It has transpired that Sebastian Vettel’s chief engineer has resigned to face new challenges. The situation is strange as it happened a few days after the completion of the car. However, finding a replacement to work with Vettel will not be difficult given the high level of professionals present at Ferrari.
It is rumoured that the episode of the screw and screwdriver being left by mistake in the Vettel’s cockpit in the Brazilian GP free practice, may have affected the relationship of trust between driver and engineer.
Meanwhile, last Friday Ferrari organised a lunch with a small group of favoured Italian journalists. This included representative from Il Foglio, Autosprint, Motorsport.com, QN, Gazzetta, Corriere dello Sport, Tuttosport and many others.
By all accounts, it was an informal and friendly chat about the expectations of the press from Ferrari and a way for the new CEO, Louis Camilleri, and Mattia Binotto, to get acquainted with those who will follow the red season. Of course, there was a total embargo of information discussed and no doubt the cosh will come down heavy on any said journo who doesn’t tow the Ferrari line in 2019.
With the car launch earmarked for 19th February, sources from Italy claims that the team have been obtained good results in terms of power and durability on the test bench. Further, the numbers in the wind tunnel say that the new aerodynamics has not suffered at all the regulatory change to the front wing.
Meanwhile, it is understood that the car can be spied by those with a long enough lense prior to the first official F1 test on the 19th of February.
A filming day is anticipated on the 17th at the Barcelona circuit, with Haas doing the same around that date.