New cars take double the time to fix
24 February 2014 – Ferrari has estimated that the sport's latest machines take twice as long to fix as their predecessors, after eight days of experience at the opening pre-season tests in southern Spain and Bahrain.
This season, turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 power plants, along with enhanced recovery systems, plus aerodynamic and chassis changes have presented teams and drivers with a brand new technical and driving challenge.
And after running through early teething issues with the F14T, Ferrari's Engineering Director, Pat Fry, says situations that would previously have been straightforward are now more complicated to solve.
"The cars are so complicated, it takes a while to get in and find the problems," commented Fry.
"It's harder getting to the bits you need to change than changing the bits themselves. I would have thought the things that have set us back and cost us four hours would have taken half the time, at a guess."
Fry went on to argue that the reliability of the new cars is better than the delays have suggested.
"Once you've got the car running, quite a few people have proven that they're actually quite reliable," he said. "It's getting it to the point where it is ready to do that that is the challenge. But that will come."