The Italian media is suggesting that Luca Baldisseri has been made the fall guy for the poor start to the season, particularly as far as the poor strategy decisions of the first two races.
Corriere della Sera says that when Stefano Domenicali said on the Sunday night after Malaysia that ‘everyone has to take their share of responsibilty’ it was ‘Baldo’ he was thinking of.
Corriere also says that Baldo ‘mentioned in his blog’ that morale was low. This got me looking for said blog. I’ve not turned it up yet, but if any of you can find it, please let me know its location.
A point I failed to make earlier but which has just occurred to me is that the team managers’ meeting in Shanghai is going to have a different feel about it as the representatives of both McLaren and Ferrari have now been replaced; Dave Ryan and Baldo. This was also one of his areas of responsibility. How fast things change in F1. I wonder if they will ring each other up to compare notes on Sunday?
Meanwhile there is some rumour that Ferrari will turn up in Shanghai with a double decker diffuser. This is not the case, apparently. A modified car was shaken down at Vairano last Friday before being shipped out and it features some minor updates to the diffuser as well as the front wing and wheel covers. But it is not a step change in performance, which the double decker diffuser and floor would give.
A B spec version of the F60 is expected in Barcelona (presuming that the appeal today fails). The way things are looking Barcelona is going to be like a new start to the season with a bunch of new car launches!!
Baldo’s role at the factory, presuming he stays on, is going to be important, however. Think about the scheduled switch next season to a budget cap. With what we know so far of plans for 2010, that means that you have to throw maximum effort at having as competitive a car as possible at the end of this season, because the funds will not be there to re-invent the wheel over the winter. You need to get as close to the maximum that these rules will allow as possible.