F1 Teams Urge Ferrari to Change Exhaust System

Following media reports showing that Ferrari's 2009 challenger features an illegal exhaust system, two team representatives in Formula 1 have confirmed that the F60 should be modified ahead of the season opener in Melbourne. According to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, the system's format does not follow FIA's new aerodynamic rules for 2009.

“Who knows, perhaps we are talking only about the launch version. Every team knows that the exhaust pipes must be covered in 2009,” Mercedes' motorsport director Norbert Haug was quoted as saying to German news agency SID.

After reviewing the Ferrari F60 images from last week's launch, BMW's managing director Walter Riedl also argued that the exhaust system introduced by Ferrari would be illegal in 2009 and the Scuderia should proceed to changing it during the winter testing. When asked about the matter, Riedl said he thinks the uncovered exhaust pipes are only “provisional”.

Ferrari recently pulled out from the Portimao group test this week due to the bad weather forecast in Portugal. Instead, they decided to head back to Mugello for the first on-track testing of the Ferrari F60.

The Scuderia were expected to replace the system during the Mugello testing, but the latest photos from the Italian circuit show Kimi Raikkonen using the same car that was unveiled to the media last week. The Italian team is yet to respond to these latest accusations, while expected to change the system during the upcoming weeks.

Raikkonen concluded the second day of testing at Mugello yesterday, with Felipe Massa ready to hit the track for the remaining 2 days of testing. The first 2 days of testing were affected by rain.
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