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.

Andretti ‘getting closer’ to re-signing Alexander Rossi in IndyCar

INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski
INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski
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TORONTO – Team owner Michael Andretti told NBCSports.com that contract negotiations with both Alexander Rossi and Honda Performance Development are progressing positively with hopes of reaching a conclusion “within the next week or two.”

Andretti spoke to NBCSports.com and to NBCN’s Robin Miller Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

“I think things are getting there,” Andretti said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re close. I can’t comment, but I think things are going in the right direction.

“Honda has been great. They’ve been really good to work with. I’m hoping we can put something together there, too. We’ve been part of Honda for so long. I think we are getting real close there.

“I’m hoping to have this resolved in the next week or two.”

Rossi, who is in the final year of his contract, finished third in the race, one position ahead of championship rival Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.

That leaves Rossi just four points behind Newgarden heading into Saturday night’s race at Iowa Speedway.

Rossi’s agent is his father, Pieter.

NBCSports.com spoke to Pieter Rossi before the race, and he also expressed optimism that a deal will be reached soon for his son as the star driver, 27, enters the prime years of his career.

Andretti had separate meetings with Honda Performance Development officials and with Pieter Rossi in the hours leading up to Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.