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Ferrari perplexed by Massa's front wing

The flapping "issue" was first seen at he Indian GP, and still persists. The team is looking for a solution.
Saturday, November 12, 2011

ABU DHABI, Nov 12, 2011 (AFP) - Ferrari have admitted that they are unsure why Felipe Massa continued to suffer excessive flapping with the front wing of his car during practice for this weekends Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Two weeks after the behaviour of the wing at high-speed raised eyebrows in India, Massa's front wing was once again seen to flap excessively on the long straight in practice at the Yas Marina circuit.

In India, the team said they believed the problem was caused by a manufacturing error.

But after practice in Abu Dhabi, team chief Stefano Domenicali said: "The reality is that we found something that was not correct in terms of the structure of that wing, but apparently it seems that there is still a problem.

"It seems we haven't fixed the issue on that yet. I have got engineers with much more expertise than me here that know that an effect on a wing can depend on a lot of things.

"It depends on the set-up of the car, depending on the tyre pressure and so on. Maybe it is a combination of all of these elements for our engineers to understand and react as it is not what we would like to see."

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