June 21, 2010
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Fernando Alonso drove the Ferrari F10 at Fiorano on Thursday, to film for a “promotional video”, as well as entertaining guests at the track. However, an amateur video has shown that the F10 was using a modified rear end on the car, with a Red Bull style exhaust system.
As we know, in-season testing is banned this year to reduce costs. However, Ferrari have used the “promotional video” exception (not for the first time) to test their latest upgrade to the F10, which seems to be a copy of Red Bull’s exhaust system, which pushes exhaust gases into the diffuser.
The Red Bull exhaust-driven diffuser, which has since been copied by Ferrari
While this is quite cheeky from the team, it isn’t specifically against the rules, even if no other team does this. The team even joked about it in their statement: “You have to make the most of any opportunity in this era of the testing ban!” We will have to wait and see if Ferrari’s design makes it to the next race in Valencia.
Here is the amateur footage:
January 16, 2010
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Valentino Rossi has had a go on Ferrari’s F1 simulator in Maranello today, as part of preperations for his upcoming test in Barcelona.
Ferrari had announced this week that Rossi, the 9 times motorbike champion, would be allowed a test of the team’s F2008, as a reward for winning his latest title. This test will take place in Barcelona, on Wednesday and Thursday.
Today, Rossi prepared for the test with a run in the team’s simulator, and was allowed to drive a Ferrari 458 around the Fiorano track.
Update: While Rossi was in the simulator, GMM reported that he had an appendix operation. Fail!