Italian Grand Prix – Ferrari will introduce their latest specification power unit this weekend at their home race at Monza.
Heading to their home race at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has confirmed the cars will run the latest specification power units.
Having won last time out at Spa-Francorchamps with Charles Leclerc, Ferrari head to their home race as favourites. This is due to their exceptional straight line speed over a single lap, handing them a huge qualifying advantage for the circuit known as Formula 1’s ‘Temple of Speed’.
Ferrari held off on introducing their latest spec power units at the Belgian Grand Prix, with customer teams Haas and Alfa Romeo instead being given access to it. Ferrari’s Laurent Mekies explained at the Belgian Grand Prix that the intent is to ensure there is absolutely no wear on their power units for Monza, as the circuit has the greatest effect on laptime based on power output. Ferrari say that every 10bhp is equivalent to 0.2 seconds a lap, meaning they wanted fully fresh power units for the event.
Neither driver will take a penalty for the introduction of the Spec 3, as both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel have both only used two internal combustion engines each – meaning this third one is their last permitted one of the year. Should any further new ones be required, the affected driver will take grid penalties.
“Monza is a track where we run at very high average speeds, featuring long straights and heavy braking, running a low downforce package.” explained Binotto. “This weekend, we plan to introduce our third power unit.”
With Ferrari celebrating their 90th anniversary, and 70 years of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Binotto says the team are leaving no stone unturned to try ensuring victory at the venue this weekend: “We saw in Belgium that, in order to win, we must do everything to perfection and our aim is to do exactly that in Monza too. There will be no room for error. Our home race is always important, but that is especially true this time, as we are celebrating 90 years of Scuderia Ferrari.”
“There can be no better way to come to Monza than as the winner of the last round in Spa-Francorchamps. It’s a great thank you to our fans who have given us so much support during what has been a far from easy season so far.”