De la Rosa: Ferrari not giving up on this year

Pedro de la Rosa in the cockpit of the F14T

Pedro de la Rosa in the cockpit of the F14T

Ferrari are not giving up on the 2014 Formula 1 world championship season despite the dominance of Mercedes, this according to test driver Pedro de la Rosa who points to the team’s development efforts at the recent Silverstone F1 test as proof.

Speaking ahead of the German Grand Prix weekend the Spanish veteran said, “Race by race we are improving and we are not giving up on this year, even if we are also thinking already about 2015.”

De la Rosa relished the opportunity to vacate the cockpit of the virtual car he drives just about every day at Maranello, and back in the cockpit of the real world F14T, “It was fantastic to be back in the car, it was such a rush.”

“It was an important opportunity to actually drive the real car from the point of view of correlating the results from the simulator and the track to see that all the work we are doing in the simulator is correct.”

Pedro de la Rosa during Silverstone testing

Pedro de la Rosa during Silverstone testing

“Car handling, power delivery, so many things are different from when I used to race. That’s why it’s so important to have these test days for the F1 test drivers like me that do a lot of simulator work. We learned a lot in Silverstone, carrying out a steady development programme,” he said.

As for the venue of the German Grand Prix, De la Rosa pointed out, “Hockenheim is a very complete track where you require everything from the car,” is De la Rosa’s assessment. “You need power, the right car balance front to rear and you need good downforce, because although it’s not a particularly long track, it has all types of corner.”

“In the first sector, you will need a very strong front end for Turn 1, otherwise if you have a bit of understeer there, you cannot put the power down and you lose a lot of exit speed. Good traction is essential for Turns 2 and 5, because after these corners come the two longest straights on the track, while the hairpin at Turn 6 is the perfect overtaking opportunity.”

“For the last sector, you just need a lot of downforce. That’s the part of the track with the most corners and it’s where a good car aerodynamically and mechanically shows up,” concluded de la Rosa.