Ferrari engine and electronics boss Luca Marmorini says that the Italian team is on schedule with development of its 2014 powertrain – although he admits that it’s going to be tight.
“We already had a prototype running on the test bench towards the end of last year, while we are completing the one that will run in the actual car at the moment,” said Marmorini on the Ferrari website.
“We have a very challenging plan to be ready in March. We can’t afford any hiccough today and I am confident that we will be ready. We have been working for some time to have this car ready but it’s a challenging task. Only at the first race next year will we see if we have done a good job.”
Regarding the job ahead he said: “There is no one single aspect of the new project that is more critical than the next. I’d say it’s difficult in all 360 degrees. For example, the turbo is a new type which runs to 25,000rpm and is definitely something absolutely new. Also the very complex electronics and management systems are a very big step forward, which means that engine management will be a very difficult challenge.”
“We have to develop the power train in a short space of time and this means that reliability will be the factor that will decide the races in the early part of the season. In most cases people will locate their turbos in the central rear part of the engine and therefore near the electronics and the temperatures can reach a thousand degrees and that won’t be an easy matter to deal with. Managing temperatures will be one of the main areas we will have to work on.”
Intriguingly he said that Ferrari is concerned about races becoming economy runs, although Renault has told this writer that won’t happen: “Ferrari feels this could be a danger. We like Formula 1 to consider efficiency, but we don’t like Formula 1 to be a sport where you are cruising for 50% of the laps.”