Ferrari position marginally improved, says Allison
17 June 2014 – Ferrari Technical Director James Allison says recent upgrades to the F14 T have improved the team's position marginally but he remains wary that it will not be easy for the team to recoup lost ground.
Ferrari has claimed just one podium finish so far in 2014 courtesy of Fernando Alonso's third place in China, leaving it third in the Constructors' championship ahead of this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.
"Every season is dominated by the efforts back at the factory to try to improve the package. If you're in front you work to stay in front and if you're not, then your efforts are aimed at moving your way up the grid," he said.
"Currently, we're doing our level best across every aspect of the car: mechanically, aerodynamically, electronically, every single component, set up wise, everything we can do to try to improve is being done. In recent races we have brought more upgrades than usual to the track and this has improved our position marginally.
"We just need to keep fighting the same fight, we have upgrade plans race by race. If we do a good job with all of those, it will start to tell and we will start to see Ferrari run more consistently relatively to the opposition. But it's not an easy fight, and it's a fight that never ends."
Pirelli will bring the Super Soft and Soft tyres to the Red Bull Ring and Allison emphasised that manging the red-banded Option rubber will be crucial.
"We cannot be sure what to expect but, as at any of the tracks this year, management of the Option in qualifying will be extremely important," he said. "You need to ensure you get the tyre prepared for a hot lap in Q2, while being sure the tyre can then cope with the first stint of the race."