Allison: Everything in place for new Ferrari era
18 December 2013 – Ferrari technical director James Allison believes the Scuderia is once again at the 'cutting edge' and that everything is in place for another era of success for the Maranello-based squad.
Ferrari has now finished upgrading its wind tunnel and Allison reckons this, and other 'heavy' investment in terms of manpower and technical resources will pay off in 2014 and in subsequent years.
“Aerodynamics remains the lifeblood of a modern F1 car,” he told Ferrari’s official website. “It’s impossible to be competitive without having the right tools and adequate resources.
"But now we can say we have moved on from being maybe the fourth or fifth best team in terms of the tools we have, to once again being at the cutting edge and to once again being able to properly dominate this sport.
“Everything is in place to open up a new Ferrari era.”
Meanwhile, Allison added that since he re-joined Ferrari in September, he hasn’t focussed specifically on the 2014 car.
“I definitely haven’t spent time going into the details of the design of the new car, as it wouldn’t make any sense at this stage,” he explained.
“Rather, I concentrated on trying to direct adequate resources and on putting the best people in the right places to optimise attention to detail.
“Actually, when you tackle a regulation change like this one, it’s not something you only start thinking about six months beforehand.
"When I arrived in Maranello, work on the project had been on-going for two years. I tried to immerse myself in its philosophy and adapt to the team as quickly as possible. Having said that though, what you could call my active role in the design of the car involves working identifying the areas on which maybe we should push harder and concentrate more effort,” he concluded.