The future is Clear for Ferrari

Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:29am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

MARANELLO, Italy (Reuters) - Ferrari have recruited Jock Clear, the Mercedes engineer who helped Lewis Hamilton win this year's Formula One world championship, as the last key element in the Italian team's rebuilding after a dismal year.

Ferrari failed to win a race in 2014, their first blank season since 1993, while dominant Mercedes won 16 of the 19 grands prix and took both titles.

The sport's oldest and most successful team have carried out a major restructuring, with a host of senior staff leaving and Maurizio Arrivabene now installed as their third principal of the year.

Arrivabene told a news conference at the team's Fiorano test track on Monday that Clear would be taking the departed Pat Fry's job as head of engineering with his arrival date still being negotiated with Mercedes.

"We respect agreements and regulations," he added.

Clear, who also worked with Jacques Villeneuve at Williams when the Canadian won the 1997 world championship, will bring invaluable knowhow to Ferrari from Mercedes at a time when the Italian team are playing catch up.

Arrivabene dismissed speculation that former Mercedes technical director Bob Bell, who resigned in December 2013, could also be moving to Maranello and said Ferrari now had the right people in place.

"The team is there," he said. "There is no great news to be announced, no surprises. We have to believe in the people we have."   Continued...

Ferrari Formula One mechanics practise a pit stop with the car of driver Fernando Alonso of Spain at Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo November 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker