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Ferrari engineers who were on track at Valencia on the weekend, were back in meetings with their Maranello-based colleagues today to carry out the usual post race debrief, during which the key points of the weekend were re-examined with a view to deciding on what action should be taken.
President Luca di Montezemolo also took part in the meeting, before another meeting with the Scuderia's senior management to discuss all aspects of the current situation. Montezemolo expressed his satisfaction with a great win for Felipe, on the occasion of his one hundredth Formula 1 race, all of them spent at the wheel of cars powered by a Ferrari engine.
Initial analysis of the engine fitted to Kimi Raikkonen's car, which arrived in Maranello yesterday morning, confirmed the breakage of a con rod. Currently further checks are underway to try and understand what provoked the failure, even if it is easy to surmise that it could be a similar problem to the one that sidelined Felipe, three laps from the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Furthermore, the engineers were aware of a potential risk in general terms with the 056 engine fitted to Kimi's car, which was on its second race, given that the con rods were part of the same batch used on Felipe's engine. Changing the engine on Kimi's car would have seen the Finn start from far down the grid at a track where it appeared that overtaking was difficult.
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