Ferrari revealed over the summer season break that it was planning to bring a “significant step” in the performance of its power unit by bringing evolutions for its energy unit by means of the season half of the season.
Beneath the rules, groups are permitted to make one specification replace per yr on every of its energy unit elements.
Ferrari F1 chief Mattia Binotto beforehand stated that the crew wouldn’t debut the up to date energy unit till after the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, which happened earlier this month.
Within the crew’s preview of the Russian Grand Prix this weekend, Ferrari revealed that Leclerc can be taking the up to date energy unit on the Sochi Autodrom to mark its on-track debut.
It’s understood that the ability achieve supplied by the up to date hybrid system will probably be lower than 10bhp, however will however provide a small increase within the combat with McLaren for third within the constructors’ championship.
It means Leclerc should begin Sunday’s race from the again of the grid because of taking a brand new energy unit, having misplaced considered one of his earlier engines within the first-lap crash with Lance Stroll in Hungary.
Staff-mate Carlos Sainz Jr should wait to get the up to date hybrid system as a part of a staggered strategy between the drivers.
Ferrari all the time deliberate to keep away from having each of its drivers begin the identical race from the again, with Leclerc getting precedence as a result of considerations over his vitality retailer that was broken in the identical Hungary crash.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21 retires from the race
Photograph by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images
“Its primary function is to achieve expertise for the 2022 automobile mission,” the crew stated in its preview.
“A substantial amount of effort has gone into this, each technically and logistically, and in order to have the ability to use it as quickly as potential, its introduction will probably be staggered between the drivers.
“Charles would be the first to have the brand new hybrid system. This resolution is a precautionary measure referring to the potential danger of utilizing the battery pack broken in his Hungarian GP accident.
“In Sochi, Leclerc could have a model new energy unit and can subsequently begin from the again of the grid.
“As to when the up to date hybrid system is fitted to Carlos’ automobile, that will probably be determined following an analysis of the best compromise between competitiveness and the affect of the penalty.”
Leclerc is just not the one driver heading to Sochi with a grid penalty pending. Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen will serve a three-place grid drop after being deemed predominantly in charge for the accident with F1 title rival Lewis Hamilton at Monza two weeks in the past.