Maranello, 5 November- At Yas Marina, Scuderia Ferrari set an outright record by getting at least one car to finish in the points for 65 consecutive Grands Prix. That is down partly to the efforts of its suppliers and partners, some better known than others, who work with the team on so many areas of development and on specific projects. Reliability is in fact one of the key areas behind this result and the role of external companies is therefore vital to the process.
To have an overview of all these joint activities, today at the Fiorano track, the annual workshop took place, known as “Formula Reliability” with representatives of over a hundred Italian and international companies that form part of the group of Scuderia suppliers, organised by the Production Department, headed by Corrado Lanzone. It was an occasion to take a look at Formula 1’s next venture, from the regulation changes that come into effect in 2014 to the economic situation and common projects. In particular, it was underlined how the role of suppliers will be even more vital in order to reach the maximum level of reliability in those areas that will be most affected by the technical revolution, right from the start, such as the power unit, which not only will be completely new and much more complex than the current one, but will also have to have components capable of lasting longer than in the past.
“Our suppliers are a very important asset to this team,” said Team Principal Stefano Domenicali. “Their contribution is essential, but now we must pull together to put in an extra effort. The challenges posed by the 2014 technical and sporting regulations are very demanding: to get on top of them, we must work even harder, both on the technological front and in terms of our methodology. I am sure that our partners will know how to find that something extra to get us back to being the best as soon as possible.”