Domenicali: Solid starting point which we must now exploit as much as possible 2 February, 2014 178 Stefano Domenicali Ferrari completed the second highest number of laps of all the teams gathered in Jerez for the first stanza of Formula 1 preseason testing, but Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has down played the significance of the first four days of on track action while lauding the work done by their two drivers – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Speaking after the final day at the Jerez circuit, Domenicali reflected, “These were four very demanding and important days to give us something to work on over the coming days in Maranello.” “The technical parameters of the F14T, as well as the aerodynamic validation we saw on track, match our expectations and provide a solid starting point, which we must now exploit as much as possible.” “In Jerez, we concentrated our efforts on fine tuning the new systems to ensure that all the components that make up the new power unit were working as well as possible and the team was focused on its tasks.” Kimi Raikkonen speaks to engineers at Jerez “I was also very pleased to see, even if it was hardly a surprise, how our drivers worked in harmony and that they have already provided excellent feedback relating to the development of the car,” said the Ferrari team boss. The reds are adamant that they spent the four days sticking to their business, and ignored what happened around them, for instance the headline grabbing flop of Renault’s power units and how they affected Red Bull’s well laid testing plans. Domenicali insisted, “We can’t evaluate performance levels at the moment, neither that of the F14T, nor those of our rivals. The important thing [was] to do as many laps as possible to give our engineers the data they need to continue with the development of the car.” “It would be premature to make any precise evaluations. What counts for more is to have clear ideas on what we must do now and on the direction to take, so that we arrive in Melbourne in the best possible shape.” Fernando Alonso in the cockpit of the Ferrari F14T Despite Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo’s well known disdain for the new V6 turbo Formula 1 era, Domenicali says that the team is rising to the challenge. “We are definitely on the eve of a new era in this sport. As usual when there are such radical changes, it’s best not to rush to make any premature judgement and in our opinion, the new technologies are really fascinating.” “They also represent a challenge which Ferrari, as a car constructor, has welcomed because of the technology transfer it will ensure across all activities of our company,” concluded the Ferrari Team Principal. Teams have three weeks to prepare for the next period of testing which begins on 19 February at Bahrain International Circuit. (GP247) Subbed by AJN.