Fernando Alonso won’t be going onto his fourth engine in as many Grands Prix weekends, despite common perception that this would be the case for this weekend’s upcoming Chinese Grand Prix.
The double World Champion’s engine was changed as a precaution before the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix, and a new engine was fitted for use in the Malaysian Grand Prix (which blew in the latter stages of the race). It had been suspected that the Spaniard would be halfway through his allotment of eight engines by this weekend.
Drivers are restricted to the use of eight powerplants over the course of a Grand Prix season, with engines changed before a race – as in Bahrain – ineligible to be used for subsequent qualifying or races at all.
However, the Ferrari team has confirmed that Fernando’s engine in the F10 this weekend will be the same one he used to race in Bahrain.
With the Shanghai circuit not being known for either engine wear nor high ambient temperatures, Ferrari’s engine boss Luca Marmorini felt it was a prudent decision to take: "As a precaution, we opted not to use the Bahrain race engines in Australia, but they will be used in China, having concluded that they are fit for purpose," he said.
“[Shanghai] features a very long straight, but nothing that causes any particular concern for the power unit and also, the ambient temperature is not usually very high, which makes life easier on the engine front," he added.
[Original image via GP Update]
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