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Ferrari: Alonso and Raikkonen suffering with similar issues

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Ferrari F1 team technical director James Allison reveals the exact problem of the F 14T. Also the Italian outfit latest travails triggered the departure of team boss Stefano Domenicali.

The well-known Ferrari has not won a drivers’ title since 2007 with Kimi Raikkonen and the fabled team brought the Finn back to Maranello this year to pair with Fernando Alonso, arguably the very best driver in F1. But continuously they trouble with some issues.

Kimi earns only 19 points and eight places on the drivers’ championship; Alonso gets 49 points and standing third on the drivers’ battle.

“I am not sure that it is entirely fair to say that he is struggling more than Fernando,” Allison told Autosport.

“They both have similar feedback on the car. There are aspects of this year’s rules that makes the cars across the pitlane not an easy prospect for the driver.

“There is a lot more torque from the engine, there is a lot less aerodynamic grip, the tyres are themselves deliberately less aggressive than they were last year.

“All of that means the cars are quite a handful to drive – not so easy for anyone, be that at the front of the grid or the back of the grid.

“The sort of problems Kimi has with the car in traction, under braking, [and] downshifting are pretty much the same as Fernando, and I would imagine similar to those experienced at other teams.

“He is going a little bit slower than Fernando at the moment but that gap is closing as the year progresses.”

“We are not lagging hugely behind but there is nevertheless work for us to do before we can hold our hand up and say we were completely happy with the chassis performance.” He added.

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