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GP Week : Issue 208
TECHNICAL section of the Belgian track. This kind of strategy demonstrates clearly that the greater weakness of the Italian car, is not the PU but rather the aerodynamics. This isn’t by way of (late) support for the former engine department chief, Luca Marmorini, no longer in the team, but it does show that if we compare the F14T to the RB10, the latter without any doubt is the best overall package on the grid. If we compare the vehicle dynamics of both cars, it is clear that the choice of the front suspension on the Ferrari, still adopting a pull rod configuration, lacks sharp handling in the corners and front end grip. This is worsened by the significant lack of downforce generated by the car. These elements together have represented one of the main problems for Kimi Raikkonen in adapting his driving style to this car. Having said that, it is also fair to say that not all the problems of Ferrari are related to the design of the F14T. Some are more related to the procedures and organisational side of the team – Marco Mattiacci is trying to introduce new internal procedures, in theory capable of avoiding problems and mistakes similar to what happened in Spa just seconds before the start of the race. The team has to adopt a more ‘German’ or lets say a more ‘British-‘German mentality, it seems – perhaps like the halcyon Brawn/Schumacher days. James Allison is already bringing some old Lotus friends to Maranello ... this will among other things shake up the current pit wall structure and lead to more of the right calls in terms of strategy during the races. RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS SECTOR T2 Time analysis RANGE 49,593(ROS) – 51,683(RAI) 49.3 49.9 50.5 51.1 51.7 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS T2 T2 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS Sector T2 Speed analysis range 184,7Kmh (RAI) – 196,4 kmh(MAS) 184 187.5 191 194.5 198 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS SPEED 2 SPEED 2 40 GPWEEK.com // 40 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BELGIUM PARTNERS: