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Ferrari chasing Toro Rosso man Ascanelli

Scuderia Toro Rosso looks to have a fight on its hands if it is to hang onto its highly-regarded technical director Giorgio Ascanelli, it appears, with Ferrari at the head of the queue of rival teams chasing the Italian's services for 2010 and beyond.

Ascanelli's illustrious Formula 1 career has taken in stints at leading outfits Ferrari, Benetton and McLaren, helping to engineer some of the legendary Ayrton Senna's most memorable victories in his time spent at the multiple world championship-winning Woking-based concern in 1992 and 1993.

Though STR team principal Franz Tost is adamant that 'we have a contract with Giorgio' – who similarly helped to mastermind Sebastian Vettel's extraordinary and history-making Italian Grand Prix triumph at Monza last September – Ascanelli is understood to be in demand at a number of front-running teams and to have received offers from several of them.

Red Bull's 'junior' squad has endured a troubled start to the 2009 campaign in the top flight, however, with just five points to its name from the opening six outings and no finish better than rookie Sébastien Buemi's seventh place in the curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.


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revrsleeker@aol.com - Unregistered

May 28, 2009 11:50 PM

If the Torro Rosso is an 'incarnation' of the senior Red Bull teams car, does Ascanelli's technical position mean that he works with Adrian Newey directly or indirectly ( or should I say 'formally or informally' ) ?? Perhaps they receive the chassis from Newey and co and are supposed to develop completely independently.. I'd be curious if anyone has a better understanding in this regard ? Dean.

Phil C. - Unregistered

May 29, 2009 1:10 AM

I read earlier this year that Adrian Newey designs the stuff for RBR Technology. STR received a chassis from RBR Technology. Then STR sought to make it themselves in-house using their own auto-claves and make improvements etc where they sought fit. They also need to make the Ferrari engine fit into the rear end, where the Renault goes in the RBR. I guess you could say, it's sort of reverse engineering. Thus getting around the customer car thing.



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