The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 05, 2012
 

Ferrari blame wind tunnel for failed updates

 
 

SUZUKA (REUTERS) - Ferrari plan to shut down and recalibrate their ageing Formula One wind tunnel after blaming it for a series of failed updates this season.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali said they had found some of the aerodynamic developments produced to keep championship leader Fernando Alonso's car competitive had worked in the tunnel but not on the track.

He told a news conference at the Japanese Grand Prix that the team would decide in the next few weeks how to proceed and how long it would take to revamp a tunnel that was "not obsolete but not really up to the speed of the new technologies that are available on the market".

Ferrari have been using Toyota's wind tunnel in Cologne as well as the one at the Maranello factory in Italy.