UNDER PRESSURE: Reports suggest their could be more backroom staff changes at Ferrari. Image: AP / Uli Deck
Hockenheim - More personnel departures could be on the cards at the Ferrari Formula 1 team.
Talk that the Maranello marque is in 'crisis' only intensified ahead of the German Grand Prix when it emerged technical directorJames Allison has left.
His replacement by engine chief Mattia Binotto has raised suggestions it is obviously an 'interim' solution.
Ossi Oikarinen, a pundit for Finnish television MTV, said: "Even if Binotto is a good and experienced guy, he was certainly not Ferrari's number one choice.
"So this is a bit of a quick fix and, in my view, a temporary solution."
At Hockenheim, Ferrari cemented its new place not only behind Mercedes but also now regularly outpaced by Red Bull, with even Force India's Nico Hulkenberg almost as competitive in qualifying.
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"It's a shame to be fifth but this is where we are," Kimi Raikkonen, fifth, said.
"We are not fast enough," the Finn told MTV.
Now, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport claims that Allison might not be the only departure from Ferrari.
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Correspondent Michael Schmidt said: "Perhaps the engineers who Allison brought with him from Lotus in 2013 will go as well.
"The flurry of activity does not feel as though Ferrari has a clear plan for how to get out of this crisis."