OCTOBER 26, 2006

Ferrari confirms big changes

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro has announced some major changes in the line-up of personnel, following the news yesterday that Jean Todt is becoming Ferrari SpA's chief executive officer. For the moment Todt will remain as managing director of the Gestione Sportiva, the sporting department but we believe that this role will be handed on to Brawn when he returns to Ferrari after a year away. Brawn's current position as technical director will go to Mario Almondo while Stefano Domenicali has been named as the team's sporting director, a role which he was previously fulfilling. Also disappearing is Paolo Martinelli, the head of the Ferrari engine programme, who is moving up in the Fiat empire. Almondo will cover both Brawn and Martinelli's roles with the various department heads reporting to him: Aldo Costa heads the chassis department, while France's Gilles Simon is now in charge of the engine department.