Deputy chief designer Simone Resta, described the conclusions the team drew from the first race of the season in Australia.
“Our car reliability was good, as was that of the power train, not just for the Scuderia but also for our customer teams,” he said. “Another positive aspect that emerged from the Melbourne weekend is that we found the F14 T performs well in terms of cornering speed.”
“However, we also saw that we were lacking a bit of top speed, which made it difficult to overtake other cars on track.”
Fernando Alonso spent more than half of the race stuck behind Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and commented on how difficult it was to make a pass.
However Resta stressed that at this stage in the season it is important to ensure the car continues to reach the chequered flag.
“Reliability is always the most important factor for us: without a reliable car you cannot win titles,” he said.
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