Stefano Domenicali,Ferrari, 2013

Domenicali expects boost from wind tunnel switch

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Stefano Domenicali,Ferrari, 2013Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali expects to see gains from developing their 2013 car using the Toyota Motorsport wind tunnel in Cologne.

“Our aim is clear, to win and the priority is still that of giving our drivers a car that will be competitive right from the very start,” said Domenicali.

“The development of the 2013 car began in the Cologne wind tunnel and is ongoing. I certainly expect to see greater efficiency than last year because we will no longer need to carry out comparisons of data and correlation with the Maranello wind tunnel, which is currently being rebuilt and is due to be operational again after the summer break.”

As well as beginning the season off the pace last year, Ferrari struggled to develop the F2012 late in the season because of problems with their Maranello wind tunnel.

Domenicali added the team face a challenge in developing this year’s car while preparing for the change in engine rules for 2014.

“The 2013 season will be a complex one from many points of view,” he said. “We face a few changes on the technical front which will have a significant impact on all areas of the company, not just in terms of design, but also when it comes to the investment and infrastructure required to develop the new engine.

“Within the limits imposed by the regulations, we need to put every effort into reaching our objectives, while making the best use of the timescale in preparing for 2014.”

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