Ferrari could face a backlash from rival teams after it was found to have tested new components for its struggling F150 Italia challenger during an official media filming day at Fiorano.

Spain’s AS newspaper claims that the 2011 car being used featured a host of “improvements” that are likely to be debuted at this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix, while Italy’s Omnicorse website reports that the car featured new components in its suspension and diffuser.

Worldwide reports are universally reporting that the car ran at a higher rear rake than before, prompting many to suggest that the team was trying to mirror the rake seen on Red Bull’s championship-leading RB7, which is believed to make used of flexibility in its front wing.

Other new parts expected to make their debut at Istanbul include revised front and rear wings, and brake ducts, while a new floor and exhaust layout will be ready for the next rounds in Spain and Monaco.

The wording of the in-season testing ban was recently enhanced to explicitly forbid the trialling of new components during permitted filming days, and it would seem that Ferrari has breached these guidelines.

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