Ferrari F1 Technical Dir Pat Fry officially recognized that Ferrrai's wind tunnel is running after Team Principal Stefano Domenicali decided to close it at the end of last season, according to Javier Rubio of EL CONFIDENCIAL. Fry said, "It is functioning at 100 percent right now, 24 hours per day, seven days a week." Ferrari "shut down its Maranello tunnel late last year to work on correlation problems that had held it back, with Toyota's state-of-the-art windtunnel in Cologne being used instead for development work" (EL CONFIDENCIAL, 11/7). AUTOSPORT's Edd Straw reported "although Ferrari is still in the early stages of evaluating its improved windtunnel," Fry is "encouraged by progress." Fry: "We have certainly made some reasonable improvements there. Time will tell if we are exactly where we would like to be but the signs are good at the moment." To assess the "effectiveness of the Maranello windtunnel, Ferrari has been conducting some tests specifically to ensure it is generating the same results as the Toyota." Though the new "1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines that will be introduced next year will be a significant performance differentiator next year, Fry has no doubts aerodynamic development will also remain vital" (AUTOSPORT, 11/6).
FC Barcelona's Palau Blaugrana arena, which hosts the Barcelona basketball team, among other clubs, "will feature five games from Friday to Sunday involving various Barcelona clubs," according to David Boti of SPORT. The arena "will host two basketball games, an indoor football game, a handball game and a roller hockey contest in less than 48 hours." The FC Barcelona basketball team will take on CSKA Moscow on Friday at 8:45pm. On Saturday, Barcelona's roller hockey team will play Herringen at 12:30pm, its indoor football team will play Manacor at 4:15pm and there will be handball match at 7:30pm. On Sunday, FC Barcelona's basketball team will meet Spanish Basketball League (ACB) rival CB Canarias. Five games "in less than two days -- a heart-stopping weekend at the Palau Blaugrana" (SPORT, 11/7).
Spanish second division side Hércules on Wednesday presented a "campaign to make the team's Rico Pérez stadium into something more than a football field: an area at the service of the fan base," according to Gonzalo Blanes of MARCA. The facility "will be available to be rented for celebrations, including weddings, baptisms and business meetings." The available parts of the stadium "will be the press box and the VIP suites" (MARCA, 11/7).