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#1 alberto.ascari

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 13:09

Ferrari reveals 2019 Formula 1 car launch date



Ferrari has announced that its 2019 Formula 1 car, codenamed internally 670, will be revealed on February 15.

Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene revealed the news during the Autosprint award ceremony of Caschi d'oro, which was held on Thursday evening in Milan at Garage Italia.

The unveiling of the 2019 Ferrari will take place three days before pre-season testing begins at Barcelona in Spain.

In the absence of the traditional Christmas lunch that Ferrari usually held for F1 journalists, Arrivabene took advantage of the prestigious event of the Conti Editore to reveal the launch date.


"The group led by [technical director] Mattia Binotto has been working on next year's single-seater for months now," said Arrivabene, who was accompanied at the ceremony by new signing Charles Leclerc.

"The engines are already running on the test benches and there are parts of the car that are already in production.

"The parts more related to the performance will arrive at the last moment, even if the tension increases because the time is less and less.

"On February 15 we will present the car and everything must be ready for that day.




"Of course it is early to give an overall picture of the car. Simulations are being done and we are working on the simulator, but the real test bench is only the track.

"That's where you confront yourself, comparing the data you've collected during the winter period, and especially where you confront yourself with others.

"The technicians are working hard to complete the car by February 15. We have some information from the guys who work on the simulator, but it's still too early to talk about performance."

Ferrari is the first F1 team to indicate when its 2019 car will be unveiled.

It mounted its strongest championship challenge of the turbo hybrid era in 2018, but still lost out to Mercedes with a late-season slump and did not win a race after the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the summer break.

Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff recently gave an update on his team's 2019 design that revealed early targets for engine performance had not been achieved.






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#2 Rad-oh-yeah?

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 18:10

Maurizio Arrivabene thinks a series of incidents hurt Ferrari's charge for the 2018 title.

Some think the biggest problem with this year's failed challenge was driver mistakes made by Sebastian Vettel.

Team boss Arrivabene agrees that "driver mistakes" were an issue, but he said that is also too simplistic an analysis.

"We had the incident involving our mechanic Cigarini, then our president, who wanted me in Ferrari, passed away, leaving a big gap. Then on the eve of Austin we lost one of our engineers," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"So many things outside our control happened which went beyond racing. It is my wish that luck will help us a little more in the coming season," the Italian added.

So Arrivabene rejected speculation that Ferrari needs a personnel "revolution" in order to win the title in 2019.

"In arranging the team going forward I am working more with a foil than a sword," he said, "even if focusing on a young man like Leclerc is in itself a revolution."

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 16:15

Vettel feels a quicker car is more crucial than limiting mistakes

By: Chris Medland | 1 hour ago

Sebastian Vettel says the key to Ferrari’s championship challenge in 2019 will be delivering an even quicker car than last season, rather than making fewer mistakes.

As a team, Ferrari made a number of strategic errors in 2018, while Vettel also found himself involved in incidents as the title race developed. Crucial mistakes when leading in Germany and trying to recover from poor grid positions in Japan and the USA stand out as particularly costly, but Vettel says overall car performance is the area that Ferrari needs to improve the most.

Vettel crashes out in Germany. (Image by Glenn Dunbar/LAT)

“I think we need a stronger package,” Vettel said. “We certainly had our moments this year when we had strong races but we also had races which weren’t very strong, we weren’t quick enough, so I think overall it’s the speed that decides and I think more often than not I think we’re lacking a little bit of speed. I think we’re working very hard and the motivation is there to do that final step that is still outstanding.”

Vettel added that the overall strength of a team’s performance is too often placed solely on the driver, and believes the impact of other members of the team on the final result is too often overlooked.

“What you look at in terms of when you look in qualifying or the race, then obviously we are the ones driving the car and we are alone driving the car and when we cross the line you look at us first, but there’s a lot of people behind to make sure that you do cross the line and if they do their job really really well and work together then you have a high chance of finishing higher up.

“So I think it’s needless to say that Lewis (Hamilton) had an incredible run the last five years…since the day he joined Formula 1 until now, to be honest. They’re doing a really good job as a team. The challenge to beat such a strong team is difficult but that’s our target.

“We know where we want to go: A lot of work ahead of us, a lot of lessons to be learned again this year. We have 21 races and in summary, we haven’t been strong enough this year to take the challenge until the last race, the last lap, so I think we need to look at ourselves.

“I think we have the people, we have the resources so it’s more getting the maximum out of our package, improving the work inside our team and making sure that we come up with a stronger package, a stronger team for the future.”


Znaci, najbrzi bolid tokom 2/3 sezone i barem egal sa Meckom u preostaloj 1/3 vise nisu dovoljni za titulu, ali greske pogotovo vozacke nisu problem. Doooobro... :lol+:

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 13:49

Suska se da je Arrivabene bivsi. Binotto ga menja.

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 13:52




POSTED BY: EDITOR   |  07 JAN 2019   |  11:19 AM GMT  |  0 COMMENTS

According to reports, in a bid to intensify their 2019 championship challenge, Ferrari have decided that a change at the top is required and replaced Maurizio Arrivabene with Mattia Binotto.

With the decision-makers at Ferrari running out of patience, they have decided to call time on Arrivabene’s reign, which began back in 2014 when he was appointed by the late Sergio Marchionne, replacing Marco Mattiacci.

According to reports by Gazzetta Dello Sport, confirmation of the change is expected as early as today, and chief technical officer Mattia Binotto will be confirmed as the new team principal ahead of the 2019 season.

With Binotto being largely credited with spearheading Ferrari’s improved power unit performances, the team have been championship contenders for the last two seasons.

However, driver and team errors have proven costly, and what should’ve been a close championship fight went completely Mercedes’ way in the second half of 2018.

In attempt to up their game on the driver front, Ferrari will be hoping that their move to replace Kimi Raikkonen with Charles Leclerc will encourage improved performances from Vettel in 2019.

Ferrari have now followed that up with a management restructure, which they hope will see improved decision-making at the top of the team.


They were criticised for their reluctance to apply team orders in Germany, whilst none were applied Austria, where Raikkonen finished second and just ahead of Vettel.

Their decision to not give Vettel the slipstream during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix was considered a poor one by many, and an incorrect tyre strategy in a damp-to-dry Japanese Grand Prix qualifying session cost them the chance of victory in that event.

Tensions between Arrivabene and Binotto were believed to be at an all-time high towards the conclusion of the 2018 season.

Who is Mattia Binotto?

Ferrari through and through, Binotto began his career with the Scuderia back in 1995, when he joined the team as a test engine engineer, before performing the same role from 1997-2003.

He was appointed a race engineer from 2004, which resulted in a role as ‘chief engineer, race and assembly’ in 2007.

He moved back onto the engine side of operations in 2009 when he became Head of Engine and KERS Operations, a year when only Ferrari and three other teams elected to at least trial the new-for-2009 KERS system.

Appointed Deputy Director, Engine and Electronics in October 2013, Binotto then took on the role of Chief Operating Officer, Power Unit.

Finally, he was promoted to Chief Technical Officer in 2016, as Ferrari’s attempts to make gains in the power unit department intensified.

It is not yet known who will replace Binotto as CTO, or whether Ferrari will opt for a different structure altogether.


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#6 Hertzog

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 16:59

Ode smeker u penziju
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#7 Rad-oh-yeah?

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 18:02

Ne cini mi se da vam je on bio najslabija karika u lancu, ako je vec moralo nesto da se menja...

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#8 Duh sa sekirom

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 19:06

I ja isto mislim...
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Posted 07 January 2019 - 19:07

Ne cini mi se da vam je on bio najslabija karika u lancu, ako je vec moralo nesto da se menja...

Pa promenjen je i drugi vozac, ako cemo realno. :D

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#10 alpiner

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 20:25

Binotto bi verovatno otišao iz Ferraria da je Arivabene ostao. Nema dileme ko je vredniji za tim pa je ovo moralo da se desi

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#11 alberto.ascari

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 23:35

Ne cini mi se da vam je on bio najslabija karika u lancu, ako je vec moralo nesto da se menja...



Pa jbg, 4 godine bez uspeha, šef mora da snosi posledice. Slažem se ja sa tobom, ali tako to funkcioniše u korporatnoj sredini..

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#12 alberto.ascari

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:37

jbg, nije mi baš nešto mnogo do smeha, ali dobra je fora...


A i bolje da to okačim sam, pre nego što ovo nadju neki Meklarenovci da me zajebavaju. :lol+:




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#13 Rad-oh-yeah?

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 13:24

Prika imamo mi svoje muke, nije nam do zajebavanja... :)

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 13:52

Why Arrivabene’s departure from Ferrari plays into Liberty’s hands
2019 F1 season

8th January 2019, 11:52
Dieter Rencken

It had been whispered in the Formula 1 paddock for at least 18 months that Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene would sooner or later be relieved of his duties, possibly during 2019.

In March last year, after Ferrari had lured senior FIA engineer Laurent Mekies to join the fold and with CEO Sergio Marchionne preparing to step down from his Fiat Chrysler Alliance duties to devote himself fully to overseeing the team’s commercial and political matters, RaceFans described why Arrivabene’s days appeared to be numbered.

“The word is that ‘Marlboro Man’ – the self-confessed tifoso headed the tobacco brand’s marketing division before being recruited by Marchionne, a Philip Morris board member – will retire within two years,” we wrote, adding that Mattia Binotto would be appointed team principal, retaining overall responsibility for matters technical.

What no one could foresee, of course, was the tragic and unforeseen loss of Marchionne in July last year. But the subsequent arrival of Louis C Camilleri – a former long-time colleague of Arrivabene’s at Marlboro owner Philip Morris – did not grant Arrivabene a long-term reprieve. This is likely because the Maltese’s interim CEO position is under threat, if our high-placed Italian sources, who believe Camilleri is unlikely to survive, are correct.

It has been widely reported that Arrivabene’s departure was simply part of Marchionne’s master plan, albeit now executed by John Elkann, the chairman Ferrari/FCA’s owner Exor, with a total asset base of $24bn. In much the same way, Charles Leclerc’s arrival in place of Kimi Räikkönen and the elevation of Binotto formed part of the uncompromising Italo-Canadian’s grand strategy for Maranello.

Some have also linked Arrivabene’s downfall to his oft-gruff manner and unfriendliness towards the media, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Marchionne encouraged, indeed dictated, such a style. After all had there been issues with Arrivabene’s modus operandi then Marchionne, a long-time Philip Morris board member who had known the Italian for two decades, would surely not have appointed him, or demanded change.

Arrivabene’s departure, albeit within the timeframe envisaged by Marchionne, remains highly significant for it leaves Ferrari without a heavyweight to fight its corner in the upcoming negotiations with Liberty over F1’s post-2020 landscape. This is crucial for the Scuderia, as it stands to lose the most from the planned introduction of a budget cap, equitable distribution of revenues and a participatory regulatory structure which does not include Ferrari holding veto powers.

Without Arrivabene, who will go in to bat for Ferrari? Camilleri faces major issues on the road car side: Share prices have fallen from heights of $140 prior to Marchionne’s passing to around $100; sales downturns are forecast in China, its second-largest market; and the brand has no major model introductions slated for 2019 in segments where it faces increased competition from Lamborghini and McLaren.

Therefore Camilleri is unlikely to devote much time to F1 politics. Elkann has a full plate, what with FCA’s restructure and Exor, while Binotto will surely spend the next six months – the crucial Liberty negotiating window – learning the team principal role. The Swiss is, in any event, a technician, not lawyer or accountant as was Marchionne.

Arrivabene’s exit points to fall-guy politics at Ferrari following their downturn in the final third of last season, rather than falling in line with the orderly, structured retirement planned for him by Marchionne. The short-term winner, once all the machinations have played out, is Liberty. The longer-term implications for Ferrari and F1 remain to be seen.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 16:18

MEDLAND: Why Ferrari’s latest change feels different


By: Chris Medland | 19 hours ago

Until recently, Formula 1 has tended to avoid the hire-and-fire approach that exists in many other sports, with stability at the top being the norm. Ferrari has been the exception.

In replacing Maurizio Arrivabene with Mattia Binotto, Ferrari has its fourth team principal in five years. (Stefano Domenicali started the 2014 season before leaving and being replaced by Marco Mattiacci). Bernie Ecclestone accused Ferrari of being “too Italian” in the past, and another change at the top after finishing second could be interpreted as a negative. But this one has all the hallmarks of being the right move.

Taking Ecclestone’s quote literally, this change makes Ferrari less Italian, as a Swiss engineer replaces an Italian former Philip Morris executive. But more than that, it elevates somebody who had clearly had a positive impact on Ferrari in place of one who was increasingly making life harder in certain situations.

Mattia Binotto (Image by Andy Hone/LAT)

Former Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne was known to be an admirer of Binotto, who was promoted to chief technical officer in 2016, and very interested in the car’s development, to the point where the pair would have plenty of direct contact. Arrivabene was being bypassed in that sense and may have seen the writing on the wall, having been appointed by Marchionne at the end of 2014.

But while Binotto was ensuring that Ferrari was getting closer to Mercedes in terms of on-track performance in 2017 and 2018, Arrivabene was overseeing a team that was still not operating at its full potential.

It’s far from his only error, but Arrivabene was often closed off to the media in his final year, and didn’t react well to questions regarding mistakes the team and its drivers had made. At the end of the season, he even said suggestions Binotto was unhappy and could either replace him as team principal or leave were — that old favorite term — “fake news” designed to destabilize Ferrari.

During some race weekends, I share official FIA press conferences hosting duties with the excellent Tom Clarkson. Although questions for Maurizio were always painstakingly prepared to cover for all manner of moods he may be in, I rarely had any trouble with him. Tom, on the other hand, faced a tougher task. The pair didn’t have the easiest relationship, but when it came to the press conferences, Tom was the consummate professional. In that role as FIA host, you’re asking the obvious — and usually non-political — questions, and leaving the rest of the journalists to do the serious probing. But even so, Arrivabene would often be unreasonably difficult, as this extract from his final appearance in Abu Dhabi highlights:

Maurizio Arrivabene (Image by Andy Hone/LAT)

“Maurizio, Ferrari came close this year, statistically your best season since 2008. What additional resources do you need to bring to the program to beat (Mercedes) in 2019?”

“The habit to win.”

“Is there anything you need to change within Maranello to help you do that?”

“Not really, maybe kind of reinforcement but, as I said, we need to swap our mind and to work a bit more on the habit to win.”

“And is there anything you can do to instill that winning mentality?”

“I already gave you the answer, OK? Thank you.”

The opportunity was there to speak positively. The first question gave him the ammunition to talk about progress, but Arrivabene’s approach meant he was either making the wrong sort of headlines or none at all. He wasn’t making friends in the media, and it turned out to be a small insight into his overall position at Maranello.

Ferrari was understandably not a happy camp toward the end of the year, partly due to its failure to take either championship to the wire, but also for some of the public criticism Arrivabene handed out. A team principal’s role is typically to protect those who work below them, not point the finger and deflect blame away from themselves.

Of course, some of that finger-pointing was at car development, with Ferrari’s title challenge fading after the summer break. Binotto’s realm.

By the time of the USGP, Ferrari’s title chances were all but gone. (Image by Sam Bloxham/LAT)

As a result, the relationship between Binotto and Arrivabene became increasingly strained. It deteriorated to such an extent that a source close to the situation said toward the end of last year that it was almost certain one of them would not still be at Ferrari by the time the 2019 season started. (Essentially the “fake news” that Arrivabene was dismissing).

Usually the more senior person wins out, but that’s why this change feels different. Binotto was the rising star, bringing a momentum to Ferrari that it could not afford to lose, let alone to a rival team. Arrivabene had been in place for four years and was not inspiring confidence after a season that had more than a sense of deja vu about it.

The sudden death of Marchionne could have complicated matters, with Arrivabene stating his future would be up to new Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri. It would have been easy for no changes to be made as the company’s top management settled in, but there was a real chance that could have led to Binotto departing of his own accord.

Reports in Italy suggest it was Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chairman John Elkann who made the decision to promote Binotto, essentially going over Camilleri’s head and protecting the person he feels has delivered the bigger impact on gains made at Maranello over the past two years.

It’s clinical. It’s logical. In many ways, it’s un-Ferrari. And that’s why it feels a little more significant.

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