Allison sure Ferrari will beat Williams to third

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari technical director James Allison says he is sure that the Italian squad can beat Williams to third position in the Constructors' championship at the end of the season.

Ferrari and Williams have been locked in a duel for the place for much of the year, with Williams leaping ahead after the Italian Grand Prix but Ferrari closing the gap to nine points after the most recent race in Singapore.

Allison is sure that, despite most of the team's efforts now on 2015, they can jump ahead of their rivals.

"We left Singapore with some satisfaction that areas we’d been working on the car, to improve its mechanical grip for example, appear to be paying off for us," he said ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

"So we go to Suzuka and the remaining races determined to close the gap to Williams and then try and actually pull ahead of them, with the aim of securing a third place in the championship. We also plan to learn what lessons we can during the remainder of this season, to help guide us for the following year."

Allison believes that Ferrari's performance at this weekend's event will be more indicative of their progress with the F14 T.

"Suzuka is a track where the importance of having horsepower is just a little bit less than the average for the year, so while power is not super important here, it’s not unimportant either," he said.

"But it’s a track where a good handling chassis with a high amount of downforce is rewarded very strongly. Cars which score well on both those points will of course be right up at the front. But it gives some space to prosper to a car which is sweet handling and reasonable on downforce. A team that comes back from Suzuka having done well knows that they are a good team with a strong package."

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