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Ferrari 248 F1 - engine improvements 28 September 2006

Ferrari's recent strong form has been largely attributed to aero and tyre improvements, but development of the 056 engine - the most reliable V8 in the second part of the season - has also been key and will again play a vital role in China. Shanghai is a stop-go circuit, with plenty of acceleration and heavy braking at either end of the two long straights, plus an almost Indianapolis-like infield. Top speed along the back straight will be paramount, as will low-end torque in the twisty section. As a result, the 056 will sport many subtle changes for China, aimed at improving both top-end power and driveability at lower revs. In combination with suspension revisions, these will help with effective tyre-wear management, and should prove one of Ferrari's main strengths.