Gené: I'd bet on Ferrari for next season

Gené: I'd bet on Ferrari for next season

5 December 2013 – Ferrari test driver Marc Gené has said he is confident the Scuderia will be able to mount more of a challenge next season and give Red Bull a run for its money.

The Maranello-based outfit slipped from second to third in the Constructors’ Championship this season, and while Fernando Alonso was again second in the Drivers’ Championship, he was a long way behind Sebastian Vettel and won only two races.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper, AS, Gené said that while Red Bull may go into 2014 as favourites, the new rules should help the rest catch up.

“Yes, I would bet my money on Ferrari [for 2014],” Gené said. “It will be a nice year and one in which I hope we can bring about all we need to win again.

“All the areas that we have had to improve, we have improved. It is painful to lose and in 2010 that was especially so. We made a bad mistake with the strategy [in Abu Dhabi, which costs Alonso the Drivers’ title]. But in that sense we have improved a lot. I think last year and this we have made some good strategic calls and are now one of the best teams in terms of strategies.

“Another thing we have improved is our pit stops. Three years ago we also started to improve different departments and we’ve also improved the wind tunnel, signed [James] Allison [from Lotus] and some other good technicians. We are re-structuring.”

“Continuity will always be [important],” he added when asked if all the teams start with a blank page in 2014 or if Red Bull will continue to dominate.

“The cars will continue to be F1 cars and many of the parts will be the same. Yes, the back is brand new - with new engines, KERS, turbos and so on - and aerodynamically they will be different. But elements will follow on.

“The team that wins the titles always starts with an advantage. But it will be less than if been with the same rules,” he stressed.

Fellow Ferrari tester Pedro de la Rosa meanwhile is also quietly optimistic: “I’m not confident [about 2014], but I am calm. We have done everything right and we now have the tools to fight one-on-one with anyone.

“Will it be enough? We will see...”

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