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galleria del vento2full Ferrari reopens wind tunnel after 18 month refurb

Red Bull, part of the answer could come down to its wind tunnel.

Seriously, the wind tunnel? Yes, the wind tunnel. Aerodynamics play an increasingly vital role in F1 racing, and while Red Bull has one of the best in the business, Ferrari’s hasn’t been running right for some time now.

A year and a half ago Ferrari shut down the galleria del vento at its headquarters in Maranello, citing problems with “correlation” – that is, a major discrepancy between the results it got in the wind tunnel, in CFD computations and on the racetrack. Having narrowed the problem down, the Scuderia embarked upon a major overhaul. It’s been using Toyota’s facility in Cologne, Germany, in the meantime, but as team principal Stefano Domenicali put it, not having your own wind tunnel on premises “is like playing basketball with one hand behind your back.” Now the renovations reportedly complete, however, and Ferrari will begin using its wind tunnel again next month.

With Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull so far in the lead, it may be too late to fix this year’s car to any meaningful effect. But while the design of next year’s car may already be close to finalized, getting the aero up to spec could mean the difference between putting Ferrari back on top or letting it slide even further. And with Comments

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raikkonen ferrari Kimi Raikkonen returns to Ferrari

The so-called “silly season” in Ferrari?

Well now we have the answer. Ferrari has confirmed that the Finn is heading back to Maranello, where he will partner with Felipe Massa, who has been at Ferrari since 2006 but has struggled to keep up the pace since his catastrophic crash in 2009, will need to find a new seat.

The announcement opens up a series of questions as a game of musical chairs commences. Where will Massa go? Who will fill Raikkonen’s seat at Lotus? And will Alonso tolerate the team bringing in another former champion and serious contender to challenge his position as number one at the top team? We’ll just have to wait and see, but the move in and of itself demonstrates a certain businesslike lack of personal emotion on Kimi’s part, having been unceremoniously dumped by Ferrari three years ago to make way for Alonso. Head on down Comments

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27 2012 ferrari ff 1302585019 Ferrari reports fewer sales, more profit to prove strategy is working

Ferrari’s angle of emphasizing exclusivity by limiting deliveries is appearing to bear fruit. The company posted a 7.1-percent increase in revenues to 1.7 billion Euros ($2.2 billion at today’s exchange rates) during the first half of 2013. Net profits, meanwhile, saw a jump of 20 percent to 116.2 million Euros ($153.5 million). The Prancing Horse delivered 3,767 cars, which, while an increase of 2.8 percent, represents a rate of growth that’s slower than in the first quarter of 2013.

While Ferrari may be actively trying to slow its sales down to below 7,000 in 2013, it’s seen increased numbers in the US, Great Britain and Germany, along with double-digit growth in the Middle East and Japan (39 percent and 28 percent, respectively).

The move to limit sales should have a greater impact on the numbers that come in later this year, which we told you about back in May. Ferrari’s controversial move has already seen a drop in sales to China, which saw 50 fewer Prancing Horses than this time last year.

Still, the early stages of Ferrari’s new plans have been a success, as the Chairman said, “An increase of just over two percent in volumes has been matched by 20 percent growth in EBIT which is and will remain our primary objective along with maintaining the exclusivity and value of our cars over time.” We love seeing automakers do well, but somehow, the world just seems a sadder place with fewer Ferraris in it.

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%name Ferrari chairman ticked off by Alonso

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo does not strike us as the kind of person we’d want to cross. We imagine the Chairman of Ferrari as sort of like an automotive Don Corleone, a thought that is further confirmed when we hear about the aftermath of last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso made some unsubstantiated remarks that have angered his team, with The Daily Mail reporting that when asked after the race what he wanted for his birthday, the Spaniard responded “Someone else’s car.” And while no one seems to know exactly what was said, it was enough to prompt a personal phone call from the boss of Ferrari on Alonso’s birthday for a dressing down.

Montezemolo reminded Alonso that, “All the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own. This is the moment to stay calm, avoid polemics and show humility and determination in making one’s own contribution, standing alongside the team and its people both at the track and outside it.”

The Italian wasn’t done, though, presenting each of the team’s engineers with a symbolic gift – a knife to put between their teeth. We think there’s a pirate reference here, but aren’t certain. According to Sky Sports, he opened the post-race meeting by informing team principal Stefano Domenicalli that, “The Ferrari I saw in yesterday’s race doesn’t sit well with me.” We aren’t the only ones imaging the threatening undertones here, right?

Formula One is entering its summer break, meaning that each team has four weeks to get itself sorted out before the end-of-season grind kicks in. There’s no doubt that after this very public display from Montezemolo, that Ferrari will have its nose to the grindstone.

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After the short summer break the men and women from Ferrari are back at work with two consecutive race weekends in sight: on the Belgian track in Spa and the home race in Monza. These are also the last two races of the Championship held in Europe. Don’t miss the interviews with Luca Marmorini, Head of Engine and Electronics, and engineer Andrea Beneventi, who explains the 29 functions on the 2012 single-seater’s wheel

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In the rapid move from Hockenheim to Budapest Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali gives us another view of the first half of the season and looks ahead to what are the team expectations for the race at the Ungarian circuit, the final round before the summer break. Having round there for the first time last year a Ferrari Formula 1 car was back on the street of Moscow this week end as part of the Moscow City Racing. Having driven against the impressive backdrop of the historic center of the Russian city, Giancarlo Fisichella, who was at the wheel of the F60, told us how it went

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