Allison: Ferrari hoping for respectable weekend
3 September 2014 – Ferrari Technical Director James Allison says the team is hoping for a "respectable" home performance.
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen both finished in the top 10 in Belgium at the end of last month, with the latter coming home fourth, while the former finished seventh after a thrilling four-way scrap for fifth.
Looking ahead to this weekend's Italian event at Monza, Allison reckons Ferrari will be similarly competitive.
"Spa and Monza are both tracks that have characteristics that perhaps don't bring out the best in our car and so we approached Spa with a little bit of trepidation," he explained.
"Spa has a very high dependency on power and aerodynamics and we expected to have a hard weekend, but actually the F14 T was quite respectable and with both of our drivers we were capable of producing good results. There are differences between Spa and Monza, but overall the characteristics are such that broadly the competitiveness we saw at Spa should translate to Monza.
"We hope to again have a respectable weekend before heading on for the remainder of the year, where we believe the characteristics of the other tracks will suit us a little bit better."
"Leaving aside the ill fortune Fernando suffered on the grid at Spa, for Ferrari as a whole, Spa was probably our best performance of the season with both drivers performing strongly in the race," Allison added.
"Fernando produced his normal exemplary performance throughout the entire weekend, while Kimi in the race was strong, producing good results as well.
"We have been improving our car over the last several races and that improvement is starting to tell with both of our drivers.
"It is something as the remainder of the season plays out we hope we will be seeing again and again."