Sebastian Vettel will receive a new engine for the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix after being forced to retire on the formation lap during last week’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Autosport reports.
Vettel suffered an engine failure last week that was determined to be linked to a software issue that came about at low revs. An official statement from Ferrari said a “very unlikely combination of circumstances” caused a broken valve.
Kimi Raikkonen also suffered an engine failure in the 2016 Australian Grand Prix, putting him on his second engine of 2016. Vettel and Raikkonen have now both used up two of five allowed power units in 2016, sparking rumors the Ferrari SF16-H may suffering from reliability woes.
Ferrari is working on a fix to ensure the software issue does not happen again and is hoping Vettel’s replacement engine isn’t plagued with the same electronics fault, according to Autosport.