Fernando Alonso

Ferrari looks set to seek permission for the FIA to make changes to its engines on the grounds of reliability.

The source of team’s recent engine problems – including that of the Sauber team, it would seem – have been identified, according to Auto Motor und Sport.

The problem – which will start to cost Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso ten grid places for each new engine outside of his season-long allocation of eight – is allegedly related to the pneumatic valves in the engine.

Alonso has suffered two engine failures – during the race in Malaysia and during practice in China – in the last two rounds of the championship season.

Should Ferrari be able to prove to the FIA that there is a systemic reliability concern with its 2.4-litre V8 engines, it might be granted a temporary ‘unfreeze’ to the engine homologation rules.

The engines already used by Alonso and his team-mate Felipe Massa, however, are not allowed to be altered.

No doubt a few extra horsepower might magically appear on the engines as well!

[Image via The F1 Times]

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Richard Bailey

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