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Ferrari: Our engines are fine

Ferrari confirms it has carried out an 'in-depth study' and is confident its engines will be fine at the Shanghai International Circuit, venue for the fourth round on the F1 2010 schedule.
Ferrari has said it is not concerned about its engines ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, despite problems last time out in Malaysia, when Fernando Alonso was forced to retire on the penultimate lap.

The Scuderia has made a strong start to the F1 2010 season and currently Felipe Massa leads the way in the drivers' championship, two points ahead of his team-mate, Fernando Alonso and Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari is also top in the constructors' - with 76 points, 10 more than McLaren and 15 more than Red Bull Racing.

However it hasn't all been plain sailing for the Maranello-based outfit and in addition to what happened to Alonso at Sepang, the team also saw both Ferrari-powered Sauber's retire with engine problems.

Ferrari was also forced to change both engines on its cars ahead of the opener in Bahrain, but Luca Marmorini, the team's engine and electronics head, insists it is not a worry.

"We have carried out an in-depth study into what happened [in Malaysia and Bahrain] and the two problems are not related to one another," Marmorini told Ferrari's official website. "In Sepang, Fernando's engine suffered a structural failure, of a type we had never seen during the winter. We believe there was a role played by the unusual way in which the driver had to use the engine during the race, because of the gear selection problems he experienced right from the start.

"Additionally, there is no connection with the problem the Sauber team experienced on the engine front at the last race, which we believe was down to an issue with electronic sensors. Each car has eight engines it can use per driver over the season and we plan our useage strategy around this.

"As a precaution, we opted not to use the Bahrain race engines in Australia, but they will be used in China, having concluded that they are fit for purpose, despite what happened at the Sakhir circuit.

"[Overall] I'm happy because I think the Ferrari package is quick, even if it could always be quicker of course. Our pace in the race can give cause for satisfaction on the engine and car side, even if we still have much work to do on the engine front, getting even more out of it, working within the restrictions of the current regulations."



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