Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Ferrari making steady progress ahead of Formula One's long awaited return to Austria

Austrian GP - Allison: “A fight that never ends”

Ferrari head to the Red Bull Ring in Austria this weekend having made steady progress following a difficult start to their 2014 season according to chassis techncial director James Allison. 

The Scuderia had a difficult rce weekend last time out in Canada where Fernando Alonso finished the race in 6th place while Kimi Raikkonen finished the race in 10th place following a spin in the latter stage of the event. Raikkonen is currently on 18 point's and lies in 12th place in championship level with Williams Martini Racing's Felipe Massa.

Fernando Alonso is currently in in fourth place in the Driver's championship on 69 point's, ten behind Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo. 

Allison, who is based in the factory at Ferrari has stated that the team are working on every aspect of the car to help to improve their on track performance. The team have also been doing an awful lot of simulator work in recent week's to prepare for the Grand Prix in Austria. The Englishman was full of phrase for the work being done at Maranello saying:

'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, he went on to say: '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. But it’s not an easy fight, and it’s a fight that never ends.'

As a result of the new regulations in Formula One this season, Allison has stated that the team's are all in the same boat in that they don't know what to expect at any Grand Prix circuit this season due to the fact that there is such a big difference in the cars compared to last season.

The fact that Infiniti Red Bull Racin won the last race in Canada is a boost for Ferrari as it shows that anything is possible at the Milton Keynes based outfits success in Canada can act as a incentive to the Italian team as it shows that anything is possible this season.

© Ben Johnston 2014 

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