Date: 1st October 2014 at 9:06am
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A little over 12 months ago Ferrari would have looked at 2014 and thought that this could be their year.

The change in Formula One regulations in regards to engines should have played into Ferrari’s hands.

The Italian manufacturer alongside Mercedes held the advantage of being a works factory team, enabling them to build the parts of their car to demand.

The fantasy pairing of two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso and one-time F1 title holder Kimi Raikkonen was also exciting.

But now with five Grand Prix of the season remaining Ferrari are coming to the end of a troublesome year.

Former team principal Stefano Domenicali and president Luca di Montezemolo have both fallen on their sword as Ferrari aim to put a difficult year behind them.

The new era for Ferrari will be based around Ferrari Technical Director James Allison. His first real input into the car won’t be seen until 2015, but he’s taken the positives out of the late development the team have seen in recent races.

?We left Singapore with some satisfaction that areas we?d been working on the car, to improve its mechanical grip for example, appear to be paying off for us,? Allison told Ferrari?s website.

So it won’t be a championship run in 2015, but at least Ferrari still have a third place finish in the constructors championship to fight for.

Mercedes and Red Bull Racing are out of reach but Williams are only 9-points ahead.

?We go to Suzuka and the remaining races determined to close the gap to Williams and then try and actually pull ahead of them, with the aim of securing a third place in the championship.

?We also plan to learn what lessons we can during the remainder of this season, to help guide us for the following year.?
he added.