Ferrari's Felipe Massa has confirmed that he will use a new engine for the F1 2010 Singapore Grand Prix tomorrow, after a disastrous qualifying session.
Massa was unable to complete a single lap in Q1 due to what the Maranello-based team said was a gearbox problem. As such he will line up last on the grid, in 24th place, and with little to lose the team has opted to fit a new powerplant.
"I had a problem with the gearbox which seized unexpectedly, without giving any warning and so I had to stop out on the track: now we have to understand exactly what happened. We will change the engine as a precaution, also taking into account the fact I am last on the grid,” the Brazilian explained.
“I'm expecting to have a very complicated race, especially as we are at a track where overtaking is very difficult, but it's true that anything can always happen: rain, safety car, who knows!
“I am very disappointed of course because today we had a very competitive car, as [my team-mate] Fernando [Alonso] proved [by taking pole]. I like this track but it seems that it does not bring me much luck..."
Chris Dyer, Ferrari's chief track engineer, meanwhile added that they are still trying to figure out what went wrong with Massa's car.
"What happened to Felipe is very, very disappointing. Unfortunately, there was a problem on the gearbox, the cause of which we have not fully identified yet, which meant he had to stop out on track on his very first timed lap,” Dyer confirmed post-session.