Ferrari technical director James Allison has given an enlightening interview on the team's website regarding their pace in Melbourne for the first Grand Prix of the year.
“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. There is plenty about the F14T that is working very well: 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.,
All the 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 legion and we can expect the race to improve the cars to be even more intense than normal.”
He concluded with the telling phrase: “Our competitiveness was not acceptable in Melbourne” Strong words from the former Lotus man proving that this really is such a make or break year for Ferrari. They simply have to deliver.