Ferrari may upgrade its power unit once again ahead of this month’s Canadian Grand Prix as it looks to earn its first win of 2016, Motorsport reports.
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel missed the podium in last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix after turning in a poor qualifying session Saturday. Ferrari’s qualifying pace has been less than admirable so far in 2016, and team boss Maurizio Arrivabene is hoping a new power unit can fix that.
Ferrari already spent three development tokens to improve its engine ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, however Arrivabene said he’s not sure whether or not this upgrade will require the team to spend a token.
“We will bring some news on the power unit front,” he told Motorsport. “But we do not yet know whether or not we will spend the tokens. We’re talking to the FIA to decide what to do.”
While an improved power unit will be key to Ferrari’s improved qualifying performance, Arrivabene thinks other teams are utilizing the wide range of available tire pressures better.
“It was the story of Barcelona and also of Monaco,” he said. “The problem is there on a Saturday afternoon.
“We must try to understand it, because it is absurd that a car has a certain performance in Q1 and Q2 and then is unable to repeat it in Q3.
“There is talk about the operating window of the tyres, but I was an in-depth analysis about what is happening.”