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2014-09-05 10:19

NEW HOPE FOR 2015 Ferrari will focus on hopes for a title win in 2015 when the team will be getting new cars, but not even that might be enough to match Mercedes. Image: AP/Alexander Yuan

MONZA, Italy - Ferrari will have an all-new car for 2015 but event that might not be enough to match Mercedes, technical boss James Allison has admitted.

Since the departures of team boss Stefano Domenicali and engine chief Luca Marmorini, Marco Mattiacci has pinned Ferrari's recovery hopes on Allison, the former Lotus designer.

The 2015 car, which will succeed the disappointing F14 T, will be the Briton's first full Ferrari project, and Allison reveals that it will be completely different.

'EVERY PART MUST IMPROVE'

Allison said it was simplistic to say the biggest problem with the 2014 car was the underpowered V6 engine. "Mainly, we are behind Mercedes in terms of power but also when it comes to aerodynamic downforce.

"Every part of the car has to be improved so it can become more competitive next year," he added, revealing that the 2015 machine would be different "in every area".

Allison said he was not worried that the so-called engine development 'freeze' would hinder Ferrari's ability to recover, as the rules allow manufacturers to change 48% of the 'power unit' for 2015.

"Our problem is not the rules," he explained, "it's the time needed to close such a big gap. As I said at the start, it's not just the engine which has to improve, the chassis also needs it, as does the suspension and every part of the car.

"I don't know if we can close the gap in just one year."

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari's top driver who despite intense speculation has now committed to Ferrari for 2015, had a similar view. He said: "What's certain is that we must reduce the gap over the winter and much more than in other winters, because it's a gap of around 1.5sec (to Mercedes)."

"I don't know if it's possible to do that in six months."

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