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Ferrari ready to step up the fight

Spurred on by president Luca di Montezemolo's fighting talk in the wake of the Malaysian Grand Prix, Ferrari has taken action to ensure, not only that the mistakes that occurred at Sepang don't happen again, but also that it is prepared to react to the outcome of today's FIA appeal court hearing in Paris.

The Scuderia is one of four principal objectors to the diffuser designs being employed by frontrunners Brawn, Toyota and Williams, and is hoping that, at the least, the governing body decides outlaw the pieces - even if it does nothing to alter the results of the first two races, in Australia and Malaysia, that saw Brawn and Toyota occupy at least two of the podium places.

Ferrari will be represented in Paris by veteran designer Rory Byrne and current chief designer Nikolas Tombazis, and will hope to have some good news to pass on to the rest of the team by Wednesday afternoon, long after the Prancing Horse has been tethered in Shanghai.

However, with as good a chance of the diffusers being ruled legal, the Italian giant knows that it has to be prepared to fight fire with fire, and get its own version of the controversial 'double-decker' design into production and onto the F60 as soon as possible to avoid the season slipping away - and into the hands of former 'dream team' members Ross Brawn and Rubens Barrichello.

Somewhat unbelievably, Ferrari has yet to score a single point in 2009, with non-finishes for Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen in Melbourne, and only ninth and 14th at Sepang after a catalogue of errors that began with Raikkonen's KERS meltdown in practice and continued through qualifying and the race. As such, everyone at Maranello knows that the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend must be something of a turning point.

The days after the team returned from Malaysia saw an air of retaliation in the factory, with di Montezemolo and team principal Stefano Domenicali calling for each and every member of the team to take responsibility for the parts they play, and invoking memories of how the Scuderia dealt with - and turned around - similarly difficult situations in the past.

From a technical and organisational point of view, the F60's development programme has had a quick makeover, with the goal of getting 'new technologies' designed to reduce the performance gap to the pacesetters onto the car as fast as possible. A new working party has been set up under the co-ordination of technical director Aldo Costa, but also including the presence of team manager Luca Baldisserri, who will be the link between Maranello and the track. The Italian's role at grands prix will now been handled by former Raikkonen engineer Chris Dyer.

There will also be several aerodynamic developments on show in Shanghai, with the F60's front wing modified in conjunction with the car's front rims and 'deviators', all of which were tested by Marc Gené during a permitted straight-line session at Vairano last week.


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