Ferrari shifts focus to 2015 car

By on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari is shifting focus to its 2015 car and is bringing components planned for next year's machine to test across the final few races of 2014, according to engineering director Pat Fry.

Ferrari has suffered a disappointing campaign in 2014, having claimed just two podium finishes, courtesy of Fernando Alonso. The Italian squad slipped behind Williams at its recent home race and now lies fourth in the Constructors' championship.

"At this stage of the season, the focus in the factory is shifting more towards next year’s car," said Fry.

"However, there is still quite a lot we can learn from track testing, therefore we will be bringing some specific test components for next year and other developments for the F14 T, which will help our understanding for next year."

After an underwhelming home event at Monza, in which Kimi Raikkonen came ninth while Alonso retired, Fry is hopeful that Ferrari can regroup at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

"After the two races in Spa and Monza, run on low downforce circuits, we now go to Singapore which is at completely the other end of the spectrum," he said.

"It’s a street circuit requiring very high downforce, where we will be running the Soft and Supersoft tyres on a track with similar characteristics to Monaco. There are hardly any high speed corners and only two turns that have combined lateral and longitudinal acceleration and therefore the challenge is more about straight line acceleration and good traction.

"Monza was a tough weekend for us. So now we are regrouping and we will keep pushing forward, concentrating on getting the best out of the package we’ve got."

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