Ferrari have announced two new recruits to their team in a push to close the gap to runner away champions Red Bull. Stefano Domenicali outlined the new additions during his meeting with the media at the Wrooom Ferrari event in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.
Domenicali: "From the 2 January, Steve Clark joins us from Mercedes to work as a track engineer, while 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."
During 2011, both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa struggled to get the best out of their tyres, particularly the harder compounds. Domencali alludes to the tyre problems the team had last year and discusses how Hamashima will work within the team, Domencali "Hamashima joins today and in the future we will get his contribution on the development of the car and the issue of tyres. There was an issue last year where we suffered in some conditions, and the goal is of having a major contribution from his part.
"He will be a reference for us - and we expect an important contribution from him. He knows the world of tyres. His knowledge is fundamental and we have used this occasion to strengthen our understanding in this area. Last year we were not that good in exploiting all the tyres we had in hand, so that is the reason why he has come into the team."