• James Allison leaves Ferrari

    Image result for james allisonFerrari and technical director James Allison have jointly decided to part ways, the team announced on Wednesday.

    Allison departs the Italian squad three years after joining from Lotus.

    Mattia Binotto will take on the role of chief technical officer, having previously been power unit director.

    “The Team would like to thank James for his commitment and sacrifice during the time spent together, and wishes him success and serenity for his future endeavors,” said Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.

    Allison commented: “During the years I spent at Ferrari, at two different stages and covering different roles, I could get to know and appreciate the value of the team and of the people, women and men, which are part of it.

    “I want to thank them all for the great professional and human experience we shared. I wish everybody a happy future with lots of success.”

    Allison’s departure comes amid a slightly disappointing campaign for the Scuderia, during which they have yet to register a victory.

  • Raikkonen to continue with Ferrari in 2017

    Ferrari have confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will continue to drive for the team in 2017.

    There was speculation that the Finn and 2007 world champion could lose his seat, a threat that had loomed in 2014 and 2015 but with a smaller driver market the Scuderia opted to leave their lineup unchanged.

    Ferrari were thought to be looking into hiring Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen or Carlos Sainz but all three were recently confirmed in their seats.

    A statement issued on behalf of team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said: “Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen.”

    “The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.”

    Raikkonen rejoined the team in 2014 following a three-year stint between 2007 and 2009 during which he won the world championship in his first season with the team. He has taken four of the team’s nine podium finish so far this year and is tied with Vettel on 96 points.

    Sunday’s race will be Raikkonen’s 100th as a Ferrari driver. His most recent victory for them was at Spa-Francorchamps in 2009.

  • Pirelli confirm debris caused Vettel puncture

    Pirelli has confirmed that debris caused the puncture that ended Sebastian Vettel’s Austrian Grand Prix.

    Formula One’s official tyre supplier issued a statement on Wednesday following their analysis of the Ferrari driver’s right-rear tyre which blew while he was leading at the Red Bull Ring.

    “Analysis of the tyre issue that affected Sebastian Vettel at the recent Austrian Grand Prix has been concluded and the results shared with Ferrari,” said Pirelli.

    “The few remaining parts of the tyre in question, together with an in-depth comparison to other tyres used in the race, reveal no signs of fatigue or structural failure in the right-rear tyre itself.”

    “Consequently, the issue appears to be caused by an item of debris, which led to the breakage of the tyre.”

  • Ferrari dominate final practice as Rosberg crashes

    Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 in final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix as championship leader Nico Rosberg crashed heavily.

    Vettel posted the quickest time of the weekend so far, a 1:07.098 to finish ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen, 0.136s slower than the German.

    Lewis Hamilton was the quickest Mercedes in third, over two tenths off the pace, as teammate Rosberg’s day came to an early finish when his suspension broke exiting Turn 2.

    Rosberg crashed heavily against the wall as a result, and while he was unhurt, Mercedes will face a race against time to get his car ready for qualifying.

    Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen completed the top five in the Red Bull cars.

    Several cars appeared to suffer blistering problems after Pirelli lowered the rear tyre pressures from 19.5 to 18.5 overnight.

  • Gearbox change means grid penalty for Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Red Bull Ring, 2016The FIA has confirmed Sebastian Vettel has changed his gearbox, meaning he will take a penalty on the grid for Sunday’s race.

    Vettel last changed his gearbox at the Russian Grand Prix, round four of the championship, where he received a five-place grid penalty. As his new gearbox also failed to complete the required six consecutive events, Vettel will therefore receive the same penalty again.

    Vettel said he is unsure how competitive Ferrari will be this weekend after a disrupted, rain-hit second practice session which he spun at the end of.

    “It was a decent day,” he said. “It is not entirely clear where we stand, as we didn’t have a lot of running due to the weather, in particular in the afternoon, but in general the car feels good.”

    “When I spun at the end of the second session, I had an issue with brake distribution. It caught me by surprise, but it didn’t matter too much, as I only lost a couple of minutes, and in the end it didn’t make a lot of a difference.”