Raikkonen avoids engine change penalty

Fri, 6 April 2007, 02:12

Championship leader Kimi Raikkonen has avoided a ten-position grid penalty for Sunday’s Malaysian grand prix.

Despite the fact that the Finn’s two-event power plant ran hot in the closing stages of the Australian grand prix, Ferrari has decided to also use it at Sepang throughout qualifying and the race.

We have learned that Ferrari fitted a separate V8 engine in Raikkonen’s car in Friday practice, which had deliberately been run in an earlier test for several laps without a full compliment of cooling water.

It completed 53 practice laps on Friday – three short of a full grand prix distance – without problem.

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