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Arrivabene has no plans to replace James Allison directly

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Arrivabene talks about James Allison's departure

Ferrari team boss, Maurizio Arrivabene has no plans to replace James Allison and has hinted at changing the technical structure instead of hiring a big name.

Allison leaving is a huge loss for the Maranello-based team especially with the team have just lost second place to Red Bull in the constructors.

The replacement to Allison, Mattia Binotto has very little aerodynamic or chassis experience but Arrivabene reassured that he was the perfect man for the job as the team are moving in a different direction.

“He will work with the team to help improve the car,” Arrivabene told Motorsport.com. “All the technicians talk to each other, but the difference is very important: there will be no more of ‘this is ‘Mr X’s’ car’.

“There will be a car that will be the result of the co-operation between all the working groups involved in the project.”

Arrivabene has moved towards a more horizontal structure similar to McLaren’s system.

“We are modifying our technical structure but we’ll complete this operation only when we understand if we already have in the team engineers with untapped capacity,” said Arrivabene, in reference to a push to see if there are junior staff members who can be promoted.

“I think that we have some talent. The question I ask myself though is: why, if you have these skilled people, does their talent not come out? If you have good engineers but they spend time on [less important jobs] if it clear that we are losing important opportunities.

“Our role is to show the target, and to make sure that the objectives are to be achieved. If the concepts are clear, I think we don’t need to look outside Maranello for new engineers. We are not looking for the mega-talent.

“When there is a figure like a mega-talent, it is normal for all the technical team to follow what he says. But we have not this kind of man. We are working on a new horizontal structure and the coordinator is Mattia Binotto.”

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