Ferrari has revealed that it has been using Toyota's wind tunnel to help with the development of its new Formula 1 car.
The Italian squad is eager to make big aerodynamic gains this year, and decided that it needed to use a facility other than its own Maranello facility if it was to do that. As it tried to balance what it could do under the terms of the Resource Restriction Agreement – which in principle allows teams to spend more money if they outsource more – Ferrari elected that using the Cologne facility of the former Toyota team was its best bet.
Speaking about the decision to use Toyota's tunnel, Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa said: "There are some FOTA regulation restrictions in terms of expense – which is the cost for the framework, the number of people working in the team, the number of hours spent in the wind tunnel, and also the power of the server for the CFD.
"These are the four restrictions and the last two are connected – so it is up to the team how to spend money, how to employ people and where to work. We therefore decided to really focus on the work of the wind tunnel, and one wind tunnel was not enough – we needed one and a little bit more.
"The Toyota tunnel is one of the commercial tunnels that is more state of the art, and that is why we have selected it."
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said that Ferrari's period of work with Toyota would be coming to an end in the next few days.