorts.

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RenaultAs reported on Reuters

“Of course it’s difficult for him, but I hope he doesn’t give up,” said Pat Symonds, “I see us as statistical favourites but this has been a hell of a season, everything is so close. I feel good about our prospects but I want Michael fighting (against) us.”

“You’ve got to be strong in this business. And Michael is strong. If he made that comment that the championship’s all over, I suspect he’ll reflect overnight and he’ll be back fighting in Brazil. It’s his last race, if nothing else, and even if Fernando is sitting on his tail, he’ll want to win that race so much.”

That’s a good thing to say, as long as you are serious about it. “You never know what can happen in F1 !” is a good statement, but the irony is IF Alonso, by a freak chance, is unable to score any points at Interlagos and Schumacher wins it, there is going to be huge cry over the authenticity of the game. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it is true.

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Michael SchumacherAs reported on autosport.com

“There was a period I believe when Michael was wrestling with his (retirement) decision, but I think you saw his performance in China was classic Michael,” Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn told reporters at the Japanese Grand Prix. “If he can perform like that in the last two races it would be fantastic and I think he will. His head’s clear now, he knows what he’s doing and he is very focused on this championship.”

“I can only judge Michael’s condition (rather than Alonso’s) and he’s very focused, very positive and very calm. So I think he’s going to do a superb job, and it’ll be down to circumstance – the tyres, reliability and things like that,” Brawn added.

We know Alonso & Renault will give them [Schumi & Ferrari] a good fight, but then that is what even we are looking forward to.

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RenaultAs reported on autosport.com

Renault have reshuffled their pitstop crew for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix following the problem that marred Fernando Alonso’s second pitstop in China last weekend, autosport.com has learned.

Although Renault’s director of engineering Pat Symonds said after the event that the pitstop problem was “one of those things”, the team have subsequently decided to make a change – which includes replacing the right rear wheel-nut man.

Autosport.com understands that Renault’s dilemma in choosing to make the revision for Japan was made difficult by the fact that the Chinese crew delivered Giancarlo Fisichella the fastest pitstop of the race at his second stop.

So Renault is trying their best to please Fernando Alonso whichever way they can. But the question is will it make any difference in changing the pit-crew ? When the same crew did an amazing job for Fisichella ?

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