Massa admits development snags with Ferrari F2012 23 October, 2012 Oct.23 (GMM) Ferrari have admitted that they are concerned that crucial upgrades to the F2012 car will not work as expected, with Felipe Massa admitting that latest development parts are a failure. Team boss Stefano Domenicali has said that the Italian squad needs to “find at least 2 tenths” to boost Fernando Alonso’s chances of competing for the title against Red Bull‘s on-form championship leader Sebastian Vettel. With tester Davide Rigon at the wheel, Ferrari – with its 2012 car featuring a number of upgrades – reportedly ran a “secret” straightline aerodynamic test at the Idiada facility in Spain last Thursday. Alonso’s teammate Massa admitted the team has had problems this year with the correlation of the data produced by its Maranello wind tunnel, which will be closed for a time during the winter for repairs. “We are working on a lot of things in the development of the car,” the Brazilian is quoted by Totalrace. “We have had some problems with parts we have brought to the last few races not working when we go onto the track.” Totalrace said Ferrari is already working and checking data in Toyota’s state of the art Cologne wind tunnel. Domenicali, however, said he does not want the news to be interpreted as an “excuse” for Ferrari’s recent development problems. “That’s part of the development process we are doing to improve the team, but I don’t want to hear that it’s an excuse for this championship. “We need to keep pushing to make sure [that] Fernando has the best car for the end of the season,” he added. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsMattiacci: For the moment Fernando will continueFerrari: Performance of our cars was a pleasant surpriseFerrari: We want three car teams for the showHonda plan Alonso charm offensive at SuzukaAlonso: I think a podium is closer than everFerrari: The car will continue to improve right to the endMassa advises Alonso to resist McLaren switchFerrari: We had to deal with some reliability problemsFerrari pay tribute to Santander boss BotinAlonso: Someday I’ll talk too and somebody will not like it fools “That’s part of the development process we are doing to improve the team, but I don’t want to hear that it’s an excuse for this championship. It better not be an excuse. Unless they are downplaying development until the race.