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Italian Grand Prix: Ferrari, Red Bull make changes before race

The two favourites at Monza have both been forced into making reliablity-based changes to their cars ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

Both Ferrari and Red Bull have been forced into making changes to their cars ahead of the Italian Grand Prix after noticing problems that could have led to a short Sunday afternoon appearance.

The Scuderia has changed the engine in the back of Felipe Massa's F138 despite the Brazilian having secured fourth spot on the grid for the team's home race. The change was permissible without penalty as Massa has yet to reach the maximum engine allocation for the season, although the original unit cannot now be used again until Interlagos. Second gear was also inspected on the Brazilian's car, again without punishment.

Red Bull, meanwhile, has been forced to break the seals on the gearboxes of both Mark Webber and poleman Sebastian Vettel after noticing damage to the top three gears – fifth, sixth and seventh – as well as the dogrings after qualifying. Again, the changes were allowed without penalty, and the replacement cogs were the exact same specification as the originals.

“A seal was broken on the gearbox of car number 01, driver Sebastien Vettel, in order to inspect the gear ratios and associated dog rings for physical damage and to replace the 5th, 6th and 7th gear ratio pair and associated dog rings for new ones of the same specification,” official FIA confirmation of the changes began, “This was done in accordance with Article 28.6d of the 2013 Formula One Sporting Regulations.

“A seal was broken on the gearbox of car number 02, driver Mark Webber, in order to inspect the gear ratios and associated dog rings for physical damage and to replace the 5th, 6th and 7th gear ratio pair and associated dog rings for new ones of the same specification. This was done in accordance with Article 28.6d of the 2013 Formula One Sporting Regulations.

“A seal was broken on the gearbox of car number 04, driver Felipe Massa, in order to inspect the 2nd gear ratio pair and associated dog ring for physical damage. This was done in accordance with Article 28.6d of the 2013 Formula One Sporting Regulations.

“The engine of car number 04 has been replaced with the approval of the FIA technical delegate following a written request from the team concerned for a previously used one and this being in accordance with Article 34.1 of the 2013 Formula One Sporting Regulations.

“According to Article 28.4e) of the 2013 Formula One Sporting Regulations, this replaced engine may not be used during any future qualifying session or race with the exception of the last event of the Championship.”

The stewards also issued a clarification of use of the run-off area at the second chicane, Roggia, after incidents in other races over the Monza weekend.

"Any driver going straight on at the second chicane (who hence misses the black and yellow bump placed before the apex kerb of turn 5) must stay to the right of the red and white polystyrene block (or in its absence, the yellow line) and may re-join the track at the far end of the asphalt run-off area," the missive explained.



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