- The Ferrari Formula 1 team will introduce a major engine upgrade at July’s British Grand Prix.
- While good, the team recently encountered reliability issues with its power supply.
- Championship contender Charles Leclerc risks a grid penalty due to technical gremlins.
Ferrari is continuing its automotive development program for 2022.
According to reports, the Maranello-based team will try to return Charles Leclerc to the top of the world championship with the help of an updated power unit. The development, which is set to debut at next month’s British GP, would improve the electronic or “hybrid” parts of the impressive new 2022 engine.
There would also be minor car upgrades at Baku this weekend, followed by more significant aero upgrades a week later in Montreal and then at Spa in August.
As far as engine upgrades go, Silverstone’s electrical upgrade is “the only area (of the power unit) where improvements can still be made under FIA regulations. not only about power but also about reliability, where developments are allowed.”
Penalty in sight?
Leclerc, however, is running out of authorized MGU-H units, so “if Ferrari replaces the Silverstone front component, it could result in a grid penalty when the evolved version of the power unit is introduced” .
According to Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko, the engines used by the top three teams, including Mercedes and Ferrari, are all close in terms of performance this year.
“The strange engine power advantage with Lewis Hamilton’s engine last year – I don’t think that’s the case anymore,” said the Austrian.
Marko also notes how Hamilton and especially George Russell have recently been more competitive after a poor start to the season, adding: “They just don’t do it consistently.
“That makes it difficult to estimate where that lap time is coming from. However, when I listen to Mercedes, I feel like they don’t know it themselves either. The only thing that is dangerous, it’s that the potential is definitely there at Mercedes.” If they manage to get more out of the kit than they currently do, they could get back to the top of the grid.”