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GP Week : Issue 41
Sutil quer Aussie Cossie? Desperate times at Ferrari FERRARI has announced a radical shake-up of its operational structure in a bid to resolve the many managerial, procedural and competitive issues that have blighted its start to the 2009 Formula 1 season. The team has set up a Working Department, to be led by Technical Director Aldo Costa, whose role will be to fast-track immediate improvements for the F60. It is expected that the first item on the new department’s agenda will be a new diffuser if those under appeal at the ICA are found legal this week. The shift will also see team manager Luca Baldisserri, pictured, take on a factory- based role, with his position at race weekends now filled by Chris Dyer. The changes are a bold and swift response from team principal Stefano Domenicali as Ferrari aims to turn around its season following its worst start to a campaign in 17 years. COSWORTH may well be back on the Formula 1 grid soon, with Team USF1 boss Peter Windsor linking the new team to the famous engine manufacturer. Windsor told Autosport that Cosworth was on the drawing board in terms of the team’s technical makeup, which it is currently working on. “The Cosworth engine is certainly an attractive proposition,”he was quoted as saying. “It is homologated; those guys were doing a great job with Red Bull Racing when Red Bull suddenly switched to Renault. “A lot of people who were at Cosworth have left, but equally there are a lot of good people still there too. That is a really interesting thing for us. Apart from anything else, Cosworth is now owned by an American, Kevin Kalkhoven, and that is a nice little link for us as well. “The idea of working with a small specialist company is kind of in-tune with the way we are operating as a race team as well.” The only glitch in Windsor’s plan? Kalkhoven is actually from Adelaide in South Australia, not the United States …