Ferrari recruits ex Bridgestone man Hamashima
11 January 2012 – Ferrari has employed former Bridgestone Formula 1 head Hirohide Hamashima ahead of the 2012 season. He joins the technical team and will work on improving the car’s performance with the Pirelli tyres, with the Milan supplier having replaced Bridgestone at the beginning of last year.
Hamashima headed up Bridgestone’s F1 operations when the Japanese company was involved in the sport between 1997 and 2010, passing through tyre war eras with Goodyear and Michelin before becoming the sole supplier for its final four campaigns.
"From the 2 January, Steve Clark joins us from Mercedes to work as a Track Engineer," explained Team Principal Stefano Domenicali.
"Also joining Ferrari is Hiroide Hamashima, previously Technical Director at Bridgestone Motorsport. He will head up a new project focusing on an in-depth assessment of an area crucial to performance, which is the interaction between the car and its tyres, and he will also be our technical link to Pirelli. Both men will report to Technical Director Pat Fry.”
The news was confirmed on Wednesday as Ferrari and the Ducati MotoGP team continued to enjoy their annual ski gathering at the Madonna di Campiglio resort.