FERRARI AXES ENGINE BOSS: Ferrari is continuing with its plans to recover from a dismal 2014 season start by replacing engine boss Luca Marmorini. Image: AP / Nextgen-auto.com
MARANELLO, Italy - Ferrari has announced that engine boss Luca Marmorini is to leave the team. He began working at the Maranello plant in 1990, returning in late 2009 from a spell at the Toyota F1 engine department.
Marmorini, like ousted team boss Stefano Domenicali, appears to have paid the price for Ferrari's disappointing start to the new energy-boosted turbo V6 era.
Ferrari said it had promoted from within to replace Marmorini and affirmed that James Allison and Nikolas Tombazis would remain in charge of its chassis division.
FRY SAFE FROM AXE?
Ferrari made no mention of Pat Fry, a Briton who joined Ferrari from McLaren in a high-profile switch in 2010. The team denied reports he was also in danger of being axed.
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Former F1 driver Mika Hakkinen, who worked closely with Fry during his successful McLaren career, was concerned about Ferrari's decisions. He thought of Fry when Ferrari made a big strategy blunder in 2014 Hungaran GP qualifying that stranded Kimi Raikkonen down the grid.
Hakkinen said in his latest column: "Such a thing should not happen with a team on the level of Ferrari. I wondered a bit about such a serious error happening under Pat Fry, whom I know very well.
"The alarm bells should be ringing for everybody."