Ferrari chassis technical director James Allison says that the team is still learning about the new regulations, and will improve the F14 T by the race.
“We are learning how to get performance out of this new set of regulations and hopefully to make this car more competitive,” said Allison on the team’s website.
“The key to a successful season is to keep improving your car at every race. If we can do that, bringing a meaningful amount of performance to every one of those races, we will keep seeing steps forward. And that will define what is the true F14 T, not just one single race.”
He said it would be wrong to take a snapshot of performance: “Where did we see the real performance level of the car? Bahrain or China? It’s a mistake to think in those terms, because it wasn’t the same car at the two tracks. Between those two races, we improved the car quite substantially, so not only did the track characteristics change, so did our car.”
Meanwhile Allison is full of praise for the drivers.
“With Fernando we’ve seen an extraordinary level of performance, scavenging every possible point at every possible opportunity. Kimi is working extremely well with the team, collaborating with the engineers, helping us to drive this car forwards. He has class written all over him and in a very short space of time, I’m sure we will also see the results of that on the track.”F1, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Formula 1, Kimi Raikkonen