Ferrari will have a ‘short-term fix’ in Canada this weekend for the hydraulics problem that forced Charles Leclertc and Carlos Sainz out of Sunday’s race in Baku, the Formula 1 team said ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Both Spaniard Sainz and Monegasque teammate retired in Baku, with the latter suffering a second power unit failure in three races, all but destroying their title chances as Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez took a one-two and the pair are top of the championship standings after eight rounds.
Ferrari reported on Twitter yesterday:
PostBaku update: Charles’ engine arrives at the factory tomorrow, an initial assessment should be completed by the evening.Hydraulic components from Carlos’ car have already been examined. A short-term fix is in place for Canada, while work is on-going on mid/long-term solutions. pic.twitter.com/AU33P7PK2i
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) June 14, 2022
After the double DNF last Sunday, team boss Mattia Binotto said: “This is undoubtedly a bad day. Compared to last year, we have made great progress in terms of performance, however, there is definitely still room for improvement on the reliability front.
“In Canada where we aim to make up for this. Before then, we will analyse the failures we experienced here and will try to manage them until we can get on top of them. There is definitely still work to do,” added Binotto.
Ferrari are now 80 points behind Red Bull in the constructors’ standings after eight races, with Leclerc dropping to third overall and 34 points adrift of world champion and leader Max Verstappen.
After three races Leclerc was 46 points clear of Red Bull’s Verstappen and Ferrari appeared to have a good chance of a first title since 2008, but their lack of reliability has hit them hard.
Sunday’s race in Montreal is at a circuit named after Canada’s late Ferrari great Gilles Villeneuve and is a must-win race for the Reds and their title contender, to stay in the hunt. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)