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Ferrari Allowed To Make Engine Changes To Improve Reliability

Ferrari have become the second engine manufacturer to be given permission by the FIA, F1’s governing body, to make adjustments to their engines despite the homoglation rules.

Renault set a precedent at the end of last season when they were allowed to make adjutsments to their engine which has resulted in slightly more power from the French produced unit.

Ferrari have struggled significantly with reliability both on their own cars, and on their customer cars at Sauber.  The problem was rooted at a pneumatic system which was unable to recharge itself with the required amount of air with the new super fast pitstops.  3 seconds instead of nearly 9 was not enough time for the system to gain the air it needed to function.

A statement by Ferrari 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.”

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