In the conference held this morning inside the Monza paddock, Enrico Gualtieri, the head of Ferrari’s Power Unit (PU), presented the changes and evolution related to the engine over time and how the engine behaves during a lap at the Monza circuit.
The Ferrari power unit technician began by discussing how the engine has evolved since its arrival in Maranello. “There was a significant change in 2014. I remember we were working on naturally aspirated engines. We’ve changed a lot, year by year. The engine itself, the components, sometimes even the number of cylinders. In reality, in my opinion, the change in the number of cylinders was the most significant change in terms of technical regulations. This is because it had an impact on every single part of our organization. We had to forget some of the things we had learned and discover new ones.”
In particular, Enrico Gualtieri focused on the period between 2020 and 2021, during which there were greater difficulties due to COVID-19. “There were difficulties with the COVID-19 pandemic, we had a complete change in regulations, and then the change due to the 2022 regulations.”
Regarding Monza, the engineer from Modena discussed how the PU is used during a lap on the circuit. In particular, through this map, four colors can be distinguished. The first, red, indicates when the PU is at maximum power, the yellow color indicates continuous power usage (constant), green represents the moment when energy is being saved, and finally, the gray color depicts the braking moment and energy recovery. In the Monza circuit, specifically, the engine is heavily used, so there is a higher concentration of red and yellow (Full Power and Continuous Power).
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Finally, the engineer talked about how the situation will change from 2026: “Certainly, there will be another significant step, another important technological challenge. We are already reviewing and learning from the past, looking at everything we couldn’t achieve from 2014 onwards, to avoid finding ourselves in the same situation from 2026.”