Mar.21 (GMM) The absence of Ferrari's famous 'dream team' could lead the Italian outfit back to the chaos of the early nineties, Pat Symonds has warned.
Renault's executive director of engineering observed in Kuala Lumpur that while figures including Stefano Domenicali and Aldo Costa are capable leaders, Ferrari's famous names of the recent past are now all essentially gone.Symonds was asked his opinion about whether the absence of figures including Jean Todt, Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne will have a tangible impact on Ferrari's continuing success into the future."Who knows," he answered, albeit referring to Todt's successor as team boss, Stefano Domenicali, as an "excellent" manager."But what I felt last year when Ross took his sabbatical was that when everything is going well they'll be ok, but the real test of character is when things are not going so well."The Latin temperament has been known to melt down a little under those circumstances."With Stefano and Aldo they do have some very level-headed, very calm, thinking people, but they are just two guys in the team."There are an awful lot of others who might start digging for excuses, looking for a way out, and if that happens, things can go wrong pretty damn quickly," Symonds added.