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Formula 1: New Ferrari engine for Mick Schumacher

New Ferrari engine for Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher has a Ferrari engine in the rear of the Haas this year. In 2020 the unit was the weakest in the field. But now a power boost should come.

W.M rank ninth, three measly points; only Alfa Romeo was worse than Mick Schumacher’s (21) new Formula 1 team Haas in the constructors’ championship in 2020. The commonality of both taillights: the Ferrari engine (1.6-liter V6 hybrid with two energy recovery systems), which had to be retrofitted last season following a secret agreement with the FIA.
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In the room were allegations of fraud from 2019 that could never be proven. Nevertheless, the consequences of the deal put the Ferrari-powered teams on the track to a severe brake. What remained was a taste, as one would say at Mercedes in Swabia.

New Ferrari engine for Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher

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On paper these are not rosy prerequisites for Mick Schumacher in his first Formula 1 season. The Ferrari junior will start his premier class career at Haas in 2021 – with a Ferrari engine in the rear. That also puts the Scuderia under pressure. Because no customer team can be satisfied with an air pump in the rear – especially none that the Formula 1 world is looking at in 2021. Because of Mick Schumacher. Last year, team boss Günther Steiner grinned when ABMS asked how important an upgrade is for 2021: “That would help.”

Schumacher benefits from a better engine
After all: Ferrari is reacting to the 2020 horsepower deficit. Red Bull chief advisor Helmut Marko reveals to ABMS: “Obviously they have taken a clear step forward with the engine. But that was also necessary. Last year some of them were back 50 hp. “

In the scene there is talk of an increase of around 30 to 40 hp. The Italian division of Autosport reports on an innovative “Superfast” cylinder head, which the team around engine manager Enrico Gualtieri actually wanted to bring in 2022. The new super-fast cylinder head is supposed to bring the pressure in the combustion chambers closer to the 500 bar allowed by the regulations.

In addition, a newly designed piston crown (still made of steel), an improved camshaft and new materials should further increase performance. Ex-Mercedes engineer Wolff Zimmermann works together with the Graz company AVL. Allegedly they even considered a complete change of the engine design, but then decided against it. Specifically, it was about the arrangement of the turbo. At Mercedes, its turbine and compressor are located separately from each other on different sides of the V6 combustion engine. Above all, this brings thermal advantages, which Ferrari initially does not want to use.

New Ferrari engine for Mick Schumacher

In 2020, Ferrari’s engine was a major weak point

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Instead, a smaller turbine is being planned that will enable better recuperation of exhaust gas energy and make the use of the hybrid system (163 additional horsepower for 33 seconds per lap) more efficient.

Ferrari team boss Binotto optimistic

“I think we’ll be competitive again with the engine,” confirms Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. “We won’t have the worst engine in the GP field – at least that’s what I get when I look at the data from the test benches.”

The problem, and Binotto knows that too: the competition never sleeps. The Italian therefore admits: “I don’t know what the other manufacturers are doing and how far they can improve.”

One thing is certain: if Ferrari should actually come back to its old strength in the engine sector, that is also good for Mick Schumacher. The Haas from 2020 was already considered a good-natured race car to drive – it just lacked the horsepower. “I don’t think they (the new drivers; d. Editor) will have a car that is very difficult to drive,” admits ex-Haas driver Kevin Magnussen. “These cars are very good.” They were not fast enough – but neither were they indomitable monsters on four wheels.
So good news for Mick Schumacher (21), who last week completed a Ferrari private test in the SF71H from 2018. The son of record world champion Michael Schumacher was noted: He can hardly wait for the start of the season. Mick: “I feel ready. It is my childhood dream to become a Formula 1 driver. Now I have the chance. That’s why I’m doing everything I can to be well prepared for the season. ”

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