Ferrari worried about engine failures

Ferrari bosses have warned that reliability problems are increasingly threatening to derail the team’s world title bid.

After an engine blow-up three laps from home cost Felipe Massa victory in Hungary, the Maranello squad suffered another race-ending failure on Kimi Raikkonen’s car in Sunday’s European Grand Prix at Valencia.

As a result Ferrari’s advantage over McLaren in the constructors’ championship has been shaved to just eight points, while despite Massa’s win Lewis Hamilton inched further ahead in the drivers’ standings.

Team boss Stefano Domenicali admitted that unreliability has become a serious concern needing urgent attention.

“Unfortunately, once again, we have suffered with a reliability problem, this time on Kimi’s car, which lost us precious points," he said. Now we have to find out what happened in yet another engine failure and then decide how to react.

“Clearly what happened is serious and we will have to do all in our power to make up for the ground we have lost through reliability problems in the coming races.

“Now we must continue to push to the maximum to develop the car and improve reliability in order to be as well prepared as possible for the forthcoming races.

“We still have two test sessions, at Monza and then Jerez and a lot of hard days work in the factory."

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