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Ferrari play down F-duct safety concerns

ESPNF1 Staff
May 8, 2010 « Vettel maintains practice dominance | »
The inlet for Ferrari's F-duct © Sutton Images

Ferrari technical boss Aldo Costa has played down suggestions that operating the F10's F-duct is dangerous.

The cars driven by both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are still fitted with the downforce-spoiling device on Saturday following Friday's practice tests. But unlike McLaren's system, which is believed to be activated by the drivers' knees, the rumour in Barcelona is that Alonso and Massa - like the Sauber drivers - are triggering the airflow on the straights with their left hand. The concern is that they are doing this at the same time as using their right hand to then make adjustments to the brake balance.

"As you know, drivers are trained to use several systems in the car," said Costa. "They normally use the front flap adjuster, they normally use brake balance. Last year they used the KERS system, so they can also use the F-duct with no big issues."