Ferrari have been going through one of their worse spells in recent history and they were expected to vehemently oppose the freeze on engine development after this year up until 2025. However, in what was a surprise to many, Ferrari were one of the first teams to actually get on board with this idea. This led to some suggesting that Ferrari may have solved their performance issues with their 2021 engine. Enrico Gualtieri, power unit director at Scuderia Ferrari has now given an update on the exact performance gain they were able to achieve with their latest engine.
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Gualtieri started off by explaining their approach
“In our sport, you have to be continuously aware of the areas where you can improve, the points that you can improve. You have to continuously think about your lessons and experience, learn from your defeats. And then you work hard, with humility”
He then elaborated on the positives of such an approach
“This awareness, along with our passion and skills and the skills of our technical partners is what created the power unit 065/6. Along with the chassis engineers we have worked considerably on the layout of the power unit, trying to make the overall project for the car as efficient as possible”
He then revealed the amount of time per lap they estimate to have recovered with their new car
“We continuously worked on the internal combustion engine aiming to increase its thermal efficiency, which has led to an advantage estimated at over one-tenth of a second per lap”
He signed off by divulging the details of those parts of the car that are still a work in progress
“The turbo-compressor has been revised, to meet the needs of the engine and at the same time, we have planned to increase efficiency in the recovery of exhaust fumes. We’re also working on the hybrid system, on the electronic part, trying to revise all its components and optimizing them”
Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel has pointed out that F1 races are “such a big event with lots of people and lots of waste”
As such “people want to drink something and this is often given in plastic bottles or cups” which Vettel feels “has to stop” and F1 needs “to find an alternative”
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko feels that they “don't need to take any legal steps to prevent Mercedes from luring Verstappen away from” them
They “just have to give Max a car he can win with, and compete for the world title with” added Marko
He also suggested that the “improvement in” their “engine should ensure that” they “are on the level of Mercedes”
Marko, however, hopes that Mercedes’ “leap is not so big now that their engine is already in its eighth year. That development curve has to start levelling off somewhere”
Marko further feels that their new signing Sergio Perez’s “experience in dealing with tyres is very important. If you have him alongside young Max, you might have the best driver duo”
Former F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg is of the opinion that sprint races are “rubbish. It sounds to” him “like something artificial to create excitement”
Former F1 driver Christian Klien supported this notion by suggesting that “If Hamilton and Verstappen finish first and second in the sprint, they will probably also finish first and second on Sunday”
He also feels that if Sebastian Vettel “doesn't get [Lance] Stroll under control, his career could be over pretty quickly”
He further pointed out that “Sebastian always had psychological problems when his teammate was very strong, like with Daniel Ricciardo or Charles Leclerc”
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner thinks that Ferrari “has made a big step” and even though he hasn't “seen any data yet, there seems to be a big step forward this year”
He is, therefore, hopeful that they “can turn” this into good “results”
Steiner further added that “there’s a lot of excitement but obviously”, they “know it will not be” their “strongest year”
Helmut Marko has reiterated that “Alexander Albon was unfortunately not consistent enough here, hence the driver change”
Williams’ CEO Jost Capito has stated that “It’s a huge opportunity working with new owners to get team back where it has been in the past”
Will Ferrari’s engine be competitive again this season?