Ferrari test again with 2011 car

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Ferrari have conducted another test with their 2011 car as they work on the data correlation problems that have plagues them in recent seasons.

Testing with current cars is forbidden under F1’s rules. Ferrari used the F150° Italia chassis they raced two years ago in a test at Magny-Cours, the former home of the French Grand Prix.

It emerged during the FIA’s hearing into Mercedes’ illegal test for Pirelli that Ferrari ran tests using a 2011 car this season and the year before.

According to Autosport Ferrari cleared the test in advance with the FIA and are using Pirelli’s demonstration tires.

Ferrari also moved to quieten speculation about a rift between driver Fernando Alonso and president Luca di Montezemolo after the latter warned the former about critical comments made after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Di Montezemolo is the first to support our driver’s call to improve the car’s competitiveness as quickly as possible,” said a spokesperson. “He fully understands Fernando’s frustrations after what has been the most challenging race of the year. He is his chief supporter and has full trust in him.”

Earlier this week the team confirmed former Lotus technical director James Allison will join them in September as they bid to get on terms with their rivals.

Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.