Does Ferrari have an engine reliability issue?

This is the question on several people’s lips in the wake of the double retirement suffered by at the Malaysian Grand Prix, in addition to Fernando Alonso’s engine failure in the closing laps of the race.

Ferrari Engine

Pedro de la Rosa’s Sauber ground to a halt on his installation lap from the pits to the grid, and Kamui Kobayashi retired the sister car with an engine failure early in the race.

Both Ferrari drivers also had to change their engines before the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Ferrari has since confirmed that Alonso and de la Rosa’s retirements were not related. The Swiss team has since confirmed that de la Rosa’s retirement was a pneumatics-related issue.

Does this therefore mean that Kobayashi and Alonso suffered an identical failure?

[Original image via GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.