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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