Ferrari unveiled the first images of its F14-T online today, and inevitably the new car’s distinctive nose has already attracted a lot of attention.
Team principal Stefano Domenicali made it clear that the priority is to have a reliable car – while adding that the team has to avoid being sidetracked with the pressure that inevitably accompanies Ferrari.
“I think as far as I remember this year the technical challenge is the biggest that we’ve seen in the last 10 years of Formula One,” he said. “Connected to the challenge there is opportunity to make sure that this challenge will be taken in the right way from our group of engineers.
“We have a totally new powertrain, we have a new set of regulations that are very interesting, and which have to be looked at very carefully in depth in order to make sure as I said before to make sure that we take the opportunity to improve the level of performance. And this is what I’ve asked to all my people here in Maranello.
“This year will be more complex because we have to add into the equation a new car, with a new system, with a new approach to fuel efficiency that has to be dealt with the best way that we can. And also the work of the pit stops. So these things have to be consolidated, and I’m expecting from our group of engineers a better integration in order to make sure we really do a good job. The season will be very, very long, therefore it is important to start with a very reliable car at the beginning, and the keep having the development on the aerodynamic side, which was not there last year.”
He said there is a lot to learn: “For sure I’m expecting the first days of testing to be challenging for everyone, there are a lot of things to be tested, a lot of things to be checked. The most important thing as we said that we have to avoid is to fall under the big pressure that we have. This has to be very clear with my people, we need to stay very focussed on the job. The company has given us and our group of engineers everything to make sure that we can do a good job.”