Scuderia Ferrari have announced another major reshuffle to its technical department by confirming that Simona Resta will leave the Italian outfit to move to Haas F1 Team.
Ferrari announced key changes to its technical organisation back in July. The move was triggered by the team’s poor start to the 2020 F1 season and saw Ferrari establish a a new "Performance Development" department, headed up by Enrico Cardile. Team Principal Mattia Binotto also said that designer Rory Byrne – one of the key architects of the Michael Schumacher era of Ferrari dominance – would once again be playing a key role in developing the car.
The Scuderia has now announced a further shape-up to its technical department. As from 1st January 2021, Ferrari’s Head of Chassis Engineering Simone Resta will leave his position to strengthen the technical operation at the Haas F1 Team. His current role within the new Chassis area will be taken over by Enrico Cardile.
Commenting on the announcement, Binotto said: “It is why we believe that our long-term relationship with Haas, dating back to when it first came into Formula 1, should be the basis for both parties to benefit from any possible synergy, consistent with what is defined in the FIA regulations.
“With that idea in mind, we are pleased to announce that the highly rated Simone Resta will move to strengthen the American team’s technical department as from the start of next year.
“This is a further step in the process of continuous evolution of the team’s technical department. Simone, whom we thank for his efforts to date, will have an important role within a team that has reaffirmed its long-term commitment to Formula 1.
“It has just strengthened an already very close relationship with the Scuderia by taking on Ferrari Driver Academy driver Mick Schumacher.
“As from 2021, with the introduction of new regulations, all of us will be facing new challenges that we must tackle with pragmatism and an open mind, which is in fact what we started to do with the organisational changes announced a few months ago,” said Binotto.
The team confirmed that other areas as laid out in the organisational changes announced on 22nd July, „remain the same, with Enrico Gualtieri heading the Power Unit division and Sporting Director Laurent Mekies in charge of track activities.”