Despite the need for each driver's allocation of eight engines to stretch over 19 races this year, Ferrari has opted to fit fresh units in both
of its cars ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
Felipe Massa, having qualified on the front row alongside Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel, saw his mechanics get to work on his engine installation as soon as the FIA parc ferme
"At 10am, when the FIA rules allow to work on the cars, the mechanics started to work on the F10 #7, replacing its engine," a team statement confirmed, "This is a completely precautionary step. The engine, used up to the qualifying yesterday afternoon, shows some abnormal parameters, but can still be used on the track, according to the applicable rules, during free practice sessions."
The decision, taken overnight, will not lead to any sanctions for the Brazilian driver, who will continue to start from the front row, while team-mate Fernando Alonso, who backed up his colleague in third spot, will also be allowed to keep his position after the team also opted to fit a new V8.
"Caution can never be enough, especially at the first race, and that's why Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro decided to also replace the engine in car #8 after abnormalities appeared during the usual routine this morning, similar to those found in Felipe's engine yesterday," the team confirmed.
With the exception of rear wing repairs at Mercedes, no other teams are reported to have made any significant changes to their cars in the build-up to the race.