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GP Week : Issue 210
At last – something for Ferrari to latch on to TECHNICAL TeCHNICAL PAOLO FILISETTI Technical Editor Two weeks ago, we ended our analysis predicting that the big blow suffered by Ferrari in Monza, wouldn’t be repeated in singapore, thanks to the track layout that would fit the F14T better than the Italian track. But what happened around the streets of Marina Bay hugely exceeded our, but we think also Ferrari team, expectations. The car, was noticeably more drivable than on any other track. The fact is that the traction problems that always hindered the performance of this car suddenly seem to be disappearing. A further demonstration of this fact was the overall performance of Raikkonen – even though he was unable to completely capitalise on the improvements of his car, he was able to show a consistency that was just a distant memory for him, harking back to his time at Lotus last year. It is important to say that here in Singapore Ferrari didn’t bring a revised package from the aero point of view. So it was much more a matter of set-up in terms of wing angles, and better coupling with the SuperSoft tyres, that allowed the F14T to show a better potential compared to the harder compounds so far throughout the season. It was interesting to note in the Sector Analysis that in T2 and T3, Alonso was able to set the best sector times of the race. His top speed on the other hand was not exceptional – let’s say average in every sector – and even the speed trap showed a certain lack of top speed, compared to other cars. Hence it was mainly a question of hugely improved balance that allowed both Ferrari drivers to find themselves at ease with the car. That said, this weekend confirms that the main problem related to the F14T throughout the season has mainly related to traction and to the unpredictability of the front end at corner entry and rear end at corner exit. What was shown in Singapore cannot be seen as an improvement that will be confirmed In the forthcoming races, but is at least valuable data that has a fundamental importance in relation to the 2015 car design. Singapore demonstrated clearly the good and the bad areas of this car, confirming the fact that this project cannot be fixed during the current season – not just because of the rules limitations, in terms of development (see frozen Power SINGAPORE RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 TIME ANALYSIS RANGE 29,646(HAM) – 31,414(ROS) 29.5 30 30.5 31 31.5 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS T1 T1 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 SPEED ANALYSIS RANGE 285,2Kmh(ROS) – 325,2 KMH(MAG) 285.2 293.2 301.2 309.2 317.2 325.2 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS SPEED 1 SPEED 1 Our man Paolo is Italian through-and-through, and the seemingly improved pace of the Ferraris has him ... well, excited, in a cautious sort of way! 38 GPWEEK.com // 38 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SINGAPORE PARTNERS: