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      05-25-2011, 11:56 AM   #1
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Ferrari Fire Technical Chief: Aldo Costa

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The bottom line is that the team's cars just aren't up to spec, and the blame has apparently fallen on its technical chief Aldo Costa. He's held the job since 2007, but will now relinquish the role as the team comprehensively restructures its technical department. Rather than hire or promote someone to fill Costa's position, Pat Fry, Luca Marmorini and Carrado Lanzone – the individual heads of the chassis, engine and production departments, respectively – will now report directly to team principal Stefano Domenicali.
More or less sums it up. You can find the full article here.
http://www.autoblog.com/2011/05/25/s...f-steps-aside/
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This may be be a knee-jerk reaction that cost Ferrari.
Well...more McLaren people jumped ship to Ferrari.....this might be a good thing?
Ferrari doesn't afraid of change, how they replace drivers (Alonso for Raikkonen), demoted Chris Dyer....and hired few ex-McLaren guys....
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Pat Fry is supposedly well regarded in F1, so let's hope that he can deliver as a TD.

An interesting note - it appears that technical director salaries are in line with (and can exceed) driver's salaries these days! Rumors are that Newey is paid on the order of $10+ million/year.
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Pat Fry is supposedly well regarded in F1, so let's hope that he can deliver as a TD.

An interesting note - it appears that technical director salaries are in line with (and can exceed) driver's salaries these days! Rumors are that Newey is paid on the order of $10+ million/year.
For what Adrian Newey has created...he's well worth it!
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Pat Fry is supposedly well regarded in F1, so let's hope that he can deliver as a TD.

An interesting note - it appears that technical director salaries are in line with (and can exceed) driver's salaries these days! Rumors are that Newey is paid on the order of $10+ million/year.
Keep in mind drivers also get sponsorships and ad revenue (mark webbers milk commercial )
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Pat Fry is supposedly well regarded in F1, so let's hope that he can deliver as a TD.

An interesting note - it appears that technical director salaries are in line with (and can exceed) driver's salaries these days! Rumors are that Newey is paid on the order of $10+ million/year.
Pretty sure that is only for Newey. One of the reasons that Newey left McLaren was because he wanted more money, and they felt he was getting enough. Think it was $3mil then.
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Am I the only one who thinks Domenicali needs to go?
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Am I the only one who thinks Domenicali needs to go?
I agree with this - I like Domenicali's personality (he's much more open and talkative than Todt ever was) but he seems to be making error after strategic error over the last few years.

I'd be surprised if he is still around in 2012 if Ferrari does not bounce back and win the title this year (incredibly, incredibly unlikely). The real question is, who is fit to replace him?
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Ross Brawn, perhaps?
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glad ferrari is making a change, its not like them to be so far off the pace. lets see how it works out
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Ross Brawn, perhaps?
Brawn is commited to Merc GP. I'm pretty sure it was also one of the terms of sale when he sold the outfit.
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glad ferrari is making a change, its not like them to be so far off the pace. lets see how it works out
Thats not quite true. Before Schumachers 7 year reign over F,1 Ferrari was actually in quite a bad way. Brawn, Schumacher, and Rory Byrne turned that outfit around.
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This may be be a knee-jerk reaction that cost Ferrari.

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Ross Brawn is not going anywhere, he was part of the deal for Mercedes to take Brawn GP over.

I do believe Brawn was earning in excess of $5m at Ferrari and made a handsome $50m+ from his ownership of Brawn GP.

I think Ferrari have lost the plot a little. Just having Alonso is not going to win them the Championship, they need someone who can lead the technical side of things, lets hope that man is Fry.
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Am I the only one who thinks Domenicali needs to go?
nope. im with you. he doesnt seem "man enough" for the job and is kinda a puppet.
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I'd be surprised if he is still around in 2012 if Ferrari does not bounce back and win the title this year (incredibly, incredibly unlikely). The real question is, who is fit to replace him?
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