This season will see a raft of new regulations debut, including 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 power-units replacing the previous 2.4 litre V8 engines. The 2014 cars have to be ready for the first winter test at the Jerez circuit on January 28th.
Allison thinks that the complicated nature of packaging the new power-units will give the ‘works’ teams the edge over their rivals. “One of the massive advantages that this team has is that it has the engine and chassis under one roof,” he told AUTOSPORT.
“That is an advantage in any year. But in one like this one, where you are packaging such a different power unit as has been necessary in a year like this – that advantage I think becomes quite large.”
Ferrari’s engineering chief Luca Marmorini has suggested that focus could be too much on the power-units for 2014: “Probably too much [emphasis] has been given to the power unit. The power unit is a big change, but also it will be extremely complex to incorporate the power unit in a competitive car.
“For Ferrari, this has been a joint project [between chassis and engine departments]. With the power unit project, it has been fundamental for reliability.
“Any decision in terms of the engine has been as a result of discussions with the chassis people, because in the end the car has to win, not just the power unit.”
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