Ferrari confident wind tunnel issues are fixed
13 March 2014 – Ferrari reckons the problems it suffered with wind tunnel to track correlation during recent seasons have been fully resolved, and says it is planning an "intense plan of development" throughout the 2014 campaign.
The famous Italian marque made the decision to temporarily close its Maranello wind tunnel at the end of 2012 for major upgrades, with engineers using Toyota's facility in Cologne while the work was carried out.
But the team managed to get its own wind tunnel up and running again last October, with initial results from the trio of pre-season tests in southern Spain and Bahrain pleasing President Luca di Montezemolo.
"Everyone has issues; we have lined ours up and we are in the process of resolving them," di Montezemolo explained in a letter to Ferrari supporters ahead of this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
"We're also putting into practice an intense plan of development, which can count on the fact that data from the wind tunnel has been confirmed by the track comparisons, something that has not happened in recent years."
Di Montezemolo went on to reiterate his faith in the team, which is attempting to secure its first Drivers' title since the returning Kimi Räikkönen triumphed in 2007 and its first Constructors' crown since the 2008 season.
"I have asked for the highest commitment from [Team Principal Stefano] Domenicali and his team and I know that they are all doing their best," di Montezemolo's wide-ranging letter continued. "We have a strong team, the best driver pairing – who are experienced and very talented – and everyone knows what they have to do."