Ferrari now blaming faulty wind tunnel
19 April, 2011
Apr.19 (GMM) Ferrari is working to fix a problem with its Maranello wind tunnel that has thwarted development of the 2011 car, while rendering it off the required pace to challenge for podiums.
President Luca di Montezemolo’s public message after Shanghai is that the team “can not and must not” keep turning out the same performances this season.
A deeper analysis is that the Ferrari 150 Italia is lagging aerodynamically due a problem with the calibration of the Maranello wind tunnel.
“We have a structural problem with the tunnel,” team principal Stefano Domenicali confirmed to Italy’s Autosprint. “We are working to fix it.”
He revealed that the tunnel has been churning out data that conflicts with the values seen when the car is running in real time on a real circuit.
Recalibration of a wind tunnel is not the task of a moment, and therefore it is rumoured that Ferrari is set to rely more heavily in the near future on the superb facility at Cologne which is now leased to clients by Toyota Motorsport.
“We started an investigation so we are doing correlation between the track and the wind tunnel, trying to understand why that (problem) should be,” confirmed technical director Aldo Costa.