Ferrari chassis technical director James Allison has confirmed that the Italian team are beginning to turn their focus onto the 2015 chassis while continuing to bring developments to the current F14-T car. Ferrari head into this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix on the outskirts of Budapest having endured a difficult first half of the season and last time out in Germany the Italian team lost third place in the Constructors championship to Williams Martini Racing following the Grove based outfits third podium in a row.
While Fernando Alonso finished Sunday's race in fifth place following an extremely close battle with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen had another frustrating weekend having suffered a number of technical issues over the course of the weekend the Finn came home in 11th place, one lap down and is currently in 12 place in the Driver's championship.
Speaking to Ferrari's official website Allison said:
'This stage of the season always marks the transition point between the current racing car and the next season’s car, with resources in the factory transitioning from one to the other, So it’s a time of much work on both projects, with plenty of effort still going into improving lap time on the 2014 car, while pushing ahead with the 2015 project.'
The Hungarian Grand Prix brings with it the largest number of Finnish Formula One fans due to the circuit's close proximity to the Finnish border. Allison believes that this will prove to beneficial for Raikkonen who reported in Germany that he is feeling happier with the overall handling of the F14-T.
Ferrari will be hoping that the Iceman's renewed confidence will help him score more point's for the team. Team principal Marco Mattiacci confirmed this week that the team are happy with Raikkonen and need the Finn and the Italian team have absolutely no intention to promote Jules Bianchi to a race seat next season following his impressive test with the team earlier this season.
Bianchi is already contracted to his current Marrussia F1 Team and is likely to be retained next season after scoring the Banbury based outfits first ever Formula One points in Monaco.
© Ben Johnston 2014