Allison: Ferrari needs more creativity
27 May 2014 – Ferrari Technical Director James Allison reckons the Scuderia needs to make 'the most of the creativity and originality of its engineers' if it is to succeed and get back to winning and ultimately challenging for titles.
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen both gave the Maranello team a bit of a boost last weekend in Monaco, with the former finishing fourth, and the latter challenging for a podium until he was hit by Max Chilton as the Brit attempted to unlap himself under the Safety Car.
However, the fact remains to date this season the team has taken only one podium – with Alonso third in China.
Looking to the next race in Canada Allison admitted it was uncertain how they will fare against Mercedes and Red Bull.
"In Monaco, we continued to analyse the areas in which the F14 T can be improved and now, we are looking ahead to the next race in Canada," Allison told Ferrari's official website.
"While our development programme has progressed well in recent weeks, it is hard to predict exactly what this will mean for the competitiveness of the F14-T, as we do not know what steps our competitors plan to bring to Montreal," he explained. "So any improvement has to be seen in relative terms, hoping that the track will deliver an answer worthy of all the efforts we have made so far."
What is clear, however, he added is: "We must be able to make the most of the creativity and originality of our engineers. We know there is no magic wand.
"But there is a wealth of talent at Ferrari and we are working on an implementation and an approach to the work which allows it to emerge."