Allison: There is no magic wand


Ferrari have talent in depth, but need to have their creativity unleashed according the Italian team’s Technical Director James Allison.

Speaking in the aftermath of the Monaco Grand Prix, where Fernando Alonso finished fourth but was way off the pace of Red Bull and Mercedes, Allison said, “We must be able to make the most of the creativity and originality of our engineers. We know there is no magic wand [in Formula 1], but there is a wealth of talent at Ferrari and we are working on an implementation and an approach to the work which allows it to emerge.”

Monaco is a unique venue on the Formula 1 calendar, most of what works on the streets of the principality has no synergy to what cars require on other circuits. In fact the next round in Canada, on the Ile de Notre Dame, is like chalk and cheese when compared to Monaco.

The Ferrari F14T has not been a match for the pace setters this year so far

The Ferrari F14T has not been a match for the pace setters this year so far

“In Monaco, we continued to analyse the areas in which the F14T can be improved and now, we are looking ahead to the next race in Canada, where the package we will use there is a good step faster than the car we raced last weekend,” explained Allison.

“While our development programme has progressed well in recent weeks, it is hard to predict exactly what this will mean for the competitiveness of the F14T, as we do not know what steps our competitors plan to bring to Montreal. So any improvement has to be seen in relative terms, hoping that the track will deliver an answer worthy of all the efforts we have made so far,” added Allison. (GP247)