Ferrari were one of the fewest teams to suffer a massive pace deficit in 2020, which ultimately left the so-called title-contending team to minnows. Since then, the Maranello outfit have been on the road to recovery, and one must say, they have done a decent job so far.
The 2021 season witnessed Ferrari secure 2 back-to-back pole positions and 2 podium finishes out of the initial 10 race weekends. What’s more, they certainly are looking to follow this upward trajectory through the 2022 season as well.
And Ferrari have reportedly taken a promising step forward in the 672 Project. The 065/6 power unit, which will fire up their 2022 F1 car, has shown drastic improvement compared to last year’s engine.
How big is the step made by Ferrari?
Earlier this season, Ferrari revealed that their target is to return to the top of the grid again, similar to the early 2010s. And what better time to accomplish it than amidst the start of a new F1 era?
Well, it looks like reality could shape up exactly the way Ferrari dreamt it to be. Why you might ask? Well, according to Scuderia Fans, Ferrari’s 2022 power unit is now much faster than the one being used this season.
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after finishing second Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron
Wolf Zimmermann, the designer of the 2022 ‘superfast’ engine, has been running the engine on the test bench, which was consequently revised by Enrico Gualtieri.
Yes, the engine still lacks a substantial pace difference from the rival power trains, Mercedes and Red Bull (Honda). But, the good news is that Ferrari have enough time in hand and are confident that they could develop their power train into a highly competitive one by December.
Will Ferrari’s major engine gamble pay off?
Ferrari have surprisingly opted to take a different route in terms of the engine layout. Unlike Mercedes and Red Bull, Ferrari will not be following the preferred ‘Split-Turbo’ technology.
In layman’s term, Ferrari will keep the turbo and compressor together while their rivals will separate the two components. That’s not the only major change Ferrari will be bringing into their 2022 power train.
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
Ferrari will also bring the ‘super-fast ignition’ technology, which will assist in improving combustion. This will reportedly produce much more power and speed to the car, which could potentially play a crucial role in defeating their rivals next season.
So, will 2022 mark the return of the championship-winning Ferrari F1 team?
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