F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Engine is Now the ‘Benchmark’
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) 2018 F1 engine is now the best on the grid.
MercedesAMG had set the standard for F1’s V6 hybrid engine manufacturers since Y 2014, but team driver Lewis Hamilton suggested earlier this season that Ferrari had eliminated the deficit with its Winter updates.
Ferrari introduced its 1st in-season update for June’s Canadian Grand Prix, while MercedesAMG delayed its upgrade until the French GP after discovering reliability problems in the workshops.
Mr. Hamilton and the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen qualified within a 1/10th sec of each other at Silverstone last weekend, while Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was 7.10ths off the pace on what team boss Christian Horner feels is 1 of the most engine-sensitive circuits on the calendar under the current aerodynamic regulations, which have turned previously challenging corners such as Copse into flat-out blasts.
But Mr. Horner said the improved pace of Ferrari customer teams Haas and Sauber, which qualified best of the midfield runners at Silverstone, suggested Ferrari has now pulled ahead of MercedesAMG in the engine stakes race.
“I think it’s setting the benchmark now,” said Mr. Horner, when asked by whether he thought the Ferrari engine was now the best in F1.
“You can see with Haas and Sauber as well having made good gains.”
After struggling to fight Raikkonen’s Ferrari during the race at Silverstone, Mr. Verstappen described the power deficit of the Renault engine as “tragic” and “like driving in a different series”.
He thinks Renault is about 70-80bhp down on Ferrari and MercedesAMG, equating to roughly 1 sec per lap of Silverstone.
Red Bull will switch to Honda engines for Y 2019, but Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly feels the Japanese manufacturer is also about a sec behind the Top manufacturers.
Asked if swapping 1 deficit for a another of the same was a concern for his team, Mr. Horner said Honda’s plan for future development would be the Key.
“You can see the situation between the engines is very similar at the moment, and it’s all about the potential development,” Mr. Horner said.
It will depend what Honda (NYSE:HON) has in the pipeline…
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