Ferrari: Our competitiveness was not acceptable, but we intend to fight our way back up the grid

Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 16 March 2014

The scenario suggested by winter testing turned out to be true in Melbourne, at the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

There was little doubt that all the teams would be facing reliability issues, or that these will continue to be a decisive factor throughout the course of the season.

As would car performance, which, from what was seen in Albert Park, means that all the teams will be working either to close the gap, as is the case for Scuderia Ferrari, or to maintain it in the case of Mercedes.


Reliability was certainly again encouraging for the Prancing Horse, even if there is still room for improvement to ensure that the new and complex Power Unit works at its best.

However, the main task facing the team at the moment is increasing the efficiency of the F14 T, as the Scuderia’s Technical Director, James Allison explained to the team’s website.

“While we can take some satisfaction from the reliability shown by the F14T, it is clear that we have our work cut out to improve our car in order to compete on equal terms with the Mercedes team. There is plenty about the F14T that is working very well: The starts and the pace in the corners – especially the high speed ones – are particular strong points, but we need to work further on the stability under braking and the speed on the straights.”


While it might be stating the obvious, in Maranello, the work goes on round the clock to achieve the improvements Allison wants, as soon as possible.

“All the recent seasons in F1 have been characterised by a fierce development battle from March until November. With all the new regulations this year, the opportunities to improve the car are legion and we can expect the competition to improve the cars to be even more intense than normal.”

Therefore, after the Australian Grand Prix, the lesson has been learned and there is a great desire to get the homework done. “Our competitiveness was not acceptable in Melbourne. But we intend to fight our way back up the grid with the improvements that we will bring to the car,” concluded Allison. “ (Ferrari)

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  • Nobody

    Does anybody knows where I can see lap times for all drivers at the Australian GP and onwards? Fastest, slowest and average something like that. Maybe comparisons between certain drivers or teammates?
    Thanks and sorry for spam.

  • Hugo Lafreniere

    Thank God they intend to do that. In other news, the sun rises to the East.

  • Severn

    Probably your best bet is F1 Fanatic (dot co dot uk). There used to be a good site called “The Pitlane” or something like that but it seems to have gone under. Bing (not Google) the words “2014 Australian Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps”.

  • playster

    Can’t say I was happy with this performance, but at least both cars finished and we managed to get some good points. Ferrari needs to bring some good updates for the next races, that’s for sure.

    Forza Ferrari!!!

  • Massimo Merebini

    FIA F1 app on app store and google play

  • Massimo Merebini

    I said it last season and the one before , Domenicali HAS TO GO ! true he’s been at Ferrari for ever but as an accountant and administrator . This is the big boys club , get out . Is he like married to Montezemolo’s sister or something ?

  • Nobody

    “The Pitlane” is not with us anymore apparently.
    Regarding F1 Fanatic, I can’t locate exactly where to see lap times for drivers if you can point it out please.

  • Nobody

    Thanks but maybe if it was somewhere between $1-$5 or euros :)
    The price is ridiculous!