Domenicali expects big surprises in 2014
29 August 2013 – Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has predicted that the upcoming rule changes for the 2014 Formula 1 season could spark a shake-up in the identities of the sport’s front-runners, with all outfits facing a struggle to fully exploit the new regulations.
The last major rule changes, enacted in 2009, saw Brawn GP rise from the ashes of the underperforming Honda team to win both titles, while Red Bull also emerged from the midfield to become championship contenders. With next season’s regulations featuring new 1.6-litre V6 engines and a greater role for energy recovery systems, car design is set to be markedly different, and Domenicali is under no illusions of the dilemmas facing the top teams.
"All the top teams realize that if they want to be a force in 2014, then they have to start very quickly to switch resources, as it is a very complex matter - especially for the big teams," Domenicali explained to the official Formula 1 website. "My guess is that we might see huge surprises next season in terms of the pecking order. In my view - and as far as I remember - the changes that we are facing are the biggest changes we have ever had in Formula 1. It is really important to get it right, otherwise you’re lost."
Domenicali also revealed that Ferrari is planning a full shift of development to its 2014 car during September, depending on the championship picture.
"September is the month where we will basically start to shift, as the 2014 project is very complex," he said. "At the end of September we will then basically switch everyone, depending, of course, on how the situation is with the championship."