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Ferrari to focus on race-pace

Monday 24th February 2014

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Ferrari to focus on race-pace

Ferrari to focus on race-pace

Ferrari will focus on race simulations during the final four-day test in Bahrain, according to James Allison.

Last week, the Scuderia were in action at the Sakhir circuit, putting in the laps in the second of three pre-season outings.

The team covered 287 laps - 1553kms - and finished sixth and seventh on the overall timesheets with Fernando Alonso just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

"We came to Sakhir aiming to work steadily through the huge list of actions that we must complete," Allison, the team's technical director, told the official Ferrari website.

"We wanted to maximise track time, working methodically in order to be ready for Melbourne. I have to say that, with the exception of the morning of the third day, we did just that."

He added: "We worked on learning how to get the best from the 2014 clutch and on tuning the new brake by wire system.

"We looked in detail at balancing the temperature of all the cooling fluids, a key part of this year's rules, and we began gradually expanding the operating window of the new Energy Recovery System.

"We have been able to start to open up our understanding of the handling characteristics of the car and to begin to learn what sort of set-up parameters the tyres respond to. Continuing with this work will be an important part of the programme over the last four days here in Bahrain."

The former Lotus man revealed that during those last four days Ferrari will also concentrate on race simulations and performance in order to best prepare for the season-opening Australian GP.

"For the last four days, our programme will see us attempt to operate the car ever more closely to the way that it will run in a race, providing invaluable practice for the drivers and subjecting the car and all its systems to the full rigor that it will need to withstand throughout the season," he said.

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