The plethora of new rules for the forthcoming 2014 Formula 1 World Championship and the question of reliability are currently the main talking points in Formula 1, with Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali warning that the challenges for teams start this week when engines fire up at Jerez on 28 January.
“The technical challenge is, as far as I remember, the biggest challenge I ‘ve seen in the last decade of Formula 1,” Domenicali said. “I expect the first days of testing to be very challenging for everyone. There will be a lot of things to be tested and a lot of things to be checked, but the most important thing we need to avoid is to fall under the big pressure that we have.”
He explained, “Connected to the challenge is the opportunity to make sure [that] this is taken in the right way. The season will be very long, therefore it is important to start with a reliable car from the beginning…and to keep up the development on the dynamics side, something that was not there last year.”
Ferrari have been the best of the rest for the last four years, watching Red Bull capture a combined total of eight Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles. Some of Formula 1’s best minds have been recruited by the Maranello outfit to produce a Championship winning car for the all new turbo era.
“This has to be very clear, we need to stay focused on the job and make sure we do the best job that we can because the company has given to us and the engineers everything in order to do a good job,” revealed Domenicali. “Therefore we need maximum concentration and not be distracted by the enormous pressure and enormous belief of what Ferrari represents for us and for the world of Formula 1.”
Ferrari have teamed up Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen for 2014, the most experienced pairing of F1 drivers of the current era by far, in an all out effort to regain Championship glory. Only time will tell if – in the brand new F14T – they have produced a car that will enable the duo to challenge and even beat Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel in particular. (GP247)
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