Ferrari will head to Canada this weekend with renewed vigor following confirmation that the Italian squad will brandish an upgraded engine.
Off the back of a weekend in Monaco in which they were bested by both Red Bull and Force India, Ferrari’s standing as next-best behind Mercedes has come under threat in recent races.
Red Bull sported an upgraded engine at Monaco which very nearly delivered victory for Daniel Ricciardo, while Sebastian Vettel was the Maranello team’s best in just fourth place.
Spending another three of its precious engine development tokens, Ferrari will be looking to address that at the Montreal Formula One GP this weekend.
“There are long straights, very tight hairpins, and very slow corners, where the acceleration delivers all the power you may have,” explained Mattia Binotto, head of the Power Unit department at Maranello.
“It’s a circuit where conditions may change during the race, for example with safety cars, barriers that drivers sometimes touch with their wheels, brushing the walls.
“The hybrid system is important as well, because the main straight requires to deliver all the power and make sure that in the mixed part of the circuit you are correctly recovering the energy and getting the energy storage quite full by the time you accelerate our of the hairpin and onto the main straight.”
Ferrari is also understood to have revised rear suspension to test during the weekend as it searches to improve not only engine power but mechanical grip.
Renault will have new engines for both works drivers and Red Bull cars this weekend, the French marque still holding 21 development tokens in hand.
Mercedes meanwhile has 11 remaining while Honda has all 14 of the tokens with which it started the season.
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