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Ferrari considering big engine update for Russian GP

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In an earlier report, Ferrari said that it plans to take some minor updates in the upcoming Russian Grand Prix, making steady progress through a more focused campaign rather than a series of staged bigger jumps. Ferrari believes that the team’s results in the early stages of the recent Chinese GP haven been hurt by some reliability issues. And the Italian giant is addressing the issues with some bold engine update, just in time for the Russian Grand Prix.

In a bid to get its season back on track, Italian racing giant Scuderia Ferrari is considering spending its first engine development tokens in time for the Russian Grand Prix.
Despite having strong performance in the first three big grand prix events, Ferrari is yet to fully capitalise on that form and deliver a victory it really wants. But now, despite an engine failure for Sebastian Vettel in the recent Bahrain GP, Ferrari is weighing up the idea of introducing an updated third engine.

Reports said that the Italian giant has already unlocked horsepower improvements on the dyno and is willing to spend three of its remaining nine development tokens to bring the combustion updates to track, just in time for the Russian Grand Prix. Driver Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will take full advantage of the new engine update if Ferrari decided to go ahead with its engine plan.

The team believes that its deficit to archrival Mercedes F1 is now just one-tenth of a second despite of Mercedes’ dominant performance at the recent Chinese GP, and that team principal Maurizio Arrivabene thinks that Ferrari has failed to show its true potential in the recent Chinese race.

“In qualifying we could target pole position,” Arrivabene said in a statement, via the ESPN.com. “With our calculation, we believed we were one tenth behind Mercedes, which is a margin that with a final push from the drivers could even be reduced to zero. But it didn’t happen.”

Ferrari believes that the Russian race track is a power-sensitive track, a kind of situation that made the Italian team to consider a change to its engine plan. According to Motorsport, Scuderia Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has dropped a hint about the scheme in China GP last weekend when the president suggested that Ferrari was ready to bring forward developments.

“Things are going in the right direction. We have set ourselves important objectives, but we must learn to know a completely new car, so mistakes are understandable.

“But we have much work ahead of us, and we will bring forward an important development. Also, we know that Mercedes will not stop developing, so we have no illusions that they will be easily beaten,” Marchionne said in a statement, via the Motorsport.

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