After a disastrously point-less start to the 2009 season, Ferrari has consigned Luca Baldisserri to a factory-based role.

After a disastrously point-less start to the 2009 season, Ferrari has consigned Luca Baldisserri to a factory-based role.

Advisor Michael Schumacher took much of the high-profile criticism for the famous team's strategy foul-ups in Australia and Malaysia, which left Ferrari dead last in the constructors' championship.

But it is 46-year-old Italian Baldisserri, commonly known as the team manager or sporting director, who is actually accountable for the track and pitwall operations.

Following last week's crisis meeting at Maranello, it was decided that he will not accompany Ferrari to the Chinese grand prix, with chief engineer Chris Dyer, an Australian, to assume the duties instead.

Ferrari said Baldisserri will instead now head a working group to study technologies with the aim of closing the gap to F1's new pacesetters.

 

 

 

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