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F1: Ferrari admit have 'homework' to do after Melbourne

Italian team take 14 points from season-opening grand prix

17 March, 13:09
F1: Ferrari admit have 'homework' to do after Melbourne (ANSA) - Rome, March 17 - Ferrari admitted Monday that they have lots of "homework" to do after making an unspectacular start to the season at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. The Italian glamour team took 18 points from the race thanks to Fernando Alonso's fourth place and Finn Kimi Raikkonen's seventh.

Ferrari's new race car, the F14 T, confirmed it is reliable.

This is important as the teams are trying to get to grips with a series of changes to the regulations, including the switch to turbocharged hybrid 1.6 litre V6 engines from 2.4 litre V8 ones.

Indeed, Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel, who is aiming to win a fifth consecutive world title this year, failed to finish Sunday's race because of a mechanical problem.

But Ferrari's speed deficit on race winner Nico Rosberg's Mercedes was worrying. Alonso ended the race over 35 seconds behind Rosberg. "While we can take some satisfaction from the reliability shown by the F14T, it is clear that we have our work cut out to improve our car in order to compete on equal terms with the Mercedes team," Technical Director James Allison told Ferrari's website Monday in a article entitled Time for Homework. "The starts and the pace in the corners - especially the high speed ones - are particular strong points, but we need to work further on the stability under braking and the speed on the straights.

"Recent seasons in F1 have been characterised by a fierce development battle from March until November. "With all the new regulations this year, the opportunities to improve the car are considerable and we can expect the race to improve the cars to be even more intense than normal.

"Our competitiveness was not acceptable in Melbourne. But we intend to fight our way back up the grid with the improvements that we will bring to the car".

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