The 2014 Formula One season was disastrous for several teams. Mercedes powered vehicles were the only that had an excellent year. The Petronas Mercedes AMG cars were driven by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and finished the year in first and second place respectively.
Scuderia Ferrari did not win a single race during the 2014 season, which was shameful. The F1 car was driven beyond its potential by Fernando Alonso. It was clear that Kimi Raikkonen could not overcome the issues with his vehicle and it affected his performance.
At the end of 2014 Formula One Championship Fernando Alonso announced he would be leaving Ferrari. It was later revealed that the Spaniard would drive for McLaren, who will use Honda engines. His vacant seat in the Italian team was awarded to Sebastian Vettel.
For 2015 season Ferrari plans to be competitive and closer to the front runners. The Italian manufacturer has begun development of their engine late and owing to the new engine freeze rule, they can develop the engine prior to start of the season.
Ferrari has appointed new President Sergio Marchionne, who claims he can change the fortune of their F1 car in 2015. The Italian manufacturer had complained that the technical regulations did not provide a time frame of when an engine had to be homologated. Based on this, Ferrari is allowed to update their engine when they feel the need.
This will act as a positive boost for Ferrari in their bid to catch up with Mercedes. They, however, believe that their car won't be perfect from the beginning and will have to be developed throughout the year. All in all, the 2015 season will not lack action and is expected to have more drivers challenging the top step of the podium.