Ferrari has rediscovered team spirit - Arrivabene
Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari has rediscovered its team spirit and motivation following a positive week of testing in Jerez.
Ferrari finished three of the first four days of testing at the top of the timesheets and completed a solid 349 laps in total. At the same point last year the 2014 Ferrari was roughly four seconds slower and had only completed 251 laps of the same circuit. It went on to finish a disappointing fourth in the constructors' championship, leading to a major cull of the team's management staff and the appointment of Arrivabene at the end of the year.
"If one makes a comparison to last year, these past few days of testing have produced encouraging signs," he said. "The team has worked well, both at home and at the track and our drivers did a great job, providing the engineers with valuable feedback.
"But above all, I am pleased that the group has rediscovered its motivation and team spirit. In terms of performance, I don't think our competitors - one in particular - have shown their true potential over these past days. I think we will only discover the truth about them and about ourselves at the last Barcelona test session."
Technical director James Allison said the team had hoped for more mileage but could be pleased overall.
"When you bring a new car to the track, you're always excited and worried and that is mixed with a profound hope that all the hard work of so many people will be rewarded with performance. We leave this test without having all our expectations met, simply because we would have liked to have done even more mileage and because you always want to be faster.
"However, having said that, given how it went, overall we can be pleased, because we have had a solid start. Now, we are keen to push on with the development work in Barcelona, so as to be ready for the first race in Melbourne."