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Ferrari confident wet-weather issues are history 25 Sep 2008

Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW30 passes Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 14 September 2008 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda RA108 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 13 September 2008 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 13 September 2008

After their intensive test at Mugello last week, Ferrari believe they have resolved the issues which have caused both Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen to struggle for pace in wet conditions in recent races.

During the three-day session, the Italian team discovered that their lack of competiveness in the rain (seen at the British, Belgian, and most recently Italian races), was caused primarily by the car’s inability to get sufficient heat into its brakes, rather than its tyres.

“The team looked in detail at set-up work, especially in the wet conditions prevailing when Felipe was driving on the final day,” said Ferrari on their official website. “The team analysed data from the Monza weekend very carefully, which revealed that the main issue that hampered the performance of the F2008 in the rain-affected Italian GP was the difficulty in getting the brakes up to the correct operating temperature.”

“Unable to use the brakes properly, this had the knock on effect of preventing the tyres then getting up to their optimal temperature range. This was particularly noticeable in the first few laps following the fitment of the intermediate tyres. Furthermore, this situation was exacerbated when the cars were running in traffic."

As a result of their discovery, Ferrari have changed the F2008’s set-up to prevent a repeat occurrence of the drop in competitiveness.

High ambient temperatures in Singapore mean the team were not expecting problems this weekend anyway, but the breakthrough could prove crucial to their title chances should it rain - as is often does - at the cooler Chinese and Japanese races.