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Montezemolo makes more changes at Ferrari

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Luca di Montezemolo wants to make Ferrari move efficient in its day-to-day running © Sutton Images

Luca di Montezemolo has ordered Ferrari to "step up a gear" after completing an overhaul of some of the processes within the team.

Since team principal Stefano Domenicali resigned last Monday, Montezemolo has taken a more hands-on approach to help Marco Mattiacci, Domenicali's replacement, get up to speed. According to a story on Ferrari's official website Montezemolo "has been very clear in his words to Mattiacci and his staff, recognising the need to 'step up a gear in the work of the Gestione Sportiva'."

In order to allow the team to react more quickly, he has ordered a streamlining of the decision making processes that impact on performance.

"President Montezemolo is involved at first hand in the daily work and is always in close touch with the team," the story on the Ferrari website read. "He has asked for an immediate overhaul and streamlining of internal processes, eliminating intermediate stages and bureaucracy in order to be more flexible and efficient when it comes to the decision making process.

"At the same time, in order to simplify the organisation, there have been cut backs in the number of consultants and admissions aimed at strengthening some key areas to find more performance from the F14 T."

Speaking at the Chinese Grand Prix, Mattiacci said he would be willing to look for new engineers if necessary.

"With the chairman [Montezemolo] I discussed and we made a first report and clearly whatever is needed we will do, even going to the [employment] market," he said. "But we will go with a clear idea that it is not just for the sake of doing shopping, but finding someone who will bring extreme added value to a team that all of us believe is one of the highest level teams in Formula One. That's the philosophy at the moment."

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