Ferrari plans engine boost for Canada
Ferrari hopes to achieve a step forward with its engine in Canada as part of an aggressive development push.
Engines were homologated on February 28 this year, meaning power unit upgrades can no longer be made for anything other than reliability. But Ferrari technical director James Allison says the team now has a greater understanding of the power units and is confident there is a performance gain to be made by running the engine more aggressively in certain areas.
"On the engine side, the only changes that you are allowed to make to hardware are for reliability so there is no opportunity for performance there," Allison said. "But there is a lot of opportunity to get more horsepower out of the same hardware as you increase your confidence in how hard you can push it.
"As time goes by on the dynos, you learn exactly where you can exploit the performance more, and that brings you confidence to bring new settings at the track that deliver actual horsepower to the wheels.
"That happens continuously and we do have a step in that direction coming in Canada."
Allison admits Ferrari's most recent upgrades have consolidated its position rather than move it further up the pecking order, but is confident this will change with the updates the team has planned for the next few races.
"We bought some upgrades to China that worked reasonably well. The car had a good weekend there, that was a combination of some improvements that we made and a track that suited us a little bit better.
"We bought some things to Spain as well but it was a much more modest set of pieces. All the big teams have similar sized facilities and a similar approach to work, so it is very difficult to achieve a rate of improvement that is substantially different to the people we are fighting with.
"However, we've had a race or two where the pieces we brought to the track were useful but not big steps forward. We hope in the coming races to have a more steady progression of things which we hope will lift us up."