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Ferrari to promote ‘good people’ for 2011 charge

Pat Fry is the most obvious change to Ferrari’s personnel structure for 2011, Luca di Montezemolo reveals.

After starting work on McLaren’s 2011 car, Briton Fry switched to the famous Maranello based team mid-season to become deputy technical director.

There has been speculation since the race strategy blunder in Abu Dhabi that Ferrari would be making other major changes ahead of the marque’s next championship campaign.

But president Montezemolo told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport: “We will not repeat the mistakes of the past.

“There will be a few job changes and adjustments but nothing dramatic, just the normal process of good people from the second row moving forward.

“With Pat Fry from McLaren, we have only brought in one man from the outside, and this happened long before Abu Dhabi,” added the Italian.

Montezemolo said Ferrari’s goal for 2011 is to end the habit of the past two seasons of kicking off a new campaign without possessing the best car.

“Even though we won the first race this year, we did not have the best car from the start, we won (in Bahrain) only because Red Bull had a problem.

“We improved significantly this year compared to 2009, but – as was the case the previous year as well – Red Bull had the best car,” he admitted.

“Next time we must have the best car from the first race.”

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