All is well at Ferrari as the massive renovation of their Maranello wind tunnel appears to have paid dividends.
In recent years the Italian marque team have been using former team Toyota’s wind tunnel facilities in Cologne, Germany after struggling with correlation problems between the track and their own tunnel in Italy.
However, following the completion of an upgrade last year, the first car out of the new facility appears to have performed precisely as expected.
Team Principal Stefano Domenicali confirmed the “aerodynamic validation” at Jerez as figures on the track “matched our expectations” taken from testing the F14-T in the new wind tunnel.
The team’s lead driver Fernando Alonso told CNN in an interview that Ferrari is now back on track to claim their first driver’s world title since 2007.
“The car has some good signs and, let’s say, the philosophy that the car has been designed is just what we are seeing now on the data,” he said.
“So there is nothing wrong, nothing to be pessimistic about, but a lot of work to do,” Alonso added.
Meanwhile Bernie Ecclestone has dropped a bombshell by claiming Ferrari is meant to be the beneficiaries of F1′s new double points rule.
According to the 83-year-old team President Luca di Montezemolo agreed to the idea behind closed doors though has since publicly claimed he is against the unpopular idea.
“It’s too artificial,” the Italian said recently. “I would not be surprised if the rule is soon abolished.”
However, recalling the conversation with Di Montezemolo, Ecclestone told F1′s business journalist Christian Sylt: “He (Montezemolo) was talking about it and I said ‘It is very simple why we got that (double points rule)’,” Ecclestone is quoted by City A.M.
“‘It is because you (Ferrari) aren’t performing’,” the 83-year-old recalled telling Montezemolo.
“‘If you were doing what you should be doing there wouldn’t be any need for it’. He (Montezemolo) said ‘I know, I know’,” Ecclestone added.
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