The Ferrari factory is operating at full-stem to design its own version of the ‘F-duct’ system, in a bid to emulate the success of the downforce-spoiling design innovation pioneered by the McLaren team.

Other teams are moving to copy McLaren and Sauber's F-duct designs

The controversial design has been passed by the FIA at scrutineering in Bahrain. It works by stalling a controlled flow of air from the cockpit to the rear win when the inlet blocked by the driver: in McLaren’s case, his knee. The stalling effect on the rear wing provides the cars with a significant top-speed advantage along the straights.

Sauber was the first team to respond, and had their system (pictured) designed and implemented on its Ferrari-powered C29 just two weeks later at the Australian Grand Prix. It is also believed that Red Bull, Force India, Mercedes GP and Williams are looking at their own interpretations on the ‘F-duct’ concept.

Ferrari’s Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali, has confirmed that his team is working it own version to implement on the F10.

"We have seen that [its] advantage is very, very big," he said. "We will bring it to the races as soon as possible, once we are sure that it is 100 per cent.”

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