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GP Week : Issue 149
In 1991, Alain Prost was famously sacked from Ferrari after daring to criticise the woeful 642, which the Frenchman compared to a truck. While the issues with the car were acknowledged within the Scuderia, it was understood by everyone within the Ferrari family that dirty linen does not get washed in public. How times have changed. Speaking to the media in Shanghai, Pat Fry – technical director of the Scuderia’s chassis division – was honest about the problems with the F2012, and spoke openly about Ferrari’s need for a total revolution. “I don’t really want to go into where all the problems are,” Fry said in Shanghai. “It’s not just a case of us trying to build a quicker car, we need to fundamentally be changing the methodologies that we use to select, design and manufacture so that we are competitive long term. “There’s work on all fronts, not just work going into what we’re taking to Barcelona, there’s also a huge amount of work in just trying to change the fundamentals of what we do so we can actually take a step forward and be competing with everyone else. “We’ve got some issues [with the aerodynamics] that we’re trying to resolve,” Fry continued. “The areas you need to be working on is everything from the way you run the wind tunnel, the accuracy of your wind tunnel, the simulation that you use to decide what components to take forward, so we’re not leaving any stone unturned. We’re actually trying to review and revise our methodologies through the whole process. “There's work going on absolutely everywhere within the company, on the basic fundamental methodology as well as just trying to upgrade the car.” What was most interesting was not the content of Fry’s comments, but the fact that he was able to speak so openly, which showed that Ferrari have come to accept that public criticism from within the team can be made without reprisal. Fry’s reasoned criticism of the team’s current practices was worlds apart from Prost’s fiery comments made in the heat of the moment, and they were made in a very different media landscape. But the first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge you have one, and for that reason alone the tifosi should take comfort from Fry’s words. FRY AND THE FERRARI REVOLUTION Back to basics, says Technical Director 3 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS