Ferrari’s weak points are clear


Ferrari technical director James Allison says the weaknesses of the team’s car are clear this year, but admits it will not be the work of a moment to fix them.

Allison joined the team last year but arrived too late to have any significant impact on the design of this year’s F14 T. Ferrari has struggled since the start of the year with its under-powered and overweight power unit but is also lacking downforce to the top teams.

“The weak spots are fairly clear,” Allison said. “We don’t have as much downforce as the people that are quicker than us, we don’t have as much power as the people that are quicker than us and our car is too tricky to drive. It’s got too loose a rear end and even with two drivers who are extremely sensitive drivers and gentle on tyres it tends to chew its tyres a bit quickly. It’s very easy to point out where those weaknesses are, it’s somewhat harder to set out a programme to address it, but that’s what we are up to.”