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GP Week : Issue 74
FERRARI says it will be working hard to rectify cooling issues with its race-winning F10, despite scoring a one-two finish in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. The ban on refuelling resulted in the fuel tank on all F1 cars almost doubling in size, and Ferrari have attempted to reduce the adverse effect of such a change by packaging their aerodynamics more tightly around the car, thereby restricting cooling. In Bahrain, both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa started the race with new engines after post- qualifying checks raised concerns about the units, while in the race they were seen pulling out of the slipstream of the cars to get cool air flowing into their engines, while Massa was even forced to slow down from mid-distance to save his engine. With more hot races to come in Australia and Malaysia, the team is keen to get the problem solved as quickly as possible: "The temperature of the engine is the result of the aerodynamics of the car," explained Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari's team principal. "We have to work on that in order to make sure we don't have any more of these kinds of issues for the next hot races. "Of course, the result at the end was excellent but we have seen that the list of problems is quite high. We need to address them all, and make sure that they are solved before the start of the next weekend in Australia." VIEWING figures in Germany for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix almost doubled from last year, as the nation tuned in en masse to witness the much- hyped return of seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher. German broadcaster RTL claims an average of 10.5 million people watched last Sunday's race, with a peak of 11.5 million, compared to just 5.39 million for last year's race in the Gulf. While the figures could also have been boosted given Bahrain's move to the first race of the year and as a result of Mercedes' Grand Prix return, Schumacher has shown he is still able to attract a crowd, despite his modest performance in qualifying and the race. Expect Schumi's home race in Hockenheim to be a sell-out! But the upsurge in viewers was not confined to Germany alone. Throughout Europe figures were up, with almost 5 million Spanish viewers tuning into see Alonso triumph in his first race for Ferrari. Meanwhile in the UK, 4.8 million tuned into BBC One to watch the race, peaking at over 6 million half an hour into the action, as world champions Button and Hamilton enjoyed their first race as team-mates. The Schumacher E ect boosts gures in Germany Ferrari to work hard on F10 cool