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Ferrari F1 launch: ‘1000 man years of work’ has gone into SF16-H - Allison

James Allison praises the efforts of the Ferrari team as it looks to bridge the gap to Mercedes with the SF16-H
Ferrari technical director James Allison is optimistic the SF16-H represents a significant step over its race-winning SF15-T predecessor, but says he will withhold judgement until the car runs for the first time in pre-season testing.

Credited as one of the driving forces behind Ferrari's return to prominence in 2015, Allison has hinted at a number of innovations being adopted for the SF16-H in its efforts to take the fight to Mercedes, most notably a shorter nose and a tapered rear-end.

Indeed, Allison says Ferrari began work on the SF16-H early enough for it to have accumulated what he describes as '1000 man years' of development, which he hopes will see it hit the ground running come testing in Spain and the opening round in Australia.

"It's difficult to make predictions,” he admitted. “Mercedes were strong last year and year before but we also know we have talented people here at Maranello. We have put a thousand man years of work into this car and we have done our absolute best to try and make this one step up, be a bold step forward to give it the competitiveness it needs to be a winning car.

"I hope we have done enough but we will only know for sure when we start racing it. I can tell you with absolute confidence that the love and care and effort and skill gone into this car is beyond question."

“I am very happy and extremely proud of all the people here at Maranello and I can't wait to take it racing. I'd love to show you all of the things that we've put into this."


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ricardof1rst3

February 20, 2016 10:01 PM

Equin0x: ...he's proud of the car and how good it is sounds a bit premature.
He didn't say the car would beat anyone, he is simply stating they have all done their very best and for that he is extremely proud. If it isn't enough then so be it - people can only ever give their best after all. The car only has to be <0.01% slower than Mercedes for it not to win a race this season, which would still make it 99.99% "perfect" ... they have simply given it their best shot.

107SS2009

February 20, 2016 7:32 PM

richard: a rather odd comment by allinson. what is a man year of work? i know what man hours are, but what are man years? and if it was 1000 people working 24 hours a day for a year, then how did they work on the 2015 car through the year? etc etc
One thousand men working normal working hours for a whole year makes for one thousand men years.



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