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Ferrari reliability engine changes approved 05 May 2010

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai, China, Friday, 16 April 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 12 March 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 18 April 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai, China, Friday, 16 April 2010 Aldo Costa (ITA) Ferrari Technical Director takes a look at the McLaren MP4/25.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 18 April 2010

The FIA has given consent to Ferrari to make modifications to their engine ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, in order to improve the V8’s reliability following issues during the opening four races of the season.

Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and both Ferrari-powered BMW Saubers have all encountered problems during the flyaway events, which prompted the team to investigate the root causes when they returned to their Maranello factory following last month’s China race.

“A lot of work was carried out on the test bench, completing several long runs and this work produced some solutions which it is felt will solve the reliability problems experienced in Bahrain and Malaysia,” Ferrari explained in a statement. “The team therefore requested and received authorisation from the FIA to make some changes within the framework of the current engine regulations and these modifications will be fitted to the engines to be used in Spain.

“Since China, everyone in the Gestione Sportiva has been working hard as always on their various areas of activity, but it is fair to say that over the past weeks, the staff in the engine department really produced a major effort, working night and day to analyse, evaluate and solve issues that have affected engine performance in past races.”

Despite their pressing need to focus on engine reliability, the three-week break between Shanghai and Spain has allowed Ferrari to work on improving other areas of the F10. As well as adapting the position of the car’s rear-view mirrors, in line with revised FIA regulations, the team have also worked on their version of McLaren’s innovative F-duct concept.

“Using this idea is not as straightforward as simply fitting a new component to the cars, because it involves not just a different wing design, but also a driver-operated system to use it effectively,” added the Italian team.

“Evaluation has therefore been quite a lengthy process, involving simulation and test bench testing, prior to it making its track debut last Saturday during one of the four permitted straight-line aero tests, held at Vairano. Giancarlo Fisichella was at the wheel of the F10, while Massa and Alonso were able to try the system on the simulator.”

Following the F-duct’s on-track debut last weekend, Alonso and Massa will be able to sample it for the first time during the opening two practice sessions in Barcelona on Friday. Ferrari will then decide if they’ll run the system over the rest of the weekend.