By Alex Kapadia
Ferrari have reorganised their pit team after dismal performances in the first two Grand Prix’s of the season.
Sending Kimi Raikkonen out on wet tyres on a dry track at Sepang last week was probably the final straw.
Although tyres strategy has been an issue for many of the teams due to the re-introduction of slick tyres and wider differential in the compounds, this was one of the biggest mistakes of the season so far.
Team manager Luca Baldisserri has been re-assigned to undertake a factory-based role, while his responsibilities trackside have been handed to engineer Chris Dyer.
The shake-up comes less just days ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday and is seen as a move to signal Ferrari’s fight back after failing to score a point during the opening two races.
Baldisseri was heavily criticised in the Italian media for his decision-making in the Malaysian Grand Prix, which saw Felipe Massa knocked out of qualifying after the mistaken belief that he had set a quick enough time to progress to the next season.
But it was the decision to send Kimi Raikkonen out on wet tyres when the track was still dry that astonished the experts.