Sebastian Vettel will receive a new power unit for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, with teammate Kimi Raikkonen receiving the upgraded engine later this year. Ferrari is of course eager to see what the upgrade can do, but Raikkonen isn’t expecting it to deliver a sudden and sharp spike in performance, according to Motorsport.
The upgraded power unit, which cost Ferrari three engine development tokens, has a new compressor that will help extract more performance from the SF16-H. Some suspension upgrades have also come along with the new PU, which should help with drivability.
“This is a step forward, but how much time will tell,” Raikkonen told Motorsport. “It is a new part and we never put new parts on the car if we didn’t think they improved things.”
“But what kind of step? I don’t expect miracles. It is the right direction – it is something we have been waiting to have.
“It is like any other new parts we bring. It is not suddenly something magic. It is normal working progress for us as a team and it is going in the right direction all the time.”
Ferrari struggled with rear mechanical grip at last month’s Monaco Grand Prix, with Vettel finishing fourth after both he and Raikkonnen struggled in qualifying. The team has yet to deliver a win this season and currently finds itself chasing Mercedes-Benz while also fending off a determined Red Bull Racing.