Allison: Ferrari needs to improve
22 October 2013 – James Allison has said the Scuderia will need to improve in the remaining four races of the season if the team is to do better than in Korea and Japan.
Allison, who left Lotus in May and who re-joined Ferrari last month as chassis technical director, added that while there were positives to take from the last two grands prix, the performance of the F138 wasn’t one of them.
“The Korean and Japanese Grands Prix were a disappointment for us. It is always disappointing when you don’t win, but the level of performance at those two tracks was below our expectation by some way,” Allison said in the latest Scuderia Racing Ferrari News video.
“The operation of the team at the track was good and the performance of the drivers was good. We are a good outfit at the track itself. We are strategically astute and we don’t make many mistakes.
“But the car performance wasn’t strong enough and that is something we need to work on in the remaining four races.”
Quizzed on what will be needed at the Indian Grand Prix this week, Allison added: “To go well in India, a car needs the same qualities it requires at any type of circuit: it needs to be stable under braking, well balanced in both high and low speed corners, with good traction out of the latter, and good speed down the straights. These are the generic qualities required by every car for every track, but with India having such a wide range of corners, it stretches the car to it limit, similar to tracks like Suzuka.”
“The Buddh International Circuit is an interesting track and it offers the full range of challenges, with a reasonable number of straights, some fast corners and slow ones. A bit like Korea, the track has a slightly schizophrenic nature, because you want the car to be good down the straights, but there are also some very demanding slow speed sections. It therefore requires a lot from the car.”
As for what it is like to be back at Maranello after nine years away, Allison admitted there is a ‘mixture of feelings’: “There’s excitement but also a lot of nostalgia as this is a team with whom I share many happy memories of all the victories from 2000 to 2004. So nostalgia, excitement and pleasure at seeing so many faces I remember from before, who were junior members in the team when I was here the last time, but have now grown up with the team and hold senior positions,” he continued. “But most of all I have a feeling of determination to play my part alongside everyone else, in returning this team to victory.”
“The team is bigger and more complex, but its character, its emotion is very similar and recognisable the moment you walk through the door. You can also feel the hunger to win again,” he concluded.