Ferrari is set to introduce a Formula 1 power unit upgrade and enhanced rear suspension for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix as it continues its bid to close the gap to rival Mercedes. Both Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will get the upcoming big upgrades.
Ferrari was the biggest spender of tokens, spending 23 before the start of this season and another three before the Russian GP. The upgrade would take Ferrari’s overall token spend to 28, leaving the Maranello-based outfit with just four tokens for the remainder of this season. The upgrade is believed to be focused around the F1 turbocharger and will be used in conjunction with a new kind of fuel from Shell.
Ferrari has its worst race of the season in Monaco Grand Prix, scoring only 12 points while rival Mercedes pulled 67 points clear in the constructors’ championship. On the other hand, Red Bull managed to narrow the gap to Ferrari to just nine points and will have the updated Renault engine in Canada.
In addition to extra power boost, Ferrari will also introduce modified rear suspension in Canada in its search to improve mechanical grip. The idea is to prevent another disastrous qualifying in Monaco, which saw Vettel fail to improve on his Q2 time in Q3 and being beaten to the podium by Force India’s Sergio Perez .
Ferrari has tried to solve the issues about the lack of mechanical grip, which has prevented the Pirelli tyres from working in the right operating window. Reports said that the car’s pull-rod rear suspension system doesn’t seem to provide the rigidity necessary to find traction exiting corners.
“We know the problem is related to how our car works with the tyres,” Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene said in a statement, via the Motorsport.
“We have to work and solve this problem, because if we cannot start in the top positions then we face problems that should not be ours.”
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