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Leclerc points to a sanction in Austin to improve the Ferrari engine

Ferrari has among its plans to change the power unit of Charles Leclerc in the United States Grand Prix, so everything seems to indicate that the Monegasque will start the weekend in Austin uphill. Initially, those of the Prancing Horse will mount the sixth piece of the season, which means a penalty of five positions on the grid on Sunday, although it may be good news on the other hand, since the introduction of the new 066/7 has a strategic role.

The working group led by Enrico Gualtieri has improved the technical aspects that reduced the reliability of the engine after the approval of the FIA, and they have made changes with new solutions that will be tested for 2023.

There is no doubt that the adoption of the Wolf Zimmermann -designed Superfast engine has taken the Maranellos a step forward in terms of power, but they have paid the price in reliability. It was a choice of team principal Mattia Binotto , who was aware that freezing the engines until the end of 2025 would mean that they would not be able to recover performance, while they could work on reliability.

Zimmermann created an innovative six-cylinder with a new fuel system that allows the combustion chamber to guarantee an explosion phase with very fast times and Ferrari, therefore, after two years to forget after the secret agreement with the FIA on a technical irregularity, compete again against the best.

The repeated mechanical failures that have left Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz stranded have conditioned the options of the Italians in the 2022 season, so in Maranello they have opted for a conservative path to avoid more dropouts, while reducing the potential of your engine. The frequent substitutions of the propellant to avoid reaching the breaking point of the weakest parts allowed the engineers to work on solutions that were not simple patches, but definitive, with the aim of extending its life from seven to eight grand prix to meet the cycles without penalties.

Leclerc will have his sixth power unit, which is a very important test bench for Ferrari, as they will look for performance, also adjusting the electronic functions of the hybrid part with the different more powerful engine maps. Apparently, we should see a step forward in the ERS introduced in the Monegasque’s F1-75 compared to that of Spa-Francorchamps, which for now has only saved two kilos of weight.

His teammate, Carlos Sainz, will have to go for pole position in Texas, while the Monaco driver will fight for runner-up with a comeback included, since Sergio Pérez is two points ahead in the drivers’ standings.

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In Austin it is possible to overtake, so it will be interesting to see if the team in red can get an ace up its sleeve and break the hegemony of Red Bull with a victory, especially since in the United States the real effectiveness of the latest evolution will be valued of the fund that they introduced in Suzuka, but since the rain compromised the data collection, they will be able to have more information on North American soil.

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