Domenicali: Ferrari F14 T matched expectations
3 February 2014 – Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has said the performance of the Scuderia’s new 2014 F1 car, the F14 T, matched expectations last week during the opening pre-season test at Jerez in Spain.
Kimi Raikkonen set the pace on the opening day and in the end finished up fifth in the combined times, with team-mate Fernando Alonso seventh.
In total the Maranello-based outfit did 251 laps – bettered only by Mercedes. Overall Domenicali added that the four-days provided a ‘solid starting’ point ahead of the Bahrain tests and the opening race next month in Melbourne, Australia.
“These were four very demanding and important days to give us something to work in Maranello. The technical parameters of the F14 T, as well as the aerodynamic validation we saw on track, matched our expectations and provide a solid starting point, which we must now exploit as much as possible,” he confirmed on Ferraris official website.
“In Jerez, we concentrated our efforts on fine tuning the new systems to ensure that all the components that make up the new power unit were working as well as possible and the team was focused on its tasks."
“I was also very pleased to see, even if was hardly a surprise, how our drivers worked in harmony and that they have already provided excellent feedback relating to the development of the car,” he continued.
Despite a good start though, Domenicali added that at this stage it is impossible to say where they are in comparison to their rivals, although Red Bull Racing had a dismal time and did just 21 laps – the fewest of all the teams present.
“We can’t evaluate performance levels at the moment, neither that of the F14 T, nor those of our rivals," Domenicali remarked. “The important thing is to do as many laps as possible to give our engineers the data they need to continue with the development of the car. It would be premature to make any precise evaluations.
“What counts for more is to have clear ideas on what we must do now and on the direction to take, so that we arrive in Melbourne in the best possible shape.”