Ferrari launches new F14 T
Ferrari has launched its 2014 car, F14 T, at its base in Maranello, Italy.
The car carries the hopes of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen this year as the team enters Formula One's new turbo era with one of the most talented driver line-ups on the grid. It features a different take on the new 2014 nose regulations compared to the McLaren, Williams, Force India and Lotus seen so far, with a sloping but still odd looking nose cone. Ferrari has also stuck with the pull-rod front suspension design it has been using since 2012.
New technical director James Allison was present at the launch in Ferrari's race bay but was not involved with most of the design process of the car, which was overseen by Pat Fry, Fabio Montecchi and chief designer Nikolas Tombazis. Legendary Ferrari designer Rory Byrne was also consulted on the project.
Team principal Stefano Domenicali said the new additions to the technical team and the upgrades to the wind tunnel, which is now operational at Maranello, have been crucial for Ferrari to make a step forward.
"In the last couple of years the changes and investment we have made in Formula One has been very important and significant," Domenicali said. "Some have been spectacular in terms of names that were in the Formula One world and some others less, but nevertheless the changes were very important.
"Not only the organisation of the people, but also investment in the new windtunnel and tools of the simulation that are really important to make sure all the group of engineers can make the difference."
The new car is the second to break cover after McLaren's MP4-29 on Friday and the first of the Ferrari-engined cars to emerge.