Ferrari will use modified front wing for Abu Dhabi GP

Ferrari will use revised front wing for Abu Dhabi GP, its Red Bull Racing-style front wing. Last race at Indian GP Felipe Massa car’s front wing detecting unusual problem.

The Brazilian’s front wing experienced too much flapping at the end of the long straight at the Indian GP track

Pat Fry, Ferrari technical director revealed on Tuesday, Massa’s wing problems had more to do with quality control issues than any design concept, which is why an updated version of the wing will be used by the Brazilian driver and team-mate Fernando Alonso at the Yas Marina circuit this weekend. Ferrari has openly admitted that, with some of Red Bull Racing’s form being attributed to its front wing concept; it too is focusing current efforts on perfecting this area of its car design.

Pat Fry told the official Ferrari website: “I think the biggest addition we’ve made in performance terms in recent races is the new front wing which we first tried in Korea. We then ran it again on both cars in India.

“It is a very interesting development for us, as it does change the characteristics of the car and getting to understand how to get the most out of it is certainly an interesting challenge and in the short term it has helped our performance. We had some quality issue on one of the wings used in India but this solution will be in Abu Dhabi again, although after watching its behaviour at the last race, much work has been done to modify certain aspects of it before both drivers will try it this coming weekend.”

“Last year, as we found to our cost, overtaking was very difficult at this circuit,” he explained. “However, we have seen a big change this year thanks to several factors including the DRS. In some cases, it was found that the DRS zones were not long enough and this will no doubt be adjusted for next year, while at other tracks, it was relatively simple to overtake another car. So I’m sure that, with two DRS zone available, it will be easier this weekend than in 2010, but until we get to the track it is hard to say exactly how straightforward it will be.

“We will keep on pushing as hard as we can. In terms of what we can expect for this weekend, it will be similar to the last few races, which means that if we put everything together perfectly, as we did in India with Fernando we should have a reasonable chance of getting onto the podium.”

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