According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport newspaper Ferrari are seeking to address the gap between themselves and the Mercedes by bringing a third evolution team engine. The main upgrade is reported to be focussed on internal combustion thus maximizing combustion to produce more power and torque and presumably efficiency.
Confidence from dyno testing seems to be running high (hope their results are more accurate than Hondas!) and Ferrari obviously feel the risk of losing points or worse an engine penalty later on in the season through lack of reliability is negligible given the “huge” hike in power the alleged upgrade promises to offer.
This after all, is a high-speed circuit, with long straights. Unofficially the fastest ever recorded speed of an F1 Car during a race was recorded during qualifying last year on the Baku circuit.
Little technical detail is available at this stage, other than this is part of their “aggressive Approach”, all or nothing for Baku to retake the constructors championship and to extends Vetell’s lead in the drivers campaign.
If these reports from the Italian press are true, perhaps Lauder will get his “only one retirement” he said Mercedes-AMG needs to keep the championship alive (was this political game play from Lauda?), or perhaps it will be an upgrade that will prove to be a key factor in who wins the 2017 championship.
I have to say I quite like the style and confidence from Ferrari on this one, but then we should expect that from the only car producer that exists because the owner build F1 cars first, and has been around since that very first GP in Silverstone.