Qualifying performance a priority for Ferrari

2013 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Sepang, 2013Ferrari technical director Pat Fry says the team are working to reduce the deficit to their rivals in qualifying.

“We?ve shown reasonable race pace and on all the tyre types we have used so far we have performed well, however we still have a way to go to be quickest in qualifying and we are working very hard on that at the moment,” he said.

“We?ve been concentrating on the longer runs, even if they are not as long as in the past, because this year we expect more pit stops during a race. However, we have not ignored our qualifying pace.

“I am sure there is more to come on this front, as we learn more about our car and start getting the best out of it. The key will be to try and move our car development programme forward quicker than the other teams do.

“It?s a tough cycle that will last all year and we need to at least match our 2012 development pace if we are to perform better in qualifying. So far, we have worked well, all the way through from design to manufacture, improving on how we did things last year in terms of actually getting new bits onto the car. Also, our aero correlation is better.”

Ferrari have set pole position in just four of the 77 races since the current generation of rules were introduced at the start of 2009.

Fry said it was “too early to say” how competitive the team will be in China, as there are “too many unknowns”.

“At the end of this Grand Prix, we will have a clearer picture of how all the tyres compare to one another. So to some degree, Shanghai will be another learning exercise for everyone, although we can say that our pace, relative to the other teams, has been okay on all the tyres we have tried so far.”

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