Ferrari's deputy technical director Pat Fry has said that the team is working to find more one-lap speed with its new car after a difficult qualifying performance in the Australian Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa could only manage fifth and eighth on the grid at Albert Park for the opening round of the year, with the 150º Italia showing better pace in a race situation than it did over a single lap.
Fry admits that the team has put a programme in place for the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend at Sepang in which it will work on improving one-lap performance as a result, with the Ferrari keen to try an unlock more potential from its 2011 challenger.
“After the opening round in Australia, we have spent a lot of time analysing all the data acquired in Melbourne and one clear fact is that our race pace there was definitely better than the one we had in qualifying,” he said. “Much of that was down to how our car uses its tyres, so a major part of the analysis has focussed on looking at our one lap performance, when compared to long run performance in the race.
“In addition, we have looked at that other important factor, aerodynamics, to see in which areas we can unlock more of the car's potential. The results of all these studies have provided us with the basis of a test programme which we will be working through in Malaysia.”
Fry added that a number of development parts will be taken to Malaysia, and to the following event in China just a week later, as the development race hots up despite just one race being run.
“After analysing qualifying and race data from Melbourne, there are already things we plan to change and improve for Malaysia,” revealed he said. “These will be added in to an already busy pre-planned test programme with further aerodynamic updates that were always planned for this race. But we have also added a further three or four test items and probably there will be even more new parts to test arriving in the few days between the Malaysia and China races. It's a case of constant development throughout the season.”