Scuderia Toro Rosso technical director Giorgio Ascanelli is officially “on holiday” at the moment. This would not be a surprise as a decent percentage of Europeans are currently having their summer holidays, although the weather across the northern part of the region has been anything but summery in recent weeks. The one discordant note in this explanation is that the F1 summer break does not come until after the Hungarian Grand Prix and it would be logical for the team’s technical director to take that break as factories shut down at that point. Thus, it is fair to say that something is going on in the small Italian team and Ascanelli may be off tending his garden, having been offered a job elsewhere. One could hazard a few guesses about where he might turn up in the future.
In passing, it should be noted that Ascanelli is big buddies with a bloke called Pat Fry.