Ferrari: A short-term solution is in place for Canada
Ferrari will have a ‘short-term solution’ in Canada this weekend for the hydraulic problem that forced Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to abandon Sunday’s race in Baku, the Formula 1 team has said ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix of this weekend.
Spaniard Sainz and his Monegasque team-mate retired in Baku, the latter suffering a second power unit failure in three races, nearly destroying their title chances as Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez claimed a one-two finish and the pair top the charts. championship standings after eight rounds.
Ferrari reported on Twitter yesterday:
PostBaku Update: Charles’ engine arrives at the factory tomorrow, a first evaluation should be completed by the evening. The hydraulic components of Carlos’ car have already been examined. A short-term solution is in place for Canada, while work is underway on medium/long-term solutions. pic.twitter.com/AU33P7PK2i
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) June 14, 2022
After the double DNF last Sunday, team boss Mattia Binotto said: “It was definitely a bad day. Compared to last year, we have made great strides in terms of performance, but there is certainly still room for improvement in terms of reliability.
“In Canada, where we aim to make up for that. Before that, we will analyze the failures we have experienced here and try to deal with them until we can master them. There is certainly still work to be done,” added Binotto.
Ferrari is now 80 points behind Red Bull in the constructors’ standings after eight races, with Leclerc dropping to third place overall and 34 points behind world champion and leader Max Verstappen.
After three races, Leclerc was 46 points clear of Red Bull’s Verstappen and Ferrari looked like they had a good chance of winning a first title since 2008, but their unreliability hit them hard.
Sunday’s race in Montreal takes place on a circuit named after Gilles Villeneuve, great Canadian Ferrari champion, and is a must race for the Reds and their title contender, to stay in the hunt. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)