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F1: Allison: Ferrari thinks too ‘short-term’

James Allison believes Ferrari's recent lack of success has been a result of having “worked a bit short-term in the past”
James Allison believes Ferrari's recent lack of success has been a result of having “worked a bit short-term in the past”.

2014 looks set to be a season without a victory for Ferrari as the team is a long way off the pace of Mercedes and has scored just two podiums all season so far. 1993 was the last time Ferrari failed to win a race in a season and technical director Allison believes it will always have the ingredients to be a title-winning team but admits organisational failings have been hurting its chances.

“I don't think Ferrari's ever lacked for resource, it's never lacked for quality of people, quality of drivers, so we have many of the key parts of being a successful team,” Allison said. “What all of us are trying to do, and Marco is spearheading that, is to identify the areas where we are not championship-leading material and to put them right.

“Most of those weaknesses are organisational and a tendency to have worked a bit short-term in the past. That's the main area where we are trying to make sure that we bring out the best from all the manifest good things that are there at Maranello.”

And Allison believes the team would be wrong to just focus on its power unit deficit over the winter, saying just as much performance can be found in the 2015 car's aerodynamics.

“The aero regs are stable but they are also still young, relatively young. I would guess that there's as much to be had out of - in the time between the '14 and '15 cars – there's as much to be had out of making the aero better as there is out of making the power unit better and we're throwing as much weight as we can behind both those things.”


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Kuramarujo

September 01, 2014 2:41 PM

Honestly, I can't disagree with this. Right now, Ferrari have two of the best, most talented drivers in F1 today. Maranello needs to look at what can be done to give them the best, long-term ride ride possible. It would also help if they would tweak each car to fit the drivers racing style.

csmith

September 01, 2014 5:20 PM

Probably the only reliable guy at Ferrari right now. He had produced miracles at Lotus with shoestring budgets and I hope he produces two great cars for the two most mature and talented drivers on the grid. Would be great to see two ferrari's fighting for top position. I bet there will be more politics when kimi and fernando start fighting for top positions (of course with Fernando there will be no dearth of politics ever), but there will be less drama than at Mercedes



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