Formula 1 | Ferrari took risks with an engine still close to the prototype

Ferrari has done everything to propel its new hybrid system onto the track at the end of the year, both in the car of Charles Leclerc (in Russia) and that of Carlos Sainz (in Turkey).

This forced the two drivers from the back of the grid but it is proof, if one was still needed, that the Scuderia are working with 2022 in their heads.

These new elements will indeed serve as the basis for the homologation of the 2022 engine. Mattia Binotto admits that they were integrated while “the prototyping stage was barely finished”.

“When we introduced it to Sochi, the first objective was to try to increase our experience in the run-up to 2022,” adds the Italian.

“That’s why we introduced it as soon as possible, we rushed it even taking risks as well, but it’s all about risk assessment. Obviously for us it’s clear to have the mileage on the track rather than on the bench, to have our own experience before 2022, when the engines will then be frozen, that was the number 1 reason. “

The director of the Scuderia still refuses to confirm the gains of 15 to 20 horses estimated by the GPS data of the competitors.

“It gives us a little advantage,” he replies.

“But I don’t want to quantify it over a lap because it depends on the track. And it’s not just pure power, it’s energy harvesting, so it’s a bit complex. certainly gives us an advantage. “

“If I look at qualifying with Charles this well, he had the fourth fastest lap, and behind him it was very close. I’m pretty sure a few positions would have been lost without this new specification.”

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