Charles Leclerc Set to Receive Crucial F1 Upgrade at Miami as Ferrari Seek Redemption for Imola

Published 05/04/2022, 2:25 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 24, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

This season has seen a Ferrari revival. The team had got off to a blistering start in 2022. However, the last few rounds have seen Red Bull close the gap to their closest rivals. The championship leader Charles Leclerc faced stiff competition from Max Verstappen last weekend in Imola.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 23, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after finishing the sprint race in second REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/Pool

The Dutchman beat the Monegasque to win the sprint race and then the main race. This strong showing has the Ferrari garage worrying about a potential title charge by Red Bull and ‘Super’ Max.

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The teams will debut in Florida this weekend. However, the Maranello outfit is looking to take no chances to ensure that Charles Leclerc’s championship lead stays intact in the forthcoming rounds.

Charles Leclerc to get upgrades to assist him in his fight against Max Verstappen

The Prancing Horse finally faced a proper challenge this season last race weekend in Imola from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. After missing out on both the sprint race win and losing out on a podium in the main race, the team wants to secure the win in Miami.

There have been reports that have suggested that Ferrari will debut upgrades with Charles Leclerc this weekend. The Monegasque will have a brand new power unit at the back of his F1-75.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 24, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

According to the reports, the new PU will utilize more thrust mapping and will adopt a new MGK-U in the hybrid system to produce more power.

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The team will also debut some aero upgrades with a modified version of the F1-75’s skate. The skate will assist in significantly reducing the phenomenon of porpoising, which has majorly affected cars under the new regulations.

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The team has also stated that this decision is purely a strategic call and has no connection to the alarms that Carlos Sainz‘s PU gave in Imola.

The development battle among the teams is now in full swing as the gloves. Who will come out on top in this war?

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Divyansh Priyadarshi

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.

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