So Autosport agrees with Yellow Helmet, like me. This is from a recent issue.
(thx to CrucialXtreme in the F2012 thread for the scan).
Seems to me that it supports my point from earlier that if Fry after his arrival and after surveying the state of the tools at the Scuderia told the team that as far as simulation abilities are concerned they need to catch up to what he has seen at McLaren, he should be in the clear wrt to job safety for the time being.
Now, some may say that it's at least Domenicali's fault that they still haven't caught up, and IIRC have said so in this thread. As a reminder, here is the timeline:
- Before 2007 season: Bridgestone becomes exclusive tyre supplier and FIA announces testing restriction to 30,000 km, only one car during the season, and mainly at 8 FIA-sanctioned 3-day tests in-season.
- In November 2007, Domenicali becomes team director.
- 2008 season: test restrictions stay the same.
- 2009 season: complete ban on in-season testing and restriction on wind tunnels. CFD and simulation reigns supreme.
While the decision on the first testing restriction was prepared in 2006, and during the 2007 season, Jean Todt still was the F1 Team Director. Any failures to ramp up simulation capabilities in anticipation of (2006) and in response to (2007) this restriction, can therefore not be blamed on Domenicali. I would not simply blame Todt either, as I said Ferrari probably started from a worse point than other teams due to having a test track, and because of the unfortunate coinciding of such a big change in F1 with an unstable period within Ferrar, but if
blame is to be placed, it's on Todt and his team. (Especially, BTW, as Todt agreed to the unanimous teams' decision to bring forward the test restrictions by one year from 2008).
Domenicali has had 4 years as the director. It's certainly open to debate and depends on personal preferences whether this should have sufficed for a turnaround, or not. In the end one cannot say for sure without in-depth knowledge of how far their abilities were behind to begin with. I would argue that the 2008 campaign was only partially in Domenicali's hands as the car had been designed largely before his ascendancy. And I'm sure everyone will agree that at least part of the year 2008 he will legitimately have needed to settle in and start to build the team to his liking. Leaving 2009-2011, 3 years.
3 years is not unheard of for the overhaul of an organisation that was apparently ill-prepared (to an unknown extent, but obviously significantly) for changes forced upon it, and which had to catch up to the state of the art - inside and outside of F1. If WhiteBlue wrote in a post further up that Domenicali had been "pissing" everywhere to mark his territory and thus wasted time and resources, I would on the contrary argue that these were needed changes to bring the team into the new era, both regarding leadership and technically (plus, had he not done this, WhiteBlue and others would probably have accused him of not owning the team and not making the necessary adjustments).
Make of this what you will. I think 2012 is the first year Ferrari is approaching what Dom had in mind. The transition may not be finalized completely, and you will blame Dom for it if you want to. I believe the state of transition can be called reasonable - again depending on how much they were caught out by the testing changes, which I cannot really know. Can't wait for the racing to start, then we'll see.
Edited by KnucklesAgain, 08 March 2012 - 22:53.