2015 on the Mind of Ferrari
While Mercedes celebrate winning the Constructors’ Championship and two teams wonder if they’ll ever race again, Ferrari are already planning their 2015 season.
The Italian giants have managed just two podium finishes this season and managed just ten points from the last two races. They may well sit fourth in the Constructors’ Championship but they lie a staggering 387 points behind the all-conquering Mercedes team. For their fans that’s a situation that they just can’t stand. They want success or failing that a team that can be title contenders not one that only occasionally gets a podium finish. It’s a bit like being a Leeds United fan really but with fewer managers in a season.
Desperate to turn their fortunes around, Ferrari will use both the USA and Brazilian races to find a way back onto the podium and back into title contention. Trials will be held aimed at identifying the exact areas in which they need to improve.
Ferrari has set “strong targets” for their development work, and this will include the testing of new development parts. The past three weeks has seen the team begin to make preparations and as Pat Fry, Ferrari engineering director says: “They are all aimed at learning about car performance and trying to improve, but at this stage of the year, it’s more with an eye to 2015.”
Fry knows that it’s not going to be an easy task getting Ferrari back into title contention. “We need to work on all areas of the car and we’ve set ourselves some strong targets for power unit and aerodynamic development, both of which are key. We have to reach those targets to be competitive and that is the main focus at the factory now, as it will be for the next five months.”
Only last week Kimi Raikkonen had to dismiss rumours floating around about next year’s car having problems. It was claimed that the 2015 car wasn’t producing as much downforce as the one being used this season.
Raikkonen said of the rumours: “People are always speaking, but the problem is they are not the people designing the car or in the windtunnel. I am sure we can have a good package. Is it good enough? Time will tell. But we have a lot of work to do.”
“We learned a lot from this year and we don’t expect to lead the championship from the front and be winning all the races. But I am sure we will make a big leap and be up there fighting and improving things. We know where the issues are, and I know the people can make good decisions and fix the issues. There are some limits of what we can do and cannot do, and obviously that limits us a little bit but for sure we will improve.”
With Sebastian Vettel on his way to Ferrari next season it’s certainly going to be an interesting 2015 for the Italians.