Ferraris Ask the FIA to fix the latter “without resounding success” because they focused on effectiveness over durability when developing their 2022 engine. Ferrari struggled with a double DNF Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but while Carlos Sainz’s F1-75 was docked to the side of the track due to a problem with the hydraulic system, Charles Leclerc’s was engine-related. Not only was it his second engine failure in three races, but both occurred while he was leading the race, in Spain and then in Baku.
The Monegasque rider has fallen from 34 points clear in the riders’ standings after the Australian GP to 21 points behind Azerbaijan. More ordeal is on the way as Ferrari teammates, as well as Ferrari customers Haas and Alfa Romeo, face engine sanctions. Both teams lost a car on Sunday, with Kevin Magnussen’s malfunction attributed to the turbocharged engine and MGU-H, although Ferrari claim Zhou Guanyu’s DNF had nothing to do with their components.
According to F1 journalist Michael Schmidt, there is no hope for the Maranello-based team, at least not in the near future. “Because the technology for the combustion engine was frozen at the end of February and the hybrid system has to be homologated at the end of September, it was obvious for Ferrari to first deal with the development of power and performance. They wanted to take care of the reliability later if necessary. The regulations allow corrections if you can prove to the FIA that it’s all about ensuring reliability.” said Smith.
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“Modifications to the engine are also long-term projects,” Schmidt continues. “Even if you think you have a solution today, it won’t be built into the engine tomorrow. First, test bench runs must validate the modification. Then new parts have to be built.” adds Smith.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto does not want to blame the Ferrari technicians. He thinks they did a fantastic job with the powertrain. He also claims that what the Maranello-based racing team has been doing with the hybrid system over the past season has given them huge leaps in performance.
Much more decisive, however, is the incentive of maneuverability. Toto Wolff, Mercedes Team Principal, suggests paying attention to the specific engines during the exponential growth phase. None of them accelerate as smoothly as the F1-75. This means a much better gear ratio can be used. However, he admitted that they have one major disadvantage, they are not indestructible. The greater the mileage, the greater the concern.
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