Ferrari have become the second team to officially launch their 2014 challenger.
Like McLaren, Ferrari’s launch took the form of photographs and videos being uploaded to the team’s website. The F14 T – named by a fan vote – is the sixtieth car built by Ferrari and has been in the works for over two years. The design features some similar aspects such as pull-rod front and rear suspension; however the most obvious changes are at the front and rear of the car.
Regulation changes to lower the chassis and nose have led to teams running what has been dubbed an ‘anteater’ nose, but Ferrari have offered a different interpretation. The rear wing has also changed significantly to encompass the rule changes. As well as the obvious changes inside, there are a number of changes outside to accommodate an intercooler for the turbo-compressor system and to manage heat rejection from the ERS. The F14 T also has a redesigned braking system.
“I think that this year, that the technical challenge is, as far as I remember, the biggest one we have had in the last decade of Formula One,” Team Principal Stefano Domenicali said. “Connected to the challenge is the opportunity to make sure that this challenge will be taken in the right way from our group of engineers. We have a total new powertrain; we have a new set of regulations that are very interesting, but you really have to look carefully in depth to be sure we take the opportunity to improve the level of performance.”
“The most important thing that we have to avoid is to fall under the big pressure that we have,” Domenicali concluded. “This has been very clear with my people. We need to stay very focused on the job, we need to make sure that we do the very best job that we can.”
This year Ferrari will have a formidable line-up in the form of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Alonso has been with the team since 2010 and is entering his fifth season with the team, while Raikkonen returns having left the team at the end of 2009. 2014 will be his fourth season with the Scuderia. Both drivers are world championships, with Raikkonen winning his with Ferrari in 2007. He has spent the past two years driving for Lotus, having spent two years out of Formula One following his Ferrari departure.
“It’s nice to come back to the Ferrari team,” returnee Kimi Raikkonen said. “It’s the place I won my championship in 2007 and obviously the aim is the same – we want to do the best that we can. We will try to win the world championship but time will tell what will happen.”
“If we are the strongest team? I hope we are going to be,” Raikkonen continued. “Obviously I think we both drive very well and we’ll both want to win. Time will tell what will happen and if we can bring the championships back.”
“Schumacher won in the fifth year here with Ferrari and I’m in the fifth year now,” Fernando Alonso said. “Hopefully I can repeat some of the success he had. Obviously in the last four years we’ve had some opportunities – in 2010, 2012 we were very very close in the championship – so this year we will try again and hopefully this year will be the good one.”
Full details of the car, including photographs and videos can be found here: http://f14t.ferrari.com/en/#countdown. The team will be on track next week in Jerez.