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.
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.”
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 2020, Ferrari’s engine was a major weak point
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.”