Ferrari has struggled to find speed in its SF1000 throughout this season. The Italians were one of the teams that was fighting for victories and podiums in the past seasons, until something happened, and it is no longer like that. We can remember how Charles Leclerc celebrated his fourth place in the Formula 1 70th anniversary Grand Prix as if it was a victory. With this we can deduce that the Italian team is not expected to win races in, at least, this year. Ferrari has been in an internal rebuild, since the departure of Arrivabene, the interim changes were present, and it is expected that there will be more. With Mattia Binotto leading the team, there has been a lot of buzz about whether he knows how to lead the team to the top or not. Having said this, Motorsport.com in the Italian section have confirmed that Andy Cowell, who was Mercedes' F1 engine boss, has rejected a job offer from Scuderia Ferrari.
Andy Cowell joined Mercedes back in 2004 and he was, maybe the most important, key of the success of the German team. His job at Brixworth HQ was engine boss so he was commissioned to develop the V6 hybrid power unit for the Germans when it was introduced in 2014. The engineer left Mercedes back in July of this year. Today it was confirmed that Cowell “declined the invitation to restructure the power unit department” of Ferrari, as reported by Motorsport.com.
A lot of problems have been appearing in Ferrari’s engine department. We saw how Sebastian Vettel’s power unit broke during FP2 at Silverstone and last week, an electronic problem in Charles Leclerc’s six-cylinder forced him to retire from the Spanish Grand Prix. Ferrari’s president, John Elkann commented that it is very clear that there is something wrong. He expects it to be 2022 before Ferrari are challenging for victories again. A lot of renovation has been going on in the Italian team and it should be noted that last month, Ferrari has created a new Performance department in order to reduce the departments Mattia should be looking into and he can concentrate himself better on leading the team. Another talking point is that we must remember that the FIA found something illegal in last year’s Ferrari power unit and without that, their engine is no longer as powerful as it used to be.
“If it is true that a completely new engine can be homologated for 2021 and there will be reductions in the aerodynamic load that will go well beyond the cutting of the bottom, given that there is talk of limiting the size of the rear wing.” The article added.
There must be some concerns about what is going on at Ferrari since they were fighting for victories and for podiums and suddenly, they weren’t able to do so. It would have been a good call from Ferrari if Cowell accepted the offer since Andy knows perfectly well Mercedes’ engine but as he did not accept it, Ferrari might struggle a bit more with this department.