Ferrari to use modified engines in Spain

Ferrari has confirmed it has gained permission from the FIA to modify its engines ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. The team hopes it will solve the reliability problems it has suffered with its power units.

They were forced to change engines in both cars Bahrain, Fernando Alonso retired from the Malaysian Grand Prix with engine trouble and lost another engine during practice at Shanghai.

In a statement the team said:

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.

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.

While since China, everyone in the Gestione Sportiva has been working hard as always on their various areas of activity, 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.

Ferrari has also given some more details of its version of McLaren’s F-duct which will be tested by both drivers at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday.

Ferrari’s F-duct will be driver-operated, like the version which has been fitted to the MP4-25s since the start of the season:

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 Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were able to try the system on the simulator.

On Friday in Barcelona, the wing will be tested by both drivers during the free practice sessions, as they will need to get used to actually operating the system and there will be no need to do a back-to-back evaluation against the existing wing as this has already been carried out at Vairano.

Read more: Ferrari test F-duct and new aero at Vairano

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53 comments on Ferrari to use modified engines in Spain

  1. Chaz said on 5th May 2010, 19:13

    I would have thought Ferrari should have consulted FOTA and got their agreement as well for the engine modifications…

    • BasCB said on 6th May 2010, 8:35

      I think all teams are sent details of what is done with the engine before they are allowed to make changes by the FIA.

  2. David Smith said on 6th May 2010, 8:06

    Its to stop them smoking! after all with the Marlboro barcode if the engine starts smoking well I’m off down the shops to buy my packet of ciggys (anyone with a barcode on will do). Stop at a shell petrol station only on the way home and open up a money savings account with santander!!!who says advertising doesnt work? Oh I also have 5 mobiles all on vodaphone…lol :)

  3. Prisoner Monkeys said on 6th May 2010, 14:04

    For those of you worried Ferrari will pull a fast on, it doesn’t happen like that. In order to make cahnges to the engines, they’ll most likely have to do the following:

    1) Submit a proposal to the FIA, with evidence (telemetry) of why the changes are necessary
    2) Have the proposal reviewed by someone who is knowledgeable in this sort of thing; most likely Charlie Whiting since he’s the FIA’s technical delegate
    3) Make the changes and submit the engine at scruitneering so that the FIA can inspect it and make sure the changes that have been made are in line with the proposal

    Besides, think of it this way: Ferrari have Alonso. They’ve made a big deal of having Alonso. They’re going to the Spanish Grand Prix, Alonso’s home race. Do you really think they’d risk humiliating themselves and Alonso in front of one of the mot ravenous and unforgiving crowds they’ll appear before this season?

    • steph said on 6th May 2010, 14:27

      They all so need photographs for whatb they want to change too I believe. I’m sure I read that the teams don’t have to show a part failed during the race weekend however, it’s pretty clear given Ferrari’s races and the blatant failure in Malaysia that there is a reliability issue. I don’t see how they could pull a fast one and as you right point out PM, they have a lot to lose if they get caught.

      • Prisoner Monkeys said on 6th May 2010, 15:12

        I’m told that the issue is not so much the design of the parts, but the way they were manufactured.

  4. Anyone know where you can find out how many engines each driver has used? I know they ae only allowed to use 8 in the whole season, bt even on they don’t tell you how many each driver has used so far.
    Cheers for reading.

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