Ferrari F1 Reveal Risky Strategy to Bag 2022 Championship

Published 05/13/2022, 2:53 PM EDT
May 6, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain races into turn 1 through the circuit during qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix at Miami International Autodrome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Ferrari F1 are back at the top of the Formula One stage once again. The Italian team has been struggling for the past two seasons and has been battling in the sport’s midfield. But they have finally returned to their winning ways at the beginning of the 2022 season and are leading both constructors and drivers championships after five races.

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One of the main reasons behind their ascend back to the top of the sport has been the improvements to their power unit. The Italian team has arguably the strongest power unit on the grid this season.

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But it looks like they might have to take an engine penalty in the latter half of the season for exceeding the count of power units that a driver is allowed to use in a season. But they had prepared themselves to use four power units no matter what in 2022. The F1 teams are allowed to use only three power units throughout the season and using an extra one will see them take a penalty.

Ferrari team principal explains their power unit gains in 2022

The Italian team might have the most powerful power unit on the grid currently. This was the area in which the team was struggling for the past two seasons. But a completely new design has enabled them to fight their way back to the top.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto explained how they focused on the reliability and the performance of power units during the winter break.

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Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 5, 2022, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto ahead of the Miami Grand Prix REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

“During the winter we focused on the search for performance and reliability because what we have at the beginning of the season is frozen for the rest of the season and for the following years,” said Binotto.

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It is nostalgic to see the Italian team fighting at the front of the grid again. But they have a job on their hands as they try to win their first title since 2008 in Formula One.

But it is interesting to see just how reliable their power unit has been at the start of this season. There have been no significant issues related to their engines in any of their cars in 2022. Let’s see if this trend continues throughout the end of the season as they prepare themselves to take an engine penalty.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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