With little chance of winning either of the Formula 1 World Championship titles this year, Ferrari is looking to use the remaining free practice sessions of the season to develop parts for their 2014 car.
Speaking ahead of the Korean Grand Prix weekend the team’s engineering director Pat Fry revealed, “We’ve still got some developments coming through for the next few races and we will be running and testing them to continue to try and improve the car.”
“For 2014, because of the much larger changes to the cars on the engine side and also the aero aspect, it’s naturally much harder to test components now, but there will be some small development bits we can run during this year’s remaining free practice, looking more on the reliability front than anything else, which means we have busy Fridays planned for the next six races.”
There have been mutterings from the Maranello camp that the decision by Pirelli to change their F1 tyre construction, in the aftermath of the Silverstone blow-outs, impacted the F138 negatively and turned the tide in favour of their rivals, particulalry Red Bull.
Ferrri design chief Nikolas Tombazis said, “Our efforts will be partly aimed at continuing to understand better the tyres and tyre management, which might see some improvement compared to our competitors.”
He explained, “Change occurred after the German GP, when the tyre belt changed from being metallic to being made of Kevlar. However, it would be somewhat superficial to blame the tyres as the only reason for our decrease in performance. We also took some development steps that were not as strong [as they might’ve been] and didn’t work.”
Nevertheless Tomabzis also revealed that the Italian squad has not yet thrown in the towel with regards to the current season, “We are bringing small aero updates [to Korea]. One should not expect these to dramatically affect the final result but we feel they will bring some improvement.” (GP247)
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