Ferrari suspect that the engine failure that put Kimi Raikkonen out of the European Grand Prix could have been caused by the same con rod issues that result in Felipe Massa retiring in Hungary.
Initial analysis of the Ferrari 056 power unit that blew up in Valencia has confirmed that it was a con rod problem - the exact same reason for Massa's exit at the Hungaroring.
Further examination of the engine is now underway at the team's Maranello factory to understand what caused the failure, and whether the issue was the result of the same manufacturing issues with a batch of con rods that caused Massa's blow up.
A statement from Ferrari said that the team were wary of Raikkonen's engine situation in the wake of Massa's failure.
"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," said a statement.
"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 impossible, proving it's not enough to bring Formula One to a street circuit in a fantastic location to produce spectacular racing."
Raikkonen has already used his free engine change 'joker' this season, when the team opted at Silverstone to replace the power unit that had been stressed by his exhaust problem in the French Grand Prix.
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