Tests reveal no major damage to Barrichello’s engine

It has been confirmed that Rubens Barrichello will not require to change his engine ahead of next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

In the closing stages of the Belgian Grand Prix, Barrichello’s Mercedes-powered car was seen admitting grey smoke, eventually catching fire in the pitlane. Although the Brazilian had managed to hold on for seventh place in the race, doubts were raised over the condition of the engine on his Brawn GP car.

However after a stringent test on Friday, the Brackley team confirmed that the engine has no lasting damage and will be able to be used in the remainder of the season.

“The team told me that my engine is fine after the fire,” Barrichello wrote on his Twitter page.

“The gearbox seems okay but only after Saturday practice (in Monza) we will know more,”

Barrichello also confirmed that the engine was the sixth of the eight allocated to him for the season. Adding that engines previously raced, could still be used.