In the new video for German automobile magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Michael Schmidt spoke about Ferrari’s new engine upgrade which should be ready for the Turkish Grand Prix and also discussed the situation regarding the new power units for the 2026 Formula 1 season:
“The new Ferrari power unit will probably come at the Turkish Grand Prix. Massive rebuilds are needed. The whole electrical system will be converted from a 400 to 800 volt system. They are talking about 10-15 horsepower and that could be quite an advantage. There are also problems with the whole transport of it, because the new power unit is considered a transport of “dangerous goods” and everything has to be declared again because it is a different electrical system.” – he explained.
“The current engine manufacturers are ready to give up the MGU-H [for the new engines in 2026], but they want Porsche and Audi to make a firm commitment [F1] not for one or two years, but for five to ten years. There are also discussions of how Red Bull will be classified. Are they a new engine manufacturer? Because the new ones are supposed to get more test bench time. And then there is the question of whether new engine manufacturers should pay an entry fee. I think Mercedes and Renault are not entirely happy about dropping the MGU-H, Ferrari is a bit more relaxed in that aspect.” – Auto Motor und Sport, Michael Schmidt concluded.