Ferrari will change Felipe Massa's engine for the Singapore Grand Prix, even though the Brazilian said the problem that hit him in qualifying was related to the gearbox.
The Ferrari driver, who has already used the eight allocated engines for the season, stopped on track during Q1 and was unable to set a time. Although Massa said the problem was with the gearbox, the team will use the opportunity to replace the engine, since the Brazilian will start from the back of the grid anyway.
"I had a problem with the gearbox which seized unexpectedly, without giving any warning and so I had to stop out on the track: now we have to understand exactly what happened," said Massa. "We will change the engine as a precaution, also taking into account the fact I am last on the grid.
"I'm expecting to have a very complicated race, especially as we are at a track where overtaking is very difficult, but it's true that anything can always happen: rain, safety car, who knows!
"I am very disappointed, of course, because today we had a very competitive car, as Fernando proved. I like this track but it seems that it does not bring me much luck..."