Ferrari have technical tricks up their sleeve which may surprise Mercedes

Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari F14 T

Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari F14 T

Although Mercedes is being touted as the early 2014 Formula 1 season favourite, Ferrari is reportedly also ahead of the game as Formula 1′s new V6 turbo engine era dawns.

Speed Week reports that, when Ferrari-powered cars decelerated at the recent Jerez test, they sounded “very different” to their Mercedes and Renault-equipped counterparts.

Reports in Italy say thatengine designer Luca Marmorini has devised a unique system that stops the flow of fuel when the driver is not accelerating, improving not only fuel consumption but also the effect of engine-braking.

Also attracting attention at Jerez were Ferrari’s airboxes and sidepods, amid suggestions the Italian marque is ahead of the game in the challenging area of cooling the all-new engine, turbo and energy-recovery systems.

Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari F14T

Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari F14T

When asked about the Ferrari layout, Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell told Auto Motor und Sport: “Cooling has become such an important issue, both for power and for the aerodynamics, so a lot of research has gone into this field.”

Meanwhile, McLaren‘s Jenson Button has said that he is impressed with how all the Mercedes-powered teams – including Force India, Williams and the Brackley based works outfit – have worked together in the new V6 era so far.

“While we are here to fight each other as teams,” he is quoted by the Mirror, “the more information we can share in the next weeks or months can really help us.

“So we are all in good shape if we continue like that,” Button said. (GMM)

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  • Red Horizon

    This is the right way at last: go back to being more creative at the technical level in order to get back to winning. For too long, Ferrari has remained only to watch others (and copy the innovations of others, especially Red Bull). Not everything will work fine, but it is important to try innovative solutions. However, there is already a bit too much talk of a challenge between only Ferrari and Mercedes: I think it’s too early to consider Renault already dead.

  • TheDudeson

    cool thing for us Ferrari fans is the reds have been F1 preseason world champs many times and looks like we are heading there again this year with yet another preseason title!

  • APLM

    So right, I have followed F1 for many years, and at this time of the year, regardless of all the rule changes we have seen in recent years, nobody, not the pundits or anybody else including the teams have any real idea where the teams stand in terms of competitiveness. It’s the same every winter. But it’s what keeps me coming back year after year despite my now annual protest to give up on F1. (Well done Bernie) It is so addictive, daft rules and all. Renault dead? I think not when a certain Adrian Newey is around. Mercedes ahead of the field? Really? Ferarri with technical tricks up their sleeves? Interesting if true?

    Let’s wait to see the the first 3/4 races (as we always do) before we have any real idea what is going on.

    I keep trying to get away from F1, it is simply not what it once was “but they keep pulling me back”