In the summary: Ferrari admits they had to reduce the power output of their Formula 1 engine following reliability issues they encountered earlier in 2022.
Ferrari “had to lower the power slightly”
The two Ferrari drivers used a total of six power units during the 2022 season, twice the maximum allowed by the regulations. Failures suffered by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jnr have led Ferrari to reduce engine performance to improve reliability, team principal Mattia Binotto has admitted.
“We had to reduce the power slightly,” he told media including RaceFans after yesterday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “Yes, we had to.”
People ‘find it hard to appreciate what I’ve achieved’ – Verstappen
Max Verstappen has dismissed controversies linked to his two Formula 1 championship wins, saying some people cannot respect his successes.
“So last year, it was “rigged”. It was stolen’. Well, if you look at the whole season, because it’s not a one-race championship, I think I did pretty well. he said to the sun.
“This year, everything revolves around the car. And then the budget cap stories. I feel like for some people it’s a bit hard to appreciate what I’m doing.
“Ricciardo has done a very good job for us” – Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo ground engineering manager Xevi Pujolar said he was “very impressed” with Daniel Ricardodefended himself against Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which allowed Alfa Romeo to finish sixth in the team standings.
“Well, I don’t know what they were trying to do,” Pujolar said of Aston Martin’s strategy. “But I think for us the only thing I can say is that Ricciardo has done a very good job for us.
“I’m very impressed. He’s very impressive because he didn’t have DRS for several laps with Vettel behind. He was defending really well. So today he’s part of our strategy.
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Drugovich ‘wanted this win so badly’ for F2 record
2022 Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich won the title at Monza two months ago but continued to battle for points in the two Abu Dhabi races, taking third and second places.
Ayumu Iwasa turned it down in yesterday’s season-closing race, leaving Drugovich to take second place. “I think it was very close, I wanted this win so badly,” Drugovich said.
“Someone told me that if I won one more I would be the one with the most F2 wins, but that didn’t happen so I’m level with [Nyck] de Vries or something like that. I also wanted it so badly for the team, to close the team championship with a victory, but I didn’t achieve it.
MP Motorsport sealed the teams title, with Drugovich earning 87% of their points during the year. “My tires were burning behind Ayumu, and I was pushing every lap trying to get a little closer. I think it was about five laps that I was pushing so much to get into the DRS and I just couldn’t get it open before a round where I got it.
“Then the VSC arrived, and I got closer after the VSC then the yellow flag in the last sector. Those VSCs didn’t help me much but I only had one decent attack at the end of the last lap but I couldn’t get there. Congratulations to him and very happy for the team.