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Ferrari test again with 2011 car

Jul 31, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Ferrari have conducted another test with their 2011 car as they work on the data correlation problems that have plagues them in recent seasons.

Testing with current cars is forbidden under F1’s rules. Ferrari used the F150° Italia chassis they raced two years ago in a test at Magny-Cours, the former home of the French Grand Prix.

It emerged during the FIA’s hearing into Mercedes’ illegal test for Pirelli that Ferrari ran tests using a 2011 car this season and the year before.

According to Autosport Ferrari cleared the test in advance with the FIA and are using Pirelli’s demonstration tires.

Ferrari also moved to quieten speculation about a rift between driver Fernando Alonso and president Luca di Montezemolo after the latter warned the former about critical comments made after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Di Montezemolo is the first to support our driver’s call to improve the car’s competitiveness as quickly as possible,” said a spokesperson. “He fully understands Fernando’s frustrations after what has been the most challenging race of the year. He is his chief supporter and has full trust in him.”

Earlier this week the team confirmed former Lotus technical director James Allison will join them in September as they bid to get on terms with their rivals.

  1. zydecobro - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    How is it possible that automobile manufactures thats created automobile racing
    Especially Formula One !..And they cant seem to get it right to win and single
    championship in the last 4 years !.. getting beat out by a beverage company with
    friggn Renault engine ! come one Ferrari and Benz you guys are getting beat
    by friggn caffeinated soda pop company with a engine manufacture that doesnt even design and build cars..and if they did who’d buy one
    What the Heck !!

  2. 1ronnieg - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Zycecobro, they are not getting beaten by a beverage co they are beaten by the best current F1 designer, Adrian Newey, and the best crew of engineers in all departments of race car development, and a big checkbook to pay and keep them. This includes Renault, who has a many decades long spectacular record as an F1 engine maker. BYW, last time I looked Renault was building as few cars, here and there.

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