Changes introduced at Ferrari factory
24 April 2014 – Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has introduced a number of changes at the marque's Maranello factory with a view to "stepping up a gear" after the opening four races of the 2014 Formula 1 campaign.
Although Fernando Alonso was able to secure a podium at the recent Chinese Grand Prix, previous challenging races have left the outfit fourth in the standings, more than 100 points adrift of current pace-setters Mercedes.
Prior to the Shanghai event, Stefano Domenicali resigned as team boss and was replaced by Marco Mattiacci.
In a factory speech addressing Mattiacci and his workforce ahead of the opening European leg, di Montezemolo asked for "an immediate overhaul and streamlining" of factory processes, with a view to boosting efficiency.
Key areas of the operation have also been strengthened to further assist with the development of the F14 T chassis, while suppliers are set to provide their products at a faster rate when requests arrive from the factory.
Di Montezemolo hopes the tweaks will allow Ferrari to "react more quickly" as it chases its first title since 2008.