Report: Ferrari’s F1 Engine Experiment With Leclerc at Sochi Has Returned Successful

Published 09/29/2021, 4:23 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


Ferrari installed their much-anticipated evolved power unit at the back of Charles Leclerc’s car last weekend at Sochi. The on-track result indeed was topsy-turvy, with Carlos Sainz securing a podium while his teammate, with a much superior car, ending up further back in P15.

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However, part of the credit for this mix-up goes to the weather. But the pace difference was very much evident on Friday through FP1 and FP2, where the Monegasque was constantly keeping up with the front-runners.

According to Michael Schmidt of Auto Motor Und Sport, Ferrari’s experiment with the new engine has proven to be successful. The evolved power unit managed to bring about an extra juice of 10 to 15 hp, which was initially the target.

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Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Hence, it is imminent that Sainz, too, will be getting his new engine at the Istanbul Park, but of course, by paying the price of starting from the back of the grid.

Ferrari has said the experiment was successful. The new PU has delivered what was expected. Obviously, they play it down, but they always say that. Rumors say the gain is between 10-15 hp,” the statement read.

Will Ferrari take their fight to Red Bull & Mercedes in 2022?

Ferrari encountered a tacky phase in 2020 amidst the significant drop in engine performance. The Reds fell into the mid-field pack, and it looked like their resurgence to the top could take years. However, it has been a sound comeback from the outfit so far this season.

The Maranello squad are almost at the top of the mid-field, and could well finish in the top three, albeit the ever-present threat from McLaren. This certainly proved that Ferrari are on the right path, and could return to the winning ways sooner than expected.

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But the question is, can they?

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during practice REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Well, they are on course to changing their combustion engine, the MGU-H, and the turbocharger next season. Hence, the chances of Ferrari joining Mercedes and Red Bull for the championship fight look quite bright. This job may have become much simpler, as their engine looks as powerful as Honda and Mercedes’.

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Overall, it would be foolish of us to count Ferrari out of the championship battle in 2022. More changes are incoming, and more surprises are in store for the Tifosi. How will those surprises be? Well, we’ll know in time.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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