Scuderia Ferrari has upgraded Sebastian Vettel’s power unit ahead of the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix, spending three development tokens to do so.
According to Motorsport, the upgrade consisted of a new turbocharger that will allow the Ferrari SF16-H to recover more energy through its MGU-H system. This will be especially important in Canada – where drivers are full throttle for 45 percent of the lap.
“The hybrid system is important [in Canada], because the main straight requires to deliver all the power, and make sure that in the mixed part of the circuit you are correctly recovering the energy and getting the energy storage quite full by the time you accelerate our of the hairpin and onto the main straight,” said Ferrari power unit boss Mattia Binotto.
Joining the turbocharger upgrade will be a new fuel from shell, which is expected to deliver increased efficiency. Suspension upgrades have also been put in place, with Ferrari modifying the pullrod system for better mechanical grip.
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has said the team needs to work on its tire strategies as well. Rumors have been circulating in the F1 paddock that some teams have been gaining an advantage through tire pressures – and Ferrari is now looking into it.
“It is an issue that deserves to be dealt with in great detail,” Arrivabene said.