Ferrari’s Technical Director James Allison has confidence that the team’s development programme will keep delivering steps that will allow them to improve the F14T and close the gap to Mercedes.

Speaking to Ferrari’s official website ahead of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Allison is very hopeful that the team will work its way back to the front of the pack.

“We are working with the highest levels of dedication in all areas of potential development. We brought an effective upgrade to Malaysia and were rewarded with a more competitive performance than we had in Melbourne. But the whole team is in no doubt about the size of the challenge that faces us this season,” he said.

On the power units and performance: “We are not disregarding anything. Much has been spoken about the power units on the 2014 cars, but it is rarely mentioned that 1 per cent of engine power is not as different in its effect on the stopwatch as 1 per cent of aero efficiency.”

Although Allison admits that even if Bahrain will be a difficult race for the Scuderia, he is confident that the team’s results will start to show more promise over each race.

“If we can keep up the progress made between Melbourne and Malaysia then it will start to show in both grid positions and in the Championship.”

The road to follow on the Technical Director’s mind is clear: “Our development programme will keep delivering steps to the efficiency of the F14T; aerodynamics, power units and mechanical grip. Race by race these steps will help to hunt down the teams in front.”

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8