Alonso – Ferrari yet to feel the impact of Mattiacci appointment

Alonso – Ferrari yet to feel the impact of Mattiacci appointment

Fernando Alonso has explained that little has changed within Ferrari since Marco Mattiacci was appointed as Team Principal back in March.

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Mattiacci, a star of the Ferrari road car division in North America took charge of the Scuderia ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, after long time boss Stefano Domenicali resigned in light of the Maranello outfit’s dismal start to the season.

However, despite the change in leadership at Ferrari, the team is still yet to finish higher than third in a grand prix this season, while the Spanish Grand Prix marked an entire calendar year since the team last won a race, the Scuderia’s most barren spell in 20 years.

Pressed on whether any significant changes had been implemented by the new regime ahead of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso answered: “Not much to be honest.

“On our side – the drivers, the engineers, the mechanics trackside – we come to the GP and still have the same meetings at the same times; we don’t see any big difference.”

“When I go to Maranello to work, to have some meetings and preparations and run in the simulator, these areas are still not any change in this last month.

And as the Spaniard identifies, large-scale change within the team is unlikely to come anytime soon, owing to the inexperience of Mattiacci, who will oversee just the third grand prix of his career this weekend as Ferrari Team Principal.

“Probably it was expected not to have any change in the first month, because [Mattiacci] still does not have the experience,” said Alonso.

“I don’t think it’s going to happen soon. “He’s still learning about the team situation, the Formula 1 environment, the F1 weekends.

“There are a lot of things to learn and [he needs to] get some experience before making any decisions that at the moment he will not take.

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Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.