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2014-02-04 07:59

UP AND RUNNING: Fernando Alonso has confirmed that Ferrari's wind tunnel is back on track. Image: AFP


Only a couple of months to the usual Melbourne start of the 2014 Formula 1 racing season and the teams are exposing their new cars to the media. Ferrari showed their cars on January 25 and startled by apparently swimming against the stream with a dolphin nose.

MARANELLO, Italy - Fernando Alonso confirms that Ferrari has ended its wind tunnel crisis.

For some time, including throughout the 2013 season, Ferrari has been working at Toyota's Cologne facilities, while the troublesome Maranello wind tunnel was closed for a complete overhaul.

Ferrari had struggled with the correlation of data between the tunnel and the actual track but at Jerez in January 2014, proved that the Maranello facility is now back at full steam.


Team boss Stefano Domenicali confirmed that the "aerodynamic validation" at Jerez in January 2014 "matched our expectations" with regards to the new F14 T car.

Alonso agreed that Jerez showed Ferrari, having not won a drivers' crown since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, is now back on track.

Alonso said: "The car has some good signs and, let's say, the philosophy that the car has been designed is just what we are seeing now on the data. So there is nothing wrong, nothing to be pessimistic about, but we have a lot of work to do."

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