Chief designer Tombazis set to depart Ferrari
- Published on 04 Dec 2014 12:45
- By: Rob Veenstra
The next high-profile departure at Ferrari will be chief designer Nikolas Tombazis. That is the claim of the well-informed Ferrari specialist and media insider Leo Turrini. As Ferrari faltered yet again in 2014 despite the start of the all-new 'power unit' era, the red-coloured exits have flowed like wine at Maranello.
Stefano Domenicali, Luca Marmorini and even Luca di Montezemolo, Fernando Alonso and Marco Mattiacci have all now gone, and rumours suggest Pat Fry has been marginalised by the promotion of the 2015 car project leader, James Allison. Not only that, Ferrari's Greek designer Tombazis, 46, also looks set to depart.
Writing on his reliable Quotidiano blog, Turrini said the end of Tombazis' "Ferrari experience" is now sealed with the exception of "formalities and technicalities". Notwithstanding the period of turmoil at Maranello, however, continuing Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is confident about the future.
Backing the arrival of new teammate and friend Sebastian Vettel, and new boss Maurizio Arrivabene, the Finn said: "It's not easy to change things. But we have a clear plan of where we need to improve," Raikkonen is quoted by Speed Week. "I feel that the things that have been changed within the team will bring a very, very big improvement." (GMM)