Ferrari is planning on upgrading its power unit ahead of the 2016 Russian Grand Prix, according to a report from Motorsport.com.
Despite both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen having suffered fatal engine failures so far this season, Ferrari may spend three of its remaining nine development tokens to up the output of its power unit for Russia. Both Vettel and Raikkonen are expected to receive the new engine.
With the upgraded engine, Vettel is now on his third power unit of 2016 after the first suffered a failure on the formation lap of the Bahrain GP. Formula 1 allows each driver a total of five engines over the course of the season before they will be penalized for receiving a new one.
Ferrari reportedly sees no downside to introducing the upgraded engine as it will increase the chances of success on the long straights of the Russian GP circuit. The old power unit could also be used at races where horsepower is less of a contributor to success, such as Monaco or Singapore.