Mercedes and Williams “out in front” – Domenicali

2014 F1 season

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali names Mercedes and Williams as the two teams who are setting the pace in 2014 so far – but believes his team could be next behind them.

“From what we have seen so far, there are two teams out in front, Mercedes and Williams,” Domenicali said after the final day of pre-season testing in Bahrain. “After them, it could be us.”

However Domenicali believes the picture could change quickly once the season begins.

“I believe we could see big changes from the first race to the second and from the second to the third, with everyone bringing in developments all the time.

“At first, reliability will be the key, because without it you don’t score points. I also think that some teams that are struggling at the moment will be able to catch up, while teams that currently seem to have a slight advantage could see a plateau in their performance, allowing the others to close the gap.”

After 12 days of testing, in which Ferrari have covered more ground than most teams, Domenicali says his engineers still have “a mountain of things for our engineers to develop”.

“What I’m interested in and what I have specifically requested is that we define a list of priorities and stick to it,” he said. “One aspect we will definitely be looking at is the relationship between the turbo engine and the electric energy recovery systems and there’s much to do in this area.”

“On the other hand, we return to Maranello knowing that the figures we saw from the car during the design phase have been correlated at the track and that’s already a good starting point.”

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43 comments on Mercedes and Williams “out in front” – Domenicali

  1. dev said on 4th March 2014, 12:43

    Ferrari are looking team number 3 in terms of one lap pace, but i think the more important thing will be for many laps each car can push w/o having to go on the fuel saving mode. let’s say Merc can push for 39 laps then have save fuel and Ferrari may be able to push for 45 laps & Renault might not need any fuel saving modes…. then out assumptions that fastest car may win will be incorrect. Only Melbourne can answer these questions.

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