Pat Fry, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014

Reduced garage time a reliability worry, says Fry

2014 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pat Fry, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014Ensuring cars run reliably will be more difficult at races than at tests because teams cannot work on them for as long, says Ferrari technical director Pat Fry.

“Through the tests we worked 24 hours a day, running shifts to ensure the car was ready, but once we get to Melbourne we are more restricted by the rules regarding what we can actually do and how many hours we are allowed to work,” he said.

Under the rules team members are barred from working on their cars for eight hours on Friday night and six hours on Saturday night during race weekends.

Teams are allowed six exceptions to this curfew during the season – an increase from the two permitted last year – but may not use more than one exception per race weekend.

“There’s a huge increase in complexity, so just working out the best way to build the car, change parts, rebuild it and how to be best prepared in Melbourne is a major task,” said Fry.

“In the past, the reliability of Formula 1 cars has been incredible, but this year, their sheer complexity means it will be challenged, particularly in qualifying and the race,” he added.

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