After four years of World Championship winning dominance, Red Bull’s rivals are hoping to be back in the game as the new Formula 1 turbo engine era kicks off in 2014.
Even before Sebastian Vettel’s run began in 2010, Ferrari had already lost two consecutive World Championships, to McLaren and Mercedes’ former guise Brawn GP respectively.
Team President Luca di Montezemolo says the time for Ferrari dominance has come again.
“We dominated for five years, [Red Bull] did it for four and I think now we must make sure we get back to winning,” he is quoted by Tuttosport.
“I have utmost respect and praise for what they have done, knowing that today we all get back in the game. We’ll see,” he added.
Team boss Stefano Domenicali said the Formula 14T got off to a solid start at Jerez, but warned that Ferrari must now build on that momentum.
“It is impossible to start with a perfect car in a season where so many changes are made,” he is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We still have much work ahead.”
In the Red Bull era, it is widely believed that Formula 1’s most famous aerodynamicist, Adrian Newey, utterly mastered the rules.
But the emphasis has switched to the new turbo and ERS-powered V6s for 2014, and Red Bull and engine supplier Renault struggled even to run the new RB10 at the first Jerez test. (GMM)
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