Ferrari to investigate Felipe Massa's front wing after Indian Grand Prix flexing issue
|By Jonathan Noble||Monday, October 31st 2011, 09:34 GMT|
Ferrari is keen to find answers as to why Felipe Massa's front wing experienced excessive flexing over the Indian Grand Prix weekend.
With the Maranello-based outfit experimenting with wing concepts for its 2012 design, eyebrows were raised when the front wing on Massa's car started flapping at the end of the long straight during practice at the Buddh circuit.
With a similar phenomenon experienced in the race, Massa had to have the nose changed during a pitstop, reverting to an older design, to avoid any potential problems.
Speaking about the wing situation, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said: "It was pretty clear that we had a little bit of strange behaviour of that specific wing in certain conditions. It was not every time, but it was pretty clear as you have seen it.
"For sure what we need to bring home is good data to understand what the problem is, or I would say not a problem - but a strange behaviour of that wing – because it was that specific wing."
Domenicali is adamant that the wing design used by Massa was identical in all respects to the one run by Fernando Alonso over the weekend - despite suspicions there may be differences in its structure, replying "absolutely, absolutely" when asked if the wings were the same.
He added that the team elected to change the wing at the pitstop because Massa was already coming in with a puncture.
"We were worried about also having other problems, so the most obvious thing was also to change the nose," Domenicali said.