Ferrari have admitted that fast lap times are not a priority despite Fernando Alonso finishing second fastest on the first day of the second Fomrula 1 preseason test in Bahrain, which at this stage remains a voyage of discovery as teams come to terms with the all new regulations.
Deputy chief designer Simone Resta said that hotlaps is not on the work list just yet, “That will be the next step. Now we just want to rack up the kilometres. The final updates for the Australian Grand Prix will arrive at the next test here in Bahrain and that’s when we will also start trying to get the performance out of the car.”
“Having said that, making a comparison with last year’s car is worthwhile only up to a certain point. Everyone is talking about the engines, but there are two other elements to take into consideration: the new rules mean we have less aerodynamic downforce and the weight of the car has increased,” explained Resta.
“I think it is still too early to say just how satisfied we are, as we are still learning how the F14 T behaves in various situations and we are trying to gather as much data as possible. One thing we are focusing on at this test is how the new power train is working and its interaction with the driver.”
“Every new component is being watched carefully, such as the brake by wire system and all the software linked to the car, both of which we have worked on a great deal over the past two weeks.”
“The fact we had to change the power unit [to V6 turbo] allowed us to modify the entire package, on which we have worked very hard, investing a lot. But best not to commit the sin of arrogance in believing we have an advantage,” cautioned Resta.
Alonso said after his first day back in the cockpit of the F14T, “We are in a phase where we are discovering things, and with every lap we learn something new. For everyone, there is still a lot to do to be well prepared for Melbourne, so it will be important to make the most of every day we have available to us.”(GP247)