Ferrari breaks curfew for second time
3 November 2012 – Ferrari has broken the FIA curfew for the second time this weekend. Leaving the Maranello team with two curfew breakages for the remaining of the season, the squad is working on car upgrades in a frantic bid to outdo Red Bull for the championship.
Ahead of practice on Friday, team members who are directly connected with the operation of the cars entered the circuit well before the designated time. This is perfectly allowed, as each outfit is able to do so on four occasions throughout the campaign. In practice, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa tested numerous new components including revised front wings. This morning, paddock rumours state that one team member broke the curfew accidently by entering the venue too early.
“I think there is still a long night for our engineers to set up the car properly,” Massimo Rivola, Ferrari Sporting Director, said at Yas Marina on Friday. “Not everything was right because, when you start doing some changes on the car and you test something new, you need to spend more time aero testing, rather than proper setup. We are confident of closing the gap on Saturday and I am very confident for the race.”
After Friday, Chassis Director Pat Fry admitted that the red cars are still not quick enough to challenge for pole position. Any improvements will be revealed in qualifying.
UPDATE: Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has now confirmed that one mechanic, who could not sleep, accidently arrived in the paddock 20 minutes early and thus broke the curfew for the second time this weekend.
Two exceptions left following Ferrari curfew error