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Ferrari still struggling with wind tunnel

ESPN Staff
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Development of the F138 has been slow at recent races © Getty Images

Ferrari has admitted it is still struggling to gather accurate data in the wind tunnel to help it develop the F138.

Ferrari's latest upgrades have not had the desired effect, leaving Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa off the pace at recent races and forcing the team to revert to older parts on the car. Ferrari is currently using Toyota's wind tunnel in Cologne to develop its car while its own facility in Maranello is updated, but F138's chief designer, Simone Resta, says the data is still not correlating with the car on track.

"We were struggling [last year] and we are still struggling," he said. "We are working in an external wind tunnel as we improve our one, which will take the rest of the summer. So it's been a problem, but we are working on sorting it out."

Resta said a series of updates would continue to be added to the car at the next three races as Ferrari tries to put Alonso's championship challenge back on track.

"The reason for us struggling at the last few races is us not bringing to the car parts that are working," he added. "If anything we have brought parts that are not working better than the others were. There isn't anything specific, but we have a lot of components for Spa, Monza and Singapore so we continue to work race by race."