Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says the team needs to exploit the solid start it has made to pre-season testing.

At the first test in Jerez, Ferrari managed to complete 251 laps in total - with only Mercedes managing more - and set the fifth fastest time of the week. While Domenicali is not concerned by the performance of the car at this stage of the year, he said the correlation between factory, wind tunnel and track was an encouraging sign.

"The technical parameters of the F14 T, as well as the aerodynamic validation we saw on track, match our expectations and provide a solid starting point, which we must now exploit as much as possible," Domenicali told the official Ferrari website. "In Jerez, we concentrated our efforts on fine tuning the new systems to ensure that all the components that make up the new power unit were working as well as possible and the team was focused on its tasks.

"I was also very pleased to see, even if was hardly a surprise, how our drivers worked in harmony and that they have already provided excellent feedback relating to the development of the car."

And Domenicali said he wasn't paying attention to the plight of other teams, insisting there was no early picture as to who would be strong come the first race of the season.

"We can't evaluate performance levels at the moment, neither that of the F14 T, nor those of our rivals. The important thing is to do as many laps as possible to give our engineers the data they need to continue with the development of the car. It would be premature to make any precise evaluations. What counts for more is to have clear ideas on what we must do now and on the direction to take, so that we arrive in Melbourne in the best possible shape."



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