Saturday, July 26, 2014

1 Racing Mind 2014 Formula 1 Mid-Season Report: Scuderia Ferrari

Photo Credit: Ferrari North America

Scuderia Ferrari

Team Score: D

Fernando Alonso: B-
Kimi Raikkonen: C-

Fielding what could be one of the ugliest cars on the grid (especially to Ferrari standards), the team has struggled to find speed. The technical changes to the 2014 Formula 1 race cars has apparently left the Ferrari stable fighting to get a grip of the gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain. The team also engaged in a early season management shake up after boss Stefano Domenicali quit in April. If Scuderia Ferrari fails to win a race in 2014, it will be the first time since 1993 that the organization has gone winless in a season.
Despite a difficult season where speed has evaded Ferrari, Fernando Alonso has done the best job possible in salvaging grand prix weekends with the aid of the team's pit crew. Scoring points in every race so far in 2014, Alonso stands fourth in the overall drivers' standings. The addition of Kimi Raikkonen was has not resulted in a homecoming either side expected. Exiting his time with Lotus F1 Team prematurely due to an injury in 2013, the former Formula 1 champion looked forward to his reunion with the team that helped him win the biggest sporting honour. Finishing no better than seventh so far in 2014, Raikkonen only has 19 points after 10 races.
Ingredients for Second-Half of 2014: Personally, I would love it if Ferrari would redevelop the nose of their current race car. The Ferrari's front end constantly looks like it ran underneath a city bus. Along with a little more speed on track, Kimi Raikkonen needs better luck heading into the final races of 2014.

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