Technical director for Ferrari, James Allison, has assured drivers that the current Formula 1 cars be rapidly improved before the new season arrives.
Allison’s comments would be welcome following concerns expressed by a number of drivers that the 2014 F1 cars might be too slow.
A perceived low performance could be a combination of engine performance and reliability being amongst the main focuses, rather than aerodynamic development, according to Allison.
He has also revealed that teams are making massive progress in terms of performance to combat the cornering speeds.
“Just look at the size of the rear wings – they are more or less Canada-type rear wings,” said Allison.
“That is roughly where the downforce of the  car is. There is also not the blowing of the floor either.
“But new rules offer new opportunities, so the rate of finding downforce is quite steep.
“You never know when it is going to slacken off, but it is showing no signs of that at the moment.”
Many teams ran during pre-season with basic car configuration, opting to leave their proper aerodynamic developments for later in the preparations.
UK driver Jenson Button believes that speeds will lift before the Australian Grand Prix, and would continue to improve over the length of the campaign.
“When we go to the first race everyone is going to be much faster,” he said.
“And by the end of the year we might not be that far off, a couple of seconds.”
Rod Nelson, the chief test and support engineer for Williams, said that teams would be focusing on speed at the forthcoming Bahrain tests, although it may not be until the final run that the true potential becomes clear.
“I’ve got about 300 things on my list to do, and I think we’ve knocked off about 50 so far,” he explained.
“We’ve got a load of stuff to do. We’ve got a whole race distance to run, which isn’t all about qualifying pace.
“We’ve got different tests we’re looking at to look at tyre degradation versus first lap performance for example.
“We’ll have a lot of the new aero components that we’re expecting for Melbourne will come for the second Bahrain test.”
By Daniel Walker