I don't believe Tombazis will be fired. Bigois is there now and is now the Head of Aerodynamics so Tombazis will return to his old job. IMO. I do however think they took the approach to rapidly improve the car as quick as possible with little forethought on future development.
Would you be entirely shocked to see something more like the original Acer ducts back on the car next year? With a bit more time and knowledge behind the idea?
Maybe not, after all, the double floor idea from the F92 pops up on the odd car from time to time in one form or another, but Ferrari dumped it pretty permanently. Until now, anyway. Mind you, the fighter plane side pods came back for 96, didn't they? Sorry, rambling.
I also think the lack of straightline speed made the team go real aggressive on DRS and developed other parts to help said lack of speed and that they simply went too far. I'm not sure they can fix the problem with just a change or two, I think much of the car needs to be changed to make it on the RB8's level and its too far along in the season to do so. I think maybe they realized this around Singapore but tried to refine different elements on the car instead of completely redesigning and that's why the car hasn't really went forward compared to others. It's went forward for sure with the small refinements but only helped to keep the gap consistent with other teams updates whereas a redesign of certain elements would've actually cut the gap not simply maintain it.
This is what I think's really impressive - they designed a car that was based around a new concept, found it had issues, botched the issues to get up to speed, then understood what they had quickly wnough to keep pace with organised, planned development from other teams over the season. At least, that's what it looks like from here. And, if you believe the gossip, all that with two wind tunnels giving different results and a team of incompetent engineers.
But as I said yesterday I think things are looking good for 2013, especially if we can start winter testing off on the right foot and not behind. Fry has implemented many changes including to the methodology of the car and it will pay dividends in the future. Agathangelou is here to help with the tunnel correlation & simulation tools and now Bigois is here to be HoA which will be a completely different approach than we're used to seeing with Costa or Tombazis. I'm sure there are more new hires than we currently know and I'm sure there will be more during the winter. Some of them might even be high profile. So yes, I think 2013 might very well be a good year for Scuderia Ferrari. And if Felipe can carry this current momentum through the winter & into next season Ferrari has a good shot at contending for the WCC. Forza Ferrari
I think the toughest thing for Ferrari is they can never write off a season from the start. Every other team will have an excuse to do this from time to time - a new engine supplier, a new sponsor, a new factory, whatever. But for Ferrari, none of these count. No season is a clean sheet. So a new concept can't fail, it has to be botched and at least half succeed. Hard position to be in, but it's why pretty much everyone wants to prove themselves there.
As for next year, it's another year. Let's hope it's good. No predictions yet from this end, but I trust your judgement a bit after this season. Cheers.
Edited by oetzi, 20 November 2012 - 21:49.