Report: Ferrari Set to Incur Huge Setback With New F1 Engine at Russian GP

Published 09/24/2021, 5:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Last race weekend at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Charles Leclerc had problems with the power unit, which resulted in him having a lackluster race. Hence, Ferrari has brought in an upgrade for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, though it won’t be able to get the most out of the car.

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However, as the season progresses, the new power unit will increase its output. But, for now, the Scuderia will just be able to achieve half the horsepower the new engine will provide in Sochi.

Charles Leclerc won’t be able to maximize the new power unit in Sochi

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The Monegasque racing driver had some issues with the power unit in Monza. Hence, in order to avoid that this weekend, the Italian team has sought to bring a new power unit, even though it won’t be able to give the maximum horsepower. However, with time the new engine will be able to extract the most performance.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during qualifying REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

It is reported that the new power unit will provide an additional 8 horsepower; half of it is capable of. However, as the season carries on, the power unit will be able to reach peak levels of performance.

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What does Leclerc have to say about the Ferrari change?

After having a disappointing race in Monza, due to power unit issues. Leclerc is hoping that the changes to his car for the weekend in Sochi can bring out an improvement.

As quoted from Corriere.it, Leclerc said, “On the bench the new power unit has confirmed progress, and every time we have something capable of guaranteeing us a step forward we try to bring it to the track. I don’t expect big changes, but I hope to see an improvement. in the right direction.” (Translated from Italian via Google)

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

With the new upgrades done to his Ferrari, what are your expectation from Leclerc this weekend in Russia? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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