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GP Week : Issue 219
F1 >>> nEWs BriEFly CRACKING uP Suggestions doing the rounds in Bahrain claimed cracks were found in both Ferrari engines following China, forcing the team to change engines for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. The team meanwhile claimed the engine changes were simply part of a pre-defined scheduled. ONe MORe TIMe It is expected Ferrari will exercise its option on Kimi Raikkonen, keeping the Finn in Formula 1 for at least one more year following a strong opening to the season. That is unless you believe paddock gossip which has Lewis Hamilton heading to Maranello alongside Sebastian Vettel next season. NO NuMBeR ONe CLAuse Those rumours have been given legs because Hamilton is still to sign a new deal with Mercedes. In Bahrain he denied the delays are a result of his insistence of any preferred driver clause in his new contract, stating he has never asked for preferential treatment and wants to do his talking on the track. KING AMONG MeN King Juan Carlos of Spain was a visitor to the Formula 1 paddock in Bahrain, taking time to pose with Spanish drivers Roberto Mehri, Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz and Carmen Jorda. Lord March was also on hand, busy locking in teams for the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Having made gradual progress in the opening four races of the season, McLaren has confirmed it will have an updated Honda engine from the spanish Grand Prix onwards. Though still plagued with teething problems (Jenson Button stopping on track three times over the weekend with 'electrical' issues and failing to start the race), Honda has continued to gradually turn up the wick. Fernando Alonso's progress to the second phase of qualifying in Bahrain and an 11th place finish, having battled among the midfield throughout the race, underscored the headway the Japanese engine manufacturer has made. "We know which step we can still get out of this engine," McLaren's racing director Eric Boullier claimed. "In Barcelona we have another spec coming, so we will keep improving every race. "We know we can power up the engine and with the same base we know we have some potential we can unlock." Despite the difficult start to the championship, the worst in its history, the team has remained realistic but upbeat about its chances. "There will be a push for the European campaign and even on the car itself we have another strong aerodynamic package coming in Barcelona," Boullier asseted. "The target is we want to be competitive by the end of the season. "I'm not saying any dates because every race we bring improvements. The potential of the engine we know is quite high, they have been quite ambitious because we keep repeating it but if you want to beat Mercedes you have to be better than them." Ferrari too has a new engine package in the pipelines, using five of the tokens allowed by the FIA for a new power unit scheduled for the Canadian Grand Prix. It's been suggested the upgrade strengthens the engine block, among other tweaks which allegedly give it as many as 20 more prancing horses. new honda for spanish gp 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: