Engine change for Massa
|By Jonathan Noble||Sunday, March 18th 2007, 00:11 GMT|
Felipe Massa will have his engine changed before the start of the Australian Grand Prix following his technical woes in qualifying.
The Brazilian suffered a gearbox problem in Q2, after an electronic glitch wrecked seventh gear, and was supposed to line up 16th on the grid.
Starting so far back, the team have little to lose by changing Massa's power unit and work began on the swap on Sunday morning after the cars were released from parc ferme.
Massa will suffer a 10-place penalty for the change, which will put him at the back of the grid, but Ferrari may opt for him to start from the pitlane. This would minimise the risk of him getting caught up in any accident at the notorious first corner.
Ferrari are understood to have got to the bottom of the electronic problem that Massa suffered from on Saturday and have made changes that should ensure no repeat for him or teammate Kimi Raikkonen in the race.