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2014-12-12 08:04

NEXT HEAD TO ROLL: Ferrari technical director Pat Fry could be next to depart the team as it continues to axe top-level members. Image: Formula1.ferrari.com

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MARANELLO, Italy - Pat Fry could be the next major Ferrari name set to depart. Amid a tumultuous time for the Maranello men, 2014 has already seen several major names - Stefano Domenicali, Luca Marmorini, Luca di Montezemolo, Marco Mattiacci, Fernando Alonso, Andrea Stella - leave.

Reports suggest that as Ferrari faltered so badly at the start of the new turbo V6 era early in 2014 that chief designer Nikolas Tombazis has become the next major scalp.

Reports now suggest that, ahead of former Mercedes chief Bob Bell's presumed arrival, British engineer Pat Fry is also leaving.

'ON VACATION'

The reports, also mentioned by Spain's El Mundo Deportivo, said that while Tombazis and former McLaren engineer Fry had not yet been officially ousted, they have been sent "on vacation". The report surmised: "As this is the critical period in the development of the car for next season there is no doubt they will be made redundant."

Alongside the leader of the 2015 car project, James Allison, it means the leading technical protagonists at Ferrari in 2015 will be Bell and newly promoted Simone Resta. The new team boss, meanwhile, will be former Marlboro branding executive Maurizio Arrivabene, who this week gave one of his first interviews to Ferrari media insider Leo Turrini.

He told Turrini's Quotidiano blog: "When people ask me when things will change on the track I reply that I do not have a magic wand. In 2015 it will be enough to win a couple of races - one with Sebastian Vettel, one with Kimi Raikkonen.

"Vettel is beginning to understand what Ferrari is. Raikkonen knows already and, incidentally, has the advantage of being a normal guy in a world - F1 - where many, but fortunately not Vettel, are quick to lose touch with reality.

"None of us is here to regret the past. We are here to build the future.

"I have no doubt about our president (Sergio) Marchionne's dedication to our battle. You'll see, with time, the concerns of those who do not know him will vanish."

'AN AUDIENCE TO REGAIN'

Arrivabene also spoke more broadly about the state of today's F1: "At the political level, Ferrari asks not what is right for our company, but what is right for anybody who loves the sport. Whoever runs the racing world has to realise there is an audience to regain.

"I'm not interested in speeches about Rolex, I want a Formula 1 that is as popular as the Olympics and the World Cup. It once was so - we have to go back to those levels."
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