F1 rumours: Enrico Cardile linked with Ferrari technical director position
Ferrari’s head of the chassis area Enrico Cardile could be in line for a promotion to technical director if a recent report is to be believed.
The Scuderia are undergoing a period of transition with former team principal Mattia Binotto heading out the door on New Year’s Eve and new boss Fred Vasseur expected to make changes ahead of the 2023 season in a bid to overturn the wretched form that derailed their 2022 campaign.
One of those changes may well be a restructure of the team’s leadership with Cardile rumoured to be in line for the technical director job which used to also be part of Binotto’s duties.
Cardile is currently listed as the head of the chassis area but according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, that could soon change.
Journalist Fulvio Solms reports that the 47-year-old Cardile will get the job having been with Ferrari since 2005 when he was hired as head of the technical area. He was promoted under Binotto to aerodynamics manager in 2019 and then became head of performance development in August 2020. Since January 2021, he has been in charge of the chassis area.
He currently works alongside the head of power unit area Enrico Gualtieri, race director Laurent Mekies and head of supply chain and manufacturing Enrico Racca.
But there are also reports that Simone Resta may be in line for a return to his former team. The 52-year-old Italian has been with Ferrari customer team Haas since 2021 having left the Scuderia but previously spent 17 years at the famous red team between 2001 and 2018.
He briefly departed to take up a role at Alfa Romeo, where he first worked as a technical director, before returning to Ferrari in August 2019 and then on to Haas ahead of the 2021 season.
With the new year beginning and the new season fast approaching, there has been plenty of talk of both the car and personnel developments at the Italian outfit.
While the car has been reported to be leaner than the F1-75, there is also speculation that CEO Benedetto Vigna wants more of a hands-on role in the team.
Motorsport.com’s Italian branch reported that Vigna will no longer be prepared to take a back seat, and “wants to take on a more active role alongside Vasseur.” Just how well this sits with Vasseur remains to be seen with the Frenchman having previously performed both roles at Sauber.
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