The media outcry is based on an initial statement made by Fry with regard to internal targets and instead of posting the crux of the articles you go and post the sensational headlines publications make as basis for your judgement.
Kind of ironic you calling it a comedic farce it it not...
This is the problem. They have internal targets and nobody knows what they are. They know they haven't met what the internal targets are, but does that mean that they are off the pace? The problem is that they have targets to work for as does every team. This is not about race wins, this is about overall performance targets. They don't know what the opposition will be doing so they cant say I want to be 1 second quicker than the Red Bull when they have no idea how good the Red Bull will be.
This is the case for every management team in any company. Regardless of the nature of the business. Most companies have targets and usually have a fair idea of where their competition is. F1 isn't like that. The management team set the targets and employ the best staff available to achieve those targets. They also look to gain financial sponsorship from above to get the tools they need. Everyone says that Stefano is too nice etc... That is the media face of Stefano. For all we know, behind closed doors he might be very different. A TP is a manager and a manager in all companies does not usually get very far by throwing the toys out of the pram. Every TP has to be a clever negotiator. Stefano might be very good in that area. But what he needs to do is to put a bit more emphasis on migration.
Ferrari are in the stage of migration from being dependant on track testing to using more CFD and windtunnel technology. It is a very slow process. I am learning that with my own job and I am at the bottom of the food chain. Ferrari had 2 options. Get the facilities then get the people to operate them. Or get the right people in place and then invest in the right tools. However they need the expertise of the people who know what the right tools are in the first place to get them. Its like me buying an SLR camera without advice. You cant say, thats more expensive so it will obviously be better. When in all truth that might not be the case.
People say that Ferrari became more Italian. That was probably not intentional, but more likely consequential of the loss of the Brawn/Todt era. Byrne is still onboard. People want immediate results, but Ferrari are in a migration process that will take years to sort out. The entire methodolgy has to change and it ain't going to happen overnight. LdM is the one who hires and fires the big names. Stefano deals with the ones that are on the slightly lower end of the food chain. He doesn't fire the big names. He gives reports to LdM about their progress in their field.
Ferrari know they need improved facilities and they are trying to re-structure that. Calling for heads to roll when people don't know what is going on behind the scenes is 1 dimensional as that is the media face. Stability is the key to success and they need to keep that. They have to get the right people in place. If Adrian Newey said thats it I'm off to Ferrari, it could make things worse as Ferrari might not have the structure in place to enable him to function at his best.
Ok I think I've already had my rant.