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F1: Ferrari works hard to make the F14 T run more consistently

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The eighth round of the World Championship sees the F1 circus head for Austria’s Red Bull Ring.

With only nine corners, this track at 4.326 km in length, although the third shortest after Monaco and Sao Paolo, is going to be the shortest in terms of lap time.

Like all teams, Scuderia Ferrari will be relying more than usual on simulation work to provide a set-up baseline, although one aspect that cannot be simulated is tire wear.

“We will have the Soft and Supersoft Pirellis, just as we did in the last two races. You need to ensure you get the tire prepared for a hot lap in Q2, while being sure the tire can then cope with the first stint of the race,” said James Allison, Scuderia Ferrari’s technical director.

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Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari F14 T, in Canada. (Photo: WRi2)

The British engineer is heavily involved in Ferrari’s efforts to speed up development on the F14 T.

“Every season is dominated by the efforts back at the factory to try to improve the package. If you’re in front you work to stay in front and if you’re not, then your efforts are aimed at moving your way up the grid,” said Allison.

“Currently, we’re doing our level best across every aspect of the car: mechanically, aerodynamically, electronically, every single component, set-up wise, everything we can do to try to improve is being done. In recent races we have brought more upgrades than usual to the track and this has improved our position marginally. We just need to keep fighting the same fight; we have upgrade plans race by race. If we do a good job with all of those, it will start to tell and we will start to see Ferrari run more consistently relatively to the opposition,” Allison explained.